Lobbyists Rule

Response to Surf Puppy. My small neighborhood was nearly eliminated to make room for oversized apartment buildings. Our small community was declared blighted and subject to being condemned by some blind appraiser from the City Redevelopment Agency who drove by, stuck his thumb in the air and announced "we'll generate fat private profits off the backs of this blighted neighborhood." Well that fool didn't even check real estate transactions and appraisals. The City Redevelopment Agency declared $300-400K homes (this battle occurred ten years ago) blighted under the redevelopment statutes. The community confronted the outrage, revealed the truth of the issue, thereby publicly catching the City Redevelopment Agency, as we said in Sweet Home Alabama, plain buckass nekkid. We residents, acting alone, saved our homes from the wrecking ball. Real Estate Co. lobbyists showed up in substantial numbers at community meetings slithering about in their gecko grey suits, plying residents with unsupported (indeed, outrageous) claims of high purchase prices, and speaking in all manners of forked tongues but failed to turn the issue to benefit unlimited private greed. Perhaps other SD communities will be subjected to the same money machine which has grown exponentially since our tiny neighborhood was saved. The point is the merchants of private profit will say and do anything to rob San Diego homeowners and renters of their homes, income, indeed, absorb their very lives, to reap excessive private benefit. Greedy developers, if not stopped dead in their tracks, will cravenly gamble public funds, rather than risk corporate funds, to reward their avarice. Believe the truth.
— December 16, 2009 7:41 p.m.

Obama taps Alan Bersin to oversee the border

Fred-I certainly don't concur with Comment 67. I respect that you're giving out the straight stuff. I can see that Potter has written a lot of articles about local issues. He's a veteran of local wars, I agree. Thanks for showing me that. I would respectfully distinguish here that the subject article has implications that are both national and international in scope. The subject is does not involve a down home SD problem only. The stakes involve not only Alan Bersin, but also the direction of the fight against narco wars, policy on illegal immigration (which is vastly more than an SD issue only), the internal political and security struggles within Mexico, and critical developing relations between the US and Mexico. Potter has bitten off a huge chunk and made some rather pointed observations, findings and conclusions. In short, this time he plays where the big boys of journalism play. Nothing wrong with that, but readers are justified if they elect to await further developments before buying Potter's story on its own. Which is my choice. Not only is Bersin's public standing put in question, but many other public and private figures as well. That to me is high stakes play, worthy of skeptical analysis pending the reaction, if any, by the larger national press to the assertions of a small, pulp publisher in SD. You and other commenters have given me significnt points to consider. I appreciate your effort. I know how tempting it is for myself and other readers to play attack. I respectfully suggest that, when the issue is openly high stakes, more fruitful consideration is needed beyond the fun of quipping and attacking. This comment isn't for you, Fred. John
— November 21, 2009 9:28 p.m.

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