So by now, everyone has seen the not so subtle hit piece from Camp Gloria that shows a devil shaking hands with some seedy, ubiquitous politician. The front says "The Voter Education Project" (btw, thank God there is a group out there trying to educate me). Open it up...

"But That Hasn't Stopped Stephen Whitburn From Taking 1000s from Special Interests"

What!!! Why have I been helping Stephen if this is true?

Flip it over and there it is.... a list a very seedy, sketchy, official looking list of special interests..

"No More Backroom Deals"

But wait... I see Dan Soderberg. He is a good friend and he has always come to meetings to fight developers. I'm pretty sure he told me he was a Film school grad and an architectural photographer. He and I put the debate questions together for the Uni/Heights political debate and it was geared at finding out who will fight developers. Has Dan been lying to me this whole time?

And then I see Tom Mullaney, another person that I thought was an ally. I attended some of his meetings because he led the fight against the 301 University project. He has dedicated tireless hours of his time and his own money to fighting developers. Have I been tricked?

Im pretty sure I would have been on the list since I work for an architect had I been able to give Stephen more than $100. Am I really actually FOR developers? ...despite the fact that I have spent hours and money building a website called Now I see why I called my blog "I've Got Issues".

Hmmm, maybe I have been tricking myself, because Todd would not lie or mislead anyone. He is Toni's top pick after all.

He must have had a group of hard working volunteers make and mail these mailers right?

Thankfully, Maggie McCann, a voice of reason, came to the rescue. She explained that this mailer that Todd was sending out to everyone in D3 explaining that Stephen was making backroom deals with developers, was paid for by a backroom deal with a developer for Todd Gloria. I like this explanation alot more because it means I don't need medication and Im not AS crazy as I first thought.

Here is the breakdown

The organization that was created to put out the campaign mailer, San Diego Voter Education Project.

Who are they:

The mailer funded by: Thomas Sudberry, the President of Sudberry Properties, the developer of the recently approved Quarry Falls development, provided $1,000 for the mailer, ostensibly to support the position on two propositions. Thomas Sudberry, a registered City lobbyist, had previously donated $540 to the Todd Gloria Campaign. His wife, Jane Sudberry has also contributed the maximum amount of $540 to Gloria. Other registered City lobbyists who are employees of Sudberry Properties and who have contributed to Gloria’s campaign include Stephen Haase, $540, Jeffrey Bradley, $270, Marco Sessa, $540, and Colton Sudberry, $270. With the possible exception of Lehman, none of these people live in District 3.

The group lists as its Treasurer registered City lobbyist Paola Avila. Paola Avila is also a registered lobbyist–; Otay Mesa Ventures, LLC, rezone from industrial to residential; OLP Community Outreach Mr. Avila personally contributed $540 to Todd Gloria’s campaign. One of Mr. Avila’s clients is Our Lady Of Peace parochial school; he serves as their Community Outreach specialist.

So the whole thing was bought and paid for by an "independent expenditure", which I just learned means ANYONE can make up ANY name and do something on your behalf to get you elected. And here is the best part, Todd can receive 1000's (like in the case of this mailer) from developers and not have to report it in his famous "17%" from developers.

The best part is this "list" is made up of some of the most solid, and upright citizens you have ever met. And they are people that go to city council meetings and speak all the time. So Todd, if you win, this means that you are going to have to look these people that you just slandered in the eyes for the next 4 years.

I think the front cover of the sketchy politician shaking hands with the devil may have been you, because as far as I can see, you have just created your very own hell.


Apparently the controversial mailer has caused quite a stir. I have never seen such a visceral reaction from people. I personally, feel very strongly about it, because many of the people he named are saints in the world of preservation and deserve praise not unsubstantiated accusations. This is serious. It makes me feel sick to think someone representing us could behave this way and could slander the very best of his District. And I mean slander.

And then to add insult to injury, he gets the UT to do some dim-witted damage control and all the story says is this: "I cannot speak to the factual accuracy of the mailer in question. I do believe that negative campaigning distracts from the issues of importance to District 3 voters," he said.

He doesn't even denounce it and barely acknowledges it. Does he review these mailers or not? One of my favorite comments was from Maggie McCann...

"Todd could speak to the facts, but then he'd have to admit to being involved. It's ironic that the people chosen for inclusion are leaders of grassroots neighborhood movements against bad urban infill development - 301 University, OLP, Kensington Terrace, etc. And Todd's donor forms show he's taken money from the developers and lobbyists from all those developments. I take back everything I've ever said about him being Atkins in a better suit - he's really Son of Madaffer."


Fred Williams Oct. 30, 2008 @ 2:29 p.m.

Add Jeri Dilno, long time reporter and editor, to the list of people Gloria's hit piece describes as "developers".

What sort of kool aid are they drinking over at Camp Gloria to come up with such stupid accusations. They're really desperate now...

I'm voting for Stephen Whitburn.


Viking13 Oct. 30, 2008 @ 3:44 p.m.

The scandalous "Clawgate" attack on 3rd District Candidate Stephen Whitburn is the slimiest piece of political hit literature I have seen since Peter Navarro ran for mayor of San Diego. Why on earth would anyone accuse Whitburn of a "backroom deal" wiht Daniel Soderberg? After all, Dan works on Whitburn's campaign. Moreover, Dan tirelessly volunteers his time working for neighborhoods to protect historical buildings for unscrupulous land development. And Tom Mullaney? Tom has spent years of his time fighting to protect urban canyons and keep land use density at serviceable levels for water and sewer, not to mention he donates his office for community meetings and merits a medal for all his efforts to protect our rights. The guys who paid for that devil's claw hit piece should be sued for slander.

Ron May La Jolla, California


district3resident Oct. 30, 2008 @ 6:10 p.m.

For the truth about Stephen Whitburn, visit:


iantrowbridge1 Oct. 31, 2008 @ 12:40 a.m.

district3resident, you are so juvenile. Great website proving Gloria is surrounded by idiots who couldn't tell the truth if their life depended on it


Hillcrest_Preservationist Oct. 31, 2008 @ 8:48 a.m.

Ian, you are absolutely right. Todd Gloria knows the truth. he knows the "attorney whose firm worked on Bush v. Gore" on this so-called webpage is Stephen's own brother, a strong Democrat who - oh my gosh - lives in Texas and took a job w/a law firm that - my goodness - had represented its client in Bush v. Gore. The Horrors! Todd knows that the lawyers attacked as working with a firm whose principal is in Lompoc prison are really civil liberties champion Eric Alan Isaacson, a champion in the NO on 8 effort, and Tim Blood, one of the strongest opponents of Todd's favorite Kensington project - Kensington Terrace.

Todd knows the truth. he just can't handle the truth. he knows the truth - he is bought and paid for by every lobbyist and developer in town - so he decided to try to confuse voters with these thoroughly debunked and denounced accusations.


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

Whitburn has run one of the dirtiest campaigns anyone has seen in years. Finally someone hits back, not even Todd or his campaign, and all of Whitburns cronnies cry foul.

Give me a break! Whitburn has greased his campaign with over $200,000 from a mysterious source. Whitburn has yet to answer where this money is coming from. Did I hear someone say federal investigation? We can expect one after this election and the focus will be... where does a guy making $65,000 a year with no net worth get over $200K?


historymatters Oct. 31, 2008 @ 11:29 a.m.

Fred williams, you are acting so bipolar. One minute you love Stephen, the next minute you are smearing him.

No, seriously, Nicole, stop posing as Fred. We are going to track your IP address. This is indicative of the way Gloria has run this campaign.

Will you be dressing up and posing as Fred at council mtgs as well and angrily spouting unsubstantiated allegations at the mic.

Sorry Nicole, Fred is better looking than you, and props to Fred--he wrote about this story 1st in the very dramatic piece aptly titled "Goth Marriage and Gloria", soon to become a screenplay.


daisydukes Oct. 31, 2008 @ 11:51 a.m.

"Whitburn has yet to answer where this money is coming from." My god, you are as senile as John McSame. Whitburn and his spokesman, Sean McWherly, have both covered that territory repeatedly, everytime you and your minions bring it up. For free spending playboys like Todd and Jason, who spend their six figure salaries on Armani and cocktails, the thought of saving enough money to finance a run for City Council over 26 years of employment is too much. Come to think of it, Stephen's been in the workforce since Todd was 4 years old. Todd would have had to have saved his tooth fairy money to be able to finance his campaign, I guess. So I suppose we have to forgive him for taking all those thousands from every developer and lobbyist in town. The problem with Todd is that he's such a pleaser and won't know how to say No to his patrons, to whom he now owes so much.


Fred Williams Oct. 31, 2008 @ 1:26 p.m.

Admin, please remove the postings put up by someone using my name. This is really getting out of hand.

Thank you,

Fred Williams (with a capitol in my last name)


Fred Williams Nov. 3, 2008 @ 3:12 p.m.

Gloria: Please don't slap me any more, you know I love you and I'll do anything for you. Why do you treat me this way?

Developer: Shut up Gloria, just be a good bottom and do what you're told. I paid for you, now you work for me. I'm taking you into the council chambers now...

Gloria: Oh, why did I ever leave my principles behind...mother!

Developer: Knock off your whining, it's time to shake your money maker.

Council President: The meeting will come to order....

Gloria: I vote YES to the new condos! Give a subsidy to my top developer.

Gloria: I vote YES to privatizing Balboa Park! Give away the citizens' property to top corporations.

Gloria: I vote YES to bailing out top developers downtown! They need help from the taxpayers.

Gloria: I vote NO to any more audits or corruption investigations! We need to save money.

Council President: This meeting is adjourned, the next meeting will be held when the developers tell us and will be about whatever they want us to do for them. Have a nice day.


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