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You can't keep a good district attorney down, or so says District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in a recent announcement that she will be running for a fourth-term as the County's top prosecutor.

Dumanis launched her campaign today for the 2014 election.

"One election season has ended and believe it or not, another one is already beginning," states Dumanis. "While it may seem early, it’s time to start putting together my campaign for re-election as your District Attorney."

In her announcement, the District Attorney wasn't bashful about her unsuccessful mayoral run in which she finished in fourth place behind Nathan Fletcher, Carl DeMaio, and now Mayor Bob Filner.

"Many of you supported my candidacy for Mayor and I will always be grateful for that. Although we weren’t successful, I believe the dialogue about important city issues that resulted helped San Diego move forward-- especially in the area of education. Now that the newly-elected leaders across the County have taken office, I’m committed as DA to working with them to continue protecting public safety."

Nor was she shy about listing her accomplishments since becoming San Diego's top lawyer.

In her message, Dumanis touts her 94 percent conviction rate, increased diversity in the District Attorney's Office, and in her "fight against sex offenders."

Just shy of two years before the 2014 election, Dumanis has already started asking for donations.

"You may donate at www.BonnieForDA.com. Contributions are limited to $700 per individual or $1400 for spouses but any amount is a tremendous help -- $25, 50, $100, $250 . . . up to the $700 per person limit.

And as Dumanis start collecting cash for one campaign, she has failed to pay off the debt from her last campaign.

According to a January 31 campaign disclosure, Dumanis still owes $19,380 to her mayoral campaign, that despite asking help from San Diego's well-heeled political donors.

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bubbletoes Feb. 4, 2013 @ 1:03 p.m.

God help us! The shameless D.A. is also an egomaniac. Obviously no one wanted her for Mayor and very few still want her for D.A. Take a hint, Dumanis. The enlightened citizens of San Diego see through her endless pandering for money and cynical attempts to persecute Democrat Hispanics in the South Bay. Already her excessive retirement pension looks to be another burden on the already struggling San Diego taxpayer but I would happily wish she would retire & start collecting it just so someone new can burn sage at the "Hell of Justice" and cast out the scourge of Dirty Dumanis.



eastlaker Feb. 4, 2013 @ 3:20 p.m.

Get a grip!

Perhaps you are unclear on the difference between prosecute and persecute?

If you are referring to Sweetwater and other school district defendants, you are rather inaccurate, as they come in all ethnic (and even political) descriptions.

It is really a shame that some people would rather support corruption than opt for and try for honesty in the school system and our government. Why would anyone choose corruption?


bubbletoes Feb. 4, 2013 @ 7:23 p.m.

I think you are the one that needs to get a grip. I am fully aware of the difference between prosecute & persecute. Perhaps you have not been victimized by the Dirty D.A., yourself? Why is it that Bonnie goes after the South Bay Hispanics when there is monkey business that went on up at Mira Costa College that she didn't even blink an eye at? I think most clear-thinking people know the answer to that one. (http://learningboosters.blogspot.com/2008/12/bonnie-dumanis-delivers-big-shock-to.html)

It is bad enough that the Sweetwater corruption story has hijacked the Neighborhood News section. The fact that a despicable and corrupt hack like Dumanis is (cynically) carrying the flag for your cause does not automatically make it noble, by any means. But good luck anyway.


anniej Feb. 6, 2013 @ 3:07 p.m.

Bubbletoes - Sweetwater has hijacked neighborhood news? Good reporters go where the news goes. I guess The READER could just ignore the corruption as the new leadership at UT has chosen to do.

What has been hijacked are our tax dollars by a bunch of greedy, what's in it for me board members and superintendent.


Visduh Feb. 4, 2013 @ 7:25 p.m.

Get a grip indeed! I'm personally sickened at the thought of another four years of this woman as our DA. But once in a while she gets things right, and the So County corruption is so egregious that even she cannot ignore it. Democrat Hispanics? Maybe they fit that description, but the offices they hold, as is that of DA, are nonpartisan. And party loyalty can only get you so far. Yes, let's get rid of Bahnee. But let's not let this outrageous corruption in So County school districts go any longer.


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 4, 2013 @ 7:47 p.m.

Get a grip indeed! I'm personally sickened at the thought of another four years of this woman as our DA

Here is what I can tell you about Dumbass, she is being sued RIGHT NOW for FABRICATING EVIDENCE in the Cynthia Sommers 1st Degree murder case. Judge Hayes would not grant Dumbass original motion to dismiss under the legal doctrine of prosecutorial immunity- as fabricating evidence is not covered by it. There appeared to be NO activity in the case since April 2012, nearly a year, so last week I called up Sommers lead attorney on the case and spoke with him (he is based in San Jose). He told me that Dumbass has submitted a LAST DITCH motion to try to wiggle out of the case, a motion for summary judgment, and Judge Hayes has had it for months and a decision is due out soon. I have seen the briefs in the case, and there is no friggin way Judge Hayes (by far one of the best federal judges in this district) is going to allow Dumbass to skate on a summary judgment motion. As soon as that motion is denied you will see a MULTI MILLION DOLLAR settlement by the County for Dumbo's' fabrication of evidence in the Sommers case- I guarantee it.

You will NOT see her disbarred, you will not see her disciplined, you will not see HER PAY any of the judgement. Not one cent. Dumbo Dumbass will not be held responsible in any manner whatsoever (she is a former Governor of the State Bar, which is a board director).

Mark my words, she is toast in the Sommers case and it is going to be Dale Akiki type settlement money. Millions. Dumbo won't pay a dime of it-taxpayers will.


anniej Feb. 6, 2013 @ 3:18 p.m.

Bubbletoes. Persecute Democrat Hispanics, PLEASE!!!!!!!!! Don't try and turn this into a race issue. These were grown adults who chose to do the alleged crimes, and now they will answer for those alleged crimes.

Did you read the PDF's? Those words were typed with these folks own fingers.

Millions of educational dollars at issue here, these are middle and high school students, the majority of which are attending schools that are on the Program Improvement State list. Olympian HIgh, just added to that list?

So many issues, at Sweetwater. This bunch has made us the new BELL, or do you believe that we should have left that alleged corruption alone as well.


Fred Williams Feb. 5, 2013 @ 9:42 a.m.

We need to find a candidate to run against Dumanis, and kick start their campaign now...

Would Mike Aguirre be willing? If yes, I'll personally walk ten precincts for him.


Visduh Feb. 5, 2013 @ 9:39 p.m.

It is hard to think of anyone with enough name recognition other than Aguirre who could challenge her. Doubtless, there are better candidates, but the local apathetic voters will never understand why they should vote for other than the incumbent. SurfPup, I hope you are right that this Cynthia Sommers fiasco will being her down several notches, and allow a challenger to win. The only way she will fall is for a major scandal to emerge, and that scandal must resonate with the voters. So far, there is no such scandal. Cynthia Sommers was not and will never be a sympathetic figure. The circumstances of the husband's death are strange, and it may be true that she found a way to kill him. But nobody can prove that. Compare her to the Wade and Akiki cases, notable the latter, that were bizarre and unbelievable. They brought down Miller. Then successor "Pfaulie" Pfingst did himself in with all the dissension in the DA office and his crowning blow was that horribly botched Crowe case in Escondido, where he persisted in a wrongheaded prosecution in the face of all that evidence to the contrary. Those foolish and inexplicable prosecutions resonated with the public. Will Cynthia's plight resonate the same way? I don' theenk zo!

Getting her out of that DA chair will be a tough go, and I'm not all that optimistic that it can be done by anyone. I hope I am wrong.


Fred Williams Feb. 5, 2013 @ 10:49 p.m.

What about the Rebecca Zahau murder, which Dumanis passed off as a suicide?

What about Bonnie's continued crusade, along with Duffy, against the pot dispensaries?

The first is evidence of how San Diego bends laws to benefit the wealthy and well-connected, covering up a murder to avoid prosecuting someone who could afford to hire Pfingst to prevent evidence from being collected, so Bonnie could concentrate on running for mayor instead of enforcing justice.

The second is the source of dozens of campaign volunteers and potentially some deep pockets who are willing to spend what it takes to get "drug warriors" out of public office.

No wonder Bonnie is doing what she can to raise as much of a war chest as she can as early as she can...she's quite vulnerable in 2014, especially if a legalization proposition is on the ballot and there's a credible opponent willing to step up and make the case against her.


Visduh Feb. 6, 2013 @ 8:23 a.m.

Well, I'd forgotten about that Zahau situation. But was Bahnee really at the root of that? Seems to me that the Coronado PD lacks investigative capabilities, and contracts with the sheriff for such work. It was that agency that came up with the bizarre conclusion that she took her own life, and the DA is generally at the mercy of the cops when bad, corrupt, or just dumb police work is done. I don't think this matter of pot dispensaries resonates with the typical SD county voter.


SurfPuppy619 Feb. 5, 2013 @ 11:38 p.m.

What about Bonnie's continued crusade, along with Duffy, against the pot dispensaries?

I can't STAND Duffy or Dumbass, but the policy of the US Attorneys office is dictated by the President, it is policy set in Washington, DC, not locally. So as much as I cannot stand either of these clowns, the pot issue is not an issue that Duffy has any discretion over, and we cannot blame her for the policy on pot.


NathanHale April 12, 2013 @ 8:57 p.m.

Robert Brewer is the answer to your problems with the DA's Office. The DA's Ofc is plagued with mediocrity due to a pervasive fear of retaliation, punitive transfers, & rampant cronyism at the top Admin levels. This impacts the ability to prosecutors to exercise their independent judgement to "do the right thing". Although those DAs are people committed to justice, anyone working in a culture of fear is going to get warped. Read Bob Brewer's Open Letter, it is all absolutely true: http://robertbrewerforda.com/2013/04/10/an-open-letter-to-district-attorney-employees/


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