oskidoll Jan. 11, 2015 @ 12:50 p.m.

Well aardvark, there were a number of factors. First, not enough informed people bothered to vote. Second, McCann's opponent was flawed as well and had a history that came back to haunt him...McCann used those flaws as fodder for hit piece-type campaign mailers that painted the opponent's flaws in bright colors while casting McCann as a 'victim' of the rabble rousers. And third, in my opinion, is a possible problem with level playing field at the County Registrar of Voters. Michael Vu has his own troubling past; we do not yet know why during the count of absentee/provisional ballots, McCann received an after-hours call from the Registrar of Voters Office (McCann's own description of why he abruptly left dinner at an Eastlake restaurant with Interim Supt. SUHSD) just prior to his phone-throwing tantrum with Kevin O'Neill ---and I am still wondering if his opponent also received the courtesy of a phone call or if someone at the ROV office was playing favorites.

As you must know, it was a close election...with only two votes separating the candidates, at final count...neither of whom represented, in my opinion, our 'best and brightest'. It is sad but true.


oskidoll Jan. 14, 2015 @ 2:08 p.m.

At least Mayor showed John who is boss of THIS council! That didn't stop him from being the partisan jerk we know him to be, but Mayor Salas called him out on it. Good for her.

Pamela Bensoussan finally saw the handwriting on the wall. Too bad it took her so long to get over her intransigence and post-election snit.

Too bad it had to be such a long-drawn out and contentious process, but those who were determined to play out their little drama in the shadows were forced to play in the open. Mary's arm will be sore from banging the gavel so hard!


shirleyberan Jan. 14, 2015 @ 8:05 p.m.

They showed a news clip of McCann basically attempting to run the meeting, something about swearing in Miesen right away. She wasn't having any of it, So proud of her!


eastlaker Jan. 20, 2015 @ 2:52 p.m.

I might have known there would be a David Malcolm connection.

Business as usual then?


bbq Jan. 20, 2015 @ 3:10 p.m.

Hey, we all live in a very small pond where you don't need to be a 1% to be a mover and shaker. That goes to say the rest of us need to be extra vigilent of the snake oil salesmen (and women) around us.
If it's too good to believe, it's probably bunk..... BBQ


cvret Jan. 20, 2015 @ 5:55 p.m.

I guess all those contributions to the current council member AND the city attorney paid off for steverino, at least that's what 10news was implying


cvret Jan. 20, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m.

10news just now reporting that there may be a problem with the appointment


VigilantinCV Jan. 20, 2015 @ 5:14 p.m.

WOW!!! Have we ever been so supremely duped? It seems to me that when David Malcolm failed to power-play the City Council into appointing "barbie-doll" Shirley Horton, he settled for "Ken" (his old friend and fellow investor, Steve Miesen). This explains why Councilmembers Bensoussan and McCann finally capitulated. What a perfectly awful outcome for Chula Vista.


johndewey Jan. 20, 2015 @ 7:19 p.m.

I’ve followed educational issues in Sweetwater for some time. When I read this article, it brought back the questions that were raised about John McCann’s appointment of David Malcolm to the school district’s 7-11 committee. Connections, connections, connections.


joepublic Jan. 20, 2015 @ 6 p.m.

It seems that Mr. Miesen will be recusing himself quite a bit from council decisions since, according to this article, not only does he work for Republic Services, he owns stock in it too.  Residential or commercial, all developments need their trash hauled. This seems like a big mistake.


cvret Jan. 20, 2015 @ 8:44 p.m.

I grew up in Chicago and had some low level political connections so everyone always mentions political corruption to me. Let me tell you, with what I have seen with Sweetwater schools, Southwestern College, San Ysidro schools, Chula Vista, etc, all of the south bay politicians could teach Chicago a thing or two about corruption.


shirleyberan Jan. 21, 2015 @ 4:28 a.m.

I mean, oh damn! But seems like the first time for attention to conflict of interest anywhere. Should have seen it sooner. When did Ed get there to catch that wave?


Visduh Feb. 17, 2017 @ 8:23 p.m.

Anything new or surprising here? Not to me, and not to anyone who has lived in the San Diego area for a long time. TJ was always was a trashy, dumpy place. Gringos loved it because it was so different from a first-world city that actually collected trash, had working sewers, and some standards for public health.

In recent years, we were told by the media, such as our not-so-esteemed U-T, that TJ was a clean and modern city. LOL. Anyone who fell for that sort of nonsense deserved to have his/her pocket picked on a trip to TJ to enjoy its "fine dining." There's nothing very fine or nice or good about that border city. "Eet ees what eet ees", an' that's that.

When Mexico ever decides to join the world at large and at least pretend to be something like a first world nation, then some progress is possible. But for now, bad trash pickup, bad cops, street crime against tourists, and unsanitary dining and food are what defines the place. Oh, I wish it were not so, but wishing doesn't change a thing.


Visduh Jan. 4, 2017 @ 9:40 p.m.

Until the eateries adjust their menu prices, expect to see those surcharges. 'Way back a long time ago, 1973 to be exact, the effect of price controls finally hit the restaurant industry in the form of higher food prices and the unavailability of beef for several weeks. Many restaurants put on a surcharge at that time to offset, it was claimed, the higher cost of food. I don't really recall whether those came off, or if they stayed until the prices were raised.

We need to remember that one of the reasons for generous tipping was that wait staff didn't get paid much in light of the work and the demands on them. So we generous diners gradually went from tipping about 10% in the 1950's to a "recommended" 20% by the 1990's. With the staff now being paid better, maybe it's time to take a good hard look at the notion of giving out tips in the 20% range for everyday, unexceptional service. I'm going to be tipping less generously from here on out, and especially when the service is indifferent or negative.

That claim that "wages and employee costs are as much as 95 percent of a restaurant's expenses" is ludicrous. Even where the chef serves ordinary, basic and cheap food and gets a too-high price for it, the place still has to buy the food! Then there's the matter of rent, utilities and maintenance that probably eat up close to 40% of the total costs of operation. It is a tough business, and has a low profit margin in most cases. But it is also possible to do very well if the owner or manager is willing to work hard, show some pride in the stuff coming out of the kitchen, and be creative while remembering that they don't sell food exactly. What they sell is satisfaction. Pissing off the public is just plain dumb, and if you want your surcharge, tell the diner about it as he/she sits down to order.


dwbat Dec. 20, 2016 @ 8:06 a.m.

These are that Shell's prices as of December 19, when I shot this photo.



Bvavsvavev March 4, 2015 @ 5:56 p.m.

Susan, as usual great reporting on an important issue in our community. As far as mello roos, i find Rick's quick response a bit worrisome. As with mello roos collected by the school districts, at some point the bond is repaid in full, so what happens with the extra money collected in those CFD's? For example, Eastlake I was established in 1989 and Eastlake II in the mid 90's. My question is, where are we in the amount owed v. paid? When I look at my taxes, I notice that 53% of the special assessment (or mello roos) I pay annually go to the City of Chula Vista. I expect most in mello roos paying community pay about the same rate.

If, like in the Sweetwater Union High School District, the original bond has been paid and is at over 100%, that money can be used for services and infrastructure, ie - road maintenance. It would be good to know where the CFD's are in in their repayment schedule. I wonder if there has been a recent audit of the mello roos the City collects?

I hate to say there is an East / West divide in Chula Vista, but when it comes to paying taxes there is. When you pay a special tax for infrastructure then that money should be used to maintain the infrastructure in those communities that pay it.


AlexClarke Feb. 19, 2017 @ 6:49 a.m.

And just why is the UC system allowing any foreign students to attend. Is not the UC system taxpayer supported? Did we run out of American students that need (and qualify for) a college education? Should we not invest in our children and insure they have access to education before we import children from another country? Just wondering.