CCDC Kills 7th and Market Project; Chairman Maas Says Related Group May Be Victim, Attacks Local Developer

The comments from Pfingst and McNeely can be found on signonsandiego.com. The URL is http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/200809... For once it's not information on the non-recyclable junk referred to as editorial page by the UT. Voice of San Diego also has former DA Pfingst already defending Graham for probably not willing to show up for the misdemeanor charges: charges are only misdemeanors, her mother is sick etc, etc... Gives one a good idea of how the DA will be looking at the case.
— September 12, 2008 2:19 p.m.

CCDC Kills 7th and Market Project; Chairman Maas Says Related Group May Be Victim, Attacks Local Developer

The culture of corruption seems to be genetically embedded in San Diego's government: thank goodness there are some people, like Frye, who will keep integrity and honesty as guiding standard of their behavior. Unfortunately, one can count the number people like her and Aguirre on the fingers of one hand and have a few to spare. One just shakes ones head when one sees the same self-serving corrupt officials and their ilk do everything they can to protect their share of the fleshpots (i.e. the public money that is entrusted to them). On the other hand, it shouldn't surprise anyone: I've seen this behavior many times at all corporate levels. People will persist to the very last moment in nefarious behavior, they won't change. Some get fired, move on and start the same rigmarole somewhere else. The ex-CCDC head, la Graham, is a shining example: she pulled all kinds of self-enriching stunts in Florida before it was time to run and take the show to a new location. The CCDC board "knew nothing of this" (yeah, right!), eagerly hired her and the money show started all over. Interestingly enough, the conflicts or interest (to put it mildly) that dogged Graham in Florida were already being reported in (non-UT) newspapers in San Diego, but the CCDC couldn't be bothered. Eventually Maas knew he couldn't cover up Graham's conflict of interest any longer, so it was time to ditch her. Was anything going to change? Of course not. Will Maas open the CCDC books all the way? Doubtful. Will there be more "studies" or "inquiries" into the SEDC's corruption? Likely. Will we hear anytime soon of concrete examples of who stole what? Keep dreaming. What are the chances that Dumanis will proactively investigate corrupt politicians that are blatantly in the pockets of developers? Less than winning the lottery. It worked before, they'll do it again. Hopefully one day the San Diego public will wake up, but I doubt that it will be anytime soon. Maybe that day will come when San Diegans realize that they've been led by the nose for a (way too) long time and have been fleeced to the bone. One can only hope.
— September 12, 2008 8:06 a.m.

CCDC Kills 7th and Market Project; Chairman Maas Says Related Group May Be Victim, Attacks Local Developer

I totally agree with reply #10: The SEDC and CCDC are on a par with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, not only from the looks of it and the ingrained resistance to economically sound practices, but also from the behaviors from top management in those organizations. The "corporate officers" of these GSEs (and the G can be the federal, county or city government) obviously feel themselves untouchable and will go to any length to reap their oversized paychecks. Freddie/Fannie resisted to the last moment, even when the housing market started imploding, accounting practices that would have brought the worth of their portfolios to real market value. The impending government take-over did nothing to alter their stubborn refusal to change anything, apart from some cosmetic touch-ups. The top however is walking with millions of dollars in remuneration, pension benefits and whatnot: the same mentality prevails at SEDC and CCDC. There again the corporate top feels itself to be above the law: it fits of course with the "behind closed door dealing" mentality prevalent in San Diego. It'll take more than a few DA investigations to stop or at best decrease such behavior. The good thing is that investigation into SEDC's bonus program showed obfuscation and denials that rose to the level of fraud. The mayor now requested the DA to look into the findings: I guess that once things are on paper, then there's not much else to do than proceed with getting the legal machinery involved. This being San Diego however, we'll see how "forgiving" the findings, and if it even ever comes to that, the judges will be. I bet on "very understanding" and thus lenient.
— September 11, 2008 7:32 a.m.

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