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Nothing stank with Balboa Park Celebration, Inc.

Some contracts awarded sloppily, but audit found little fault

City auditor Eduardo Luna's report of what went wrong at the fizzling of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc., points few fingers

According to a report released today, October 1, the committee got $3.08 million in funding, mainly from the City of San Diego or related entities, but only raised $388,909 from private donors and $100,000 from San Diego Gas & Electric, despite spending a lot of money on branding and fundraising.

"We found several instances where [Balboa Park Celebration, Inc.] awarded contracts without going through the required procurement processes," said the report. In other instances, the committee did not fully comply with a portion of the memorandum of understanding. The city had "limited oversight" over the activities. The committee went through four chief executive officers in nearly two years.

Some of the blame went to former mayor Bob Filner, as could have been expected. He will probably be blamed for everything that goes wrong in San Diego in the next ten years.

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City auditor Eduardo Luna's report of what went wrong at the fizzling of Balboa Park Celebration, Inc., points few fingers

According to a report released today, October 1, the committee got $3.08 million in funding, mainly from the City of San Diego or related entities, but only raised $388,909 from private donors and $100,000 from San Diego Gas & Electric, despite spending a lot of money on branding and fundraising.

"We found several instances where [Balboa Park Celebration, Inc.] awarded contracts without going through the required procurement processes," said the report. In other instances, the committee did not fully comply with a portion of the memorandum of understanding. The city had "limited oversight" over the activities. The committee went through four chief executive officers in nearly two years.

Some of the blame went to former mayor Bob Filner, as could have been expected. He will probably be blamed for everything that goes wrong in San Diego in the next ten years.

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What a cover-up. Julie Dubick owes the taxpayers a lot of money that she personally squandered on wining and dining around town as chair of that group. In earlier days she used to claim she believed in "giving back" to the community: well, this is her chance. I guess we shouldn't hold our breath.

Oct. 1, 2014

monaghan: The study makes clear that mistakes were made, procedures weren't followed. It was San Diego business as usual: lots of spending and little (in this case nothing) accomplished. Dubick knows that game well. But there doesn't appear to be anything criminal. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 2, 2014

Don, actually it will turn out that Pope Doug shall be "blamed for everything that goes wrong in San Diego in the next ten years" because of his never-ending failures to protect quality of life in San Diego so that he can maximize his personal greed and corruption instead. He has turned the U-T into propaganda TP and San Diego has been going down the sewer pipe ever since he took over.

Oct. 2, 2014

Anon92107: Yes, but because Filner was lynched, he will be the punching bag for years to come. He will be blamed for things he had nothing to do with. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 2, 2014

Don, in the U-T this morning Jeff McDonald reported in “Audit: Party planners didn't keep deal”:

“The 55-page autopsy of the publicly funded charity also found that executives failed to consistently comply with terms of the 2011 agreement that ceded control of the effort, headed by a group of former aides to former Mayor Jerry Sanders.”

So Jerry Sanders and his sycophants, all of them also being Doug Manchester’s sycophants, are far more responsible for the grand larceny of public funds than Filner ever had time to be.

Keep up your great investigative reporting because all San Diegans will soon know that Pope Doug is the root of all evil that is destroying quality of life in San Diego with greed and corruption that is far worse than everything Prof. Erie reported in “Paradise Plundered”.

Oct. 2, 2014

Anon92107: Yes, executives did fail to comply with important terms, and there was little oversight, according to the report. Overall, though, the auditor's report did not find serious wrongdoing. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 2, 2014

Don, so what you are saying is that Sanders and Manchester have done no "serious wrongdoing" and "Paradise" is not being "Plundered" again?

Oct. 3, 2014

Anon92107: I am saying that Auditor Eduardo Luna's report did not find serious wrongdoing. People who produced very little were overpaid. Nothing new about that in San Diego.

The basic problem was that the leadership expected that this celebration would attract people from all over the world, and those people would spent a bushel of money. It was never going to happen. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 3, 2014

Don, the audit was done by the City, do you really trust these folks won’t CYA and point their fingers at Scapegoat Filner:

“Spokesman Gerry Braun cited several reasons for the failure, including a difficult fundraising climate and former Mayor Bob Filner’s failed administration.”

So if you believe Jeff McDonald’s column, it really was Filner, the gift that just keeps on giving to the greedy and corrupt in San Diego.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/02/tp-defunct-balboa-park-group-erred-audit-says/

Oct. 3, 2014

Anon92107: Filner, having been lynched, is a very easy target to blame for anything that goes wrong in San Diego, whether he had a thing to do with it or not. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 4, 2014

Bruce Douglas Coons: Load? Are you saying this is an inaccurate interpretation of the report, or that the report is a load...or something else? Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 2, 2014

Bruce Douglas Coons: OK. You are saying the report itself was a load. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 4, 2014

Kevin Swanson: Clearly, the claims that the celebration would attract a boatload of people to San Diego, they would spent liberally and bolster the economy, creating jobs...yes, this was a load of garbage. But don't we hear such garbage all the time? Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 2, 2014

How the city works: Usually, the Non-profit bills the city monthly, a city employee signs off on the billing, and the group is paid. So, with no product and no reporting, what city employee signed off on the expenditures? This should be available via PRA.

Oct. 3, 2014

nostalgic: I don't have the answer to your question. Hopefully I can find out. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 4, 2014

Filner should get credit for pulling the plug on a fiasco, but the city's fiasco is someone's paycheck. Nothing gives Filner more honor than the cast of characters that hate him, and the lies they tell. It's bipartisan, and spreads across government and business, from federal, state, and local. And across this town, wherever a horribly ugly violation of zoning and common sense is erected, you will find the enrichment of a Filner enemy.

Oct. 5, 2014

Psycholizard. Yes, nothing gives Filner more honor than the cast of characters who hate him, but remember: manipulating a compliant mainstream media, they got him...at least until the truth comes out. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 6, 2014

Don, thank you for your dedication to rooting out the greed and corruption that is destroying quality of life in San Diego.

Your exposures of Manchester and his indentured politicians are most important for focusing all San Diegans on the root causes of all the worst problems in San Diego today.

Pope Doug is the most powerful person in San Diego most responsible for the failure of the BPCI.

Keep up your great investigative reporting of he who would be Emperor of San Diego if we continue to let him get away with it.

Oct. 7, 2014

Anon92107: Manchester says he is willing to sell the U-T (less the real estate) to a group headed by Malin Burnham. I have reason to believe Manchester's Del Mar luxury hotel and La Jolla restaurant have problems. I suspect there are two reasons for the long delay in the Manchester luxury hotel in Austin: 1. too much competition; 2. difficulties getting financing. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 8, 2014

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