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                 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.

April 29, 2018

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

April 25, 2018

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.

April 24, 2018

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..

June 21, 2018

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

Aug. 17, 2018

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.

Aug. 31, 2018

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.

Aug. 31, 2018

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!

Aug. 31, 2018

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!

Aug. 31, 2018

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.

Sept. 20, 2018

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.

Sept. 21, 2018

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!

March 15, 2019

This is a pretty balanced article on a pretty controversial topic. For the San Diego general public I earlier attempted to distill the issues in an op ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune. See: Why San Diego Unified should drop its plans to address "Islamophobia" (Title used in print version: ‘School No Place For Islamic Apologetics”) BY STUART H. HURLBERT, San Diego Union-Tribune, May 11, 2017, p. B21 http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sd-utbg-islamaphobia-cair-schools-20170510-story.html The main issue is really not so much about “bullying” as about attempts to impose politico-religious doctrines on public school students. As the Eric Bartl’s article makes clear, “bullying” of diverse sorts is a perennial problem with young people not getting strong ethical foundations from their parents. But it is not rocket science, and good teachers and administrators should need no outside help in dealing with it. It is interesting (and humorous and symptomatic of deeper problems) that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have taken different stances on the actions of the SD Unified School District and the lawsuit by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund. Neither organization has the integrity to be taken seriously on this issue. Both organizations engage in “bullying” and “hate speech” against those organizations supporting the recommendations of past US national commissions advocating large reductions in immigration to the U.S. and supporting US population stabilization. The unethical behavior of SPLC in particular has been documented for decades (http://www.populationstabilization.org/censorship.html), and finally the organization seems to have crashed in disarray (https://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc_29_3/tsc-29-3-nachman_printer.shtml) – but with half a billion dollars in the bank! With that moola any zombie has a good chance of arising from the dead!

May 22, 2019

Tolerance from non-believers for religious people is important in a civilized society. I don't think it's generally true what you say: "if you don't believe as I do you are an enemy." Maybe it's more like, you are an outsider -- an entirely positive thing to be in this country. For the most part, religious believers usually derive social or spiritual comfort from their conforming participation and do not weaponize their beliefs against others. That should cut both ways.

May 23, 2019
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Aug. 28, 2019

I'd say prominent parties are skating from responsibility here.

Superintendent Cindy Marten recently got a gratuitous one-year extension on her unexpired six-figure contract, approved by four out of five San Diego Unified School Board trustees. A few years ago Superintendent Marten and the same four Board members tolerated outrageous interference and damage done by then-trustee Marne Foster who drove out excellent principals at Lincoln High and magnet SD School of Creative and Performing Arts. Only after incidents of financial chicanery surfaced did Foster resign her board position -- with a farewell bouquet of roses from colleagues.

But Foster's successor trustee, well-regarded African-American educator Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, refused to vote in favor of Superintendent Marten's contract extension this spring, citing the (disastrous academic and social) situation at Lincoln High School that led its entire administration (described in this story) to be summarily removed in June.

Let's hope District Attorney Summer Stephan is able to prosecute Lincoln High's predator/pimp/teacher Jason Crawford. Let's hope San Diego gets rid of elementary-educator Superintendent Cindy Marten who has proved repeatedly she has no idea how to run urban secondary schools. Let's hope the City of San Diego replaces its discredited Board of Labor Cronies with some new blood. And let's thank school trustee Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne for doing the right thing, along with intrepid Readerwriter Eric Bartl.

And great photographs by Matthew Suarez.

Aug. 28, 2019

I agree with kudos to the Reader for exposing this. My heart goes out to this young lady. What a horrible ordeal. Needless to say, he shouldn't be teaching. He should be in jail.

Aug. 28, 2019

It's true what Eric Bartl says: find a good reporter to talk to. A good reporter will listen to you, will follow up, will question the authorities, will try to uncover what may be getting buried and will determine if there is a story to be printed. But forget about looking for help from KPBS. KPBS' Midday Edition news conversation today completely ignored this Reader story about overt sexual predation by a teacher at Lincoln High School. Wow.

KPBS' reporter mentioned last June's administrative personnel rout at Lincoln and alluded to unspecified longstanding "district problems" with Lincoln. She never said a word about Lincoln students' rock-bottom emergency-level under-achievement in reading and math. Instead she moved on to La Jolla secondary students who have been granted an experimental "late-start" time which will allow them to get more morning shut-eye. She concluded with no new information on the unresolved struggle of San Ysidro families to re-gain yanked bus transportation for their kids.

Aug. 30, 2019

Eric Bartl is uncovering and exposing serious failures in schools. The teacher and counselor recognized and acted upon the signs of trafficking. Shockingly (or maybe not so shockingly), Vice Principal Soto failed to report abuse to the authorities. There should be public outcry regarding this. Failure to mandate report is a misdemeanor.

Serious security and boundary breaking issues are exposed in the scenarios covered in this article.

Sept. 1, 2019

Looks like Marcel deleted his comment, in case anyone is wondering why I addressed a Marcel. He said my article is offensive to a certain demographic and asked why this story is focused on when the same thing is happening in other schools. I asked him to tell me about any other school in which a teacher was accused of trying to pimp out his own students. He did not tell me of any and responded by deleting his comment. I also responded to him that I had asked San Diego police detectives, prosecutors from district attorney's office and anti-human trafficking activists if they had ever heard of a case of a teacher pimping out their own students. Nobody I spoke to had ever heard of a situation like this before. I'm leaving my responses here because I know Marcel is not the only person asking these kinds of questions. I have heard of people trying to attribute false motives to this story, as if there is anything else to this than reporting allegations of an extreme type of misconduct no decent person would defend, regardless of their demographic.

Aug. 31, 2019
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