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Mike Schaefer, who was on the city council for two terms, 1965-1971, is running for office again. The perennial candidate in San Diego, Los Angeles, Nevada and elsewhere, is running for the Board of Equalization. His website says he will “Protect Prop. 13 and encourage common sense in government.” At age 80, he says he will serve a four-year term and is the “best educated, most experienced” candidate in the race. “I have signs out in every county — San Diego, Riverside, Orange — except Imperial. Going over to Brawley is a one-day trip,” he says. He adds laughingly, “If elected, I will put a valuation on Disneyland, and won’t have to wait in line.”

Earlier this year, he wanted to run for the District 54 State Assembly, but withdrew. “I would have to live in L.A. I’m having too much fun in San Diego and Ocean Beach. I can’t go into a restaurant without people knowing me,” he says. In 2017 he was a candidate for District 7 representative on the Los Angeles City Council but lost in the primary. He got 1.21 percent of the vote. In 2015, he ran in the primary for the District 4 Los Angeles City Council. Alas, he got 1.1 percent of the vote, third from the bottom among 14 candidates.

Schaefer campaigned for district attorney twice — “once in San Diego and once in San Francisco,” he says. He lost to Paul Pfingst in San Diego in 1994 and in 1999 to a Bay Area candidate who was against the death penalty. “He wouldn’t execute [cult leader] Charles Manson and others,” says Schaefer, who favors the death penalty in a number of instances.

He has been disbarred in Nevada. He was first disbarred in 2001 and four attempts for reinstatement have failed. The Nevada Bar says his misconduct involved “dishonesty, deceit, [and] fraud." Former Las Vegas Mafia lawyer and mayor, who once repressented former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgeock, stuck up for Schaefer in a reinstatement hearing, saying he has known him for 40 years and he is “a character I have admired."

Schaefer has owned real estate in several places. In 1986 his tenants were awarded $1.83 million in damages because he had them liviing in slum conditions. “That put me in bankruptcy. It was a humbling experience. Made me as poor as a journalist,” he says.

Schaefer ran for Congress against against the late Lionel Van Deerlin in 1968. Schaefer says he became a good friend of the Democrat Van Deerlin after the election. In that election, Schaefer ran as a Republican, but he has run under the wings of both parties.

When he tried to run for Nevada state controller in 2014, he was ruled off the ballot because he hadn’t lived in the state long enough, he complains. He also ran unsuccessfully for Las Vegas city council. “I ran against a football player and lost,” he explains. He ran for mayor of Palm Springs and lost.

He owned a Maryland hotel, named the Schaefer Hotel, which he had bought for $450,000, he says. He ran for Republican nomination for United States Senate in 1986, but knew he wouldn’t win. He told me in our interview that he had become a good friend of William Donald Schaefer, long-time mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland. He thought the name Schaefer would help him, he confessed. He became a good friend of the famous Schaefer, he boasts. He compares his strategy to that of former San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn. He won office because people confused him with the late baseball legend, Tony Gwynn.

The irony is that in June of last year, California lawmakers voted to strip the Board of Equalization of many of its powers.

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SportsFan0000 May 3, 2018 @ 3:59 p.m.

This Guy sounds like he needs a hobby besides smacking his head against the wall while donating filing fees to multiple governments in California and Nevada...

Try volunteering for one of your local Boards or Commissions... Too much time on his!


Don Bauder May 3, 2018 @ 8:55 p.m.

SportsFan0000: At the time he was first elected to the SD city council, he was the youngest ever elected. Then he moved on to Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Springs -- always running for office. Getting 1 percent of the vote doesn't deter him. He jokes about his losses. He admits he tries to exploit the Schaefer name, as in Maryland, and in other elections in which he maneuvers to get listed first on the ballot. He talks incredibly fast; I had to stop him and ask him to repeat what he said several times. San Diego has created few characters like Schaefer. Best, Don Bauder


swell May 3, 2018 @ 5:59 p.m.

Once you own rental property you are free to pursue any stupid activity. No matter what you do, the money will keep rolling in … until your neglected tenants revolt. This guy seems like an egotistical jerk who seeks recognition by faking his way into public office- any public office. Maybe he should be named Ambassador to the Bahamas- I hear the previous contender washed out.


Don Bauder May 3, 2018 @ 9 p.m.

swell: He got into plenty of trouble as a landlord and is often called a slumlord. He is a disbarred attorney who in his political races is called a slumlord. But he boasts that he has recovered financially and is now quite comfortable. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:28 a.m.

AlexClarke: How many disbarred attorney/slumlords are considered "good boys?" Best, Don Bauder


JustWondering May 5, 2018 @ 2:29 p.m.

Schaefer doesn’t have the common sense that God gave chickens. He is a character with a huge ego though. Guess he’ll be a perennial candidate for “something” until the day he dies. And if that floats his boat, they are his filing fees to waste.


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:29 a.m.

JustWondering: He claims he has the money to pay those fees. Best, Don Bauder


SportsFan0000 May 5, 2018 @ 3:13 p.m.

Don, Just Received my ballot for the June 5, 2018 California Primary Election..

Speaking of your old pals and perennial candidates, I see under US Senate Candidates Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente?!

Did he ever collect that 80M judgment against the City of San Diego for shenanigans with his land near Otay Mesa?!

Does he still own Car Dealerships in San Diego County OR did he sell out. Didn't he used to own a Cadillac Dealership?!

Can he run for multiple offices in multiple States at the same time?!


JustWondering May 5, 2018 @ 8:24 p.m.

The De La Fuente Cadillac dealership at the I-5 South and Mission Bay Park is gone. A huge construction project is underway at the old site.


SportsFan0000 May 5, 2018 @ 10:55 p.m.

I Googled it...Still a De La Fuente Cadillac dealership in El Cajon..


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:34 a.m.

SportsFan0000: It's a puzzle. So is Rocky. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:33 a.m.

JustWondering: At one time he owned a string of auto dealerships in the county. Then he got rid of most of them. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:32 a.m.

SportsFan0000: Once some people run for office, they can't resist doing it again and again. I didn't know Roque was running for U.S. Senate. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:37 a.m.

Mike Schaefer: When I interviewed you, you explained how your neighbors got you disbarred. And you boasted about all the people who stuck up for you when you tried to get our license back four ore five times. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:39 a.m.

AlexClarke: The board has had its sails clipped. No doubt there. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 6, 2018 @ 7:40 a.m.

Mike Murphy: That's one problem about writing about him. Best, Don Bauder


dwbat May 6, 2018 @ 10:11 a.m.

Former Las Vegas Mafia lawyer and mayor, who once represented former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgeock, stuck up for Schaefer

Oscar Goodman, right? Also, Schaefer's Facebook page mentions his high school, but not his law school. Strange. Was it a diploma mill?


JustWondering May 6, 2018 @ 3:27 p.m.

Diploma mill or not, you still have to pass the Bar exam...and he did. That neither a cakewalk or beauty contest. Is Schaefer nuts? Who knows.


Don Bauder May 12, 2018 @ 2:38 p.m.

JustWondering: Here is a guy who was disbarred and denied restitution four or five times. He has similar excuses for his slumlord convictions. But he still thinks he is innocent as a lamb. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 12, 2018 @ 2:35 p.m.

dwbat: Yes, Oscar Goodman. He and his wife once had a condo in Coronado. Schaefer says he graduated from UCal Berkeley. I have forgotten his law school, but it wasn't a mill. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 12, 2018 @ 2:41 p.m.

AlexClarke: Mike Schaefer will never be in a rest home. He will never rest. His mouth will never rest. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 12, 2018 @ 2:43 p.m.

Mike Murphy: Actually, Mike Schaefer is pleasant to converse with. I don't think he is deliberately annoying people. Best, Don Bauder


LJWindansea May 16, 2018 @ 10:59 a.m.

Read all about his disbarment here and don't forget the convicted battery to his spouse!


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