RogerO July 13, 2018 @ 5:56 p.m.

Dan has a wife, a family and owns a home in San Diego. Fireman get a pretty good retirement. The life-threatening illness that he has may be the result of breathing so much toxic fumes as a fireman, trying to save people's lives, homes and other property.


ebartl July 13, 2018 @ 12:35 p.m.

Mr. Russell is an Army veteran and retired fireman of 27 years. He spends several hours a day cleaning up trash because he wants communities and roadways to look clean, not because he doesn't have anything better to do. Is that what you are thinking, only a homeless person would spend so much time picking up trash?


ebartl July 13, 2018 @ 3:32 p.m.

When an elderly man who has spent his life in public service is the victim of an attack why would law enforcement officials treat him such that he feels he is being given the runaround? When a reporter questions the City Attorney, the top law enforcement official for misdemeanors in the City of San Diego, about whether the perpetrator of an attack against an elderly man will face charges, why would her spokesperson's first reaction be to make a serious accusation against the elderly victim? and against a reporter who sees the need to tell his story? It's a completely false accusation by the way. Telling the story of an elderly man who was peacefully demonstrating before he was robbed and injured is not advancing a hateful position. I don't advance positions of any hate group and I believe Russell when he says he is not part of a hate group and does not hate his political opponents. "The people yelling at me and attacking me are the hateful ones," he said.


RogerO July 13, 2018 @ 5:51 p.m.

Dan is not a member of a "hate group," but that is beside the point. Even members of hate groups have a right to be protected by the law. Even prominent attorneys, like Siminou, are not supposed to be ABOVE the law. The City prosecutor is sworn to uphold the law. Labelling your political opponents "haters", "Nazis" or "white supremacist" has become a popular way of marginalizing them and dehumanizing them. It devalues the meaning of these terms, when half the population can be gratuitously labelled "Nazis" and it justifies such attacks in the minds of leftist extremists. Mara Elliott campaigned on the promise to make the City Attorney's office LESS political. It seems she has just drastically ramped up the politics. Very sad. It seems that Mara Elliot and her staff may the real "haters". Here is some video of the incident.


jnojr July 19, 2018 @ 3:54 p.m.

Anyone who disagrees with you is a Nazi and deserves to be attacked? Got news for you, buddy... YOU'RE the Nazi here.


Cassander Aug. 9, 2018 @ 11:05 a.m.

Over his four-plus years as mayor, Kev-boy has done nothing but avoid "addressing the urgent issues of homelessness, road repair and protecting our economy." That's why nobody is buying what he's selling.


monaghan Aug. 9, 2018 @ 12:32 p.m.

Like the oppressive heat and humidity, one has to ask: when will we ever get relief?

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is shockingly inept. He should have made common cause with Councilman David Alvarez to raise the hotel visitor tax to deal with San Diego's ballooning homeless population -- and throw in something for needed street repair -- and there would have been a real chance for two-thirds passage in November. Keeping expansion of the Convention Center in the mix guarantees defeat. Maybe Faulconer will blame this embarrassment on "bad advice," as his inept predecessor ex-Mayor Jerry Sanders recently did in the fiasco over full funding of public employee pensions.


JustWondering Aug. 9, 2018 @ 3:28 p.m.

Maybe this is an indicator of how San Diegans really feel about this initiative. If so called professional signature gatherers cannot get people to sign up, why do our local politicians believe this thing would ever pass if given a full unbiased vote at the ballot box?


Visduh Aug. 9, 2018 @ 3:57 p.m.

The Airbnb crowd is now out gathering signatures, using professional canvassers. Let it be true that San Diegans will not fall for that campaign either. Are the city residents finally awakening to how they keep getting screwed? It would be so nice to think so.


JustWondering Aug. 10, 2018 @ 8:37 a.m.

Here’s a law the citizens of San Diego should pass. Former city officials, elected or appointed, are banned from lobbying, in any way, current city officials, elected or appointed, in any form whatsoever, for a period of no longer than twenty years.
The framers of our republic intended for citizens to participate in public service and then to return to their private lives. Career politicians = malfeasance and corruption, we see it over and over.


Ponzi Aug. 13, 2018 @ 3:33 p.m.

It seems if your husband is the mayor, you can comfortably run a DMC that screams “Take Over the Streets of San Diego!” You can talk about strategy over dinner or in bed.

This should be a separate story. There must be a conflict of interest.


JustWondering Nov. 3, 2018 @ 3:15 p.m.

Sorry dwbat but Carl is right on this issue. Yes on Proposition 6. Taxpayers need to send a message to have plenty of our dollars, just stop wasting them on frivolous programs or boondoggles.


JustWondering Nov. 3, 2018 @ 8:31 a.m.

Yes on Prop 6. A simple yet meaningful message to Sacramento not to abuse the taxpayers.


monaghan Nov. 4, 2018 @ 4:05 p.m.

It's fine if you're rich and retired. Not so great if you are a working stiff and need your car or truck to get to work or to do your work. Think about it: 20 cents a gallon every time you fill up and $125 more every year to register your car with the State. This is not about "eating the candy bar without paying" nor is it "sensible." The gas tax hurts poor people most of all and was pushed through by Democrat legislators who get a car and a gasoline allowance for their "public service." YES on 6 to Repeal the Gas Tax.


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