Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Kehoe, Golding defend pro-library bumper stickers on city of San Diego cars

Bill Bradley and Padres partner Larry Lucchino played basketball together at Princeton

— E-mail may have arrived at the San Diego City Council, but that hasn't improved the clarity of the messages some councilmembers are sending with it. Example number one: the fuss over bumper stickers on city-owned vehicles that appear to tout the library sales tax measure set to go before voters next month. When an irate citizen e-mailed Councilwoman Christine Kehoe about the stickers, which say, "Libraries Change Lives, Support Your Local Library," she e-mailed back: "Dear Chuck, according to the City Attorney this is not illegal because the bumper sticker promotes the use of a city service. It does not say to vote one way or another. We also have placed bumper stickers on city-owned vehicles regarding domestic violence prevention and awareness. I appreciate your vigilance. If [you] would like to look into this further, you may want to contact the city attorney directly at 533-5640." But when a reporter e-mailed Kehoe with the same question, her e-mail response was: "You'll have to check with the City Manager. I don't have any information on this. Christine." Finally, the angry constituent got an unsolicited e-mail from none other than Mayor Susan Golding: "Actually, neither myself nor my staff were involved with the placement of these bumper stickers on City vehicles, and I did not learn about it until after it was done. It is my understanding they were placed with the approval of the City Manager's office in response to a request made by the San Diego Literacy Council, and they were paid for by the Literacy Council. Thank you again for expressing your concerns about these stickers."

Put a Condom on It

San Diego's own Tony Valenzuela, a gay model known for his outspoken views about sex and AIDS, is cover boy this month for POZ magazine, a nationally circulated glossy monthly aimed at HIV-positive readers. But Valenzuela's nude appearance on the back of a black stallion has set off a fierce controversy over his public advocacy of so-called "barebacking," the growing practice among some gays of having group-sex parties without condoms. Walter Armstrong, the magazine's editor in chief, told the San Francisco Chronicle that "the cover photo definitely turns him into a sex object. I understand people's criticisms. We wanted to provoke people. We're willing to take the heat for that." But national AIDS activist Daniel Zingale complained to the paper that "anything that glamorizes putting your own health at risk is irresponsible and threatens to unravel all our progress." The bareback sex parties are advertised over the Internet. Coincidentally, a San Diego latex glovemaker known as Safeskin was said last week to be thinking of taking over London International Group, the world's largest producer of branded condoms.

Bordering on Cash Flow

Developer Sam Marasco, who's putting together that controversial "Border Gateway" project in San Ysidro, is stepping up the tempo. He's reported to have hired some of the top lobbyists in the border-crossing business to convince government officials on both sides of the border to drop their opposition to the plan ... Two local sports moguls are making their preferences for presidential candidates known early. Republican Chargers owner Alex Spanos, along with Irvine mega-developer Don Bren, are said to be backing Texas governor George W. Bush. Padres owner John Moores, a sometime Democrat and one-time Clinton backer who reportedly re-registered as an independent during his campaign for a taxpayer-supported downtown ballpark, has announced he plans to raise $1 million for Democrat Bill Bradley, the former New York Knicks star and ex-U.S. senator from New Jersey. "He's not going to be a spellbinding orator," Moores told the Washington Post. "It's not within him to do that. But everyone will sense he is above lying. And he won't even brag about it. He's sort of the anti-politician." The Post missed the fact that Bradley and Moores's Padres partner Larry Lucchino played basketball together at Princeton.

Contributor: Matt Potter

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Small merchants in San Ysidro suffering

Border businesses hardest hit

— E-mail may have arrived at the San Diego City Council, but that hasn't improved the clarity of the messages some councilmembers are sending with it. Example number one: the fuss over bumper stickers on city-owned vehicles that appear to tout the library sales tax measure set to go before voters next month. When an irate citizen e-mailed Councilwoman Christine Kehoe about the stickers, which say, "Libraries Change Lives, Support Your Local Library," she e-mailed back: "Dear Chuck, according to the City Attorney this is not illegal because the bumper sticker promotes the use of a city service. It does not say to vote one way or another. We also have placed bumper stickers on city-owned vehicles regarding domestic violence prevention and awareness. I appreciate your vigilance. If [you] would like to look into this further, you may want to contact the city attorney directly at 533-5640." But when a reporter e-mailed Kehoe with the same question, her e-mail response was: "You'll have to check with the City Manager. I don't have any information on this. Christine." Finally, the angry constituent got an unsolicited e-mail from none other than Mayor Susan Golding: "Actually, neither myself nor my staff were involved with the placement of these bumper stickers on City vehicles, and I did not learn about it until after it was done. It is my understanding they were placed with the approval of the City Manager's office in response to a request made by the San Diego Literacy Council, and they were paid for by the Literacy Council. Thank you again for expressing your concerns about these stickers."

Put a Condom on It

San Diego's own Tony Valenzuela, a gay model known for his outspoken views about sex and AIDS, is cover boy this month for POZ magazine, a nationally circulated glossy monthly aimed at HIV-positive readers. But Valenzuela's nude appearance on the back of a black stallion has set off a fierce controversy over his public advocacy of so-called "barebacking," the growing practice among some gays of having group-sex parties without condoms. Walter Armstrong, the magazine's editor in chief, told the San Francisco Chronicle that "the cover photo definitely turns him into a sex object. I understand people's criticisms. We wanted to provoke people. We're willing to take the heat for that." But national AIDS activist Daniel Zingale complained to the paper that "anything that glamorizes putting your own health at risk is irresponsible and threatens to unravel all our progress." The bareback sex parties are advertised over the Internet. Coincidentally, a San Diego latex glovemaker known as Safeskin was said last week to be thinking of taking over London International Group, the world's largest producer of branded condoms.

Bordering on Cash Flow

Developer Sam Marasco, who's putting together that controversial "Border Gateway" project in San Ysidro, is stepping up the tempo. He's reported to have hired some of the top lobbyists in the border-crossing business to convince government officials on both sides of the border to drop their opposition to the plan ... Two local sports moguls are making their preferences for presidential candidates known early. Republican Chargers owner Alex Spanos, along with Irvine mega-developer Don Bren, are said to be backing Texas governor George W. Bush. Padres owner John Moores, a sometime Democrat and one-time Clinton backer who reportedly re-registered as an independent during his campaign for a taxpayer-supported downtown ballpark, has announced he plans to raise $1 million for Democrat Bill Bradley, the former New York Knicks star and ex-U.S. senator from New Jersey. "He's not going to be a spellbinding orator," Moores told the Washington Post. "It's not within him to do that. But everyone will sense he is above lying. And he won't even brag about it. He's sort of the anti-politician." The Post missed the fact that Bradley and Moores's Padres partner Larry Lucchino played basketball together at Princeton.

Contributor: Matt Potter

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

The controversy behind Maïmouna Doucouré’s Cuties

Netflix is guilty of many things, but pandering to child molesters is not one of them.
Next Article

Fall equinox, smoggiest days, Chinese flame trees, Saturn and Jupiter near moon

Natural San Diego, September 21-28
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close