I agree Pat. Filner is a FIGHTER! whe he got on the freedom rider buses he signed a last will and testament. this is a man who stands on principal. Why should he step down? he should force them to pull him down. Force a recall. Filner does not have to step down. why should he? He is still going to be 100 times better than any alternative. he needs to stay and we need to fight for him and get these scumbags out. Hand counts people! hand counts! the Jacobs team also runs election software thru SAIC. CONNECT the dots and see what you find!
Don he can fight this if WE help him. This idea that we are all just gonna sit idly by and let him be steamrolled out of office makes me sick.
Filner has plenty of supporters! Its just that we dont have a bully pulpit or a megaphone and he would have plenty more supporters if they were educated about this.
no "he" cant fight this, but "we" together can. Just because all the media rags are against him and the leaders are doesnt mean the people are. I was at a party last night and the people there who knew little about this said this feels like a "coup" and were undecided on supporting Filner or not. So peoples gut is telling them this is a coup and if we support him and allow this to play out they will bury themselves.
I am struck by Diogenes' focus on the potential roll-back of the 30-foot coastal height limit if populist Mayor Filner is driven from office by the cabal of developers, bankers and labor arrayed against him today. The sex-distracted public ought to pay attention.
Last winter a newbie reporter from the Bob Filner-bashing / Nathan Fletcher-loving Voice of San Diego ran a story out-of-the-blue about getting rid of the 30-foot coastal building height-limit, ostensibly to limit rising housing costs. (It was the 40th anniversary of the law, passed overwhelmingly by a vote of the people of the entire city, challenged many times by developers, and finally upheld by the State Supreme Court. It can only be changed by another vote of the people.) There was heavy reader blow-back to the story.
VOSD did not include the law's legal history, but the Irwin-Jacobs-funded journal then brought in an out-of-town land-use specialist to talk to a public gathering about dismantling such stifling regulation. (Platform Two)
After that, VOSD CEO Scott Lewis penned an article in VOSD's comments-free members-only quarterly magazine. Lewis professed to being "taken aback at the blistering outrage" that followed his journal's "examination of the legacy of the coastal height limit on its 40th anniversary." But tellingly, the article was titled, "Don't Talk
About the Height Limit, Punk" -- dismissing objections as if they were from antiquated fuddy-duddies. (Platform Three)
And there may have been more amplification via collaboration with NBC 7/39, but I don't recall. (Platform 4+)
Writers objected to VOSD's tone of negative scrutiny rather than celebration. They were San Diegans who remembered personally going door-to-door, or being reached at home, to sign an initiative that would prevent further walling off the beaches of this town from the people -- ending the possibility of more 939 Coast Blvd. high-rises or the giant Pacific Beach condo tower or the La Jolla Shores hotel built in a residential neighborhood that sneaked in under the wire. These tall and bulky buildings still stand as testaments to what could happen without the 30-foot coastal zone height limit.
The VOSD story was a shot across the bow from wealthy men who fund the VOSD journal, such as Irwin Jacobs who wants carte blanche to re-do Balboa Park or change the School Board. And there are others vitally interested in land use who want to see Filner gone. U-T's owner Doug Manchester wants to build big at the Harbor and elsewhere. Mission Valley hotelier Terry Brown and other goniffs from the Tourism Management District want to use public taxes to promote their protfit-making properties. Labor in collusion with Spanos want to build a downtown football stadium with taxpayer dollars and to extend the gigantic underused Convention Center.
Diogenes is right to worry aloud here. We need to keep our eyes peeled, as they say.
The man was legally elected by a majority of voters. Whatever you think of what he allegedly did, it is absolutely disgusting what is happening. We are being led by mob rule.
Intellectually dishonest? You mean like anonymously slandering a man in the press simply because you didn't get what you wanted from him?
So far, almost all the 'accusers' have ties to the hoteliers, the port, SDSU, Jacobs, and those downtown development interests trying to build the Football Stadium, Expand the Convention center, and stop the Port expansion, all to make a few billion in real-estate.
Yet, not one has a claim valid enough for court? Smells fishy.
We have 13 victims people! This is an outrage! No one can stay in office after 13 women have accused them of sexual misconduct. There is no need to investigate these claims on their own merit because the sheer volume ...
As past president of our former HOA (338 fourplex townhomes) it was basically a eucalyptus forest. We'd lose a tree branch or two every winter, knocking down fences, or worse yet, going into someone's home. 15 years ago the Board approved an every-two year trimming of every tree, and have lost only a few since.
Once those trees buckle over in the next storm and kill someone, then the HOA will take notice, after receiving a wrongful death lawsuit.