Faulconer: San Diego "has been the only major city in California to significantly reduce homelessness."
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Old California politicians never die; they just set up ballot measure committees and start raising more campaign cash from special interests.

Such appears to be the story of termed-out San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has filed with the California Secretary of State's office to establish an entity officially known as Faulconer's Ballot Measure Committee; Rebuilding The California Dream, San Diego Mayor.

Many political similarities exist between Faulconer and Pete Wilson.

Many political similarities exist between Faulconer and Pete Wilson.

State law doesn't require the committee to post any further details, including fundraising and spending activities, until its midyear disclosure, leaving the public in the dark until the filing deadline of July 31.

Though legal, the transparency lack fits past patterns by the San Diego Republican, who last year quietly used left-over mayoral campaign cash to pay a $4000 city ethics penalty for failing to reveal developer gifts to One San Diego, his charity operation until months after the deadline.

Among the most notable high-dollar donors to Faulconer's 2014 mayoral campaign was Geo's founder,  George Zoley of Boca Raton, Florida.

Among the most notable high-dollar donors to Faulconer's 2014 mayoral campaign was Geo's founder, George Zoley of Boca Raton, Florida.

No matter who is picking up the tab, two glowing, if not fact-filled accounts this month illustrate how the mayor's new committee is already yielding a bevy of glowing media payoffs for the ex-public relations man.

The mayor kicked things off January 17 with a write-up by Politico.com's California Playbook, announcing that Faulconer has been "long viewed as the California GOP's most viable candidate for higher office."

"A big question is does Faulconer have Pete Wilson's drive."

"A big question is does Faulconer have Pete Wilson's drive."

The piece quotes the mayor as claiming San Diego "has been the only major city in California to significantly reduce homelessness."

Without detail, Faulconer promised, "an initiative that works to clean up our public spaces, keeps our communities safe, and stops the state from turning a blind eye to the inhumane and unsafe homeless encampments that have become a symbol of the government's failure to act."

Then on January 27, venerable Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton offered his full-throated endorsement in a piece headlined, "Kevin Faulconer is the GOP's best and only hope to regain ground in California."

"A big question is does he have [former Gov.] Pete Wilson's drive to devote 2½ years to barnstorming the state, collecting chits, building a fundraising base, and shaping a winnable message?" GOP old-timer Ken Khachigian noted, comparing Faulconer to another home-grown San Diego politico.

Though the question remains unanswered, locals note many such political similarities between Wilson and Faulconer. They include the current San Diego mayor's financial ties to corporate funding sources, including the Florida-based GEO Group, a private prison operation.

Wilson was a key GEO ally while governor. When GOP governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took office after ousting Democrat Gray Davis in a 2003 recall election, GEO hired a phalanx of ex-Wilson aides from the Flanigan Law Firm to reverse Davis's private prison closures, per a Los Angeles Times account in January 2005.

Among the most notable high-dollar donors to Faulconer's 2014 mayoral campaign was George Zoley of Boca Raton, Florida, GEO's founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, and his wife Donna.

Last month, GEO Group filed suit in San Diego federal court to block a California ban against outsourced prisons enacted last year by the state legislature and signed into law by Democratic governor Gavin Newsom. Last week the Trump Administration filed a similar action here.

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Strelnikov Jan. 30, 2020 @ 7:45 p.m.

Any vote for Kev-boy as governor is another nail in the coffin for California. Get used to the homeless dying from Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, and Z because every public washroom will be a pay toilet, and broken to boot. Get used to San Francisco's idiot tech giants coming up with some monstrosity to sell to the state government that will make our lives miserable, and all of the toadies and cronies of Faulconer will follow him to Sacramento if he is elected.

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JustWondering Feb. 1, 2020 @ 8:56 a.m.

Hell will freeze over before California elects Fal-CON-er as its Governor. He’d be destroyed by his record, or should I say his lack of one.

No, sadly, it’s more than likely Newsome will serve until he’s termed out. By then, Fal-CON-er will be remembered as the DO NOTHING Mayor the backwards Enron-by-the-Sea, San Diego.

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Ponzi Feb. 1, 2020 @ 1:28 p.m.

Faulconer is done. He may be appointed to an office, but he will never be elected to "serve" in any office again.

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AlexClarke Feb. 2, 2020 @ 7:02 a.m.

Faulconer promised, bla,bla, bla . . . . .There is no one-size-fits-all solution to homelessness. There are four basic groups of homeless: 1. Mentally ill, 2. Working poor. 3. Druggies and drunks, and 4. Bums. The mentally ill should be taken off the streets and institutionalized and not be released until they are able to take their medication and care for themselves. The working poor should receive housing and skills training so that they can get better paying jobs. Employers who pay less than a living wage should lose all employee tax benefits. Druggies and drunks should receive help only if they want to get off drugs and alcohol. Bums don't want to work or be productive members of society. Nothing should be done for them. Those who want to live on the streets should be shunned and run out of town.

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