Lobbyist on cellphone: "Yeah, Gloria's in the bag. Don't worry about Stephen Whitburn and his reform stuff. We won't let anyone get near to your project. As long as Donna Frye doesn't have Whitburn on the council, it'll all be ignored as usual."

"...whattaya mean Whitburn's pulling ahead because voters are tired of corruption, I'm telling ya I got this all sewn up tight. Gloria's getting money from every developer in this town, plus a whole bunch of Republicans from up in Orange County too. We even got this rich guy in Rancho Santa Fe's gonna send out these nasty mailers. You'll laugh when you see the stuff we put out on the internet."

"...yeah, it's funny as hell. While we're shelling out all this money on Todd Gloria, we're telling the suckers that Whitburn's dirty. It's classic politics, San Diego style."

"...well, I've been in this town for a long time, and I know a lot of people, and we've been getting our way forever. Look at downtown. Do you know how much money we've made for ourselves under Golding, Murphy, and Sanders? The Development Services Department and Center City Development Corporation work for you and me, not the stupid voters. So we better not lose this one, cause if we can't even get Gloria past the smell test..."

"...yeah, that's right. Gloria's promised us that as soon as his campaign is over, he's gonna roll over and let us all rub his belly. He just needs to get through this election against this reformer Stephen Whitburn, and then we'll run him for mayor in a few years. The boy could go far, as long as he doesn't ever get out of line."

"....you're right. We've gotta attack Whitburn with something. He's too clean. Hmmmm."

"....seriously? Accuse him of using his own money? Can we do that?"

"....oh. Well, it might work. I guess as long as it distracts attention from how we're funding Gloria, it's worth a try. Could you imagine if Stephen Whitburn wins? It'd be all over for us."

"....no. Really? A vampire shaking hands with a virgin? Are you serious? On a campaign mailer?"

"...well, okay. I guess it's halloween. But I still say we accuse him of using his own money too. This Stephen Whitburn guy is too damn clean. Just make sure we use anything we can come up with, something better than saying he's using his own money. I don't care if you have to make it up. Just smear Whitburn."

"...okay. See you at City Hall. Just call my secretary. Right. Bye."


historymatters Nov. 2, 2008 @ 4:15 p.m.

yep. Amen. All you have to do is look at the Building Industry Voter Guide. They WANT Gloria. its the main literature Im using to vote. I will likely vote against everything and everyone, this self proclaimed largest and most powerful lobbyist group is pushing.


Fred Williams Nov. 2, 2008 @ 4:24 p.m.

Don't forget Jim Madaffer's voting guide. It's very handy. Just vote the opposite.

He's a big backer of the Stadium on Stilts.


Fred Williams Nov. 3, 2008 @ 3:06 p.m.

Gloria: Please don't slap me any more, you know I love you and I'll do anything for you. Why do you treat me this way?

Developer: Shut up Gloria, just be a good bottom and do what you're told. I paid for you, now you work for me. I'm taking you into the council chambers now...

Gloria: Oh, why did I ever leave my principles behind...mother!

Developer: Knock off your whining, it's time to shake your money maker.

Council President: The meeting will come to order....

Gloria: I vote YES to the new condos! Give a subsidy to my top developer.

Gloria: I vote YES to privatizing Balboa Park! Give away the citizens' property to top corporations.

Gloria: I vote YES to bailing out top developers downtown! They need help from the taxpayers.

Gloria: I vote NO to any more audits or corruption investigations! We need to save money.

Council President: This meeting is adjourned, the next meeting will be held when the developers tell us and will be about whatever they want us to do for them. Have a nice day.


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