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David Dodd

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Volquez has been rumored to be out of here for awhile. Also, Volquez is already arbitration eligible, and is making more than 10 times what Arrieta is making with the O's this season. Perhaps the trade would do them both good, but I would really like to see what Balsley could do with Arrieta. If that deal doesn't happen, I am certainly all for the Padres trading Volquez at some point this season, as they don't need to be paying a .500 pitcher for his career $6 or 7 miilion that he would probably get next year in arbitration.

June 24, 2013

Great to read about all the background on Jeff Olson and the lead-up to the charges and trial. Good story, and congratulations to Dorian Hargrove for shining a light on the events. Also, congratulations to Jeff Olson and Tom Tosdal for standing up for principle and for winning.

Hoping this is Part 1. Want to know more about the courtroom atmosphere and the jurors. More!

I continue to be shocked at the thought of Jeff Olson losing his 4th Amendment rights in order to avoid trial. Are the San Diego cops so overstaffed and unbusy that they could find time to randomly search Olson's home and person, ... for chalk or political literature? What?

The extreme plea deals offered and the arrogance of the judge, who criticized the press and media for reporting the maximum charges Jeff Olson faced (as if reporters are obligated to assure the public that the worst would never happen?), are frightening. I hope this abuse of the City Attorney's office brings about some internal changes in the official protocol for deciding on charges brought, and some deep introspection among the Deputy City Attorneys as to the political nature of the office and their boss. They might do a little protesting of their own in the future. I'm also curious if any of the five DCAs in the courtroom on the final day were from the Civil Rights division, if there is one.

July 3, 2013

David Dodd: I guess I use the word a-hole multiple times because I have been called an a-hole so many times. Actually, journalists are paid to be a-holes. Best, Don Bauder

July 28, 2013

Get over it dwbat. Have you ever padded an expense account? Ever claim office supplies as your own? Same thing, smaller scale. If we were to try every politician that padded an expense account the jails would be full of them.

What about Filner's holier-than-thou accusers who sat silent for years? How many lives could these thoughtless servants of the people have spared from the humiliation of the dreaded Filner headlock? Why don't we investigate the rumors that surfer dude Donna Frye has a DUI or two to her credit? How about the allegations against Jan Goldsmith for Domestic Violence? Who cares about alleged drunks and wife beaters? We have a fanny pincher on the prowl!

I once dated a lawyer who encountered on-the-job sexual harassment. She wrote off the first offense as the liquor doing the talking at an office party. The second time he touched her she said, "The next time you lay so much as a finger on, I'm calling the cops AND you'll be wearing your balls as a scarf." Filner's accusers are tough, credible career women, not helpless haufraus given their 15 minutes of fame on "Oprah." Had a retired Navy rear-admiral and college dean come forward as individuals, do you really think anyone would have ignored their allegations? In PC terms, doesn't that make them all Filner-enablers? Instead, they wait for someone to put a package deal together for them. The whole thing stinks.

July 29, 2013

Don't be scared! I'm a very white girl in her 20's and I have lived in TJ for almost two years without a problem. Is that to say bad things don't happen here? No. But they happen everywhere. Tijuana is an interesting and different place to visit, and it's so close! Yes you can find Mexican food and cool bars in SD, but does that mean you never leave it? I hope not. All I'm trying to say is don't be afraid to come down just because of what the media says. When I watch the news for the states, the US looks like a pretty scary place. Tijuana isn't for everybody it's true, but it is for open minded people looking for a good time who would like to explore our culturally rich and fascinating sister city. I love it here :)

Aug. 9, 2013

Lots of moves to be made soon (possibly), as the rosters can expand in a week.

Aug. 25, 2013

One of the best Reader cover stories this year. Superb writing by Beaudeau. Two thumbs up.

Sept. 28, 2013

Really, really enjoyed this story. How the cholo on the cover has anything to do with this fine account, we may never know.

Oct. 2, 2013

Good story. Several years ago, where Teran Teran Street crosses the river, the calafia (little bus) that I was riding broke down. I jumped off to have a smoke and strolled down to the jumble of rickety housing that clung to the side of the river. It was just a little patch of shanties. It was all that was left of the sprawling colony that once survived their. The area was surrounded by existing maquiladoras and others being built. It was very obvious that in just a matter of time these shacks would also be leveled. The wall of one shanty was made of wooden pallets. A small child peered at me from between the slats. For some goofy reason I got real sad. Maybe its because I grew up in the same house for the first thirty years of my life and I understand the stability that comes with it. I wonder about that child sometimes. Stupid me.

Sept. 26, 2014

For us native San Diegans, Baja and San Diego are the same city. My grandparents spent a lot of time in Baja during prohibition and after. They hung out with movie stars like John Wayne and future Chief Justice Warren and icons like the guy that invented the Ceaser Salad (he taught my Irish/Scottish grandmother to make the best tortilla chips!). He used to come to family BBQs quite often too in Pt. Loma. My first visit to Baja was when I was less than a year old. Our neighbors to the south are just that ~ our neighbors.

July 6, 2015

They are human beings. Just like you and I.

Aug. 22, 2015

Good story RG, I am very familiar with the situation and have my opinion but I'll keep it to myself. One humorous note, when you enter Mexico now by foot you immediately see two signs. One says Mexicans and the other says foreigners. It's funny to see how many African Americans and Anglo Americans try to slip into the Mexican line. The other day two old Mexican ladies were ahead of me and as we both watched the people in the Mexicans Only line one lady turned to the other and said, "Oh sure, NOW everybody wants to be a Mexican!"

Oct. 8, 2015

I visited Mexico recently, September 26th through the 30th. I crossed the border at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and was not required to stop. I went on to visit Rosarito (actually just drove through the town and did not stop). I headed south on the toll road to Ensenada, on my way to the Guadalupe Valley. It is a booming wine country now and they have good wines and a burgeoning olive oil industry.

I got a flat tire on a dirt road off the Ruta Del Vino. Changed the tire and bought a new tire at Costco in Ensenada. I thought about the travel visa, but I didn’t bother to get one for my friend, figuring if we were asked we could just pay the fee then and me.

You’ll notice many positive changes if you haven’t been to Baja for a while. There is an obvious improvement in the quality of construction, roads, and the hospitality of the people (who have always been friendly). There is a growing middle class and it shows in housing and the condition of most of the vehicles.

My interests are in the Ensenada and towns and villages further south. I have no interest in staying, shopping dining or anything in Tijuana. I consider it unsafe, especially for the uninitiated and those who do not speak Spanish. On the other hand, I love Baja and enjoy many of the interior cities of Mexico.

Enforcing the requirement for a travel visa is going to harm businesses in the long run. The government should permit visitors to border areas to travel for up to 72 hours without any documents, other than their passport. The United States doesn’t require them to get a visa for border area visits (that I know of).

Oct. 9, 2015

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