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O.B. Rag Takes Stand on Publishing Location of Dumanis Fundraiser

On Tuesday, September 20, reporter Doug Porter of the O.B. Rag posted on the publication’s website an article about district attorney Bonnie Dumanis’s mayoral campaign strategy. In the article, Porter wrote, “[Dumanis’s] public appearances for the coming month include fundraisers, cocktail fundraisers and more fundraisers, including one this Thursday (September 22) in the 4500 block of Del Monte Avenue, overlooking Ocean Beach.” Porter had gotten the information from an invitation posted at bonnieforsandiego.com, Dumanis's mayoral campaign site.

According to a September 21 O.B Rag article by publisher Frank Gormlie, Porter’s mention of the fundraiser’s location prompted the fundraiser’s host (someone who “works for high-powered lawyer and Democrat Lynn Schenk,” according to Gormlie) to contact the O.B. Rag and request that the article be removed.

After some emails back and forth between the host and the O.B. Rag (the two parties quibbled about the precise location not being mentioned in Porter's post), “sometime during the evening of September 20th," according to the Rag, "while Doug was at an O.B. Rag meeting, [the host] left this threat on facebook: Mr. Porter, You have personal [sic] created a situation that could cause harm to my families property and/or physical person. Your style of journalism is completely unprofessional and I will talk to everyone I know about it.”

Gormlie acknowledged that "this is a vague threat against Doug" and finished his article with this: “Question: Do the people, the voters, of a community have a right to know who is holding a fundraiser within their community for a politician — who is not well liked by many in that community — who is running for public office but who is at the same time avoiding the very public she purports to serve?”

As of today, the O.B. Rag still has a scan of the fundraiser invitation. The bonnieforsandiego.com website, meanwhile, has removed all addresses associated with private homes hosting "campaign cocktail receptions."

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On Tuesday, September 20, reporter Doug Porter of the O.B. Rag posted on the publication’s website an article about district attorney Bonnie Dumanis’s mayoral campaign strategy. In the article, Porter wrote, “[Dumanis’s] public appearances for the coming month include fundraisers, cocktail fundraisers and more fundraisers, including one this Thursday (September 22) in the 4500 block of Del Monte Avenue, overlooking Ocean Beach.” Porter had gotten the information from an invitation posted at bonnieforsandiego.com, Dumanis's mayoral campaign site.

According to a September 21 O.B Rag article by publisher Frank Gormlie, Porter’s mention of the fundraiser’s location prompted the fundraiser’s host (someone who “works for high-powered lawyer and Democrat Lynn Schenk,” according to Gormlie) to contact the O.B. Rag and request that the article be removed.

After some emails back and forth between the host and the O.B. Rag (the two parties quibbled about the precise location not being mentioned in Porter's post), “sometime during the evening of September 20th," according to the Rag, "while Doug was at an O.B. Rag meeting, [the host] left this threat on facebook: Mr. Porter, You have personal [sic] created a situation that could cause harm to my families property and/or physical person. Your style of journalism is completely unprofessional and I will talk to everyone I know about it.”

Gormlie acknowledged that "this is a vague threat against Doug" and finished his article with this: “Question: Do the people, the voters, of a community have a right to know who is holding a fundraiser within their community for a politician — who is not well liked by many in that community — who is running for public office but who is at the same time avoiding the very public she purports to serve?”

As of today, the O.B. Rag still has a scan of the fundraiser invitation. The bonnieforsandiego.com website, meanwhile, has removed all addresses associated with private homes hosting "campaign cocktail receptions."

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Dumanis is mean and incompetent, and does not serve the general public. Other Mayoral candidates need to get their messages out, instead of talking about Dumanis. The public is here to help.

DUMANIS ISSUE 1 – DIANA GONZALEZ’ SUPPOSED LACK OF EVIDENCE. http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/10/diana_gonzalez_had_protection.php

DUMANIS ISSUE 2 – Former Police Officer Anthony AREVALOS – CURRENT CASE. http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/data-drive/article_0d043848-9e07-11e0-9d71-001cc4c03286.html

DUMANIS ISSUE 3 – CYNTHIA SOMMER – Petty Behavior to a wrongly accused Marine widow . http://www.freecynthia.com

DUMANIS ISSUE 4 – Prosecutors and DA’s Petty Boycotting of Superior Court Judges and Violations of Constitutional Separation of Powers Doctrine. http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/government/article_b3a6e368-16b2-11df-87c5-001cc4c03286.html

DUMANIS ISSUE 5 – Superior Court Judge Einhorn – Boycott by Dumanis’ Peremptory Challenge. Dumanis and her office of Prosecutors Boycotted Superior Court Judge Einhorn because he refused to agree with Dumanis that the La Jolla Bird Rock Bandits are legally considered a gang under the law. Judge Einhorn did not allow Dumanis to prosecute for extra charges of murder during gang activity.

DUMANIS ISSUE 6 – MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAIDS. Intimidation. No Trust for Non-Profits Collectives . http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v09/n1155/a07.html COUNTY ISSUES MEDICAL MARIJUANA IDS. Advocates Say Fear, Cost Keep Many From Applying.

Sept. 22, 2011

Um, I don't see a threat here. Someone, anyone, please explain how any reasonable adult would feel threatened by the comment as quoted in the above article. Talking to everyone they know about allegedly "unprofessional" journalism is not a threat, it's just free speech.

Mr. Gormlie, I believe your paper has the right to publish the address of the fund raiser as it was already publicly released, but calling the response from the property owner even a "vague" threat is completely ridiculous. Some mighty thin skin there . . .

Sept. 22, 2011

Please tell me what dear Stringer person managed to find this gem of a story? Anything BAD about the Dirty D.A. is music to my ears!!!

Sept. 22, 2011

I think Ms. The-Vague-Threat-Spoon, is as out of touch as Bonnie is about her ability to bully people.

What an embarrassment.

Sept. 22, 2011

If Doug Porter and the staff at the OB Rag are not willing to provide their own personal addresses for all to see, they should not be providing the home addresses of others on their site. The are a typical bully who calls names, threatens others, censors speech and content, and then plays the victim role when confronted for their questionable actions.

Sept. 22, 2011

They are not hosting a fundraiser. They are not endorsing a psychopath.

Sept. 22, 2011

The OB Rag didn't "publish" the address - the Dumanis for Mayor site published it. Maybe they were just trying to help Bonnie by getting more people out to her fundraiser.

Sept. 22, 2011

It would seem the Spoons have misdirected their anger. The OBRag didn't publish their address for the private fundraiser. Ms. Dumanis published it on her website. Since this was a private fundraiser by invitation only (according the the emails) Dumanis did this apparently in self promotion to let it be known she has supporters. And she apparently did this without the Spoon's knowledge or permission.

What is really telling is that the Spoons did not want it to be publicly known that they were holding a fundraiser at their home for Dumanis. It smacks of old guard, local politicians trying to operate behind closed doors.

Sept. 22, 2011

I am sure what concerned the homeowner was the replies to the original one sided article (remember their site deletes opposing views) were Porter and friends explored the idea of "bullhorns, signs to have a little fun". It was after this discussion that Doug Porter provide the address. Mr. Porter, "gosh, what a grand idea to welcome Bonnie to OB. here’s the link to the invitation."

I would propose the Doug Porter publish his own address, which is outside of our community, and have his fun with bullhorns in his own residential neighborhood.

Sept. 23, 2011

Bonnie is most likely going to be holding all her fundraisers behind closed gates in the gated communities of North County. In fact, I know of a few homes behind gates where she is scheduled to appear.

So much for an open, approachable candidate. A paranoid, power greedy, woman that thinks she can fool the “little people” into voting for her. I do not think she has any idea of the forces that are forming to drive her not only out of office but also out of town.

Sept. 23, 2011

Dumbass has NO chance of being elected Mayor, none whatsoever.

She has WAY too much baggage and the Cynthia Sommers case is going full blast right now in Judge Hayes federal courtroom downtown. Judge Hayes an an excellent judge who will NOT let a person get away with such serious constitutional violations no matter who they are-including a sitting DA.

And I have a feeling that as long as the Sommers case is in litigation (many years IMO) Dumbass is DOA. And when Dumbass is held liable for the Sommers frame-up, and the taxpayers get stuck holding the multi million dollar liability judgment then I am POSITIVE Dumbass will not even finish in the top five (5) for mayor (in a 4 party race!).

Wait and see, Dumbass is goign to get slapped with a $5 million judgment and she won't pay a dime of it-we the taxpayers will.

She should be run out of town. No chance at Mayor whatsoever.

Sept. 24, 2011

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