Visduh May 1, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m.

That's a lot of money for an underpaid/overworked public "servant" to have laying around and to give to a single political group. Is Goldsmith otherwise independently wealthy? (If he is, he needs to get a better hairpiece.)


HonestGovernment June 14, 2013 @ 3:52 p.m.

Silly Friday stuff: The invitation (request for a donation, really) gives precise turn-by-turn directions to Carl's house,... the assumption being that any fan of Carl's can't really find their way with only an address?

Anyway, I was struck by "turn left on Moon Song, turn left on Bear Dance." Moon Song is a tune from 1932, sung by Kate Smith. Would Big Kate show up at Carl's? Wiki says she was a "staunch conservative Republican who opposed labor unions, affirmative action, abortion, homosexuality, LGBT and women's rights, left-wing policies, and indecency." Whoa. Maybe not.

So, no turning left on Moon Song for Kate, but then there's Bear Dance. Webster's says it's about "totemic worship."

I don't know.

Would love to see who's going to be there. I was invited. (I can't get him to take me off his contact list, even though I continually reply insultingly.) It's free. Donations are only "suggested":

Serve as a "Co-Host" with a Contribution of $500. Suggested Contribution for Attendees is $100, although any contribution is greatly appreciated. Contributions to Carl DeMaio for Congress 2014 are not tax deductible for tax purposes. Individuals may contribute up to a maximum $5,200 to the campaign, and a couple may contribute up to $10,400-$2,600 per individual toward the 2014 primary and general elections. Corporate contributions and contributions by foreign nationals are Emphasisprohibited.



Visduh June 26, 2013 @ 8:28 a.m.

The best hope here is that at least one juror will refuse to vote for a conviction. Misdemeanors that have hung juries are only rarely retried--although Goldsmith could decide to do it--and he would have nothing more to worry about. One reason we have juries is to do what you suggest, i.e. vote one's conscience. Over the past couple centuries the US system has come to a point of telling juries that they are only judges of fact and evidence, and not the appropriateness of the law or the charges. That is not where it all started, and what is now dismissed as "jury nullification" was once the role of the jury. No matter how much instruction a judge gives to a jury and no matter how he/she cajoles the panel, people still think and react to a situation that they have to judge.

BTW, I doubt Olson would get jail time even if he were convicted of all of the counts. For pity's sake, it was just chalk, and having a judge slap him with the max jail time for each count (that's where the 13 years came from) is highly unlikely. Some probation and public service (perhaps removing graffiti) is more like it. But don't forget that this sweeping ruling opens the door to a successful appeal. And if Olson is convicted, many folks, including me, will donate to the cause.


monaghan June 26, 2013 @ 11:10 a.m.

I am sorry to read that Coles Fine Flooring is backing Koch-funded Carl DeMaio. Remodelers everywhere in the 52nd Congressional District will be rethinking their carpeting and hardwood options in light of this foray into ugly politics.


Visduh June 27, 2013 @ 2:11 p.m.

Just when you think it can't get any nuttier, it does. A gag order for a misdemeanor case? Those are reluctantly put on serious felony cases--think murder--some of the time. And so this judge doesn't like the negative publicity and imposes one in a vandalism case.

Filner ought to keep his mouth shut and his comments to himself, but hey guys, you elected him, and could have anticipated this sort of thing.

SurfPup, please tell us if this sort of speaking from the bench to defend the trial is the sort of thing judges are allowed to do. And, while you're at it, doesn't this announcement that the sentence definitely won't be 13 years presuppose the result of the trial? I thought judges were supposed to keep their own counsel and speak sparingly during testimony and deliberation. Judge Judy is a model of restrained judicial action compared to this nut job.


Psycholizard June 30, 2013 @ 5:06 p.m.

I would be concerned if the UT did not attack Filner. So long as they attack him we know the developers don't have a flunky mayor for the first time in my memory. I need to know more about this, but I like what Filner has done so far generally, and hope we can find another like him to continue the fight when he retires.


Psycholizard June 30, 2013 @ 9:16 p.m.

After reading more, I have to wonder what Sunroad did to jam their variance through City Council. Filner's crime seems to be delaying the council's rubber stamp for a few weeks. If something was wrong, Sunroad was conspirator, and any investigation should look at the donations made by those associated with the firm.


hubcap July 3, 2013 @ 6:13 a.m.

There is so much wrong with this, I don't even know where to start. every day it seems like there is some new revelation that we are inching ever more closely to the kind of police state where we are granted the mere illusion of freedom by our betters.

Judges, prosecutors, and everyone in government need to understand that they are NOT our parents doling out privilege as they see fit. We, the People run this place and if we don't want a law enforced or a particular person convicted, then it is simply their job to comply with our wishes.

Judge shore comments that the maximum sentence would never be imposed, and blames the media for misreporting. From his insular and powerful insider position, that may be so but we mere proles don't know that. That is simply the guy aiming the gun saying "I never intended to pull the trigger."

And then there is that hideous excuse for a "deal"; thousands in restitution, probation, community service, (Seriously, Mr Olson has already served his community way above and beyond the call.) and a DL suspension! These "laws" are just a mockery of the Constitution as are many of the people who attempt to enforce them.

It is clear as day what the case was REALLY about; and it wasn't vandalism.


SurfPuppy619 July 4, 2013 @ 6:22 p.m.

Tell Ferret Head to ask B of A[ss] how the "quality of life" is going for the home owners they DEFRAUDED with their robo-signing foreclosures.......


SurfPuppy619 July 7, 2013 @ 6:07 p.m.

If the Bank of America did force this prosecution and the City Attorney filed and pursued it in order to further his political ambitions (quite a miscalculation, if true), then I think the Bank should be sued in civil court for malicious prosecution and abuse of process.

Well believe it or not, this is not against the law for the city attorney to do, and they can even act in a malicious manner and still get what is known as prosecutorial immunity. B of A and SDPD may be sued, but not the CA (again the City can but only b/c they employ SDPD)..


sandiegogramma July 11, 2013 @ 10:28 p.m.

Too many words...too few facts! Really , San Diego? Whatever happened to a person is innocent until proven guilty? The shock of the allegation on Wednesday night filled me with sadness for what could have been, however, the trio's clownish appearance on TV giving the details (???) for their accusations filled me with anger. I'm not ready to give up on Mayor Filner yet. Hang in there, Bob! I'll walk with you until serious facts are made public that question your ability to lead our fair city!


Fred Williams July 12, 2013 @ 2:57 a.m.

Pat, unfortunately you and I have both labored in the trenches of San Diego politics.

As a result, we cannot take for face value the supposed scandal that's so convenient for the big players downtown. Donna Frye is someone I respect, and I sincerely believe she would not spread false or malicious rumors. Still, where is the evidence, or any specifics in the allegations, delivered third hand.

Don is right. There are BIG stories to follow... what Cory Briggs has to say about the corruption continuing under the new Mayor. That's what I want to hear more about. That happens to be extremely important, and if he's got evidence to back up his allegations (unlike the still unknown "victims" the media is salivating over interviewing) then real journalists should be very interested.

Let's see if Randy or any of the other hacks can actually read and understand such evidence, or if they'd rather speculate about supposed sex stories.


patflannery July 12, 2013 @ 2:09 a.m.

Don, you are like a breath of fresh air. I agree with everything you say here including your always polite replies to the comments. I particularly agree with your last paragraph:

"But the politicians whose names are being thrown around to replace Filner, if he can't overcome these obstacles, are those who would turn the City back to the downtown boosters. Now that is a BIG problem."

There is a lot of money involved downtown and on the waterfront. I fear that that is really what this is all about. Filner is refusing to play their money games and they want somebody who will. I hope for the sake of all of us that he survives.


monaghan July 14, 2013 @ 10:54 p.m.

Dorian, we have had quite enough people "hearing" things about this serious matter. Best to just report the facts.


monaghan July 14, 2013 @ 9:30 p.m.

Gosh, I forgot to tell in my email about the non-consensual sex part. It was hard to do it in the cubicle in City Hall, mostly because the cubicle is small and kind of hidden. And afterward, I was so traumatized and scared I just totally blanked out until today, Sunday, July 14, when my friends reminded me about it! I wanted to confide in Donna Frye so she could stand up and talk about me without naming names, but she had her press conference before I could even remember my story! Anyway, I really would like to confide in Donna and ask those two strong lawyers who were with her if they would represent me on a contingency basis because I haven't been paid off yet. Well, what I mean is, I don't have any money right now, I'm sort of low on cash. I don't want to say my name either because it's just better not to. Remind me, who were those lawyers again -- Manuel Gomez and Cary Bragg? Their number's probably in the book.


monaghan July 14, 2013 @ 10:38 p.m.

1) Dorian, sorry if you didn't get the sardonic tone of my riff on what you have reported. I'm just exaggerating for effect here because I am skeptical about what you have been told and then passed along to us.

2) I don't understand what you're saying about "the reaction from friends." This new nameless person either remembers the incident on her own or was reminded by friends. Which is it? Was she out of town and thus didn't know that sexual harassment allegations were being publicly leveled against Mayor Filner until she returned home and was reminded by friends of her own unwanted experience from months ago that she never did anything about? This is hard to buy.

3) Also enlighten us: you say she has been in contact with the lawyers but that she does not want to press charges. Why would someone be in touch with lawyers if one wasn't planning to press charges? No offense, but why would she call the Reader without giving specifics, like her name and the date of her appearance at City Hall, so that the story could be verified?

4) Finally, how do you know she isn't looking for any money? Because she said she wasn't? I mean, is she your mother? And if she is your mom, I thought journalists were supposed to verify even mothers' stories.


beachcam July 14, 2013 @ 11:57 p.m.

Did anyone think of contactting Willie Blair. To confirm if he was actually asked leave. He should remember since the once a month meet the Mayor event has only happened a few times since Filner has taken office. Oh that's right, confimation is not a requirment when submitting blogs to the Reader.