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CNN and the Union-Tribune reported today (Aug. 21) that an 18th female, Dianne York, has accused Mayor Filner of harassment-related activity -- this time, putting his hands on her buttocks. CNN ran a photo of Filner with his arms around her, but his hand is on her waist, not the buttocks. And she is smiling.

CNN says that she "is the owner of a local spa and was named Woman of the Year in a local magazine."

But let's look into that assertion. According to a lawsuit on file in Superior Court, she owned La Jolla Spa on Fay Avenue in La Jolla. She bought the building at 7630 Fay and opened the business in 2002 with her then-husband (her second), Dr. Mitchel Goldman, a plastic surgeon.

In 2009 they were divorced. La Jolla Spa became her separate property. She charged that he removed medical equipment. The company, Fay Avenue Properties, went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011. The San Diego County Sheriff evicted York and all of her companies from the building in October of last year.

In July of last year, she filed for Chapter 7 (liquidation) personal bankruptcy. She made the filing in Los Angeles bankruptcy court. However, the bankruptcy never went through and was dismissed.

On a "Truth versus Lies" site, she claimed she married Goldman without a prenuptial agreement. "This resulted in my having to pay for all his family expenses, including child support, spousal support, legal fees." She claims she had been worth millions as a result of a successful modeling career, but Goldman drained her.

However, the other side is also told on Truth versus Lies. It claims her L.A. filing for bankruptcy was the second in 13 years. It also says she failed to disclose all of her liabilities, judgments,, liens, back taxes and more. "She should list several million dollars in liabilities, yet she only disclosed $14,000," says her opponent. (There is a picture of Goldman on the site.)

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aardvark Aug. 21, 2013 @ 2:21 p.m.

I saw this and went to the same site you did for some further reading. If any of the 18 women were in this for the money (and any notoriety she could gain out of this), this is the one. This one is a trainwreck.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:03 p.m.

aardvark: When the women started coming forward, I predicted there would be many more. I expected at least 20. That bogey is within reach.

Many lack credibility. I would say that York does. CNN and the U-T have not reported the information on this blog. Possibly this was a matter of not doing homework, rather than deliberately glorifying all the complainants, which has been the case with the U-T, KPBS, Channel 10 and other media outlets.

It will be interesting to see if mainstream media pick up this information.

Best, Don Bauder


randydotinga Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:10 p.m.

Why, exactly, does she lack credibility? Because she's had financial problems? That would be relevant if she was seeking monetary damages, but that's not the case.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:19 p.m.

Randy: You will have to figure that out all by yourself. Best, Don Bauder


Ponzi Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:20 p.m.

I think there is a glaring lack of credibility. If you're long out of business you don't go on camera and talk like you're operating a going concern. I saw her on the TV interview and she talked like her spa was still in business. She's good at crying too, but being a wannabe actress on a cancelled reality show can explain that: http://addicted-to-beauty.oxygen.com/meet-the-cast-atb/dianne


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 4:12 p.m.

Ponzi: I didn't see the TV interview, but I got the impression she had told CNN that her business is still active. Perhaps she has started another business. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 10:40 a.m.

Ponzi: Publicity can reap monetary rewards. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:58 p.m.

Randy--I am not doubting her accusing Filner, but in this case, she could possibly be doing this for financial gain, unlike the other 17. Again, it's possible she could be doing this for financial gain. We don't know yet.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 6:45 a.m.

Ponzi: She will be opening in Vegas any time now. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 10:42 a.m.

Ponzi: That is a possibility. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:34 p.m.

aardvark: The accusers would seem to have a number of different motivations. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:38 a.m.

What's interesting to me about this parade of allegedly damaged goods is that recent complainants are not using KPBS as the venue for telling-all anymore. Maybe somebody at parent organization SDSU got the idea that all those confessions of manhandling were starting to look phony and were bad for fundraising.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 6:47 a.m.

monaghan: That's giving them credit for intelligence that is not in evidence. Best, Don Bauder


randydotinga Aug. 21, 2013 @ 2:44 p.m.

You know who else has been bankrupt? You will find this source unimpeachable.

"But it turns out that Burdick has experienced her own navigation problems, as evidenced by a December 2002 Chapter 7 filing in federal bankruptcy court here that listed total debts of $487,022.65 against total assets of just $78,327.99, and $72,064 in unpaid personal income taxes owed the State of California and the federal government."

Read more: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2009/jun/24/under-radar-1/#ixzz2cdtboZFg


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:07 p.m.

Randy: Good for you! I had forgotten about that. Matt and I are in regular contact, but he didn't remind me of this. Good information.

There will be more on Burdick's role in this matter. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark Aug. 21, 2013 @ 4:13 p.m.

Randy--Except Burdick is not claiming that Filner ever sexually harassed her.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:35 p.m.

aardvark: I don't believe that claim has been made. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:25 a.m.

Let the record show Randy Dotinga quoting Matt Potter. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 6:49 a.m.

monaghan: Randy is reading the right publication. I don't see signs of his waking up, however. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:22 p.m.

It's the photos, she looks happy in both, and you can see his fingers in one. Where are the photos or any confirming evidence whatsoever in any of these charges?


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 4:13 p.m.

Psycholizard: Who needs evidence? This is a lynching, remember. Best, Don Bauder


Diogenes Aug. 21, 2013 @ 3:27 p.m.

That clinic charged very high fees, too. I went there twice with a friend.

When an attempt is made to hide assets in a bankruptcy, there are problems....

The schedules are sworn under oath, however. Any omission would amount to perjury, if knowingly done.

I believe I met this woman.

If she made false statrments under oath, that is fair cross examination stuff because it shows she has no respect gor the oath.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 4:15 p.m.

Diogenes: An enemy charged her with making false statements in the bankruptcy filing. That's not the same as a bankruptcy judge making such a charge. The BK did not go through. Best, Don Bauder


Diogenes Aug. 22, 2013 @ 6:34 a.m.


A false statement under oath even by omission could form the basis of an attack on a witness' credibility during a subsequent civil case. I sure that some judges would sustain an objection. But once the question was asked, the damage to the witness' credibility would have been done, despite an instruction from the judge to the jury to ignore the question.

"Have you ever lied under oath?"

Witness: "No!"

"Do you understand that you have taken an oath to tell the truth?"

Witness: "Yes!"

"And you always tell the truth?"


Then you have laid the foudation to impeach.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 6:50 a.m.

Diogenes: Good points, but impeach from what? Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 22, 2013 @ 8:02 a.m.

Don: Here it just means to call the witness's credibility into question. I doesn't really take an object, grammatically. Then the jury will have grounds to disbelieve the witness, without being later challenged themselves. Spoken from a juror's point of view, this is my understanding.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 10:46 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Oh. You are using the second definition. I missed it. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 21, 2013 @ 4:09 p.m.

Look at the pictures carefully, in both she is leaning in at the Mayor, and the Mayor is standing vertically. In one, her left breast is very close to or touching the Mayor's chest. She's wearing a business suit, so at least she was well padded for her horrific experience.

Heterosexuals flirting.

Let's not be too harsh, she may truly believe that she is assisting in the capture of a sexual predator. That's what everyone is telling her.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 4:18 p.m.

Psycholizard: You mean he could file suit against her? (Just kidding.) Why would anybody go to a mayor to complain about an allegedly predatory loan and foreclosure? Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 22, 2013 @ 8:08 a.m.

Maybe she heard he was easy to kiss, and she was wanting some kisses. They are indeed a valuable commodity.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 10:47 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: You mean these accusers will shake him down for making a sloppy kiss? Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 22, 2013 @ 4:39 p.m.

Don: I mean maybe she was not going to visit him in his office to complain, but because she heard that if one wanted kisses, one could get some from him.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 8:18 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: If wishes were kisses... Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Aug. 21, 2013 @ 7:35 p.m.

I have many, many, many photos of pols posing and enjoying each other at functions. We'll begin with Derrick Roach and Lorena; frontal touching at its best. And where is Roach's hand? I need to know now.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:36 p.m.

HonestGovernment: Ask Lorena or Derrick where his hand was. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Aug. 21, 2013 @ 7:44 p.m.

One more "where is your hand, sir?" picture for today. Click the photo to enlarge; you can see his elbow isn't cocked, so his hand is obviously below waist. (I won't tell you her name, but she's a Republican Tea party member with JG at the Lincoln Club Dinner.)


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:39 p.m.

HonestGovernment: Ask Goldsmith where his hand was, but don't expect an honest answer. Best, Don Bauder


historymatters Aug. 21, 2013 @ 5:29 p.m.

Faye street is also the street that Pallamarys office is on.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:40 p.m.

historymatters: But she was booted out of Fay Street building last year. Best, Don Bauder


MeReader Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:29 p.m.

Filner. Headlock. Cheek Slobber. Lizard Tongue. and now: GRAB ASS.

Filner is definitely a very touchy-feely slobbering-in-your-face hand-on-your-ass tongue-in-your-mouth Strong Mayor when getting to know his female constituents. Kind of really too over friendly to say the least.

Now you watch what happens with the next mayor when his picture is taken with people: You'll be seeing awkward pictures where the new mayor is standing off to the side by himself, away from the other people in the picture, with the new mayor's hands securely placed in his pockets, and mouth zipped shut, to prevent any headlocking, ass-grabbing, and lizard-tongue attacks. lol


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2013 @ 8:42 p.m.

MeReader: That's what we need: a politician with his or her mouth zipped shut. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 6:52 a.m.

MeReader: The next mayor has to be clean. But there is nobody who meets that description. Best, Don Bauder


Ponzi Aug. 21, 2013 @ 10:49 p.m.

At some point even a dog pile gets a dog.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 6:55 a.m.

Ponzi: That's why we HAVE to know what each level of government (local, state, federal) threatened to charge him with. Somebody should file a lawsuit to make all that information public. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 22, 2013 @ 9:02 a.m.

Dianne York was putting the moves on Filner, the photos prove it. We need more of these photos. Every one of these accusers took pictures with the Mayor I suspect, and if the horrors described really happened, they wouldn't be smiling arm in arm afterwards. In most cases, these pictures aren't presented with the accusation. Let's ask for the photos, each and every one.


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 10:50 a.m.

Psycholizard: Good idea. Best, Don Bauder


Ponzi Aug. 22, 2013 @ 7:36 p.m.

Dianne York pictured with her boyfriend at 'The Fossil Ball" at the Natural History Museum a few months ago. Also mingling in the small gathering, defeated candidate Carl DeMaio.

Anyone agree that Dianne York looks like a "wardrobe malfunction" in the making?



Photo Credit: San Diego Magazine, June 2013


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2013 @ 8:22 p.m.

Ponzi: Can you give me the name of the boyfriend? Does it start with the letter B? Best, Don Bauder


Ponzi Aug. 22, 2013 @ 9:01 p.m.


Sorry, I cropped out the white-space. The name is S.R. Buzzi. If you look in the caption San Diego Magazine inserted. Two people I know who worked for Dianne York at the spa (before it was closed) told me his name is Stephen Buzzi. There was also a woman, Betsy Duranty that was also a fixture at the spa.


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