When you follow the money behind the "recall Filner" campaign the results are chilling. The trail leads to Michael Pallamary, a prominent "land use expert". He has been the big voice behind the campaign to recall Mayor Filner which began before any sex scandals emerged and was officially launched today.

Pallamary has said he will be start collecting recall petition signatures Aug. 18.

But who is Michael J. Pallamary and why is he so interested in getting Filner out?

Michael J. Pallamary is a Professional Land Surveyor. He is an expert in land planning, and land use consultation among other things, all things that would suggest this move is a coup by the developers that have run San Diego for decades.

Pallamary founded the Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards (LSACTS), and he owned and operated Precision Survey & Mapping from 1983 to 1999. He currently is the owner and President of Land Survey Service of La Jolla since 1983 and is "recognized as the preeminent authority on the redevelopment of property in La Jolla and San Diego's coastal regions" per his website. And that may be the key.

There are billions of dollars to be made by booting Filner especially in coastal areas which have lower densities and higher environmental regulations.

His firm specializes in land use litigation and the processing of complex land use permits (hmmm what could be more "complex" than Balboa park?)

Pallamary was also a member of the City of San Diego's Board of Zoning Appeals. He was Chairman of the Clairemont Mesa Planning Group, and a member of the North Bay Project Area Committee and an appointed member of the Mission Bay Park Committee and Mission Bay Park Planners.

So Michael is a BIG player in the development world of San Diego with a lot of interest in ensuring that he can continue to develop San Diego with out any obstacles from the public.

Our fragile coastline will undoubtedly be exploited by greedy developers who will totally disregard the importance of our environment if they can boot Filner out.

People really better think twice about this effort, who is behind it and why?

Please come join the campaign to demand Due Process for Filner. There is far too much at stake.

The campaign to oust Filner strangely began as early as April-May of 2013

Why was Todd Gloria meeting with Jerry Sanders Sunday afternoon?

Take a closer look at the accusers


SAVEBP July 29, 2013 @ 9:25 p.m.

From everyone in San Diego who is interested in truth......thank you for posting this.


stairman July 31, 2013 @ 9:28 a.m.

the truth is your mayor is a misogynist, extortionist and a thief of public funds for his trip to france and has been doing so for 20 years previously in congress and thought he could still get away with it here


imadjdiva Aug. 6, 2013 @ 5:12 p.m.

I'm interested in the truth, as I think he's having his character assassinated the way Mike Aguirre did prior to the 2008 elections...and it's being done by the same people. The local media has hounded Filner since he was elected trying to get a scandal to stick...one finally did.


bootbozomayor July 31, 2013 @ 8:07 a.m.

You've got to be kidding me...Reader is still so "up Filner's butt" that it has to run smear stories on folks participating in the democratic process?

Wake up. Filner dug his own grave over the years - accept he won't be able to fulfill your (Reader's) socialist/progressive agenda any more!


EscoRes1 July 31, 2013 @ 8:32 a.m.

Can someone please tell me what this article has to do with anything? Thanks for adding one small piece of info about someone who doesn't like our current mayor! This way we can make up some other type of excuse about a hidden agenda! Even though you really didn't post anything about him! Just because I pay less in Taxes with a Republican president/mayor doesn't mean I want them all out of office.

If you actually wanted to post a legit article that even resembled news of any importance, you would have more detailed info about how he would benefit, and any proof of this motivation. Filner has been creating his own scandals for a while that could have started the recall campaign.


Taxi_Rob Aug. 11, 2013 @ 11:31 a.m.

There is no local income tax, so what are you even talking about?


Mateo July 31, 2013 @ 8:52 a.m.

This piece (of you know what) is proof of everything that has been wrong, lopsided, and biased, about "journalism". How can a supposed journalist write a a piece of crap like this without interviewing Mike and getting all the facts before spouting off derogatory comments? This shoddy piece of pseudo-journalism makes me think that this pseudo-journalist is the one in Filner's pocket and hence the pocket of the developers.


historymatters July 31, 2013 @ 4:02 p.m.

"interviewing Mike"....ummmm this is all from his very OWN website...is he lying on his own website about himself? I mean I didnt really "write" anything. It is all from him. Why so sensitive? Did I hit a nerve? Do you not want people to know who you are Mike?

No one should acyually follow the money behind the recall effort should they? No everyone should just follow along like sheep and not ask a single question the way the MSM has done. Good God. Are we in Communist China or America? I am confused...


richtronics July 31, 2013 @ 9:34 a.m.

I was unaware the Reader was this biased till today. Here are a few other "story's" by the reader. FYI...notice the author refuses to name himeself??

A closer look at Filner's accusers — July 28, 2013 New accuser Laura Fink comes forward to file a claim from 8 years ago against Filner — July 23, 2013 Rally to recall Filner fizzles — July 19, 2013 Filner case is falling apart at the seams — July 18, 2013 Go Bob Go!!! Don't resign Filner! We the people need you now more than ever! — July 16, 2013



Taxi_Rob Aug. 11, 2013 @ 12:47 p.m.

Are you pretending to not know that this is a blog?


Beagle July 31, 2013 @ 9:46 a.m.

Michael Pallamary does not have a personal motive. He is a great man with values, morals and integrity. He is doing this for the people of San Diego! I'm glad we have someone like Michael to fight this for the people!! A story isn't a story without both sides, why don't you give Michael a call. I'm sure he would be glad to tell you his side (the truth). I am very disapointed in the reader for this article.


CollJr July 31, 2013 @ 10:01 a.m.

Mr. Pallamary has repeatedly reached out to clarify and correct the erroneous information that has been printed by the Reader. In fact, he received a very ignorant, unprofessional response from the author of one of their inaccurate articles. No one has responded to his ongoing efforts to communicate the facts to the Reader. Actions speak louder than words and the Reader proves that they are not interested in unbiased reporting or the truth.


historymatters July 31, 2013 @ 3:38 p.m.

All of this info on MP is from his very own website??? what is inaccurate? Perhaps it needs to be corrected on his end.


G. Glenn July 31, 2013 @ 9:46 a.m.

Note: This is not journalism or commentary from the San Diego Reader. This is a "community blog" entry posted by a site user.


historymatters July 31, 2013 @ 3:42 p.m.

Glenn you guys are being way too sensitive to these shills. Look at what I wrote? Its all directly from Micheal's own website about himself.

The vicious criticisms are obvious attempts to smear facts about the GUY BEHIND THE RECALL!! Helloo!! This is a very valid question. Dont let these people bully you into backing away. I get that this is a blog. They KNOW this is a blog. they are trying to get at you by suggesting your rep is attached to this. Come on. This is classic bullying 101.

NTM need I remind you of the phrase "Thou doth protest too much".


historymatters July 31, 2013 @ 6:32 p.m.

and "thou doth protest too much" I mean towards them not towards you guys. I commend the SD Reader for being the LAST bastion of free speech in this town. Just follow the money behind every paper her...VOSD and KPBS...all Irwin jacobs....the UT...all Manchester/developer interests, etc. The Reader is the last independently owned media in SD.


CollJr July 31, 2013 @ 9:52 a.m.

This piece does not qualify as journalism by any stretch of the imagination. Writing 101 teaches that we always show both sides of an issue, always research our subject, and always state the facts. Had this pseudo-writer bothered to do any of the above, he/she would have noted that Mr. Pallamary has done extensive volunteer work in San Diego for DECADES and has worked tirelessly for the city he loves. Shame on the Reader! If you want to publish this type of claptrap non-journalistic writing perhaps you should change your name to the Feeder and use the paper as compost for plants.


Taxi_Rob Aug. 11, 2013 @ 11:35 a.m.

Writing 101? Are you talking about creative writing or journalism? You claim to know the difference but cannot articulate it. Stop wasting space here.


SAVEBP July 31, 2013 @ 11:06 a.m.

Really? Doesn't qualify as journalism? What does ??? The UT? Every main stream media outlet in the city has come out strongly against the mayor. I haven't read one article or seen a single news station that hasn't slanted this story to favor getting Filner out of office.
They're spoon feeding you their version of what is happening and those of you who qualify as sheep swallow it all up. At least this author has the balls to investigate what's going on and clarify it for you here. Piece it together people....its not that hard to do.


KLoEditor July 31, 2013 @ 12:58 p.m.

Wow. All the writer did was post known facts about the leader of the Recall Filner effort, and you'd think they were calling him the antiChrist. Granted, there's some speculation about Pallamary's motives thrown in, which seem to square with his background and interests, but no great suspension of disbelief required. Those of you who wish to believe he is volunteering to lead this massive undertaking out of the goodness of his heart, feel free to do so. I'd be more inclined to follow the money.


lauralestrange Aug. 2, 2013 @ 7:49 p.m.

First thing I did, when this was on the news, was to read as much as I could about each of the accusers and those involved in the recall effort. There was a connection to the Tourist and Hotel industry or Developers or those who would have tax payers, pay for private profit...Doug Manchester and the Charger Stadium builders. Iriwin Jacobs and his parking structure in Balboa Park... Filner didn't realize that the mayor has to be a puppet, just like the Superintendent of Schools..Miss Marten..no ideas of your own, just follow the script..do what your master tells you. Voters don't count anymore. No Democracy here. No representation by our politicians. Just a Plutocracy, where the high rollers make decisions for their own profit. Corporations are "powerful" people, my friend. Sad for our city.


francesmoreno Aug. 3, 2013 @ 7:47 p.m.

Thanks, Historymatters, now I urge everyone to search the names of the accusers. So many connections to the Republicans, the tourist/hospitality industry...who are still mad about the room tax loss. Good source: Facebook. Too bad we don't have a "fair and balanced" (ha-ha) media in San Diego, who gives both sides of the story. You get Doug Manchester's side in the UT, and are left to research the other. Papa Doug, doesn't want gays to marry, but the year after he funded Prop. 8, and won, he divorced his wife of 30 years. This week, he puts his picture in the society page, with his lovely blond grandaught??, oh, says that's his date. I don't want him picking my mayor.


Diogenes Aug. 9, 2013 @ 12:14 p.m.


Pallamary "supports" One Paseo. Is he paid for his services?

Also, why does he drag his grandchildren to rallies to recall Filner based on "sexual improprieties." To me it seems like poor judgment and poor taste to see Pallamary on stage with his granchildren. He should consult with a developmental psychologist to determine whether this is a form of child abuse. Kids have enough on their plates without being used as politics props in a sexual impropriety election recall campaign. Maybe gramps can cash in and leave money to his grandchildren. But why do young children have to be exposed to this.

This is a form of using grandchildren to make one appear to care about "family values." He has lost sight of the best interests of the children. Being a circus barker is not being a good grandfather.


Taxi_Rob Aug. 11, 2013 @ 11:29 a.m.

Would Michael Pallamary's own words make a difference to any of you? Here he admits to an over 22 year long vendetta against Filner here on his own page: http://www.recallbob.com/about.html


stevecsd Aug. 21, 2013 @ 1:36 p.m.

Interesting. On 7/6/13, I waited in line to speak with Bob Filner (at his once-a-month forum to speak directly with him) for a couple hours. NEXT to me in line was Michael Pallamary, Land Use Consultant, and current recall head fellow. We visited on and off about his reason for being there (LA Developer Kilroy Realty's 23 acre Carmel Valley project) to voice his chagrin/disappointment with Filner's position. Per article in Union Tribune: "Earlier this year, Filner intervened at a community planning meeting to oppose a 23-acre project in Carmel Valley, saying the 2.1 million-sqare-foot, mixed use project was far bigger that what the neighborhood wanted. Los Angeles developer Kilroy Realty subsequently downsized the One Paseo complex by one-third and is awaiting approval for City Hall." I contact the local 10 News Team the 1st week of August......they sent out a production team, interviewed me. A day later, they told me they had contacted Michael Pallamary and that he denied being at the 7/6/13 forum. I indicated to them, that with a little investigative work, they could easily verify my account. I don't have an axe to grind, just some transparency.......the Carmel Valley project is HUGE.


mpallamary Sept. 5, 2013 @ 1:10 p.m.

I think I am entitled to respond to this "story," pathetic as it is and full of incorrect information and irrelevant comments.

I particularly like the one from stevecsd. What is this guy smoking and what the heck is One Paseo? For what it is worth, July 6 was the 4th of July weekend and I was with my family as was most people I know.

stevecsd needs to lay off the drugs; they mess with your mind.

In answer to the question, I am the man who removed Bob Filner from office.

Who are you?


Tom_Hal June 1, 2016 @ 10:52 a.m.

I read this piece and it cracked me up. I have known Mike personally for 50 yrs. The writer obviously didn't talk to Mike.

If integrity was money Mike would be the richest man in the world. But then again by many many other measures other than money he truly is wealthy.

He is a good citizen, looking out for everyone's interest. Treating all with respect , kindness and fairness. A self made man that continually looks to better himself. He loves his family, friends and San Diego. He is a rare gem of a guy that sees something wrong and actually gets off his seat and does something.

Did you check your facts? Or just sit around the campfire extrapolating what if's while searching for UFOs?

I hope in the 3 yrs since this has been written you have learned something about reporting.

Tom Halchuk


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