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Acting mayor Todd Gloria today (Aug. 29) fired most of the staff of Mayor Bob Filner, who leaves office tomorrow (Aug. 30). Initially, the Human Resources department delivered the equivalent of pink slips to half the staff, including Chief of Staff Lee Burdick.

A few hours later, officials came back and cleared most of the rest of the office out, according to an inside source.

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Tired_of_PC Aug. 29, 2013 @ 9:25 p.m.

Good riddance to those sycophants!!!!!


Don Bauder Aug. 29, 2013 @ 9:32 p.m.

Tired_of_PC: And you expect Gloria's handpicked people to be better? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 29, 2013 @ 10:03 p.m.

Randy: Details, details. The pink slips went out today. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:15 a.m.

So all the women in Filner's office will be fired. An important breakthrough in woman's rights. One complainer gets the whole office fired. At first, these were the people I wanted to hear from, these were the people, according to Gloria Allred, that Filner treated like meat. Irene McCormack gets transferred. Filner loyalists get fired. They will tell their stories now. I suspect McCormack and the Glorias might not be heroes in their versions.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 7:18 a.m.

Psycholizard: We will have to see. Best, Don Bauder


oldnative1953 Aug. 30, 2013 @ 2:13 a.m.


Isn't it probable that most if not all of the "fired" workers will be transferred to other jobs within the City of San Diego?


Ponzi Aug. 30, 2013 @ 5:39 a.m.

Isn't that how is always works? Like trying to get a bubble out of wallpaper, they just keep pushing it around but the bubble never goes away.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:11 a.m.

Ponzi: Yes, that's one form of the bureaucratic shuffle. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 7:19 a.m.

oldnative1953: I'm not sure of that. Best, Don Bauder


KLoEditor Aug. 30, 2013 @ 5:03 a.m.

What fun! An acting mayor whom we did not elect!

The Toad is wiping his ass with that memo Goldpelt sent telling him to chill, lol.

He'll fire the Planning Department Director as well, surely.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 7:20 a.m.

KLoEditor: I don't know his plans beyond getting rid of Filner's staff. Best, Don Bauder


judio Aug. 30, 2013 @ 9:19 a.m.

And he is not even acting mayor yet. That should make his actions invalid and going into the mayor's office offensive.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 1:29 p.m.

judio: He takes over at 5 p.m. today (Friday) but has already let some people go and reinstalled Irene McCormack Jackson, who is suing over Filner's alleged harassment, as the new communications head. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 3:07 p.m.

Don: There is something ironic, to say the least, about handing Ms Jackson control of Communications. Just saying. Considering.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:24 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: Agreed. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 3:09 p.m.

What about judio's implied question? Is there an answer out there?


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:25 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: There would be in a city that is run by laws. Best, Don Bauder


KLoEditor Aug. 30, 2013 @ 5:31 a.m.

By the way, did you see that the MEA has already endorsed the abominable Fletchthing?


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 7:22 a.m.

KLoEditor: I'not surprised that the Municipal Employees Association backed Fletcher, the corporate welfare lover. Back to subsidizing billionaires. Bureaucracy will expand. Best, Don Bauder


anniej Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:49 a.m.

and the beat goes on.............

And on, and on, and on


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m.

anniej: Yes, and it will go on longer. Best, Don Bauder


KLoEditor Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:43 a.m.

Kept the Jackson woman on his staff, so I hear.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 1:32 p.m.

KLoEditor: Jackson had originally been sent to another City department at the same pay. Now, according to reports, she is coming back in a communications role. Best, Don Bauder


Sjtorres Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

Those to be let go are political appointees, not civil servants.

Does Don Bauder not know this?


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 1:35 p.m.

Sjtorres: I can't say that because I don't know exactly who got the ax and who didn't. Ones with civil service protection may have gotten moved elsewhere. Political appointees could be out. I don't know the number of people losing jobs -- just that it happened. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Aug. 30, 2013 @ 2:46 p.m.

Don, It's unusually hot and humid here, perhaps an excuse for the meanness from commenters. Don Bauder knows many things, and that's good enough. I apologize on behalf of the whole tormented, hateful city and the reality show participants who seem unwilling to let go of dishing out the sneers. Hope it's cool and not too rainy where you are.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:27 p.m.

HonestGovernment: We want meanness of commenters. No preaching to the choir here. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:56 p.m.

At least there ARE commenters, most of which are quite well-spoken (even the ones in disagreement with one another).


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 1:56 p.m.

aardvark: I think we have articulate commenters. Best, Don Bauder


MeReader Aug. 30, 2013 @ 2:17 p.m.

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KLoEditor Aug. 30, 2013 @ 2:49 p.m.

Where are the Reader standards police to remove truly offensive trolls and their filth?


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:31 p.m.

MeReader: Yours is a statement of ethnic bigotry. The New York Times did a story about some people linking Jewish ethnicity with the sex scandals around Weiner and Spitzer...perhaps Filner, too; I have forgotten. But it was handled very well. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:22 p.m.

HonestGovernment: Don Harrison is a very good journalist. His words ring true: "trial by media circus." Best, Don Bauder


KayL Aug. 30, 2013 @ 9:03 p.m.

Justice is extremely important to Judaism. "Justice, justice you shall pursue." But in this instance, that adage was ignored.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 1:58 p.m.

KayL: The U-T's management does not believe in justice. Best, Don Bauder


laplayaheritage Aug. 30, 2013 @ 2:21 p.m.


It is petty if pink-slipped City Employees do not have the option to move to other City Departments.

Especially when City Council President Todd Gloria, City Attorney Goldsmith, the IBA, and Mayor Filner’s Financial Staff are subsidizing the private Civic San Diego Administration Cost for $15 million from our General Fund Reserves for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014.

"The private Civic San Diego’s 32 employees rake in an average $124,375 a year in salary and benefits." Civic San Diego has always been under operational control of City Council President Todd Gloria and City Attorney Goldsmith.

In order to qualify for Federal New Market Tax Credits, Civic San Diego main goal has to be to help the poorer neighborhoods eliminate blight and urban decay. Please investigate if paying 32 people an average of $124,375 a year is excessive administration costs for a Public Benefit non-profit in existence to help the poor through New Market Tax Credits in low income Census Tracks.


Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 3:30 p.m.

Laplaya: Please enlighten me if you can...is the help rendered the poor by these people really just tax credits, which is how I read it? If so, I find that odd...better might be jobs that will be taxed, for many of the poor have nothing to tax. What else does this organization do? Thanks.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:36 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: The poor do pay taxes. They pay the most regressive taxes of all -- sales taxes. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:16 p.m.

Mais oui, Don, but I was ignorant of the value of New Market Tax Credits to a poor person, and now I understand somewhat better. I am not wonky enough to have these programs sussed the way laplaya does. In fact, I had never even heard of it.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 2:03 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: Katheryn is the only one who understands some of these things. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:19 p.m.

Don: Yes on the sales tax, an important fact that is often forgotten, which also applies to undocumented workers.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 2:05 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: It is a falsehood that the poor do not pay taxes. People think only of income taxes. Best, Don Bauder


laplayaheritage Aug. 30, 2013 @ 7:28 p.m.

In order to qualify for New Market Tax Credit (NMTC), the Non-Profit entity of Civic San Diego has to primarily be in business to rejuvenate blighted and poor neighborhoods by targeted investments.


The Federal grants can only be used in specific Census Tracks. The Blue and Orange Census Tracks show low income neighborhoods in San Diego. All qualified neighborhoods are located South of Interstate 8.


Although the NMTC program began in 2000, last year was the first time Civic San Diego or CCDC applied for the Federal Grants. San Diego received $35 million to increase the quality of life in poorer neighborhoods.




Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:23 p.m.

laplayaheritage: That's an explanation we alll need to explore. Best, Don Bauder


John Kitchin Sept. 1, 2013 @ 1:24 p.m.

Such informed and rational thinking does not fit with the Mafia and their television stations, so be careful about being targeted yourself!


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:35 p.m.

laplayaheritage: As always, Katheryn, you ask the right questions and frame them articulately.

Will Civic San Diego be just another corporate welfare machine under a new mayor? I am afraid it will, despite federal rules. Remember, anything can be called blighted. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:22 p.m.

Don: Some might call interim office-holders blighted, for instance. Or would that be 'blighter'?


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:37 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Just call them opportunists -- so-called Democrats who suck up to the big money that really runs San Diego. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark Aug. 30, 2013 @ 9:01 p.m.

Just asking--did they come from other city departments, or were they appointees?


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:40 a.m.

aardvark: Again, I don't know who exactly got the axe -- just that the pink slips went out. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:59 p.m.

Perhaps we should thank MeReader for stripping the masks off the sickness in this City. I've been very reluctant to blame anti semitism for the anti Filner frenzy. Nothing like a despicable old fashioned racist rant to let everyone know where the Nazis stand. In defense of the WASP community, anti semitism wasn't used by the propaganda machine. MeReader proves that old fashioned anti semitic hatred exists without propaganda.


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:25 p.m.

Psycholizard: MeReader's bigoted post has been removed. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:42 a.m.

Psycholizard: I don't blame anti-semitism for the Filner lynching. I blame the fact that Filner stood up to the downtown overlords who knew he was vulnerable, and pulled off a coup. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 30, 2013 @ 8:58 p.m.

Reports are that Michael Aguirre is running. He's got real assets, name recognition, and he's won city wide before. Should he win, he would make the oligarchs long for Filner.


aardvark Aug. 30, 2013 @ 9:03 p.m.

I personally liked Aguirre as city attorney (while I hated Filner as mayor--go figure). Aguirre running for mayor intrigues me...


Yankeedoodle Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:29 p.m.

I too have always liked Aguirre: he has a great personality and is no stranger to principle.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:50 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: If he runs, the campaign will come down to this: Does taxpayer money go to multi-millionaires and billionaires, or does it go to the people? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:44 a.m.

aardvark: Keep in mind that everything Aguirre would do would be twisted by media controlled by the corporate welfare crowd. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:38 a.m.

Psycholizard: Remember that the oligarchs own the mainstream media. This is going to be a tough fight. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 1, 2013 @ 11:45 a.m.

I hope that Mike Aguirre in this out-of-office interim has recovered his sense of proportion and balance and will offer his legal and political assistance to Bruce Coons who is a strong viable candidate for Mayor of San Diego. Coons will need advice and help and Aguirre is just the person to provide it.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 6:49 a.m.

monaghan: But can Coons get name recognition and convince people that he is more than a one-trick pony in this short election period? Best, Don Bauder


John Kitchin Sept. 1, 2013 @ 1:21 p.m.

We have to keep up our image as America's Stupidest City, of course. Those fired by Gloria should hang in there, until Marty Block, Lori Saldaña, or Mike Aguirre can re-hire them.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 6:50 a.m.

John Kitchin: What do you mean by "hang in there?" Refuse to depart the premises? Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 2, 2013 @ 12:39 p.m.

Don: sounds as though he means, keep a stout heart.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 1, 2013 @ 2:28 p.m.


If possible, I'd prefer Aguirre straight up, as I have already seen him in office and I thought he was just great: a strong intellect and will combined with energy and a sense of humor.. But if he chooses not to run, I too would hope he would assist the best candidate, and if that is Mr. Coons I will be happy to volunteer during the campaign.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 6:52 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Aguirre was smeared by the U-T when the newspaper at least had some credibility. Now it has almost none. That is something to ponder. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 1, 2013 @ 8:24 p.m.

Yankeedoodle, you are probably the only person in San Diego who would vote for Mr. Aguirre "straight up," as you say. There is a season for things in nature and politics, and it is very important to understand when one's season is past. That doesn't mean Mike couldn't play an important role in helping advise and elect a strong new candidate who can capture the public's imagination. I also like and admire Mike Aguirre's intelligence, energy and idealism and I hope he will continue to influence policy decisions in this city, from the sidelines.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 6:53 a.m.

monaghan: But suppose, like Filner, he designs his campaign to run against the U-T? That could be a winning strategy. Best, Don Bauder


Frederick Simson Sept. 1, 2013 @ 8:57 p.m.

It seems to me that Mr. Aguirre might be the only one who might have the name recognition to overcome the pall that this episode among others has cast over voting at all. It took a Presidential election cycle to get enough voters off the couch and come out to elect Mr. Filner, just like it takes a Christmas or Easter Mass to get many good Christians into Church. Many folks are reeling after having Prop 8 overturned and now this. A special election with just the one question on it will most likely have single digit voter turnout percentages. Since the Progressive hope of many has crashed and burned, the sentiment will be, "Why Bother?"


Yankeedoodle Sept. 1, 2013 @ 11:57 p.m.

Fred: You have a point. But actually, it isn't that much of a bother. Polls are pretty close by, and people go much further for a bottle of beer, pizza, a loaf of bread, or gas. It's one duty to vote even if depressed. I mean, when I read the history books, I wish Adlai Stevenson had become President, but I still vote. I wanted Jerry Brown in 1992, but after the primary, I voted for the other fellow. Too bad, just do it.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:06 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: And in 1992, instead of Jerry Brown, you got Monica Lewinsky. Best, Don Bauder


danfogel Sept. 2, 2013 @ 8:15 a.m.

response to donbauder Monica Lewinski didn't enter the scene until late 1995. I think it's fair to say that her "rise" to fame, pun intended, can be attributed, at least in part, to the the FBI agent who interviewed her and later said he passed her on thru the vetting process, despite the fact he distinctly remembers thinking, after her interview, there goes trouble and to Kenneth Bacon, who didn't give her the boot when he should have. But hey, what the heck. To this point,all of our Presidents have been men. And just because you may be POTUS, doesn't mean that sometimes your little head does the thinking for the big head!!!! LOL


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 6:56 a.m.

Frederick Simson: It would be tragic if San Diegans simply caved to the downtown oligarchs and effectively forfeited taxpayer money to scams. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 2, 2013 @ 8:29 a.m.

Instead of cluttering up the mayoral race field with has-beens -- who have name recognition, all right, and a negative losing connotation -- there should be a concerted effort to get behind Bruce Coons, a newcomer to our tired political scene who enjoys a clean slate and a major positive accomplishment under his name.

Coons, head of SOHO, understands land use issues, fought for the people's Balboa Park and WON against incredible odds -- Jerry Sanders' City Hall, the entire spineless City Council and the city's richest citizen, billionaire Irwin Jacobs, who wanted to pay for destroying the Cabrillo Bridge and build a by-pass that would lead into an underground pay-for-parking garage.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:54 p.m.

monaghan: Coons would certainly be a new face. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Sept. 2, 2013 @ 1:32 p.m.

The Balboa Park Atrocity will divide the citizenry from the Downtown Puppet Masters if energetic and articulate leaders can make the issue central. Balboa Park belongs to everyone, and there is nothing like theft and vandalism to motivate everyone to fight. Local issues of developer crime, like the Upas Jack in the Box, should be used to make media events that can refer back to the Balboa Park poster child.

Whoever wants to be Mayor should threaten a Jack in the Box boycott over their law breaking, combined with an occupy type sit in. If he has a brain. Jack will realize that their billions of dollars spent promoting a phony hipness could be unmasked by a few weeks of sunlight on their shenanigans. The Foodmaker parent company will fold I suspect, because they must sell to the people they're offending.

Creating and managing this type of media circus is the real job of our next Mayor. I would urge them to talk before they strike, because a handshake between Jack and his neighbors would be a win for everyone, might even make a good commercial, for both Jack and our next Mayor.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:58 p.m.

Psycholizard: The parent company is now named Jack in the Box. It will hardly fold over a controversy over one pending outlet. It is doing well, actually. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 2, 2013 @ 9:37 p.m.

Don: doesn't psych mean that Jack national might relent on this one issue, not folding as in going out of business?


Don Bauder Sept. 3, 2013 @ 6:29 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Yes, I may have misinterpreted what Psycholizard said. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Sept. 3, 2013 @ 3:20 p.m.

Jack has already blundered, the new building was intended to attract people, not offend them. A City leader might convince Jack to fold his crumby poker hand in return for the goodwill of the neighbors and the whole city. They've spent billions on goodwill nationwide, the little restaurant isn't worth threatening that.. Sing a couple of verses of TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN, and Jack will be ready to deal.


McLovin Sept. 2, 2013 @ 8:36 p.m.

Gloria didn't waste any time getting his mug on every TV newscast today "touring" the city. Looks like he's getting a head start on campaigning for mayor, even before he makes an official announcement.


Don Bauder Sept. 3, 2013 @ 6:30 a.m.

McLovin: He will take every opportunity to get his face in front of cameras. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 3, 2013 @ 9:39 a.m.


Supposedly making an announcement today. If he is not going for it, I don't know what he is going for, because he isn't acting as though he wants to keep his Council seat. Perhaps he has other fish to fry. Did you see yesterday's kpbs puff piece on him? Most amusing.


Frederick Simson Sept. 2, 2013 @ 8:42 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: No, voting isn't much of a bother for You and Me, especially when I vote-by-mail permanent absentee ballot. I get that voting is a duty as I know the meaning of the word as a Military Retiree. So is serving on a Jury our duty, but I find among my "peers" that voting avoidance is second only to Jury Duty avoidance in this culture. Don Bauder: The tragedy is that most people I know don't see it as "caving in" to downtown, but think of it as Boycotting the election! They'd rather do that than boycott Jack-in-the-Box. They don't see living next to an all-night drive thru as their problem, but they see constantly repeated musical chair elections (Bob Filner to Juan Vargas to Ben Hueso to Lorena Saldana to Bob Filner's replacement - all within less than a year one right after the other single file) THAT is their problem. They are sick of elections that don't stick. They are sick of elections that never end and they are sick of governing that never begins.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 2, 2013 @ 9:32 p.m.

Well Fred, I think the "boycotting" is a delusion or just plain fibbing. They simply don't want to do it. No system is proof against disappointment. Certainly I think the endless election cycle promoted by our lax recall rules is tiresome, because as you said, the elections don't stick. You can't just make do with someone until the next election, you have to get him out right now. But though the recall habit is silly, I still vote. I was raised in the military so I know how to do my duty.


Don Bauder Sept. 3, 2013 @ 6:36 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Whether someone boycotts an election or simply doesn't vote, the effect is the same. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 3, 2013 @ 9:01 a.m.

Don: More concisely stated than my response to Fred. Yes, actions speak louder than words, as they say:)


Don Bauder Sept. 3, 2013 @ 6:33 a.m.

Frederick Simson: If San Diegans are truly sick of politics -- and nobody should blame them if they are -- then the turnout for the November election will be low. That could make a difference. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Sept. 3, 2013 @ 7:42 p.m.

Many assume that Republicans will vote in larger percentages in off elections, and will give the election to the downtown interests, but this election breaks rules, it's a unique event, and the downtown puppet master's.plans to neglect infrastructure and neighborhoods while pouring money into grandiose foolishness isn't really a Republican idea. La Jolla is La Jolla because of adherence to zoning restrictions, and the Republicans that choose to live there presumably enjoy that zoning. Everyone, rich and poor, needs their streets and plumbing fixed...


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