tomjohnston Feb. 2, 2013 @ 2:47 p.m.

So why not just wear the damned seat belt and not get ticketed in the first place???


HonestGovernment Feb. 7, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m.

Ah, Lani Looter, Anti-Tax Libertarian in chief, and Ms. Busted-for-Sunroad-and-Improper-Permit-Issuance Marcella E-Eck and their buddy Scott the tweeter and blogger. But of course. But wait! Where is Rachel laing??? What a great crew of self-serving, greedy, small-time, small-minded scoundrels. Their insular little world of tweets to each other and their UT-vosd buddies is about as big-time as they'll ever know. These people make me sick, really. Always on the wrong side of everything, they are bitter, narrow minded, selfish, and incredibly stupid. Why don't they all move to Texas? Please, Rick Perry, here they are! Take them!


HonestGovernment Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:10 p.m.

They aren't just biz peeps. They are people whose business is to get their hands on public tax dollars. Yes, insular. Very. You know the names - Bry, Stoorza, Morgan, Jacobs, Braun, Manchester, Carr, Nikki and Ben Clay, Silverman, Ellsworth, McDowell, on and on...your blog's favorite people and companies (Sempra, Atlas Hotels, ULI, and on and on)..

DTSDP, as an organization, is not just the "business people" that comprise the org. It exists to take millions from tourists, property owners, and the city's general fund, and decides, often secretly, what to do with the money, with no real oversight. It is a quasi-government, and does things such as hire people who are crooks w/o consulting anyone, and pays them w/property owner assessments. You know who I mean.

The little tweeters are now on the far outside of the concentric circle rings. Boo-hoo, they are angry they are so far from the money pots. Sadly, Reader isn't reporting anything shocking. The article is just doing us the favor of a bit of background research that your blog would NEVER do. For example, a story that was headlined to be about the work stoppage on the centennial, after five sentences by Scott blogger, veered off into hitting Filner for other things. No info, no research. and the link to BPC Inc went to a useless website that has no info whatsoever about the BPC Inc operations (hint: real info is out there, dotinga: why don't you report on it?).


monaghan Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:10 p.m.

"Business people have business interests?" That must be comment from somebody over at the Voice of San Diego who knows whereof he speaks.


HonestGovernment Feb. 7, 2013 @ 6:15 p.m.

Gettin' down low, randy. The journo challenge is not to play word games about who is commenting on other people's work product, it's to research and write something that informs. You've obviously got enough time to do the latter. Francine uses her real name on the Scott blog and doesn't worry a bit about being known for her ideas. And Filner, of all people, needs no apologists and has none. That was Sanders' game, and he was very needy in that regard. The current Outer Circle Twits and bloggers spent a large part of their day serving him. Now they are all at loose ends.


Visduh June 25, 2013 @ 10:58 p.m.

We can only hope that the jury looks at the absurdity of this claim of vandalism for what it is, namely an attempt to stifle criticism. I would not call an acquittal in this case "jury nullification." I'd call it common sense.


BillRayDrums June 27, 2013 @ 6:21 p.m.

Sad when this stuff happens, the corporate interests are now deep in the nether regions of our legal system so flagrantly that they pull off things like this so overtly and in the open. It's pretty apparent on which side the judge's and city attorney's bread is buttered on.

Cause and effect will reign supreme here. This could very well be a career ender for a few people in the judicial system and Olson may end up owning the slabs of concrete under where stands every BofA in San Diego once the ACLU runs roughshod over this one.

I hope he follows through, maybe he'll turn them into concert venues, much like 4th & B was an old bank.

Anyhow, here's my my token "civil disobedience" http://missionfed.com Go open an account, so worth it. They are great.


photog921 June 28, 2013 @ 11:11 p.m.

Note to commenter above, commenter Nostalgic wrote "had time" not, "had the jurisdiction" to prosecute cases. Let's not be quite so literal.


nostalgic June 28, 2013 @ 8:37 p.m.

Mr. Goldsmith, it is time to let these chalkers go. Move on to something important. I hear children are setting up lemonade stands in various neighborhoods. Get on it! What else does the city attorney's office do? I thought they offer opinions, and respond to lawsuits against the city. This is the first I ever knew they had time to prosecute cases.


Fred Williams June 29, 2013 @ 4:14 a.m.

Dorian Hargrove works hard at journalism, and wins international coverage for The Reader story he broke about Goldsmith prosecuting a man for protesting bank fraud using childrens chalk.

Randy Dotinga, down on his luck VOSD freelancer, feeling sorry for himself and his fading career, figures the only way he can get in on the story is to try to be a mouthpiece for Goldsmith.

My bet is that Dotinga is angling for a PR job with the City Attorney's office...


SurfPuppy619 July 1, 2013 @ 6:06 p.m.

"As with most graffiti cases, Mr. Olson was offered reduction to an infraction after completing volunteer work service cleaning up graffiti," read the statement. "His refusal resulted in the trial and his successful defense." You NEVER take a case to trial you CANNOT win-ever. Squirrel Toupee had NO chance of wnning, yet went to trial. Jeff Olson now has a right to sue the SDPD in federal court for violating his 1st, 4th and 14 Amendment rights. Good job Squirrel Toupee you just cost the city tens of thousands in a civil judgment and hundreds of thousands in legal fees as Squirrel Toupee will be forced to pay Olson's attorney fees in any civil rights judgment (42 USC 1983, 1988)


nostalgic July 1, 2013 @ 6:19 p.m.

A vote of confidence for the jury system, who understand what was going on in spite of all the squelched evidence. Also, all the commenters who posted detailed data to support the defendant - Dorian has the best commenters anywhere. And congratulations to Dorian for making the national news!


BlueSouthPark July 1, 2013 @ 9:54 p.m.

But the City Atty and Council can't even discuss it in closed session, because Goldy is punishing Filner by cancelling all closed sessions untill Bob kisses Goldy's butt and apologizes.


Nick_Hentoff July 2, 2013 @ 6:18 a.m.

Judge Howard Shore is dead wrong. Not a single media report ever said it was likely that Olson would be sentenced to 13 years in prison but that is the possible sentenced he faced under California law. Judge Shore had the discretion, under California law to sentence Olson to 13 years in prison and a $13,000 fine for exercising his First Amenment rights.

The fact that such a sentence was unlikely, or that he never intended to impose such a draconian sentence, is besides the point. It was possible, and would have been legal which is what fueled the outrage. His self-serving post-verdict rationalizations are meant to mask the fact that he made a mockery of the Constitution by becoming the first judge in the United States to issue an order specifically prohibiting the words ree Speech"and First Amendment¨ from being mentioned in a court room and then issuing a general media gag order. His insinuation that the jury was influenced by media publicity is an insult to the jurors and the entire jury system.

If the City Attorney didn´t intend for such a draconian sentence to be a available to the judge as a sentencing option, than why did they overcharge the case in the first place? Because Jan Goldsmithś intent was to send a message to protestors that dissent the establishment finds offensivewill be suppressed with the full force of the law. But it is the people who sent a message to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and Judge Howard Shore. Both should be removed from office at the voters earliest opportunity.



HonestGovernment July 2, 2013 @ 4:24 p.m.

"waive all Fourth Amendment rights guarding against search and seizures"

This horrific "deal" deserves more attention. The DL suspension threat pales in comparison. The extreme nature of this Constitutional infringement makes it pretty clear that the heavy-handed charges had to be taken very seriously.

It's a shameful dodge for the judge to complain that "The media set the tone in this case by talking about a potential 13-year sentence. It had a tendency to infuriate the public instead of informing it. Anyone in the system, the lawyers and anyone involved, knew that maximum sentence would never be handed out but still it was reported."

The tone was set by Goldsmith's DCA's overreaching charges. That's what infuriated the people who read about this prosecution, not headlines detailing the charges.

By the way, Judge Shore, all of us in the lay public are not "anyone in the system." When we are told by government lawyers that we are being charged with 13 counts and 13 years, we don't laugh and shrug it off with your kind of insider understanding. Those were the charges and that's what was reported. Next time, Judge, tell the attorneys to drop the threats and thus the leverage and then there won't be any headlines to embarrass them and you.


monaghan July 2, 2013 @ 11:08 p.m.

Nice sleuthing here, dots connected, relevance apparent. Sometimes the endless lists of gifts/contributions back and forth, back and forth, among politicians, their minions and city influentials are tough to decipher, but not so in this case.

Good to know that Port commissioner Marshall Merrifield has made his fortune in video surveillance and security: keep an eye out for any of his gizmos appearing in new Port contracts. He's not into drones, is he?


Psycholizard July 12, 2013 @ 12:14 p.m.

When lawyers quote poets, they lack facts. Filner did not approve the Sunroad project, the council overrode his veto, this fact seems to be lost, if there is corruption, and I believe Sunroad corrupt, the focus should be on the council, if the money never paid the City is supposedly corrupt, then we should consider that the money Sunroad poured into City elections, checks that were actually cashed, might help explain why Sunroad believes it can ignore property law, and build in violation. I support Filner, but welcome an investigation.

I voted for Filner as a good guy with a bad temper. He usually makes the right enemies.


Duhbya July 12, 2013 @ 6:24 a.m.

"..... Mr Bauder is defending sexual assault". Really? That's truthfully how you interpret his commentary? How's that reading comprehension course working out for you?


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