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NBC Channel 7 reported tonight that former City Attorney Mike Aguirre will run for mayor. The station is jumping the gun. "I have not made a definitive decision," he says.

Aguirre told me tonight that there are three critical issues for San Diego: 1. Getting a secure source of water: "Ninety percent of our water is imported, and nobody is addressing that," he says; 2. Getting electricity prices down. "San Diego has the highest rates in the nation. The City should have direct negotiations with San Diego Gas & Electric" to bring those prices down; 3. Getting the infrastructure in shape: "We have to put together a plan to rebuild streets, alleys, bridges -- the infrastructure. Doing this will create remunerative jobs.

He also would like to see rooftop solar sweeping the City.

"I don't see anybody willing to go along with those issues," he says. If somebody like Donna Frye would step forward and address these issues, then Aguirre would step away.

I asked him about the expansion of the convention center and the subsidizing of a billion dollar stadiium for the Chargers, who are owned by a billionaire family. "I believe in the greatest good for the greatest number of people," he says. Spending precious money on projects that benefit a small number of already-wealthy people does not serve that purpose, he says.

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

To me, he has his priorities in the wrong order. Infrastructure must be first, then water supply, then electric rates. Infrastructure would be the easiest one to deal with that is under city control. He would need much help with getting a secure source of water. SDG&E (in my mind) would be the toughest of all. I do agree with him on his take about expanding the convention center and building a new stadium (at huge city expense).


Don Bauder Aug. 30, 2013 @ 10:11 p.m.

aardvark: In interviewing him, I didn't get the idea that his three objectives were in order of importance. He may agree with your point of view -- put infrastructure first. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 31, 2013 @ 1:28 a.m.

I don't blame him for hesitating, but I don't think anyone should expect Donna Frye to run. Whether you believe she showed poor judgement or saved the City, she thrust herself into the center of a sordid scandal, then hid from questions. I hope we haven't seen the last of her politically, but a mayoral run now would be a terrible mistake. She will forever be linked to the current scamdal, and would be dogged by the questions she's ducking.

There are others who should consider running, the left lacks a well known candidate, and the city is moving left. DeMaio and Fletcher are proven losers, so deeply flawed that Mike Aguirre has a chance even after the thorough smear he endured.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:33 a.m.

Psycholizard: The Union-Tribune will smear Aguirre unmercifully. This is a publication whose main objective is to hype the corporate welfare projects that will line the pockets of its owner, Papa Doug Manchester.

I admire Mike Aguirre's courage. I also agree with his plan for San Diego. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:11 p.m.

Don: Will not the U-T smear anyone good unmercifully? Certainly already there are trollean comments on this blog trying to dissuade others by calling Aguirre angry, and referring to him as Mikey in an effort to demean him, but he would expect all that and more, having already experienced such attacks.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:41 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: You do make a good point: any candidate who opposes corporate giveaways will be smeared by the U-T. Best, Don Bauder


oldnative1953 Sept. 3, 2013 @ 5:22 a.m.

Don: You and I are polar opposites politically. However, I went against the grain and voted for Aguirre back when he ran for City Attorney for the simple reason that he would shake up the establishment in this town and do good things for the regular people in San Diego. And he did not disappoint. The denizens of La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe were not amused by his actions. He is a fierce advocate who is not afraid to step on the toes of the country club set. This simple plan of his has merit. The goals he aspires to in it are what the people have wanted for a long, long time. Whether he will be able to carry any of his goals through as mayor is another story. SDG&E, the San Diego County Water Authority, the Spanos family and Doug Manchester like things just the way they are and have a lot of cash to keep it that way. However, the point is that Aguirre will try and in the process provide us with great entertainment. Of all the possible candidates that might run for mayor, Aguirre scares the crap out of the corporate welfare crown the most.


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:16 a.m.

oldnative1953: As of this morning (Sept. 4), the two leading candidates for mayor are Nathan Fletcher and Kevin Faulconer.

Both are corporate welfare captives. If either wins, you can be certain that a massive subsidy for a Chargers stadium will be on the table, and the economically nonsensical convention center expansion will go through, assuming lawsuits lose and the Coastal Commission refuses to step in the way. Best, Don Bauder


soozc Aug. 31, 2013 @ 6:52 a.m.

How about Bruce Coons? He has announced and seems to fit the bill. All he needs is money.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:34 a.m.

soozc: And name recognition. Best, Don Bauder


Hardcover Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:23 a.m.

Sometimes name recognition does not work in your favor. I like many of Mike's ideas, but this is not the time for an "angry" candidate, people are looking for someone more mellow than Filner. It's going to work against DeMaio and Mike. Fletcher has extreme name recognition but nobody can state his opinion on a single issue. He says he is a Democrat, but his Facebook posts remind me of Sarah Palin "I almost shot a moose at the Zoo today with my wonderful, beautiful and all-American kids, so proud to live here" sort of thing.


Yankeedoodle Aug. 31, 2013 @ 11:57 a.m.

Hardcover: Aguirre doesn't strike me as "angry."


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:11 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: Aguirre has shown admirable equanimity under assault from Union-Tribune fabrications. If he chooses to run, he should run against the U-T, as Filner successfully did. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:04 p.m.

Hardcover: Fletcher and Gloria are corporate welfare toadies, dressed as Democrats. There has to be somebody who will spend the City's money on infrastructure, neighborhoods, maintenance, water, and two things related to SDG&E: 1. Bringing down rates which are highest in the country and; 2. Pushing the proliferation of rooftop solar. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:07 p.m.

Hardcover: If anybody deserves to be angry, it is Aguirre, who was smeared with lies when he was city attorney. Now, the U-T is even more badly managed and dishonest than it was then. Best, Don Bauder


rehftmann Aug. 31, 2013 @ 9:29 a.m.

…and for nobody to turn a light on SOHO. He parlayed it from a tiny do-good non-profit into the troll under the bridge to whatever planning and development, great or small, sensitive or profiteering, would be done in San Diego. That which passes (for example, torpedoing Old Town… he is also a paid consultant) pays, one way or another. He (and well-meaning SOHO supporters) will cooperate under their terms or your little remodel of your home or grand redevelopment of a failing property are doomed by righteous "protection." What a city.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:08 p.m.

rehftmann: Coons deserves consideration. Best, Don Bauder


jelula Aug. 31, 2013 @ 6:17 p.m.

Thank you, Don. Rehftmann clearly has a bone to pick and a lack of knowledge about what SOHO (and the Coons) have accomplished on behalf of the many citizens who care about historic preservation and the quality of life in San Diego.

I have not always agreed with Bruce Coons but he is honest about what he believes, and acts on it. He is extremely knowledgeable about CEQA, and planning, zoning & historic preservation laws in San Diego, and has fought to hold the City Council to these laws. He (SOHO) may not always prevail but there are a lot of people who know of and appreciate the huge fight and lawsuit by SOHO, led by Bruce Coons and working with many other organizations and individuals, that has preserved Balboa Park from a monster public works project that would put automobiles and the convenience of their drivers/passengers above the quality of the Central Mesa National Historic Landmark District. That fight may not be definitively won yet but at least, for the 2015 Celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, there won't be a two-lane off-ramp across the face of the most photographed and recognizable image of Balboa Park, the entry across Cabrillo Bridge. Elect Bruce Coons and that two-lane off-ramp (with attendant roads & impacts on much of the Central Mesa) will become no more than last year's nightmare.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:44 p.m.

Jelula: One problem is that Coons is only associated with one issue -- historical preservation. Best, Don Bauder


rehftmann Sept. 1, 2013 @ 8:43 a.m.

Mr Coons would soon find that a mayor can't pick his battles and the stakes are higher than any property's value, no matter how you measure it.


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:32 p.m.

rehftmann: That's a problem for any candidate; you can't pick your battles. They are thrust upon you, often by hostile and uninformed media. Best, Don Bauder


MeReader Aug. 31, 2013 @ 9:38 a.m.

wasn't mikey going to move to chula vista and try to take over the Cox political dynasty over there? if so, he would probably want to follow up on the stillborn move of the new stadium over there and take all the jobs and tax revenue to chula vista. maybe even start up the talk of that other hotel-convention thingie again over there to take the comic-con down south a couple miles. hmm, maybe even claim that the Eastlake Little League team lost because they didn't let him play or preferably manage the team. lol

oh, got to agree that mikey does come across as the angry sarah-palin candidate of san diego city politics. but filner probably now owns the "angry" label because of the imaginary lynch mobs that are chasing after him. but despite mikey's own political history, he might do much better than filner ever could -- if mikey is at least respectful of women. a good indicator of that would be if mikey doesn't have any headlock skills and doesn't slobber when near women.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:13 p.m.

MeReader: If anybody needs anger management, you do. Best, Don Bauder


Diogenes Aug. 31, 2013 @ 11:34 a.m.

I like Aguirre's ideas and courage. His demeanor and personality are far too abrasive.That makes him a great business trial lawyer. He could go to charm school to increase charisma to an extent as a candidate. Such a rebranding is difficult late in life.

I liked Dennis Kucinich, for example, but the voters want someone with image, not ideas or character. Now there is war and no jobs with Obama. Wall Streeters were bailed out and none went to jail.

Fletcher does nothing for me. MeMaio turns my stomach. Saldona does not have financial backing.

The special election will be bid-money-driven joke, as per usual with little or on substance. I I hope for someone with the grit of Aguirre or Filner to at least focus the debate on issues.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:17 p.m.

Diogenes: This should be San Diegans' greatest fear. The mayoral election will be bought and paid for -- and so will the mayor. Get ready for a subsidized billion dollar football stadium and the convention center expansion. Both are the height of economic idiocy. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 1, 2013 @ 8:59 p.m.

Everyone should stop living in the past, talking about Mike Aguirre or Donna Frye. They both have much to offer a strong new candidate for mayor and they should offer it to Bruce Coons.

Bruce Coons saved Balboa Park from being destroyed by the richest man in town who offered to pay for a Cabrillo Bridge bypass that dead-ended into an underground pay-parking garage behind the Alcazar Garden. Coons sued billionaire Irwin Jacobs and the craven City Council that approved Jacobs' plan and Coons won the suit.

Bruce Coons has standing with the voting public for this courageous and effective action. He knows a lot about land use as well as historic preservation, and since land use is where all the battles in San Diego are fought, Bruce Coons is a highly qualified candidate for Mayor.

Aguirre and Frye and anyone who supported liberal Mayor Bob Filner ought to open their wallets and their hearts and line up behind the brave and excellent candidacy of Bruce Coons.


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:34 p.m.

monaghan: But Coons will immediately be branded as a one-trick pony. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 1, 2013 @ 11:47 p.m.

Has Aguirre run for mayor before? Is he a lot older than Coons? How is he "the past"?


monaghan Sept. 2, 2013 @ 9:27 a.m.

Yankeedoodle, if you have to ask, I cannot help you. Maybe Maestro Bauder will enlighten you.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 2, 2013 @ 3:44 p.m.

hey, monaghan, my questions were rhetorical, indicating that Mr. Aguirre is fine by me. However, I have no problem whatsoever, at this time, supporting Mr. Coons for mayor as well. I am aware that I have to choose one when I get to the ballot.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:35 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: Aguirre has not run for mayor before. He is 64. I don't know how old Coons is. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:10 p.m.

MeReader is an actual race baiting Nazi sort, as revealed by earlier posts. He denies the lynching charge one post after his anti semitic smear. Useless as argument, his posts can be studied as mental pathology. We must never, never forget that 1900s Germany was perhaps the most advanced country in the world, that those like MeReader came to dominate with the assistance of "more intelligent" persons actually disgusted by them.

One cackling ghoul cheering the action doesn't mean our town is headed for complete depravity, but it does remind that the so called elites in this town won their victory by satisfying humanity's most evil instincts. Jan Goldsmith has got one Nazi's support. that should motivate us all.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:19 p.m.

Psycholizard; I don't approve of these Nazi charges. They smack of McCarthyism. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 31, 2013 @ 1:15 p.m.

I accuse MeReader. In the previous post that was removed, he launched an anti semitic tirade against Filner's alleged sexual predations, then tacked on a boilerplate rant about Jewish movie producers. The last part was exactly old time Nazi propaganda, the first approximately. He quacks like a Nazi, I don't say this lightly.

To the extent that the news media manipulate this town by hatred and anger, and that is part of the mix, they play by the totalitarian playbook, just as McCarthy did, as Roosevelt did during the war. Sometimes my own prose gets overheated, for that I apologise. But stories of Jewish movie producers molesting starlets is exactly Nazi propaganda. I'll call it whenever I see it without apology.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m.

Psycholizard: I just don't like to see you -- one of our brightest and most sensitive commenters -- do what MeReader does. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 31, 2013 @ 2:35 p.m.

Noted. I should let the man indict himself, and I owe an apology to the true Nazis, who even roasting in hell don't deserve to be compared to such lazy prose.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 5:53 p.m.

Psycholizard: Yes, he indicts himself with such wild statements. Best, Don Bauder


nostalgic Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:42 p.m.

I fell in love with Michael Aguirre when he was running for City Attorney. Many candidates spoke at a forum, and he said "I want to give San Diego back to the people of San Diego." I had never heard of him before, but those words won my vote, and that vote is still his to claim.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 1:52 p.m.

nostalgic: If he runs for mayor, that will be his theme: give the City back to the people.

Bring in experts to counsel San Diego on the water problem. Negotiate directly with SDG&E to lower the highest electricity rates in the country.

Nobody has fought the California Public Utilities Commission's pro-utility, anti-consumer bias harder than Aguirre has. He will fight for rooftop solar. Infrastructure MUST be addressed. And the corporate welfare crowd must learn that it should start spending its own money rather than milking the taxpayers. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:02 p.m.

There is no one quite like Mike Aguirre and many people love him, including me. But not as a candidate for Mayor at this moment in time. Please, people. We really need to move on.


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:38 p.m.

monaghan: He did get smeared as city attorney. But maybe the citizenry is wising up to how the mainstream media -- particularly the U-T -- are not to be trusted. Best, Don Bauder


McLovin Aug. 31, 2013 @ 4:41 p.m.

I really do home Mike Aguirre throws his hat into the ring. It's very disappointing that so far most of the potential candidates will return the city to business as usual of screwing taxpayers. I find it curious that most reports dance around the topic of the Glorious Todd announcing his candidacy. In his Q&A with the UT he already mentioned that one of his goals is to get this convention center expansion rolling. The voters of this city really need to wake the hell up.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

McLovin: Anybody who argues in favor of the convention center expansion either doesn't understand supply/demand principles or doesn't care because the project is taking taxpayer money. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:18 p.m.

The Convention Center expansion perhaps isn't the best issue to defeat the downtown crowd. If the money was falling from the sky it would be worth looking at the plans. The Balboa Park plans are a better bridge to fight on. People love the Park just as it is, and just describing the proposed atrocity is enough to motivate people to stop it. Add in the paid parking proposal, which I would call a tax, and I think you could win with that issue.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:48 p.m.

Psycholizard: Balboa Park could be a good issue. Best, Don Bauder


Diogenes Aug. 31, 2013 @ 7:25 p.m.

Aguirre has the most character. He is the smartest and most educated. He knows who is stuffing their pockets at taxpayers' expense.

We should draft him.

He knows the City Attorney job and would keep Goldsmith from being (such) a tool of developers.

Frankly, we may need a person with a somewhat confrontational personality with high intellect to counter those who control the press and distort truth to their own ends.

Aguirre is one of my heroes for speaking truth to power. He has the stones snd has proved that for over 35 years.


Yankeedoodle Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:38 p.m.

Diogenes: I agree. He seems to be quite the cheerful warrior.


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:53 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: That is another good quality. After all the dishonest abuse he takes, he gets right back up without losing his temper. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 8:51 p.m.

Diogenes: Aguirre grasps a situation more quickly than just about anyone I have ever known. Best, Don Bauder


Diogenes Sept. 1, 2013 @ 12:42 p.m.

People like Mike and Donna are real.

Mike has brains, education, experience, and guts.

That's why the corporate welfare crowd fear him.

Mike gets the Diogenes' honest man award.


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:41 p.m.

Diogenes: Trouble is, the corporate welfare crowd has the money and media backing to smear him again.

It's a question of whether the public will fall for it a second time. The Filner experience doesn't give one much hope. Best, Don Bauder


Hereismycommnet Sept. 1, 2013 @ 7:04 a.m.

I'd campaign for Mike because I believe he would fight for improving San Diego for the residents. I would support Donna Frye should she step up to the plate...she got this whole ball rolling to get rid of Filner and should continue to her fight. Otherwise we have little choice and HOPE!


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 7:13 a.m.

Hereismycomment: Either Mike or Donna would be what the City needs. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:10 p.m.

Don, I have to say I think you are being irresponsible encouraging this. At this point, I would say your residence in Colorado and your friendship color your views about Aguirre and Frye. Each is supremely unelectable, for very different reasons, even though they are fine people and your good friends. Neither is what "the City needs" as each would be destroyed at the polls.


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 9:43 p.m.

monaghan: Admittedly, one problem for both Aguirre and Frye is that they tried to do something about the pension mess, incurring the enmity of labor. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:40 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: The problem is that momentum is now with Fletcher and Gloria, so-called Democrats who are loved by labor because they favor corporate welfare projects.

It may be too late for Aguirre and Frye to make up with labor. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 1, 2013 @ 11:18 p.m.

monaghan: There is no doubt that you know much more about San Diego politics than I do, but my feelings about the elections here have generally been on target, because it is a town with a provincial mentality and a Music Man kind of irrationality. I say the latter because I don't want to bring up Sinclair Lewis:) So, right now, I think nobody good can win. But Aguirre has guts and I like him. I do not know who has the ability to get the money, but all the people who don't care (including some from both parties) about the poor or middle classes will have lots of money. And Filner, bless him, was the only science person ever. That someone will likely lose has never stopped me from voting or volunteering, but it is rather more fatiguing. I would do both for Coons, but he doesn't have much snap. Maybe I am wrong. I guess you think I am.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:43 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: It is realistic to state that Frye and Aguirre will have trouble raising funds. Fletcher, for example, has Jacobs money to count on. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Sept. 1, 2013 @ 12:37 p.m.

After Frye's tirade on TV, I'm not sure she is as capable and discerning as she once was. Frankly, I'm worried about her.

More to the pun, while Aguirre is a Prima Donna, he's also just the kind of guard-dog we need to keep those SOB "sisters" hands out us taxpayer's cookie jars.

Aguirre and his staff dissed me big-time (biting one of the hands that fed him), but I'll take him, warts and all, over the other kangaroos on the ballot.

Now, how do we make sure he gets elected on the first ballot, saving us $6,200,000-plus in the process? By the way, where does all that money go?


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 2:08 p.m.

Twister: Some of the $6 million cost of the election goes to personnel who handle it. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Sept. 1, 2013 @ 12:58 p.m.

Don Bauder Aug. 31, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

McLovin: Anybody who argues in favor of the convention center expansion either doesn't understand supply/demand principles or doesn't care because the project is taking taxpayer money. Best, Don Bauder

Look--Listen--The devil really is in the details. Or, as Meis van der Rohe said, "God is in the details." Most of "the public" doesn't understand supply/demand principles--they really believe that they won't have to pay for a stadium or convention center, they really believe that "somebody else" will pay those huge sums. They need to be told--again and again and again and again just how much is going to come out of their pockets. They need to be told that government is going to raise (sales) taxes ("temporarily" but actually permanently) and how that's going to raise prices FOR THEM and how their food and everything else (cars, TV's, computers--everything they buy) will cost them more and more and more.

Get out of those ivory towers, y'all!


jelula Sept. 1, 2013 @ 1:53 p.m.

And they still don't understand that we the taxpayers are still paying for the expanded football stadium (unless I missed news that the bonds are paid off), the baseball stadium and, I suspect, the initial convention center expansion, as well as repaying the pension system for the money borrowed to put on a Republic National Convention 16+ years ago! Plus, don't forget the money lost to the Chargers because of the idiotic ticket guarantee!

All of these have a lot to do with the cuts to city services like library hours, public safety employees, park maintenance..... The recent recession just exacerbated the losses.


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 4:37 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: Yes, jelula understands. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 4:33 p.m.

jelula: Of course the costs of expanding the stadium now named Qualcomm, Petco Park, and other corporate welfare projects are still draining taxpayers.

The stealing of money from the pension fund to host the Republican convention, and the subsequent huge bonus granted city workers to appease them, is still hurting San Diego. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 2:11 p.m.

Twister: The mainstream media, whose owners and supporters profit from a convention center expansion, will never tell the public the folly of the economics behind it -- if they themselves understand it. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Sept. 1, 2013 @ 1:15 p.m.

And one more thing. Regarding political strategy, forget the hard-core right and left. Concentrate on the unifying (and divisive) principles--issues that will appeal to the Great Middle. For example, the power structure will point to all the "jobs" the convention center will provide. They will be few, temporary, without benefits, and low-paid. The power-brokers will give a bunch of inflated contracts to a few locals--WINDOW-DRESSING! But the big stuff will go to the carpetbagger companies (local, perhaps, but owned by Wall Street tearorists who have second-mansions here, but extract pounds and pounds of flesh from us) which will export out money to offshore accounts. FAT CATS!

Agitate, agitate, AGITATE!


Not just musing here amongst ourselves, but OUT THERE, vigorously, ON THE STREET, in the cafes, the buses (and in every place, every mountain-top, hillside and valley), SHOUT IT OUT! Go . . . CHARGE!

OUT with the lap-dogs, and IN with the guard-dogs--even if they are Prima Donnas.


Don Bauder Sept. 1, 2013 @ 2:13 p.m.

Twister: Locals will get construction jobs, but they won't last. Best, Don Bauder


McLovin Sept. 2, 2013 @ 11:03 a.m.

Yes, skilled laborers will benefit temporarily while they pay with their blood, sweat, and lives, while a good portion of the money leaves the state to feed the national chapters. And once completed, locals can line up to man the coffee carts, check badges and vacuum for barely livable wages.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 1 p.m.

McLovin: You have put your finger on why the unemployment statistics are misleading. You go from a high-paying job to one paying minimum wage and you are counted as employed. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 2, 2013 @ 9:53 a.m.

The first step in being a good elected representative is getting elected. If you are not in like Flynn with organized Labor which regularly allies itself with establishment elites when it comes to Building Stuff, you have to reach the great middle ground of ordinary voters. This is done with MONEY -- money for campaign strategists and organization, money for TV ads touting one's strengths, money for mailers touting one's strengths, and committed volunteers who will walk and talk on the candidate's behalf.

It's not easy, but after the trauma of this summer and the implosion of Filner's mayoralty, there is one genuine bright spot: Bruce Coons took on City Council and Irwin Jacobs to save Balboa Park and Bruce Coons won against overwhelming odds. That is a compelling true story that could propel a man to City Hall.

I wish you folks would look forward instead of back and recognize Bruce Coons for the populist he is, someone long devoted to crafting good land-use decisions, a person who could win this mayoral election by drawing votes from across the political spectrum and beyond the coalitions of special interests who so thoroughly dominate our politics.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 1:02 p.m.

monaghan: But this is not a drawn-out election. It lasts a very short time. Could someone like Coons establish name recognition in such a short period? Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:31 p.m.

Bruce Coons' tough-minded lawsuit against the City and City Council and Irwin Jacobs to save Balboa Park was heroic -- and then he won besides! If this isn't the perfect centerpiece for a short campaign for mayor, I don't know what is.

Everyone wants to believe that once in a while, regular people can win one, even in San Diego. This year Bruce Coons made a name for himself by standing up to Big Daddy and saving the sacred space that is Balboa Park. That's the kind of achievement politicians dream about running on.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:48 p.m.

monaghan: I agree that was impressive. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Sept. 2, 2013 @ 4:41 p.m.

I urge anyone fighting for our streets and neighborhoods to chase cameras and speak to the issues. Winning from the left will require organizing and running a media circus, making news. It helps to have a newsworthy name to start with, but if there's enough support to make a big scene, the cameras will come, and with that free publicity and a potent message reformers can win. To remove Filner, City Hall dirtied themselves. This is a good election for outsiders, insiders who threw the filth have the stench all over them, but to win one needs a name that will stick out in a crowded ballot. An outsider needs to make a name quickly to win.


Don Bauder Sept. 2, 2013 @ 7:51 p.m.

Psycholizard: Yes, we know that insiders dirtied themselves in the Filner lynching, but the public believes it was a noble act. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Sept. 3, 2013 @ 1:24 a.m.

Certainly some members of city government see themselves as heroes, and imagine the public will see it that way also. But an outsider has plenty to run against. City Hall is in a complete shambles, Todd Gloria obviously has delusions of grandeur, he and Goldsmith will be at each other's throats very soon. Kevin Faulconer no doubt will start strutting around also. I believe the public will see this all as sordid spectacle, and it won't end anytime soon. These clowns are beatable, but the winning candidate must have a name now or make one quickly.


Don Bauder Sept. 3, 2013 @ 6:25 a.m.

Psycholizard: Yes, these incumbents are cerebrally unfit. But can they be beaten? Best, Don Bauder


Twister Sept. 3, 2013 @ 10:20 a.m.

"Lies, damn lies, and statistics." In order of increasing severity.

"McLovin: You have put your finger on why the unemployment statistics are misleading. You go from a high-paying job to one paying minimum wage and you are counted as employed. Best, Don Bauder"

BUT . . .


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:22 a.m.

Twister: I am waiting for your BUT.. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Sept. 3, 2013 @ 10:39 a.m.

But let's keep our eyes on the ball.

Aguirre is doing an image-change, and we've gotta help him. I think Cook would be a good candidate, but he's not been fast enough on his feet, and time is VERY short.

His recent TV appearance wasn't bad, but it's going to have to be a lot more well thought-out to counter the money/media interests--he needs to do a lot of homework and develop his talking points more wisely and practice, practice, PRACTICE them.

And, I think he needs good speakers to speak for him so he doesn't need to brag.

We could all help by contributing those talking points right here (If he's as smart as I think he is, he either reads this or has someone digest it for him).


Yankeedoodle Sept. 3, 2013 @ 10:44 a.m.

Twister: Who is Cook? Or do you mean Coons? People on this blog have been quite vocal about their preferences so far. And certainly not shy about advice.


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:26 a.m.

Twister: As of last night (Sept. 3), Aguirre told me he had not yet decided whether to run. However, he had already told the U-T he is running.

The hangup is money. With both Fletcher and Faulconer in the pockets of the downtown subsidy lovers, and with Aguirre still in labor's doghouse because he tried to do something about the pension mess, I don't know where Aguirre will raise the funds to run. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 4, 2013 @ 8:09 a.m.

Don: I wish he would. Someone with money must like him. There must be some unions out there who have heard about outsourcing. Oh well.


Twister Sept. 3, 2013 @ 10:59 a.m.

Don, it might be a good idea to do short pieces on specific issues to spread out the comments more--and thus extend your reach with less effort. I suspect that some of the good comments you receive are never read because it's such a daunting task, especially when so much space is filled with personal invective. Don't let anyone bait you, and try to get we'uns to stick to the subject and respond directly to points made in the piece or by other subscribers rather than cherry-picking and exaggerating and indulging themselves for ego's sake.

For example, 'Aguirre's no lap-dog (like some other pols and bureaucrats), but he's not a chewer of shoes either.' But I'm sure y'all can do better than that!


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:28 a.m.

Twister: Who came up with the "chewer of shoes?" I don't remember saying that or seeing others saying it. I do think it is clever. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 4, 2013 @ 12:46 p.m.

Twister: You erred in admitting authorship of 'chewer', because now it is clearly within your linguistic powers to come up with a substitute for 'lapdog'. No one else need bother.


Psycholizard Sept. 3, 2013 @ 2:32 p.m.

If anyone has complaints about the prose on this blog, they can request their money back.

Let's thank nearly everyone who contributes to this blog, agree or disagree everyone cares. I find it very entertaining, Everyone should contribute who cares about the City.

As for the metaphors Twister complains of, 'lapdog' is tired, but 'chewer of shoes' is inspired. Now the image of a man with a shoe in his mouth will follow me until I find someone to use it on.


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:30 a.m.

Psycholizard: Twister has a point. Often I wonder how many people get through 200, 300 or even 400 comments. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 4, 2013 @ 8 a.m.

Don: I read the item when it comes out, and after a few comments have posted, I don't go to that story. I click on Blog Comments. The computer takes you right to any comment of interest so you don't have to scroll through the whole list of each blog entry. There are often only about 20 comments or fewer posted per morning when I look. I don't know how you would address the organizational issue that Twister raised.


Twister Sept. 4, 2013 @ 10:51 a.m.

Please suggest replacement for "lap dog." BECAUSE it is tired, it conveys to the widest possible audience. "Special interests" also is tired; perhaps it needs replacement?


Diogenes Sept. 3, 2013 @ 9:32 p.m.

DeMaio is out as far as running for mayor. He wants to take his message to Washington...

DeMaio has not endorsed anyone.


Peters is taking him on still.

Coons or Aguirre?

Fletcher spoke today. Aguirre is about twice as smart.


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:31 a.m.

Diogenes: Make that three times as smart. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 3, 2013 @ 10:38 p.m.

Diogenes: only twice? But he would have to make up with labor, according to others on this blog, and find some money. I have a lemon tree...could have a lemonade stand.

Peters will beat DeMaio. I mean, he beat Bilbray, a much more fierce competitor.


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:32 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Yes, I think Peters will beat DeMaio. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Sept. 4, 2013 @ 1:31 a.m.

I thought Aguirre should have run for Mayor when he ran for City Attorney. Aguirre's attacking style is perfect for this election. He always ran attacking City Hall, and when he says he will fight tirelessly to clean things up he means it. Bruce Coons deserves credit for his Balboa Park success. I like both these candidates.

I'm puzzled by Todd Gloria's decision not to run. He might have seen polling data we haven't. I regarded him as a real threat to split the Democratic vote. The Democratic Sheep Faction, that condemned Filner, might have followed Gloria to slaughter. I don't think they will jump to Fletcher. Fletcher is a loser asking for a redo, with a new party label, the third he has tried. Time was, a politician figured out which life long convictions to fake when before they entered politics. If he wants to call himself a Democrat, he better get religion quick. The middle of the road is for roadkill..


Don Bauder Sept. 4, 2013 @ 7:35 a.m.

Psycholizard: In doing all this shifting, Fletcher is just following the money. He could follow it over a cliff. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark Sept. 4, 2013 @ 4:47 p.m.

As long as Fletcher is in the race, I fear Aguirre doesn't have a chance. Doesn't mean I won't vote for him, however.


Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2013 @ 6:02 a.m.

aardvark: Fletcher already has much of labor in his pocket, and will get more, such as construction unions. He will also have part of the corporate welfare crowd. His shifting of parties to Democratic was a clever move -- which only shows that he is coy, but not intellectually deep. Best, Don Bauder


Twister Sept. 4, 2013 @ 10:57 a.m.

Fletcher and the other Republican-what's-his-name are there at the pleasure of their handlers. Aguirre don't NEED no stinkin' handlers.

Question is, do we want a MAN, or one of two titmice?

The "reason" the most unpalatable of all (he failed to consult the mirror) has "decided" not to run is because his puppeteer ordered him to pull out.


Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2013 @ 6:04 a.m.

Twister: Yes, and the most unpalatable one may run into difficulties running for Congress. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2013 @ 2:22 p.m.

Diogenes: In the last election, Papa came up zero. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 5, 2013 @ 8:02 a.m.

Don: Yes, I think they miscalculated DeMaio's appeal. After viewing him in debates, etc., it is clear to me that he must be run in a safe district.


Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2013 @ 2:24 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: And it may become clear that he has no safe district. Best, Don Bauder


Diogenes Sept. 5, 2013 @ 9:03 a.m.

The race is on. Aguirre declared!

Faulkner is a mean-spirited right winger, Fletcher is a corporate "Yes man."

Aguirre led the city from the City Attorneys office in the financial crisis. Remember when he asked Arthur Levitt why he was charging $20 million per month?

Nobody has the brains and the stones necessary to run San Diego but Aguirre.


Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2013 @ 2:26 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: Diogenes should go on Aguirre's campaign staff. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 5, 2013 @ 2:25 p.m.

Diogenes: Fletcher and Faulconer have glaring weaknesses that can be exposed. And their lack of cerebral depth will become obvious as the days go by. Best, Don Bauder


rehftmann Sept. 5, 2013 @ 5:08 p.m.

We've seen that cerebral depth is deep on the list of political assets in San Diego, drowning under dollars. Hopefully Reader and the ragtag collection Free Press papers will attract regional and national attention to San Diego's leaders (both elected and real) and misguided voters. You don't have to be very smart to smell what's going on if it's uncovered.


Diogenes Sept. 5, 2013 @ 10:11 p.m.

I had to explain to my British friend why Filner had to resign and about DeMaio's alleged problem. Allred figured prominently. The brave women summoned the courage to come forward, in some cases after ten years. Being piched on the butt and just dealing with it!

He asked if any victims had been raped. He said that former Governor Arnold was known to have been a groper of women before he was elected. The press was not interested in hearing their stories.

This is rather hypocritical and all very strange. He told me that the Brits were tired of war. Not in America! We are ready to fight so long as we can sent others. That's who we are.

Why can't go back to the days of fighting over the cross on Mt. Soledad? Those were the days!


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