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In the summer of last year, the office of Attorney General Jerry Brown said it would investigate whether Mayor Jerry Sanders deserved the "corrupt" tag for his behavior in the Sunroad scandal. City Attorney Mike Aguirre had used that word, and the entire developer-dominated establishment had come out to support Sanders. There were two things that were completely predictable back then: 1. That the AG'sreport would exonerate Sanders and 2. That it would be issued right before the election of 2008. Today, the report came out. It is hilarious -- as twisted and dishonest as the report by Sanders's own so-called ethics chief. Follow the money: here are some of the San Diego developer/establishment people that contributed to Brown in 2006: John and Rebecca Moores, each $5,600; Sycuan $11,200; Sempra Energy $11,200, and San Diego law firm Seltzer Caplan McMahon and Vitek $10,800. (Sanders's aide Julie Dubick had worked for Seltzer Caplan before joining the mayor. Her husband had done work for Sunroad.) One of the many corrupt acts of Sanders and his minions during the Sunroad episode was the police chief's refusal to carry out a judge-approved search warrant to look into Tom Story, Sunroad official and ex-San Diego development bureaucrat. A Brown official backed the police chief in his action. That same official shortly blessed Sanders's call for an AG investigation of the matter. The whole matter smells; mainstream media are falling for it. Will San Diego voters?

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Don Bauder May 20, 2008 @ 10:21 p.m.

Response to post #1: And we will all toast victory with a round of wheatgrass. Best, Don Bauder


JohnnyVegas May 21, 2008 @ 10:58 p.m.

How can Brown run again-is he not termed out for Gov????

There is no way that dork Judge Wells will ever be a federal judge, not even a magistrate judge, he does not have the brain power-CA court of appeals, maybe.

Maienschein and Peters have no chance-ZERO- of becoming CA. The only serious competition for Mike is Goldsmith. I predict Mike will pull 40%-55% of the vote June 3. If he hits over 50% that's it-he wins outright. If under 50% it will be between him and Goldsmith, and Mike will crush him by a 2 to 1 or 3 to 2 margin in November.


JohnnyVegas May 20, 2008 @ 10:08 p.m.

The war has ended Fumbler-Sanders lost. He is going bye bye.

The final nail in Sanders fall from grace for me was when Don broke the story that Sanders had a dork on loan from the Airport/Alan Bersin and this clown was trying to influence the FAA in Texas to keep the Sunroad building at 12 stories. And Sanders/Sainz tried to cover it up and flat out lied about this guy (cannot recall his name-Don will know).

That was it, once I found out about that nonsense it was game over for Sanders in my book.

When the almighty dollar starts coming before human life then it is time to find new elected officials.


Don Bauder May 20, 2008 @ 10:23 p.m.

Response to post #2: The San Diego establishment has always put money before human life. However, it is now worse than it was in earlier times -- it's as bad as when John Alessio and C. Arnholt Smith, who later became jailbirds, ran the town. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery May 21, 2008 @ 12:04 a.m.

Sanders' reelection now hangs by the thinnest of threads: Fred Sainz’ credibility. Only somebody so disconnected from reality as Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown would believe Fred Sainz.

If Brown really believes Sainz’ scurrilous allegation that Don McGrath made an improper offer to Sanders, to “go easy” on Sunroad in return for 17 budgeted City Attorney positions, he should come down to San Diego and file charges against Aguirre. Otherwise he should withdraw his outrageous allegation.

For the State Attorney General, Jerry Brown, to smear the San Diego City Attorney, two weeks before an election, with only the word of a known liar as evidence, is scurrilous in the extreme. It is unprecedented in California history.

Brown knows that Fred Sainz does not have a shred of evidence to support his lie. Brown was aware that Sainz told nobody about the incident until now. Then Brown prefaced his scurrilous allegation with the words: “What was not publicly known was this” ..... the standard preface to a known lie.

Brown, hang your head in shame. You are a disgrace to your father's great name. You are a bigger liar than Fred Sainz, and that’s saying something.


Don Bauder May 21, 2008 @ 6:27 a.m.

Response to post #5: Excellent observations, Pat. Aguirre says that the accusation that he and his assistant, McGrath, offered to go easy on Sunroad if the mayor would not cut lawyers from the city attorney budget is "totally untrue." At the time the statements were alleged to have been made, Aguirre's office was already deeply into the investigation and had filed suits. Why in the world would anyone believe Fred Sainz? Or Kris Michell. One of the biggest laughs is that Scott Peters said that the DA should investigate the matter. The DA? Ha! She is completely beholden to the real estate developers, as is the mayor. What is really pathetic is that savvy San Diegans now realize that the only things motivating both the AG's and DA's offices are money and politics. Where does a San Diegan turn for justice? Best, Don Bauder


Fred Williams May 21, 2008 @ 8:38 a.m.

What about Tom Story?

Wasn't the initial issue that he'd clearly and repeatedly violated city lobbying bans?

Wasn't the subsequent issue that the Mayor personally blocked a search warrant issued to investigate Tom Story?

Weren't there additional revelations about Sander's meetings with Sunroad, big campaign donations, a history of ignoring the FAA, going over building inspectors heads, and using "weatherizing" to actually continue building?

Fred Sainz has a long history of fabricating false allegations against Aguirre that later prove false. This leftover from the corrupt Golding administration tells the UT what to write, and how to write it. (We've got it all in writing, thanks to Pat Flannery.)

The result?

No investigation of Tom Story or Sanders and Sunroad. The "Ethics" people, DA, and AG are blind to these obvious and well-documented violations.

Yet a blatant lie from Fred Sainz gets instant responses, including a call from Scott "Million Gallon Man" Peters to charge the City Attorney with extortion. (No word yet on exactly which criminal charges Peters still faces over his "negligence" in 2002.)

Peters, Sanders, and the Attorney General have spoken.

Their message?

"F*** you, San Diego."


Don Bauder May 21, 2008 @ 9:03 a.m.

Response to post #7: Are you referring to the movie Deep Throat or the character in Nixon's fall from grace and the White House? Please say which before I answer. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 21, 2008 @ 9:18 a.m.

Response to post #8: You are right on every count. 1. Emails clearly show that Tom Story violated the rule that a former bureaucrat can't try to influence those in government for a year. He did it long before a year had elapsed. Guilty as charged, but the San Diego so-called law enforcement/judicial system got him off. 2. The police chief blocked a judge-approved search warrant of Story, then somebody in the police department ran to Sanders with the information. The police chief should have gone to prison for this. 3. Sanders met personally with the owner of Sunroad at particularly crucial times. That is a matter of record. 4. Sainz, a professional liar, has been smearing Aguirre dishonestly for years. His emails show that clearly. 4. Story, Sanders, Sunroad, Sainz will all get off because the AG's office and DA's office are thoroughly disingenuous. Period. 5. Scott Peters, another thoroughly dishonest pol (among many things, he permitted the San Diego bond prospectuses to contain false information) says the DA should investigate Aguirre, his opponent for city attorney. Hilarious. San Diego is really in a mess. It is broke and it is led by people who cannot be trusted.


MarkScha May 21, 2008 @ 9:23 a.m.

"Behind every great fortune is a crime." -- Honore de Balzac


Don Bauder May 21, 2008 @ 9:30 a.m.

Response #11: Amen. Usually more than one crime. Best, Don Bauder


anony_mous May 22, 2008 @ 12:33 a.m.

response to # 17 I believe Brown would be allowed to serve as Governor again because he originally served in office before the 1990 amendment to article 5-section 2 of the state constituion was enacted limiting the governorship to 2 terms of 4 years each. The state constitution had been amended in 1862 to change the length of the term from 2 years to 4, but no term limits had ever imposed until the 1990 amendment.


historymatters May 21, 2008 @ 5:38 p.m.

get the crooks out!!! Follow the Money--the developers are the biggest lobbyist group in CA and it will not change unless we vote them out of office. In SD the developer candidates are Sanders, Goldsmith and Gloria (in district 3). The other districts each have a developer candidate as well. I just listened to an LUH mtg where BIA pres Sherm Harmer said the city is in GREAT financial shape and its a great time to build build build!!!


Burwell May 21, 2008 @ 7:53 p.m.

It's no secret Jerry Brown intends to run for governor when Arnold terms out. Brown probably jiggered the investigation to exonerate Sanders in order to obtain financial support from Moores and his ilk when he runs for governor. I suspect the Superior Court judge who quashed Story's prosecution will soon be appointed to the Federal bench where he will be able to triple dip and collect a state retirement pension, a federal salary, and earn an additional federal retirement pension. Maybe the judge will be appointed to the state court of appeals. Aguirre should have been allowed to present his case against Story before a jury in a court of law. The jury should have been allowed to decide whether the charges were politically motivated after evaluating the evidence.


Don Bauder May 21, 2008 @ 8:14 p.m.

Response to post #13: Two other developer candidates are Maienschein and Peters, running for city attorney. Both are utterly in the pockets of developers. Sherm Harmer even says downtown condos are doing well and will be doing splendidly in a short period of time. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 21, 2008 @ 8:19 p.m.

Response to post #14: Yes, Brown may be planning to run for governor (ugh) and is fishing for funds from San Diego developers. Yes, the judge who thumbed down the Story investigation will probably get a promotion of some kind. Of course the case should have gone to a jury. It would have been a slam-dunk. The emails clearly show what Story did. That's why law enforcement and the judiciary working together killed it. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 22, 2008 @ 7:38 a.m.

Response to post #18: We will welcome any other legal interpretations. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 22, 2008 @ 7:36 a.m.

Response to post #17: Whether or not Brown is termed out would depend on the law's specificity: can a politician who is termed out return to the same post after a hiatus? I simply don't know. San Diego would be the laughingstock of the nation if either Maienschein or Peters -- who had both been deeply involved in the pension coverup -- became city attorney. I think your Aguirre predictions are high, given the ongoing smear campaign in local media. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 23, 2008 @ 8:18 a.m.

Response to post #23: Remember, Jerry Brown ran for president. Had he won, Silberman would have become secretary of the treasury, or perhaps head of the Federal Reserve. That is something to ponder. Best, Don Bauder


anony_mous May 22, 2008 @ 5:30 p.m.

Don, The amendment, which was voted on as Proposition 140, "The Political Reform Act of 1990" in November of 1990, dealt with state legislators and other specified state office holders, including the office of Governor and applies to all legislators elected on or after November 6, 1990. It also imposes a lifelong ban against seeking the same office once the limits have been reached. I'm not a constitutional lawer, but it seems that technically Brown isn't termed out. His time in office was before the state constitution was amended and therefore is irrelevant. As a side note,there was a lawsuit filed claiming that prop 140 violated federal constitutional rights. A District Court judge ruled in favor of the plantiffs, but the ruling was then overturned by United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I guess that means Governor Moonbeam is free to pursue the office again.


Don Bauder May 22, 2008 @ 7:17 p.m.

Response to post #21: Do you suppose Guv Moonbeam, if elected, will hire Dick Silberman again as his top financial aide? Or how about Silberman's ex-spouse, Susan Golding? Best, Don Bauder


anony_mous May 22, 2008 @ 7:35 p.m.

Response to post #22: A convicted felon as the governor's top financial aide. What a novel concept. Sounds like something Jerry might do.


Fred Williams May 23, 2008 @ 9:09 a.m.

One of my favorite songs from the 80's:

"California Uber Alles"

I am Governor Jerry Brown My aura smiles And never frowns Soon I will be president...

Carter Power will soon go away I will be Fuhrer one day I will command all of you Your kids will meditate in school Your kids will meditate in school!

[Chorus:] California Uber Alles California Uber Alles Uber Alles California Uber Alles California

Zen fascists will control you 100% natural You will jog for the master race And always wear the happy face

Close your eyes, can't happen here Big Bro' on white horse is near The hippies won't come back you say Mellow out or you will pay Mellow out or you will pay!


Now it is 1984 Knock-knock at your front door It's the suede/denim secret police They have come for your uncool niece

Come quietly to the camp You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp Don't you worry, it's only a shower For your clothes here's a pretty flower.

DIE on organic poison gas Serpent's egg's already hatched You will croak, you little clown When you mess with President Brown When you mess with President Brown



Don Bauder May 23, 2008 @ 10:41 a.m.

Response to post #25: That is indeed a poignant song. When Jerry Brown hears about it, he will assign an AG bureaucrat to investigate it. Best, Don Bauder


paul May 23, 2008 @ 11:30 a.m.


He has had almost thirty years. The song was written about him in 1979!


Fred Williams May 23, 2008 @ 11:30 a.m.

Actually, this and other songs made the band a target for retaliation. They were prosecuted by the L.A. City Attorney's office for "distributing material harmful to minors".

Personally, I think Jello Biafra's lyrics are brilliant. I especially like the song, Stars and Stripes of Corruption.

The lyrics are too long to post here, but you can read them at:


I think this part is especially good:

Tell me who's the real patriots The Archie Bunker slobs waving flags? Or the people with the guts to work For some real change Rednecks and bombs don't make us strong We loot the world, yet we can't even feed ourselves Our real test of strength is caring Not the toys of war we sell the world Just carry on, thankful to be farmed like worms Old glory for a blanket As you suck on your thumbs

Real freedom scares you 'Cos it means responsibility

So you chicken out and threaten me

Saying, "Love it or leave it" I'll get beat up if I criticize it You say you'll fight to the death To save your worthless flag

If you want a banana republic that bad Why don't you go move to one?


JohnnyVegas May 23, 2008 @ 11:39 a.m.

Don, I know you will be able to answer this one-

Where is Richard Silberman at today???? Bay Area???


Don Bauder May 23, 2008 @ 12:27 p.m.

Response to post #29. About ten years ago, he was living in Marin County. I interviewed him and got straight responses. (He has remarried and in his 70s is the father of a new baby.) But the last time I tried to reach him, within the last two years, I could not find his phone number. I am told he is still in the Bay Area. Best, Don Bauder


historymatters May 27, 2008 @ 3:21 p.m.

People, Polls show Sanders at 42% meaning he only needs half the undecideds to win straight out June 3rd. We better get everyone we know to vote for ANYONE BUT Sanders on June 3rd so we at least have arun off and more time for more scandal to emerge...otherwise we are scr&%!d!!!


Don Bauder May 27, 2008 @ 9:13 p.m.

Response to post #31: I haven't seen that poll you cite. I agree: anyone but Sanders. Best, Don Bauder


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