dannytri April 29, 2018 @ 5:29 p.m.

                 Voting without prejudice on the San Diego City Council

Sometime last year, the San Diego City Council voted on a religious organization moving into Mission Valley. What happened next should shock you. Despite the projects blessing from San Diego's planning department, at least two Council Members preferred a red herring approach by claiming foul facts. This appalls me as a candidate for City Council.

I remember my Father telling me what a Catholic priest had told him before shipping out in the Pacific during WWII. The priest said, "Teddy, you don't have to like anyone but must love everybody." Voting of elected officials has somewhat the same import in being objective, steady and without prejudice. Unfortunately for our society, we are living through a history of identity and protected class warfare where we all become losers. The greater whole is lost upon tribes and their respective political infighting.

This is unacceptable and as a candidate, I will not condone such intellectually dishonest acts of governance. When a religious organization comes before the San Diego City Council, it is outside government purview in considering personal beliefs of some church members. It is critical to stick to the facts in terms of land use, fiscal propriety and other pertinent neighborhood concerns but whether a congregator adheres to some religious belief is immaterial. There is evidence of this bias on the San Diego City Council. Scapegoating as a tactic in governance is totally unethical and must be curtailed. The use of red herrings in the public trust is at best shady and intellectually dishonest in that all votes ought to be cast without prejudice. My desire is to cast votes in clear harmony with truth, responsibility and in the public trust.

Noteworthy perhaps, is the view of America's philosopher John Dewey, who despite a childhood rearing in organized religion had become distanced from faith throughout his career yet remained steady in his belief of religion as a pacifier within our human condition. My personal belief as a candidate is to stick with land use, fiscal responsibility, neighborhood desires and not to second guess a few folks social beliefs. I'll let the first amendment to the United States Constitution do it's job.


monaghan April 25, 2018 @ 2:27 p.m.

Certainly not "less than honorable," but definitely unconventional and definitely perennial. I think you have to own it.


monaghan April 24, 2018 @ 10:34 p.m.

This is a very funny story, outlining the ways Dems and Reps alike are in disarray this year, with self-important progressive journals censoring unconventional (if perennial) candidates and describing other unspeakable dustups.Thanks Eric Bartl.


Ncortes12 June 21, 2018 @ 10:14 p.m.

I’ve never met or know Eric and after seeing his other stories and retreading this article perhaps I was a bit harsh and I apologize for attacking his writing. Clearly he did put work and takes his craft seriously. Like I mentioned though, been hearing these stories all my life (except the rather “new” influx of the Chaldean population which have made El Cajon uniquely diverse) and frustrated and hoped to hear something new about the town many of us call home. Perhaps it’s boring but for the record I’ve never seen anyone shoot up, heard racist comments, or been to The Grand. But to be fair I don’t get out much these days. I have tasted some of the best Mexican food out here though, great middle eastern cuisine, relieved Big Lebowski moments at a great bowling alley, strolled around some great trails and parks and more or less live 30 minutes from any beach, mountain, restaurant and have met some of the most down to earth hard working (boring to some I guess) people out here in El Cajon. I will admit one thing though- July and August are scorching hot months and it can be brutal- oh but there’s Parkway Plaza air conditioning for that..


Wabbitsd Aug. 17, 2018 @ 12:47 p.m.

Well, Arthur Stanos, thanks for stepping in with a cool head and helping.


Julie Stalmer Aug. 31, 2018 @ 8:46 a.m.

An officer I interviewed for a story said that defecating and pissing on the street isn't a crime unless a police officer sees it happen. It makes sense that spitting would be the same thing. It seems in the face is an assault though.


dwbat Aug. 31, 2018 @ 8:57 a.m.

Shoplifting also seems to be so common now that police don't respond to those crimes. I've seen it happen in North Park. Apparently it's just part of the cost of doing business these days.


JustWondering Aug. 31, 2018 @ 9:11 a.m.

If I were you I immediately file a complaint with the police department for poor service. First: being spat upon is a crime, period. It is a battery and crime against a person. It is a misdemeanor and yes the officer cannot, by law, make an arrest unless the misdemeanor occurs in his or her presence. But that’s why we have citizen’s arrest. And, no the suspect most likely would not have gone to jail. They would have been issued a misdemeanor citation with their promise to appear in court at a later date. But it is still a crime and NEEDS TO BE REPORTED. Second: the officer at the front counter at 14th & Broadway, PDHQ, should have taken the report. All he or she needed to do is send the report the automated crime reporting system to the proper command, in this case central division. This is an example of repeated may-tagging, washing out a legitimate crime report by those who a being too lazy to take the report.

While the chances of this case getting to court are very slim all of the officers you contacted should have taken the report. In the City of San Diego all misdemeanors are prosecuted by the City Attoney’s office, not the District Attorney. If the suspect is identified later, a notify warrant can be issued. And you will be required to testify in court of the case would be dismissed.

All officers who refused to take this report should now be reprimanded for failing to properly take the report. I urge you to follow through, ,file a crime report, demand to see a supervisor, and file a complaint!


JustWondering Aug. 31, 2018 @ 12:29 p.m.

Sadly the officers made more of an effort to wash out this report than just taking it. ALL THE MORE REASON TO FILE A COMPLAINT!


Visduh Sept. 20, 2018 @ 5:04 p.m.

So two days later the cops, even though they have a photo of the suspect vehicle and three eyewitnesses, haven't come up with a suspect. Great effort guys.


Cassander Sept. 21, 2018 @ 10:20 a.m.

Exactly, Visduh. Thanks to the Reader for publishing the license plate without blurring the number, so the public can once again do the work that's too much trouble for those paid to do it.

And an extra special thanks to these ladies for going out of their way to help this poor kid—they need to receive special commendations.


SalULloyd March 15, 2019 @ 10:28 p.m.

Well, let's see. 2003 to 2018. Hilltop High, that was on Jerry Ringtone's watch. Two-faced council member who was I believe an AP when when I was in h.s. and who wanted to propose to a classmate on the Great Wall of China! Check the age difference here! LOL And BVH that was on micro-manager Batista's watch who insults people's intelligence at interviews and has a nutjob and who ripped off the District with her 90 minute lunches. Yeah, I believe Escoto!


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