...in a sinister background, a reddish hand with "Lee Nails Black Extreme" novelty nails grips the limp, pasty Goth-Girl's hand...

"Yes on 13! Stop teaching Zombie Marriage to our Children!"

Huh? What is this thing in my mailbox?

Wait, there's more:

(Ooooo. I'm getting all trembly...hold my hand mummy!)

-- "City council candidate Stephen Whitburn says "people have lost faith in government because of backroom deals for special interests at City Hall."

Hey! That's not scary.

Where's the shock?

Where's the horror?

Where's the freakin' goosebumps already? Huh?

Now totally confused, I open up the flimsy flyer, and find a bewildering list of blacked out names and occupations.


Well, who was kind enough to send this to me?

"San Diego Voter Education Project"

Naturally, I got copies of the 400, 401, and 498 disclosure forms for these new friends sending me creepy mail. Two guys paid most of it, with another dude named Sudberry picking up the balance.

  • Eugene P. Heytow of Rancho Santa Fe: $5,000
  • Robert Lehman of San Diego: $5,000

Who are they?

Well, according to this link titled "Insider Trading", Mr. Heytow is a very wealthy banker.


The second guy, Robert Lehman of San Diego, is a very wealthy man who just gave $5,000 to the San Diego Republican Party.


Paola Avila, who is listed as the individual with sole authority over the contents of this scare-piece, used to be disgraced former mayor Murphey's deputy chief of staff. According to LinkedIn, she's the president of AB Consulting and Development.

Thomas "Junior" Sudberry's not only on the board of Santa Fe Christian Schools, he generously finds time to be "very active" with the International Council of Shopping Centers. Oh yeah, as the founder of Sudberry Properties, he "has a vision for the ever-changing and developing San Diego area and beyond."

Junior Sudberry was kind enough to kick-in a thousand bucks.

So, I guess if I understand this mailer correctly, I've got some new friends:

  • a fly-guy who devotes his ever-developing life to internationalizing San Diego shopping centers,
  • a shady-lady who calendar-clerked for one of the worst mayors in our city's history,
  • a fat-cat banker who's probably pudgy from plumpy derivatives,
  • a wheeler-dealer Republican frat-boy who has a vision for Enron by the Sea...

What a weird treat it is to get such exotic mail from such interesting people. I guess Todd Gloria is chasing after the Republican Vampire Banker Marrying Goth Chicks vote this election.

...but I think everyone else in Normal Heights will be voting for Stephen Whitburn.


Stephen_Davis_from_South_Park Oct. 29, 2008 @ 9:04 a.m.

Let's stick with the issues:

Issue #1: Fred Williams is a beligerant queen.

Issue #2: Stephen Whitburns is an out-of-towner trying to buy the election. Do you know that Whitburn has greased his own campaign with nearly $200,000 of his own money?

Yet, Whitburn REFUSES TO COME CLEAN about the source of those funds.

Remember...Whitburn makes about $55,000 a year working for a non-profit and doesn't own a house.

Where did he get almost $200K? Whitburn's politics are plain ole ugly!

Fact #3: Whitburn is a tremendous HYPOCRITE. He has taken thousands of dollars from developers, bankers and lawyers trying to influence City Hall.

SAY NO TO DIRTY POLITICIANS, say no to Stephen Whitburn!


kensington Oct. 29, 2008 @ 9:12 a.m.


Do you want to know what's really scary? That Stephen Whitburn is feeding his campaign with $200,000 from some secret source.

Stop trying to buy the election Stop lying to voters Stop denying that Whitburn is anything more than an out of town carpet bagger And get back to the real issue of this campaign.

District three voters have a choice:

Do they want a candidate that has broad community support and has been here all his life or an out of towner that has his minions spending all their time blogging about mistruths and nonsense instead of actually communicating with voters?


Fred Williams Oct. 29, 2008 @ 9:20 a.m.

Thank you "Stephen_Not_My_Real_Name_Davis" aka "Not3DistrictResident" or "Not2MuchSense"...whoever you are today...

You're clearly upset. Maybe you should take a time out until you get yourself under control again.

Gloria takes money from indicted union bosses (Saathoff), disgraced city managers (McGrory), anti-gay bigots (Manchester), rapacious developers (Sudberry, McMillan, Baldwin), greedy downtown insiders (Maas, McKinny, LeSar, Graham), and secretive defense contractors who want to build a military HQ downtown (Epsilon Systems).

Stephen Whitburn has the endorsement of Donna Frye and the Democratic Party because they trust his judgment and integrity.

Nowhere will you find anyone claiming Gloria has any integrity. Quite the opposite, they chatter about how charming he is.

Stephen Whitburn doesn't engage in the name calling that marks out Gloria's campaign. It's enough to calmly state the facts, and point to what's best for the future of San Diego.


Hillcrest_Preservationist Oct. 29, 2008 @ 10:24 a.m.

Hi, Fred. Thanks for the post.

Also of note is that Paola Avila is a lobbyist working to demolish historic homes in Between the Heights for the oversized, over-trafficked Our Lady of Peace school expansion.

Also, Mr. I-Know-Steven-Davis-You're-No-Steven-Davis, last I knew Fred was straight and not queeny at all. Fred, please feel free to confirm or deny. Thanks.


Fred Williams Oct. 29, 2008 @ 11:26 a.m.

After decades of being a openly practicing heterosexual, I have no regrets and resolutely refuse to apologize for being honest about my sexual identity. Yes, I've considered becoming Lesbian as an alternative, but since that would still involve being attracted to women, I figured it's just not worth all the extra effort.

Further, I don't coordinate my wardrobe, hang my close up neatly in the closet, or cover my mouth when I burp.

So, no, I suppose I'm not "queeny" either.

Thanks for asking.

Enough about my personal life.


Fred Williams Oct. 29, 2008 @ 11:26 a.m.

How about that Gloria independent expenditure coming back to haunt his campaign, hmmm?

Looks like we've got more information coming in, and the "Assistant Treasurer" to this bogus group is the proud recipient of the FPPC's largest fine ever for hiding campaign contributions.

"Sutton solidified his reputation as the dark prince of San Francisco elections, a hired gun who helps downtown interests and well-funded campaigns continue to dominate the electoral field even after voters passed reforms that restricted campaign giving and spending and required more official disclosure."


You shall be known by the company you keep, and it looks like Gloria's gotten into bed with ghouls...

Sutton even has San Diego interests. He wants to INCREASE corruption in this town:

"Most recently Sutton testified before the San Diego Ethics Commission at a Jan. 21 hearing on a proposal to strengthen local campaign finance law. Sutton argued the commission should repeal the local law and replace it with the state's version, which happens to be weaker."


Gloria supporters want to weaken campaign finance laws so the insider developers can give even more money under the table.

Keep tuned, this is turning into a major story...


historymatters Oct. 29, 2008 @ 12:24 p.m.

Eww, this is "Scary and Weird" just like us. Just in time for Halloween!!

Fred you are awesome and sorry Stephen from South Park (aka someone not Stephen from Todd Glorias campaign headquarters), Fred is not a queen, he is straight. And maybe thats the problem--you just have a crush on him.

I just caught on to the independent expenditure thing--thats how he hid the rest of his developer money. I have so many facts, I just dont know what to do w/ them all.

The bottom line is that the Building Industry aka Developer lobbyists published a voter guide that told people who would support them and Todd Gloria is on there, not Stephen.

And this latest hit piece lists Dan Soderberg as a developer---now that is laughable. Dan has been the giggest ally in the fight against developer corruption. He has volunteered his time tirelessly to the cause. Someone in that campaign is not checking their facts.


Justice4all Oct. 29, 2008 @ 3:34 p.m.

When Republicans are giving money to an alleged Democrat (Gloria), something is rotten in Denmark.

I'm sure they are expecting no favors for those kickbacks...


Rick Oct. 29, 2008 @ 10:08 p.m.

......I'm one for facts.....2 Gay Democrates running for City Council to serve the Community....and this Gay "Bitchy Queenie".... "Claws squeezing your hand"..expensive mailout is approved to be sent out to District 3 residents....very disturbing...very interestng.....who did this?....who paid for this?...and why? ....will you or anyone else have the time to investigate this community "CLAWGATE"?.....Rick Wilson....Hillcrest.....


Fred Williams Oct. 30, 2008 @ 10:41 a.m.

Hi Rick,

Thanks for posting comments on the Abnormal Heights blog.

I dunno if "Clawgate" is as catchy as "Goths for Gloria" or if we oughta look for an even funnier name for this goof of a mailer.

It's backfiring on Gloria, big time. Instead of scaring Stephen Whitburn supporters, its shown yet more light into the dark origins of Gloria's dirty campaign cash.

Here's what Voice of San Diego is reporting:


I look forward to today's letters to the Voice...some of the people slandered as various evil sounding things are mighty pissed off at Gloria and his henchmen.




historymatters Oct. 30, 2008 @ 2:14 p.m.

All I know, is this is the funniest blog I have ever read. Fred, you are more than talented. Don't let those jealous girls (and by girls I mean you know) put you down. They are just jealous that you are no longer a homosexual.

Thanks to all those who participated. I sincerely hope there will be an awards show for the best in blogs.

"Clawgate" is actually pretty darn funny. Im also really a fan of the Lee Press On nails comment so maybe we could work that in--because it epitomizes both the queeniness and the bitchiness of Camp Gloria.

I wrote today that the best part is that the scary "list" is composed of some of the most upright citizens we have and the handshake between the sketchy politician and the devil may be Gloria since he will have to look these people in the eyes for the next 4 yrs at council mtgs and he may have just created his very own hell.


Fred Williams Nov. 1, 2008 @ 6:52 a.m.

Yet another copy/paste from the fictional Mr. Davis, polluting the comments with the same post again and again.


Stephen_Davis_from_South_Park Oct. 31, 2008 @ 10:58 a.m.


I now believe you're a good soul and care about our community, rather than serving as Whitburn's mouthpiece. Truly, I mean that.

But there's a huge difference between good guys like you and Todd Gloria compared to Stephen Whitburn.

See, both you and Gloria have good hearts and a long history of service in our neighborhoods.

Stephen Whitburn is not the same. The CityBeat says Whitburn, "came to San Diego six years ago in search of a career in politics." Coupled with the fact that Whitburn has dumped over $240,000 of his own, unaccounted for campaign cash into his coffers, would lead anyone to the logical conclusion that Whitburn is a carpetbagging political opportunist trying to buy the 3rd Council District seat.

I hope that when the dust has settled and Todd Gloria is doing a great job on City Council, that you and he will be able to partner together to improve all of our quality of life.


Stephen Davis


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