The employer of Dorothy Surdi (top), Sperry Van Ness, gave to campaigns of Lorie Zapf (right), Chris Cate (bottom), and Kevin Faulconer (top), who subsequently appointed her to the housing commission.
  • The employer of Dorothy Surdi (top), Sperry Van Ness, gave to campaigns of Lorie Zapf (right), Chris Cate (bottom), and Kevin Faulconer (top), who subsequently appointed her to the housing commission.
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Ex–city councilman and former weekly newspaper owner Jim Madaffer has turned to a new trade. According to an October 10 lobbyist disclosure statement filed at city hall, he’s now peddling influence for real estate developer Douglas Wilson. …

Mayor Kevin Faulconer continues to bolster his political machine by rewarding campaign contributors with city board posts. The latest is Dorothy Surdi, a commercial real estate broker appointed by the mayor to the San Diego Housing Commission, “Ms. Surdi is a commercial real estate advisor with the Sperry Van Ness network where she specializes in investment sales and leasing representation for landlords and tenants,” according to a September 26 memorandum. City campaign contribution records show that Sperry Van Ness employees gave $1300 to Faulconer’s mayoral campaign, including Surdi with $100. Sperry Van Ness employees have also so far contributed $825 to the campaign of downtown lobbyist Chris Cate for city council and $550 to the successful reelection bid of councilwoman Lorie Zapf, both Faulconer allies. …

Duty Free Americas, the big customs operation run by the billionaire Falic family of Florida, continues its press for a lavish new commercial complex at the border here. On October 13, brother Simon Falic gave $1500 to the 2014 San Ysidro school-board reelection campaign of Jason Wells. Executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, Wells has become a big booster of the Falic project. “This is parking for my stores, my businesses,” he told U-T San Diego in June.

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MichaelValentine Oct. 22, 2014 @ 7:45 a.m.

See what happens when you get the popular people's mayor out of the way with an electronic lyching and replace him with a billionaire's pet choice? Back to San Diego business as usual.


dwbat Oct. 22, 2014 @ 11:44 a.m.

The person who got Filner out of office was Filner. He has only himself to blame for his horrendous and illegal behavior. And there's no evidence I've read that Manchester is a billionaire (like Irwin Jacobs is).


laplayaheritage Oct. 31, 2014 @ 9:55 a.m.

Please try to follow the Long Con and Conspiracy Theory that forced former Mayor Filner out of office by following the money. Right after he negotiated a 5 year Pensionable pay freeze with the City Unions in June 2014.

Civic San Diego and the City Council Liquidated $382 Million of Cash Residuals in the bank that former Mayor Filner promised to Neighborhoods to fund the 6 am to 6 pm before- and after-School programs, neighborhood infrastructure, and homeless solutions.

See Video start time 1 Hour and 59 minutes to 2 Hours and 2 minutes.

San Diego has being robbed blind by Civic San Diego and City staff for the last three years. Leaders have been fiddling while Rome burns. It would be great if Ms. Burdick published her story when City staff hid information from the former Mayor. The political frenzies are distractions from financial issues of Civic San Diego's handling of the Successor Agency (SA) assets and Revenue. Money is being stolen from the poor neighborhoods and the homeless. Mayor Faulconer, the City Council, and the Civic San Diego Board of Directors are not aware that they are being suckered by staff that misinterpret State laws.

The City's General Fund received 21 cents on the dollars = $80 Million in the last 3 years that balance the budget and built up Reserves. The annual $180 million in Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund Revenue is missing from the FY-2012 to FY-2015 Budgets. The missing annual $180 million in Successor Agency Revenue in the Budgets were approved without the required Annual Technical Review prepared by Financial staff for every City Department and Agency, except for the Successor Agency (SA) under Civic San Diego staff's control.

Instead of neighborhoods, the $382 Million in Cash Residuals was redirected to the General Funds as Residual RPTTF Distribution instead of Paying down the $1.67 Billion Successor Agency Debt that includes the $223 million in HUD OIG Audit Debt Payments to Community Development Block Program Income promised for neighborhoods and the Homeless.

On July 28, 2014, Civic San Diego staff Reclassified $151 million of the $223 million in Federal HUD OIG Audit Debt for CDBG Program Income for the poor as General Inter-Agency Debt. Similar to loans from the City General Fund, Water Department, Sales Tax, etc. that are subject to State laws.

The Results of reclassifying $151 million in Federal HUD OIG Audit Debt, are $46 Million in cash has been diverted to the City of San Diego’s General Fund for the City staff and Union Reserves instead of CDBG Program Income for Homeless, children, seniors, and poor neighborhoods. Then Civic San Diego staff erased and deleted the remaining $106 million in HUD OIG Audit Debt to CDBG Program Income for the poor based upon a purposeful misintepretation of State law for the benefit unknown parties.


AlexClarke Oct. 22, 2014 @ 7:47 a.m.

None of this is news. Follow the money and you will see who owns the politician. (big) money talks and BS walks.


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