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Murphyjunk: I understand that there is much more to come out on Trump's past. This complicates your statement. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2016

This is very interesting in that all the names are other-than-Hispanic. In Oceanside, the usual gangs are Hispanic, such as Center City and Posole, or Samoan. So, I'd guess the operations of the Crips are not just the usual punk street gang sort of thing.

But I would like to know more about the two "national brand hotels" referenced. One might assume they are low-end motels, not anything at all fancy. And the city does have Motel 6, along with Rodeway Inn, but no Econo Lodge. (Those are the lowest-end national brands I can think of.) Then again, maybe some of the better, newer hotels in town have been compromised and turned into hotbeds of illicit activity.

Feb. 11, 2017

Mike Murphy: Agreed: it is embarrassing. However, European countries have not come up with the greatest politicians -- Berlusconi, for example. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 10, 2016

Murphyjunk: I think this evening (Sunday) you will see a lot of dirt. I understand that this afternoon, Trump interviewed some of the females who allegedly had relations with Bill Clinton, then went to court. I am sure he will try to work Bill Cliinton's past into the scrum. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 9, 2016

Just Wondering: She lost her appeals and was severely criticized by Bar judges. Three suspensions do not speak well of any lawyer. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 7, 2016

ManOfLaMancha: You certainly know a lot about her background, and your defense is highly emotional. Are you sure you aren't biased? Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 7, 2016

Spectator sports are tolerated (and encouraged) at the national level for two reasons:

1- They inspire loyalty.

2- They distract the public.

1- All the flag/logo waving, rabid team loyalty, hate for the opposition and emotional turmoil are models for patriotic citizenship. Government needs us to feel this way so that we can send our patriotic children to fight wars to support our corporate profits around the world. Similarly, government encourages scouting, the Pledge of Allegiance, and other activities that promote loyalty and respect for uniforms and uniformity. The loyalty concept is extended to the sport fan's city, state and country; but also beyond that to products (shoes, soft drinks, chewing tobacco...) used by teams and star performers. It's a gravy train for corporations and government.

2- People who come to work in the morning eager to discuss 'the big game' are less aware of their small paycheck, their poor working conditions, or anything political that doesn't involve sports. Corporations love these distracted employees who never find the time to complain. Politicians love them because they don't pay attention to what politics is doing to them and they vote guided by the advertising they see. Television and other mindless entertainments serve the same purpose but with less lingering emotion than sports.

Jan. 13, 2017

Mike Murphy: There are crooks all over the world. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 14, 2016

Divine Doctors.

Dec. 7, 2016

Mail-order degrees.

Dec. 7, 2016

I apologize, it's my fault.

I buy more and more from Amazon and less and less in my own community (just spent another $200+ at Amazon today). I know this is wrong, but I just don't get out to shop much and the internet is so easy… I never go to bars, restaurants, theaters or any entertainment venues any more (never did much).

I do support farmers' markets, my independent Ace hardware store, and a few locally owned businesses in Hillcrest & North Park. I support various arts groups, homeless support groups and political action groups.

There was a time when Americans were encouraged to 'Buy American', but that's almost impossible now. And it has always been a good idea to support business in your own community, but that's not so practical as it once was.

March 3, 2017

Visduh: Steigerwalt was quoted endlessly on TV (and I would suspect that this was related to the fact that he was a big advertiser on TV). People took the advertising seriously, and went to the law firm where they got a high-pressure sales job from salesmen who were not lawyers. They paid upfront and did not get the legal help they paid for. The Bar rightly came down on Steigerwalt, but not sufficiently, in my judgment.

He never should have moved in to head the Pacific Law Center, which had a smelly reputation. He told me he intended to reform it, but he should have known that couldn't be done. He was fortunate to get off with two years of probation and one year of actual suspension. Best, Don Bauder

March 6, 2017

Maryanne Beckham: Because of its deep infrastructure and pension deficits, San Diego can't afford to dump money into a professional sports team of any kind. San Diego State isn't loaded with money, either. If SDSU has an abundance of lucre, it should go into education, not sports.

I am not sure it is wise to tear down Qualcomm now. The Chargers may come back, tails between their legs. Manchester's idea to recruit another team could work, as long as there would not be a subsidy. The NFL wants a team in San Diego, although I am not sure why: incomes are moderately above the U.S. average, while the cost of living is one of the highest in the U.S. Thus, personal seat licenses are out. of the question.San Diego's mix of corporations and of wealthy individuals does not suggest that luxury suites would be very profitable. And there is too much else to do in San Diego for a much lower cash layout than the cost of a NFL game ticket. Best, Don Bauder

March 8, 2017

Visduh: The group putting forward the first redevelopment plan claims the soccer stadium won't be subsidized. But others who have studied the proposal say the group proposes to pay very little for the land. If true, that is a hidden subsidy. That land is valuable. (I haven't yet gone through the proposal, and won't soon, because Papa Doug Manchester has already tossed out a competing idea that would be based on football, not soccer. He would rehab Qualcomm; that's a good idea. He would try to bring in a NFL team, maybe the Raiders. That would require a subsidy and is not good.)

It bothers me that the league is relying on massively inflated attendance numbers. That is an attempt to get civic leaders to conclude that a soccer team is helping the economy. As virtually every objective study has shown, a subsidy to a pro sports team does NOT stimulate an economy. Giving away land to a developer (as in the Moores/Petco example) is a loser to the community. Why not let market forces determine the usability of land?

Worldwide, soccer is the most popular sport. Football appears to have peaked. But now, I doubt soccer can be forced on most metro areas. Supposedly, it would attract immigrants in the population. But in San Diego, those immigrants have very low salaries. So ticket prices would have to be very cheap -- so cheap that the team might not make money. Best, Don Bauder

March 8, 2017

alexiness: The initiative is an enormous document, highly technical. Developers want it to go through the council, not be put up to a vote. But council members won't read that thing. Just big enough to hide subsidies in. You might read works by Judith Grant Long explaining how subsidies are hidden. Best, Don Bauder

March 9, 2017

Big Pharma should take responsibility for their contribution to addiction.

March 9, 2017

I was thinking of a similar question - why does a soccer stadium require development? Why does the FS group need 100+ acres for a 20,000 seat soccer stadium? How about put in an offer for 20 acres - should be enough to build a soccer stadium and parking structure - and have a period of open bidding to get the true free market value.

March 11, 2017

escomaniac: Profits of NFL teams are enormous. The Chargers, in particular, are extremely profitable. They pay almost no rent, thanks to a giveaway by the City of San Diego. I can't bless any particular profit number, though. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 27, 2015

Murphyjunk: San Diego arts groups such as the symphony and opera get public money, but it's a tiny fraction of what sports teams get. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 27, 2015

Ron Roberts cried when he heard the news. I delight in those sweet, sweet, tears.

"Good riddance Chargers! Aztecs football, you're next!"

San Diego has suffered enough from sports scavengers and parasites like Spanos. When John Moores is finally jailed for his Padres-related crimes against the city, and former city manager Jack McGrory finally gets the public contempt he earned for being a traitor, my satisfaction will be complete.

Jan. 13, 2017

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