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New filings in the case of Scott Kessler versus City of San Diego suggest Mayor Jerry Sanders played an even bigger role than earlier reported. On March 3 and March 17, The Reader carried columns about an FBI/police investigation of alleged illegalities by Little Italy powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and felon Paul (Joe) Mannino. Kessler, a City employee who had given information to the investigators, was fired, and Sanders's lieutenants consistently took the side of the politically potent Li Mandri. The district attorney refused to prosecute the case and Sanders generally protected Li Mandri. A Superior Court filing by Kessler March 23 states flatly that Sanders had the police department detective who co-authored the investigation reprimanded. Kessler says he got that information from the FBI investigator. We had earlier reported that Sanders called in the police chief and then later the detective was reprimanded. "We got that information subsequently," says Josh Gruenberg, Kessler's lawyer. Also, the new filing says the mayor played a key role in having Kessler fired. Earlier, we had said that the mayor's office played such a role.

The City has asked the court to throw out the suit. Gruenberg asked for a delay in the hearing on the matter so Sanders could be deposed. But there has been a delay in that. Now the hearing will be July 9. Gruenberg is still hoping to depose the mayor in mid-May.

The city attorney's office asked Kessler to state the damages he has suffered. Kessler has done so, but Gruenberg has no reason to believe the City will settle.

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SurfPuppy619 April 5, 2010 @ 6:41 p.m.

Get KFC Sanders under oath and fire away. He will trip himself up in his own lies.


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 7:25 a.m.

Response to post #1: And what would happen if he is caught blatantly lying under oath? Would any law enforcement body in San Diego do anything about it? Would the mainstream media report it? Think about it. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 April 6, 2010 @ 9:15 a.m.

If Sanders were caught in a law udner oath it would get reported-here and other places.

Would he be prosecuted? Not locally IMO. But this is the sort of case the AG's office would hopefully take, or the US Attorney-ala Randall Cunningham style.


a2zresource April 6, 2010 @ 10:39 a.m.

The activity log for San Diego Superior Court case number 37-2009-00092899-CU-WE-CTL tells a fascinating story.

Apparently, Plaintiff Kessler's ex parte filing of March 23 reshuffled the entire deck, ultimately setting up a trial date for August 13, 2010 should the City of San Diego not prevail on its motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication in the alternative.

I believe that if it is not under seal, then Defendant City of San Diego's motion and supporting declarations for summary judgment or summary adjudication in the alternative (filed February 26, 2010) are "must reads" for anyone curious as to how Plaintiff's ex parte hearing held on on March 24 has put certain choice portions on the butcher block for the mid-May deposition of Hiz Honor.

Those would be "must reads" so that we Citizens of San Diego can run up a preliminary total on the potential damage Hiz Honor has exposed our tax payments to, in terms of looming liability from official acts done without bothering to wait for an appropriate staff analysis of where not to leap.


patflannery April 6, 2010 @ 10:47 a.m.

Don: well at least the Voice linked to your story this morning. Perhaps they are realizing that there is no future in just being "U-T Light". They know your Li Mandri story has legs and are not able to explain ignoring it any longer. Don, being right is a very powerful thing. Hang in there. What would we do without you?


a2zresource April 6, 2010 @ 11:22 a.m.

A link to the Kelly Bennett article "Tumult in Little Italy" that appeared on March 15, 2007, giving us a look at what was transpiring between the Little Italy Association and Kessler (who was telling them to see the City Attorney's office about funds being held and not paid until further notice):



Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 11:44 a.m.

Response to post #3: I doubt the AG's office would take it. The US attorney's office did take Cunningham, but there was a different person heading the office then. The new head is an unknown quantity at this point. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 11:51 a.m.

Response to post #4: We intend to continue following this story. You make very interesting points. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 12:05 p.m.

Response to post #5: No, what would we do without YOU, Pat? Your recent blog items on the convention center and lease revenue bond capers have been superb. (www.blogofsandiego.com). The Voice does some things very well -- real estate, for example -- but it depends on donations. I worry that this will always inhibit its progress. Its founder is a venture capitalist who is more interested in good journalism than most establishment members. Keep your fingers crossed. SDNN was also founded by venture capitalists. There are some very good things in it. The founders have a grand idea to expand the concept to a bunch of cities. I hope the enterprise doesn't get stretched too thin. I would like to see realization in both publications that the real estate industry runs San Diego; funds flow to downtown commercial real estate and residential real estate when they should be devoted to the aging infrastructure, maintenance of existing infrastructure, parks and recreation, arts and culture, etc. And I would like to see recognition by both publications that the place is corrupt. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 12:27 p.m.

Response to post #6: Those who claim there are no conflicts between the Little Italy Association and Li Mandri's private company are living in a dream world. Go to the Little Italy Association website right now and you'll find that Marco Li Mandri is chairman. People claim he doesn't vote. That is a weak argument. At the time of the Voice story, Aguirre had shown Li Mandri's influence within the association. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 April 6, 2010 @ 1:52 p.m.

Good Grief, when are noisy, complaining San Diegans just going to learn to drink their polluted water, learn to avoid failing infrastructure, let their houses burn down due to public safety cutbacks to pay off Sander's owners who keep getting him drunk and full of bulls, and learn to SHUT THE F UP.

Just learn to relax in the knowledge that the republicans have our best interests at heart, and are protecting our backs.

Why else would republican voters act like zombies while Il Duce Sanders gets fatter and fatter, and fatter?


paul April 6, 2010 @ 2:46 p.m.


You were fine right up until you said: "Just learn to relax in the knowledge that the republicans have our best interests at heart, and are protecting our backs."

Last I checked, the city council had a majority of Democrats with Hueso, Emerald, Gloria, Young and Frye, People like Peters and Bersin are continually appointed to prominent positions and the voter registration in the city had more Democrats than Republicans.

There are plenty of Dem whores in this town. The Dem establishment along with the major unions turned their collective backs on the only two reformers I have seen elected in San Diego in recent memory (Frye and Aguirre).


Horusbedhetys April 6, 2010 @ 3:04 p.m.

...and sheeple here think that the politics in Chicago is dirty! I've said it all along:being cynical about politics is being a realist, no matter where you live. This is certainly corruption at its finest. Unfortunately nothing will be done about it.


Anon92107 April 6, 2010 @ 3:53 p.m.

Response to post #12:

Didn't realize the dems were organized enough to actually have a "dem establishment" paul. Even the chimpanzees at the zoo are better organized, and could teach dems how to overthrow rule by "strong mayor," it's as anti-democracy as the overthrow of the Rule of Law by our corrupt judges. It's the stupidest thing the dems ever allowed to disenfranchise themselves with.

But it is hopeless, so as Gilda Radner used to say "Never Mind."


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 3:54 p.m.

Response to post #11: That's just what the rulers want you to do: relax and shut up. Best, Don Bauder


laplayaheritage April 6, 2010 @ 4:18 p.m.

AG Jerry Brown sold out San Diegans before, and he will do it again.

For the Sunroad project that was trying to close down the City-owed Montgomery field, Attorney General Jerry Brown refused to investigate the claims by the City Attorney, and ignored his requests.

However, when the Mayor's office asked for the AG's help, the AG's San Diego office wrote a unsigned report stating that no laws were violated.


We spoke to the Attorney General in San Diego to see if he read our Sunroad Corruption reports that were part of the public record, He said he never read our report, and did not know they existed or where part of the public record.

The Attorney General can start an investigation at a City Attorney's request, but cannot start an AG investigation at the request of a Mayor. That is why the AG's white-washed Sunroad report was unsigned.


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 6:50 p.m.

Response to post #13: Cities whose economies are based on real estate are generally corrupt. San Diego is third in the U.S. in the percentage of the economy devoted to real estate. Cities along the border are generally corrupt. Add it up. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 6:57 p.m.

Response to post #14: There is nothing wrong with debt per se. It's when debt gets too heavy -- and too obfuscated -- that trouble starts. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 7:02 p.m.

Response to post #12: Yes, Democrats wear red dresses, too. Big labor normally sides with the establishment on corporate welfare projects. And too many Democratic politicians support labor. Democrat Donna Frye is the one exception. Consistently, she has stood against excessive city employee compensation, thus incurring the wrath of the unions, and she has opposed corporate welfare projects (ballpark, etc.) Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 7:09 p.m.

Response to post #15: Watch going to the Zoo. A chimp may attack you. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 7:11 p.m.

Response to post #17: You are absolutely right. And Brown's AG office joined in the smear of Aguirre, too. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 April 6, 2010 @ 8:42 p.m.

Watch going to the Zoo. A chimp may attack you.

You don't need to go to the Zoo, we have a circus chimp in the Mayors office attacking us right now.

Just watch him on TV for free :)


Don Bauder April 6, 2010 @ 10:19 p.m.

Response to post #23: He thinks he's a champ, not a chimp. Best, Don Bauder


Burwell April 6, 2010 @ 10:24 p.m.

However, when the Mayor's office asked for the AG's help, the AG's San Diego office wrote a unsigned report stating that no laws were violated.


Many believe Jerry Brown authored that report in exchange for political contributions from Mayor Sanders' supporters.


Burwell April 6, 2010 @ 10:31 p.m.

Mayor Sanders is a venal man possessed of questionable moral probity. If he had been on the deck of the Titanic, he would have shoved his mother out of his way in order to obtain a seat on a lifeboat.


Burwell April 6, 2010 @ 10:55 p.m.

Chief Lansdowne is in a tough situation. He's only been on the City payroll since 2003. He's got to make it at least ten years, maybe more, in order to secure his $10,000 per month city pension. He's already collecting pensions from Richmond and Oakland. The man is a professional pension collector who has become addicted to feeding at the trough. If Sanders puts the boot to his ass before he has enough years on the city payroll, the Chief is going to take a financial beating when he retires from his 3rd government job. Lansdowne will do whatever it takes to make Jerry Sanders happy in order to protect his job. If Lansdowne were an honorable man he would resign rather than issue the reprimand. I think his actions define what he is.


SurfPuppy619 April 7, 2010 @ 12:12 a.m.

I am sure Lansdowne gets a big pension from San Jose, but he was not with RPD long enough to pull a pension-or his 4 years there may have been credited to Sam Jose.

I did not know about Oakland.

I will say this-after reading about how fast Lansdowne folded over KFC Sanders meddling, I have no respect for him. He is the Chief of SD Police, not KFC Sanders (not anymore anyway).


SurfPuppy619 April 7, 2010 @ 12:19 a.m.

BTW-don't you vest in the San Diego pension system after a short 5 years????

If yes, then Lansdowne can pull a SD pension, in addition to the others he has, right now.

3% x7 years would be 21% of whatever he makes. If he is making $200K/year then that would be $42K on top of his other pensions.

Only in gov could someone pull multiple high dollar pensions like this. And reason #1 why gov is bust.


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 6:55 a.m.

Response to post #25: Yes, many suspect that Jerry Brown did that report and the quid pro quo was loot from the San Diego establishment that controls Sanders, and was working to smear Aguirre, who was trying to expose corrupt land deals. The AG's office was definitely in on the smear. The end result is that the establishment now controls law enforcement completely. There is no institution that will challenge establishment corruption -- particularly land deals. San Diego is wrapped up. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 6:57 a.m.

Response to post #26: Displacing three other people and perhaps sinking the lifeboat, too. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 7 a.m.

Response to post #27: I can't remember an honorable person having occupied the job of police chief in San Diego. Certainly, Sanders did not qualify. Everyone in that job played politics to the hilt. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 7:07 a.m.

Response to post #28: Of course, the classic case was when Aguirre got a search warrant to get information on the Sunroad deal, and the police department rushed to Sanders's office to blab about it. The DA said the search warrant did not have to be served. Lansdowne didn't serve it. He could have been prosecuted for that, but of course wasn't. Aguirre said he had too many things on his plate to attempt to put the police chief behind bars. At least, the Sunroad violations, despite Sanders' attempts to help his friends and donors, was taken care of. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 7:10 a.m.

Response to post #29: See my column this week, which goes online today (April 7). Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 April 7, 2010 @ 11:01 a.m.

Response to post #21:

Actually the zoo is about the safest places anywhere.

It's outside the zoo where we must be increasingly concerned for our heroic police and firemen/women whose resources are being stolen by Sanders' and GOP establishment greed and corruption placing even San Diego's finest public safety personnel at out of control risk as well as us.

I understand why you moved to Colorado, for increasing reasons you expose almost daily.


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 1:15 p.m.

Response to post #35: Yeah, but we have mountain lions walking through our property. And they aren't in cages. Best, Don Bader


Anon92107 April 7, 2010 @ 1:48 p.m.

Response to post #36:

Amazing how mountain lions leave you alone if you just leave them alone isn't it? I've had animals like that walk through various campsites over the decades and they may look over at you but keep going if you stand still and keep quiet.

However, San Diego families have far greater threats to public safety and health.

Sanders, the GOP and their judges just keep destroying our quality of life regardless of how many investigative reports you write to expose their larceny.


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 2:23 p.m.

Response to post #37: I understand an incident here made national news. A young, undernourished and underweight mountain lion chased dogs right into somebody's house. The family locked itself into a room and called 911. Animal Control came out and intended to release the lion. But it was acting very strangely so it was euthanized. That house is a mile or two from ours. The only casualty: one of the dogs was killed. Best, Don Bauder


a2zresource April 7, 2010 @ 2:26 p.m.

Too bad reporters are verbotten at depositions...


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 4:07 p.m.

Response to post #39: Yes, but reporters get transcripts of depositions after they are held. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 April 7, 2010 @ 6:49 p.m.

Yes, but reporters get transcripts of depositions after they are held.

Not to mention videotapes if they video it.

A videotaped deposition can run you $2K-$5K per day though-so usually lawyers will not do videotape unless it is a big case.

I was videotaped in a deposition a few years ago and it is rather unsettling to say the least.


Don Bauder April 7, 2010 @ 9:39 p.m.

Response to post #41: I much prefer deposition transcripts. I can't remember ever seeing a deposition videotape. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 April 8, 2010 @ 1:13 a.m.

Bill Clinton had his deposition videotaped in the Paula ?? sex case....They still make the transcripts, the video tape just supplements the transcripts.


Don Bauder April 8, 2010 @ 6:32 a.m.

Response to post #43: Her name was Paula Jones. I never understood what Clinton saw in her. A lot of people complained about Clinton's lack of vision. The Paula Jones case proved it. Best, Don Bauder


Twister April 11, 2010 @ 7:23 p.m.

The data on mountain lions are inconclusive, in large part because there is little or nothing in the way of forensic investigation. If it is known at all, the data on whether or not mountain lions involved in attacks or "attacks" on humans are connected with captive/released animals is kept secret. Just how the "authorities" dispose of the evidence (the lion's body) is not made available.

Remember how, several years ago, the incidence of attacks went up about the time the CA legislature was considering a hunting ban or permitting hunting them?

Most wild animal attacks are the result of some pathology, such as the case you mention, and sick, injured, or habituated (access to garbage or livestock, or outright feeding) bears, for example. You might want to consider aversive conditioning for "your" mountain lions (and bears) as well as all other wildlife, particularly predators or other "troublesome" critters.


Don Bauder April 12, 2010 @ 7 a.m.

Response to post #45: One's chances of being attacked by a mountain lion may be higher in Orange and San Diego counties than here in rural Colorado. Best, Don Bauder


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