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Working secretly, Mayor Jerry Sanders, former City Attorney Casey Gwinn and DA Bonnie Dumanis have been planning to shift control of the City's Family Justice Center to the YWCA, says a new study by current City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Actually, Aguirre's study is too restrained; it could be tougher. After being termed out as city attorney, Gwinn took the Family Justice Center away from the city attorney's office and put it under the city manager. Then he formed the Family Justice Center Foundation and teamed up with Dumanis in pushing family issues. It smelled of a high-paying sinecure for Gwinn. In August of last year, he became head of the YWCA, and began pushing to have the City's Family Justice Center transferred to the YWCA. Now the mayor favors the move, but he has not consulted with Family Justice Center steering committee or the city attorney, who is on the committee. Among several things, Aguirre believes that the transfer may violate the City's managed competion policies. There is also a question of whether the YWCA is a religious body and should be operating a City department.

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JohnnyVegas May 28, 2008 @ 8:38 p.m.

I don't get it.

What on earth does the YWCA and the Family Justice Center have in common?

Why should they be connected??


Don Bauder May 28, 2008 @ 9:38 p.m.

Response to post #1: There is only one reason: it's a gravy train for Casey Gwinn. He took the Family Justice Center with him when he left the city attorney's office. Last summer he became head of the YWCA. Now he wants the Family Justice Center back. Sanders wants to give it to him. Typical San Diego. Best, Don Bauder


JF May 29, 2008 @ 8:03 a.m.

Yes, Don, it is typical San Diego. That's why I really won't be all that disappointed if Aguirre wins. I actually applaud his efforts to root out corruption. I just wish he would learn the difference between being effective and tilting windmills.

Is it time for a round of "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park"?


JustWondering May 29, 2008 @ 8 a.m.

Casey Gwinn, an attorney working for the former LONG TIME City Attorney John Witt. Wasn't it GWINN who ran the City Attorney's office into the ground becuase all he ever cared about was Domestic Violence work? It was GWINN who positioned himself to become the elected City Attorney replacing WITT when he retired, through name recognition as Domestic Violence was brought to the forefront. So while Mr. Gwinn toiled against domestic violence, the rest of the City burned financially as its managers and other political leaders pulled the wool over the eyes of the taxpayers.

So as mentioned above when Gwinn was termed out he left when to work for Dumanis for a spell AND continues to collect a VERY handsome retirement check for his service to City. And now our MAYOR Jerry wants to reward him further.

I'm just wondering, Mr. Mayor are you NUTS?


Don Bauder May 29, 2008 @ 10:08 a.m.

Response to post #3: Yes, Casey Gwinn was found to be negligent in fulfilling his financial disclosure duties in the Kroll Report on the City's pension mess. And yes, the only thing Gwinn cared about, and understood, was domestic violence. His office rubberstamped any dubious thing that a City government employee, elected or unelected, wanted to do. Remember the horrible contracts with the Chargers and Padres, fleecing the City? That's Casey. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 29, 2008 @ 10:11 a.m.

Response to post #4: The stupid things Aguirre did were small things, magnified by the Union-Tribune and the mayor's office, working in tandem. The stupid things that Casey Gwinn did (failure to put factual material in bond prospectuses, the Chargers and Padres contracts that screwed San Diego) were big things. You have to make that distinction. Best, Don Bauder


Fred Williams May 29, 2008 @ 4:40 p.m.

San Diego suffers from "Battered Spouse Syndrome".

In lay terms, this is a reference to any person who, because of constant and severe domestic violence usually involving physical abuse by a partner, becomes depressed and unable to take any independent action that would allow him or her to escape the abuse. The condition explains why abused people often do not seek assistance from others, fight their abuser, or leave the abusive situation.

Sufferers have low self-esteem, and often believe that the abuse is their fault. Such persons usually refuse to press criminal charges against their abuser, and refuse all offers of help, often becoming aggressive or abusive to others who attempt to offer assistance.

Often sufferers will even seek out their very abuser for comfort shortly after an incident of abuse.

(from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battered_person_syndrome)

I think this explains why some people are so hostile to Aguirre. He's trying to help the situation, but the suffering populace abuses him instead of the real culprits, like Casey Gwinn.


realnews May 29, 2008 @ 6:27 p.m.

The family "Justice" Center is one of the smariest private, non-profits to come down the pike, yet.

While City Attorney, Gwinn spent the taxypayer monies to lobby for it in DC.

Anyone who hasn't read "American Fascists" ought to as it outlines how faith based non-profits, and others are bleeding America dry with these quasi-governmental BS non-profits, which, by the way; have been proven ineffective.

This is particularly true in San Diego. Former Deputy Lowell Bruce shot his wife in the face from point-blank range. Notice the silence from Family Justice Center? For details, see www.FamilyLawCourts.com/countysandiego.html


Don Bauder May 29, 2008 @ 8:35 p.m.

Response to post #7: Your analysis is right on the money, Dr. Williams. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder May 29, 2008 @ 8:38 p.m.

Response to post #8: The Family Justice Center is not only smarmy, it has sticky fingers to boot. Sounds like "American Fascists" would be a good read. Best, Don Bauder


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