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Anon: Manchester lost on just about everything UT backed. I suspect UT hurt DeMaio rather than helped. Disgust with that paper is rampant. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 8, 2012

Issa committee used taxpayer funds to attack Obama, says reform group

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The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, Republican of North County, made a one-minute video unfairly slamming President Obama, according to publicintegrity.org. The video criticized Obama for the cost of state dinners. It went on ...

Did Sanders trade his DeMaio support for chamber job?

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It's now strictly a rumor that Sanders got top chamber post as payoff for DeMaio endorsement

Eyebrows are arching and tongues wagging over Mayor Jerry Sanders's belated endorsement of Carl DeMaio for mayor, followed by Sanders being named head of the Chamber of Commerce. Remember, at this point this is only rumor, although I have reliable ...

Anon: The person who will destroy Manchester's newspaper is Manchester. He is well on his way to doing that right now. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 12, 2012

SurfPup: One of Filner's major objectives is to keep the downtown overlords from hogging all the money for corporate welfare projects, and begin spreading the money to neighborhoods, infrastructure, and maintenance. If he accomplishes that, he will have made a tremendous step. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 12, 2012
San Diego big business and the city whistle past the greenhouse-gas graveyard

The data are in: climate change is real, and greenhouse gas emissions are greatly to blame. Global warming does not necessarily cause destructive disasters but definitely intensifies them. The East Coast seems more vulnerable than ...

November 28, 2012
Hispanic vote calls shots in San Diego

Does San Diego’s great awakening include Republicans?

November 20, 2012

starsovan: I have received several private calls and emails stating the view that climate change does not exist, or is a hoax. However, yours is the first communication asserting that climate change is part of a United Nations conspiracy to deindustrialize the world and drive us all into poverty. I do not understand why the nations belonging to the U.N. and their representatives in that body would want to drive the developed world into poverty. In fact, the idea sounds preposterous to me, but you are certainly entitled to express your opinion on this blog. I would welcome your expatiation on this theory. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2012

Anon: Give me some time to think of a scientist/author/activist who can influence society as Rachel Carson did. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 30, 2012

JavaJoe: Yes, City Hall does not have the smarts. But that is only part of the story. No doubt you have noticed that whenever a citizen task force or committee is named, it consists of downtown lawyers, lobbyists, and top executives of local companies. You know what is going to be recommended before the first meeting is ever held. There are endless "conferences" on the topic, and studies by consultants who are paid to provide the recommendations desired by the task forces paying the consultants' bills, and the results are inevitably foreordained because the same group of downtown overlords is named to every committee. So the public's money keeps flowing into corporate welfare. Filner promises to change that. If he succeeds, things will change for the better in a hurry. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 28, 2012

Corrupt business as usual?

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Filner says Chargers will stay, convention center will be expanded

Incoming Mayor Robert Filner gave his inaugural speech today at the Balboa Club. According to sources who were there, Filner said "We are going to make sure the Chargers stay in San Diego." He also said, "We are going to ...

Perhaps they "belong" in SD--after all, SD taxpayers have subsidized the team for years. But the hand of the Spanos family does NOT belong in the taxpayers pocket. Oh, it never did, but in times like these, the welfare needs to stop, not increase.

Dec. 4, 2012

Visduh: Very well stated. Subsidization of pro sports facilities is corporate welfare at its worst. Incidentally, see the New York Times stories running this week on how cities and states get fleeced to woo a company to the town; then the company leaves and the facility sits empty. I have been inveighing against these scams for decades. I was even permitted to blast them when I wrote for the U-T., although management was not happy about the columns. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 4, 2012

Bob: Taking the earth's temperature with a thermometer? My only response is to play a variation on an old theme: If somebody took Mother Earth's temperature rectally, the thermometer would be stuck in....name your city: St. Louis? Bakersfield? Kansas City? Cleveland? Detroit? Youngstown? Scranton? Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 5, 2012

Scathing report on U-T San Diego

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U-T a "corporate shill," says respected media publication

"The Fall of the San Diego Union-Tribune" is the headline in a story today (Dec. 6) in the publication Media Matters for America, a politically progressive media watchdog. The year since "Papa Doug" Manchester took over the paper has been ...

SP: On the other hand, the 1950s economy was a rebound from the Depression and World War II days. There was a huge springback of long-depressed demand. A baby boom began shortly after World War II that helped propel the economy for many decades. Now baby boomers are beginning to retire, and the effect will be the reverse. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 14, 2012

Anon: Yes, American corporations, by shipping jobs overseas to low- and slave-wage nations, destroyed their own markets -- the middle class. Most executives will never figure this out. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 13, 2012

SP: One of the causes is that we went from a producing nation to a money-shuffling nation. Over several decades, manufacturing went from more than 20% of the economy to less than 10%, while financial went from 10% to more than 20%. We're now a financial engineering economy. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 13, 2012

San Diego wins one

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CPUC thumbs down SDGE's attempt to get customers to pay 2007 fire costs

Quick action by irate San Diegans was almost certainly a factor in today's (Dec. 20) decision by the commissioners of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to turn down San Diego Gas & Electric's attempt to get ratepayers to cough ...

Outrageous scam by CPUC

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Last-second maneuver by regulator may permit SDGE to pick your pocket of $1 billion

I have been reporting on financial fraud for almost 50 years and seldom if ever have I seen a scam like the one that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) appears to be pulling on San Diego utility ratepayers. San ...

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