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It is amazing how some San Diegans believe Mayor Jerry Sanders when he pretends that he is a straight shooter. Councilmember Donna Frye's "Frye Lights" publication, released today, retells an incident showing how strong mayor and liar mayor are a deadly mix. (Frye doesn't put it in such harsh words.) But have you ever wondered why former Auditor John Torell didn't even last two years? As Frye relates in her publication, a year ago Torell issued an internal controls report. He stated, "The City's internal controls over financial reporting, as of this report date, ARE MINIMALLY ADEQUATE TO ASSURE timely and accurate preparation of the City's financial statements." His statement went through the mayor's rewrite mill and came out, "The City's internal controls over financial reporting, as of this report date, HAVE BEEN IMPROVED TO PERMIT timely and accurate preparation of the City's annual financial statements." It was another fabrication. Torell shortly quit. Later, a slew of Sanders administration officials departed. In April, the Sanders team, after prying from Frye, released a document by the accounting firm KPMG. It confirmed what Torell had said: the City's accounting system is such a mess that it is wide open to fraud and errors. Clearly, emphasizes Frye, the auditor should be independent, and not beholden to the mayor, as this mayor desires. The auditor should be elected, says Frye. Amen to that.

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Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2008 @ 8:33 a.m.

Response to post #18: The strong mayor system, as now conceived, is simply a ticket to more institutionalized corruption. Best, Don Bauder


JohnnyVegas Jan. 10, 2008 @ 8:19 p.m.

Colonel Sanders = Lame Duck on his way out.

You heard it here first.


Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2008 @ 3:22 p.m.

Response to post #21: I would consider Jeff Bowman an outside expert. He is not inside the City or County governments and is not an establishment toady. But he knows the San Diego situation. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Jan. 10, 2008 @ 9:58 p.m.

Response to post #1: Lame Duck or Lame Chicken? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Jan. 10, 2008 @ 9:59 p.m.

Fumber, I've got it figured. You work in the mayor's office. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 11, 2008 @ 4:04 a.m.

Response to post #4: Either that or he is Bob Kittle, or the U-T Establishment’s Voice of San Diego editorial counterpart to Kittle, the rhetorical style is the same for all of them with their deranged rants against Aguirre.

But the reality is that the U-T Establishment "Strong" Mayor system was perpetrated to allow U-T Puppet-Mayors to rule imperiously over the City Council.

However, as you keep documenting in your investigative reports it has been interesting that many have left because the U-T "Liar" Mayor Sanders turned out to be all too tyrannical for those with integrity to put up with.

So while the Mayor’s spin sycophants keep trying to portray Sanders as a kindly old white guy, the reality due his never-ending lies to Wall Street is that San Diego is still crashing and burning figuratively and literally in the eyes of Wall Street and the world because Sanders is both corrupt and brain-dead which is exactly what the U-T demanded that their “Strong” Puppet-Mayor “Ballot Recommendations” candidates must be.


Anonymous Jan. 11, 2008 @ 7:33 a.m.

I don't know that Sanders is necessarily a dishonest mayor. I simply think that he's a puppet. My personal view is that he's been being prepped for mayor for years by the power brokers in this town. He was set up to look like the savior of fallen organizations (ARC and United Way) by folks who knew that San Diego's gov't would likely face crisis in the not too distant future. With Murphy's downfall, the time was right for them to bring Sanders in.

Perhaps the single biggest event which started the downfall was the Republican National Convention. Who is the mayor's "political consultant" now? The same guy who brought us the RNC.


Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 7:52 a.m.

Response to post #5: It's one thing for a politician to lie to the public. It's quite another to lie to one's self. I fear Sanders is in the second category. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 7:55 a.m.

Response to post #6: You make a good point on the Republican convention. The City tapped the pension fund to put together finances for that event. And the City never did report to the public how much it cost. The plundering of the pension fund continued on -- and now look where San Diego is. Best, Don Bauder


JohnnyVegas Jan. 11, 2008 @ 8:56 a.m.

I think of Sanders just like I did of Randall Duke Cunningham.

At first, like everyone, I NEVER would have thought that there was ANY hanky panky. I just did not think Cunningham could be corrupt.

I was proven very wrong with Randall Cunnungham, and I am now thinking Sanders is cut out of the same mold.


Anonymous Jan. 11, 2008 @ 9:59 a.m.

You're all gonna vomit, but here's the official UT take on Colonel Sander's contribution to global warming at the posh Balboa Theatre...(with my comments interspersed thus)...

San Diego, which continues its recovery from years of financial mismanagement...(huh? we haven't started yet!)...

Sanders welcomed county Supervisor Ron Roberts to join him...(Because no body in San Diego has more integrity than Ron Roberts? Not even looking!)...

he and Sanders will lead a group to “create a regional game plan”...(Uh oh! Sports metaphor...DUCK!)...

called for a statewide water bond to help San Diego...(Yeah, except we've heard "other people will pay our bills" before - it doesn't work you morons.)...

Peters credited Sanders for making “a huge bow” to regional cooperation by ceding time to Roberts...(Need any more proof that his ego is more important than our lives?)

Don, I hope you keep a close eye on the Balboa Park committee of "citizens". Why do I suspect it's gonna be the usual suspects secretly dividing the pie...and we'll all pay for their corruption.

(yet another sdblogger)


Anonymous Jan. 11, 2008 @ 12:03 p.m.

Don I realize you're not living in SD any longer. But if you have local connections, you should see how the books were cooked during the 1996 RNC by slushing money through San Diego Data Processing, a wholly onwned private corporation of the City... talk about audits...LOL


Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 12:19 p.m.

Response to post # 9: There were indications Cunningham was corrupt. One was that he was such a hyena -- starting fights in the cloakroom, crying, etc. He was hiding behind patriotism -- often an indication of rascality. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 12:22 p.m.

Response to post #10: Agreed: recovery from financial mismanagement hasn't even begun.Sanders/Roberts regional game plan: hoax. San Diego is not getting back in the bond market for some time. The municipal bond market itself is in turmoil. Peters is a fraud. Balboa Park committee definitely worth watching. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 12:25 p.m.

Response to post # 11: I don't live in San Diego but follow it closely, obviously. I have written on the juggling of the books for RNC. Didn't know about SD Data Processing. Not surprising. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 11, 2008 @ 12:26 p.m.

Response to post #7:

Last night the U-T-Golding-Murphy “Era of Decay and Neglect” was officially redesignated by the U-T Puppet-Mayor as the U-T-Sanders “Age of Chaos and Firestorms.”

Thus the U-T Establishment has finally admitted to having caused the “Era of Decay and Neglect” through their thefts of taxpayer money.

And Sanders once again proved to be the perfect U-T “Nonpartisan” Mayor, part corrupt republican that they can control and part brain-dead democrat that won’t think about consequences.


Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 2:31 p.m.

Response to post #15: The plan to have a countywide group of so-called experts study the fire situation looks like a ploy to table the whole problem indefinitely. Best, Don Bauder


JF Jan. 11, 2008 @ 9:08 p.m.

So who would you prefer look at the fire situation?


Anon92107 Jan. 12, 2008 @ 2:47 a.m.

Thanks for at giving us a heads up on "Frye Lights" Don, it is the only other San Diego publication besides "The Reader" that still has the Spirit of 1776.

As Donna said about the reality of the U-T "Strong" Mayor system in her January 2008 issue, "It’s a bad system that assures a lack of independence and directly conflicts with common sense and best practices. How can you honestly audit the person who not only appoints you but also has the power to fire you?" Wall Street apparently agrees with Donna's exposure of "Strong" U-T Mayor just being more of the same good old boy establishment corruption as you yourself have documented.

Thank you for all that you, Donna and Mike have tried to do to restore democracy to San Diego government. The bottom line is that the We The People concept died about the time that President Eisenhower gave his 1961 Farewell Address warning us about the Military-Industrial-Government-Academic complex that was undermining American Democracy at that time. Now even our F-15 fighter jets are falling out of the sky due to the M-I-G-A complex corruption that has betrayed America even while Heroes and Patriots continue to fight and die for America in spite of the failure of We The People today to care enough to save ourselves.


Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2008 @ 8 a.m.

Response to post #17: I would like to see outside experts size up the San Diego problem and put it in context with the California sitution. Schwarzenegger is threatening to cut the CA fire budget even more because of the budget crisis. The outfit is ineffective already. The 2007 failures were tied in with the unwillingness of the state to act quickly because of bureaucratic rules. The problem is that, like the various studies after the 2003 fires, it takes politicians to put the recommendations into effect. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 12, 2008 @ 11:34 a.m.

Response to post #20: A brief History lesson Don, that we keep forgetting at increasing peril, the Copley Press won the Trifecta of Hate in the 20th century when they:

Marginalized Ike’s grave warning about the M-I-G-A complex in his 1961 Farewell Address, thus they betrayed America,

they betrayed Humanity by excluding Holocaust victims from living in La Jolla for decades after the Holocaust, and

the Copley legacy still lives on today through the corrupt U-T Editorial Board and their “Ballot Recommendations puppeticians Golding, Murphy and Sanders who produced the “U-T Era of Decay and Neglect” which is now redefined under the latest U-T Puppet-Mayor as the “U-T Age of Chaos and Firestorms.”

Interesting that We have gone from “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” to “Poverty, Pollute and Consume” because we failed to heed the lessons of history over, and over and over again.

But the never-ending tragedy today is that Ike is still marginalized by both the corrupt republicans and the brain-dead democrats in Washington DC so we have fighter jets falling out of the skies, no replacement for fossil fuel burning power plants when we need it the most, Firestorms, disappearing clean water sources, chaos, etc., etc., etc.

Response to post #19: Don, be very careful what you wish for with your hiring "outside experts" recommendation, as Donna, Mike and you have exposed many times it depends first on who hires the "experts," then on what the powers that be actually do with the expert reports beyond filing and forgetting. You should consider Jeff Bowman's recommendations which were marginalized by Sanders, Feinstein, the U-T Establishment and all the other Powers That Be who caused excessive firestorm deaths and risks to the lives of our fire and police personnel because of PTB corruption and incompetence.


JF Jan. 12, 2008 @ 4:30 p.m.

Don wrote, "The 2007 failures were tied in with the unwillingness of the state to act quickly because of bureaucratic rules." Well, partly. I assume you're referring to the lack of usage of the military. There is absolutely room for improvement there. But the military is not the panacea -- not the final answer.

There are a lot of other necessary items. The people of SD County forcing a charter change to require the county to provide fire protection is the biggest. Building code changes and zoning changes are huge. Changing brush management codes to not allow Italian cypress, palms, junipers, etc. anywhere near houses. Eliminating cedar plank fences. All of those changes need to be retroactive. If you actually made folks remove the above items you'd save a ton of homes with no cost to gov't. And yes, increasing the size of the current fire departments.

You're more on track with your final statement that it takes politicians willing to make the changes. Politicians willing to spend $25 million on fire protection rather than on renovating the Balboa Theater. After the 2003 fires, it was the people of Scripps Ranch who fought building code changes. Ironic, no?


JohnnyVegas Jan. 12, 2008 @ 6:13 p.m.


January 12, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

Politicians willing to spend $25 million on fire protection rather than on renovating the Balboa Theater.

Yes, what is with spending $25-$26 million on a THEATER renovation during a financial crisis??

Don't get me wrong, I don't think we should spend it on FF pensions either, but someone has their priorities upside down.


Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2008 @ 9:13 p.m.

Response to post #3: It is a myth to think the governments (City/County e.g.) will get people to take action themselves without somebody hounding and monitoring them. So that will require government personnel. But you are right: some things can be accomplished voluntarily. Others must be done with government money. With the state broke and threatening to cut back, there is a real dilemma. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 13, 2008 @ 2:44 a.m.

Response to post #25: Don, the most important thing we must all do now is for all of us to be outraged and take actions against all U-T Establishment “Ballot Recommendations” politicians in 2008 or they shall most certainly destroy what is left of our quality of life in San Diego even worse than the Firestorms did in 2003 and again in 2007 with no end in sight.

Business Week has an article this week: "Youthquake: They're called the Millennials—and they're fed up. Why? Try angst about jobs, health care, and debt. Now they're getting pols to listen.”

Check out their website: http://www.businessweek.com/ and click on “Youthquake”article under “BEST OF BW”

It's time for a "Youthquake" of at least magnitude 10.0 in San Diego.


Don Bauder Jan. 13, 2008 @ 9 a.m.

Response to post # 26: The young showed up for Obama in Iowa, but apparently not in New Hampshire. On the Republican side, Ron Paul has a lot of support from the young. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 13, 2008 @ 2:03 p.m.

Response to post # 27: Note that in the BW article a poll of the 18-24 year olds was made and the largest percentage, 40% claimed to be Independent (vs. 35% for brain-dead democrats and 25% for corrupt republicans), which proves the 18-24 year olds are smarter than most previous generations.

It’s way past due time, decades past due indeed for Gen Y (ages 18 to 29) voters and the preceding Gen X voters to tell the republican and democratic party leaders in Washington, Sacramento and San Diego to go to hell for screwing up the American way of life, and vote them out of control of their future.

That means voting both the corrupt (like Sanders and Dumanis in San Diego) and the brain-dead (like Davis, Feinstein, Boxer in Washington) out of office.

Gen Y is a major part of the The Reader constituency, so it is up to The Reader to support them in fighting back as aggressively as possible during the 2008 elections.


Don Bauder Jan. 13, 2008 @ 3:23 p.m.

Response to post #28: So are you saying Bloomberg running as an independent could attract the young? Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 14, 2008 @ 3:30 a.m.

Actually Don I’m not qualified to speak for Gens X and Y at all especially since I’m your generation not theirs and our generation is one of the generations that allowed the corrupt republicans who caused the problems and brain-dead democrats who watched and did nothing to stop the republicans from screwing up America thus passing on a most hideous legacy to X & Y. The BW “Youthquake” article is one of a growing number of articles trying to define the problems that we caused.

A most important point that must be respected and supported by previous generations is that it is time for X & Y (or whatever they wish to call themselves) to speak out loud and clear to take action into their own hands because no previous generation has any right to speak out for them.

Thus I respectfully suggest that The Reader let X & Y speak out for themselves.


Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2008 @ 7:04 a.m.

Response to post # 30: The Reader has a very good share of the X and Y markets, and we certainly encourage them to speak. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2008 @ 12:15 p.m.

Response to post #32: One of San Diego's biggest problems is that the establishment owns both the pols and mainstream media. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 14, 2008 @ 11:11 a.m.

Actually Don, I greatly respect the fact that The Reader is the only San Diego journal dedicated to the best interests of the X & Y generations.

Whereas the U-T and their U-T Establishment sycophant clones Voice and Envision are controlled by U-T establishment money from the generations that screwed up America so there is so little left over for X & Y as noted in the newest Business Week “Youthquake” cover story.

Keep up the great work, and find more ways to get the X & Y folks to speak out take action politically to eradicate the corrupt and the brain-dead from politics.


Anon92107 Jan. 14, 2008 @ 1:05 p.m.

Response to post #33: It is much worse than that Don, my own political beliefs have changed with the times. I started out as an “I Like Ike” republican when one could be proud to be identified as such. Then Nixon came along and screwed up everything so I started voting for some democrats. Now my democratic representatives in Washington Davis, Feinstein and Boxer have proven to be brain-dead and just as threatening to American Democracy as the corrupt republicans so I am now registered as a nonpartisan voter.

One quintessential example of brain-dead democrats is Senator Feinstein, who is most obviously not a San Diego establishment owned pol, but she has proven to be just as bad a root cause of excessive firestorm deaths, destruction and threats as Murphy, Sanders et al. When she strutted into town for her 2007 Firestorm photo-ops she acted like a peacock (my apologies to actual peacocks who are smarter than democratic pols) and acted imperiously dismissive of former Fire Chief Jeff Bowman who had provided life and property saving solutions after the 2003 Firestorms which were ignored by Feinstein and the establishment owned pols. That’s why I say that brain-dead democratic pols are just as threatening to American Democracy as corrupt republican pols.


Don Bauder Jan. 14, 2008 @ 5:47 p.m.

Response to post #34: Everybody should have listened to Bowman. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 15, 2008 @ 4:02 a.m.

Response to post #35: Right again Don, thus the powers that be ignored Bowman so the U-T Establishment could continue to rob the taxpayers and the consequences were that too many San Diegans died and were severely injured in the firestorms.

But the saddest bottom line is that republican and democratic voters in San Diego still let them get away with stealing from us and threatening our lives and property even though Murphy, Sanders et al. have really committed acts of criminal negligence while being granted impunity by corrupt judges.

The truth is that both republican and democratic voters continue to refuse to demand accountability of our elected criminals. So when they run for election and re-election they get away with dumping such deceitful rhetoric on us that they insult the intelligence of the electorate to the point where both parties are not only threatening our lives, they are threatening the stability of what is left of our democracy.

As the Business Week “Youthquake” article documents, X & Y may at last be the generations that are saying to hell with both democratic and republican parties, and must take independent actions to save whatever acceptable quality of life that is left for their own future.

Remember the “Never Trust Anyone Over 30” fight back campaign in the 60s Don? It’s that time again.


Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2008 @ 7:52 a.m.

Response to post #36: Remember, however, that San Diego's corruption has deep historical roots. In the 1950s and 1960s, C. Arnholt Smith ran the Republicans and John Alessio ran the Democrats. Both had mob ties and ultimately served time. Today's corruption is just a continuation of a pattern. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 15, 2008 @ 12:44 p.m.

I feel like I've said more than enough, especially since I am not a member of The Reader's X & Y generations whose time has come to take charge of their own future.

We protested in the 60s and things changed somewhat, but Bill Clinton and GW Bush have screwed up America totally, brain-dead ("I did not have sex with that woman" - whatever he wants to call it gave the White House to the Neocons) Bill made it possible for brain-dead GWB to win twice.

Maybe states like Michigan today with their hideous 7.5% unemployment can lead the nation to wake up the America, especially the X & Y generations to takeover politics from the corrupt and the brain-dead.

Let's hope the Business Week "Youthquake" cover story indicated correctly that X & Y are ready, willing, and mad as hell able to takeover.


Don Bauder Jan. 15, 2008 @ 5:14 p.m.

Response to post #38: Yeah, but wasn't "that woman" a member of the X&Y generation? She was such a young intern that she may still be an X&Yer. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 16, 2008 @ 3:53 a.m.

I don't think I would identify the X & Y generations with "that woman", especially since Clinton was the President in the oval office and his personality and world leadership power alone made it rape.

Anyway, it is a moot point because the brain-dead and corrupt DNC just screwed itself in Michigan and a lot of other states by withdrawing their delegates from the state with the highest unemployment in America, thus saying they don't give a damn about unemployment -- it's the party that rules and you had better damn well do what the national DNC tells you to do regardless of crashing and burning state economic problems.

The way the DNC and RNC are screwing up America, America doesn't need any more enemies.

The national political and economic problems are making the city hall puppet show look insignificant in comparison, except that the corrupt/brain-dead politicians in San Diego are sabotaging our quality of life and public safety while we are distracted by national and personal problems.


Don Bauder Jan. 16, 2008 @ 10:39 a.m.

Response to post #40: I believe the Democrats decertified the Michigan primary for the party because the state had moved the date forward. Correct me if I'm wrong. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 Jan. 16, 2008 @ 12:02 p.m.

You're right Don, the corrupt DNC demanded that the people of Michigan who have the highest unemployment in America do what they tell them or else, denying their states rights. An excellent reason for X & Yers to tell both the DNC and RNC to go straight to hell.


H8MyWife Jan. 30, 2008 @ 6:41 p.m.

I knew Sanders was dirty from the Sunroad fiasco, when he tried to the focus on long time advovcate Mike Aguirre. Anytime the Tribune backs someone, I get queasy. And the attacks on Aguirre clinched it for me. What is it with the people of San Diego who cozy up to these people ? Are they corrupt or just plain stupid.Donna Frye was clearly the people's choice and the best person for mayor. Thank God for Mike, flaws and all. At least he's turning rocks over, and I gaurantee he will be re-elected.


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