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At the end of January, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis filed a motion to reconsider the transfer of alleged corruption cases from the San Diego courthouse (central division) to the South County courthouse. On February 5, Judge Timothy R. Walsh, who initially sent the cases to South County, denied the motion.

Speaking on behalf of returning the venue to San Diego, deputy attorney Gary Schons suggested that South County's resources might be more limited than San Diego's. He specifically referenced available judge time and courtroom seating.

He also suggested that, although a fair jury might be found anywhere, a central division jury pool would be more neutral.

Another argument Schons offered was that the locations of the alleged crimes were throughout San Diego, not simply in South County. This statement refers to alleged bribery which took place in Petco park and various restaurants throughout the county.

Judge Walsh countered that while he believed Schon's arguments were logical and that the district attorney's office had properly filed all charges, the theme of the charges was one "alleging corruption of South County public officials and there is no way to separate the conduct from the public capacity."

He continued that the charges are related to violating the public trust and are "inextricably linked to the fact that these are public officials in the South County."

Walsh concluded by saying, it is not a question of "where the venue can be, but where should it be?"

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joepublic Feb. 5, 2013 @ 6:03 p.m.

Does anyone have a guess as to why the District Attorney REALLY wanted this moved back to San Diego?


eastlaker Feb. 5, 2013 @ 6:51 p.m.

My guess is that Filner wants to give the advantage to the defendents--and that everyone assumes citizens south of 8 aren't as well educated as the northerners.

People also might assume that there will be a lack of critical thinking brought to bear, and that alliances are strictling along ethnic lines.

Filner has possibly influenced the venue...he'd love to make the D.A, look unprepared and at loose ends.

Personally, I hope for justice of the highest order--and for a cleansed Sweetwater and renewed, revitalized priorities for this district. No more back room deal-making, no more "trustees" that seem never to have learned the meaning of trust, no more superintendent who acts more like a fantasy villain than an educator.

One more thing--possibly one reason the D.A. wanted the trials back in San Diego is that she has more faith in the judges there. Chula Vista can be very small town.


bubbletoes Feb. 5, 2013 @ 7:21 p.m.

One more thing--possibly the reason the D.A. wanted the trials back in San Diego is that she has lots of judges in her pocket and can tell them what to do and how to rule. (The Jovan Jackson judge is a great example) "Faith" in the judges there translates into the Dirty D.A. calling the shots but thanks to this brave Judge, justice just might be served in these cases, despite the "efforts" of our corrupt District Attorney to impede it.


anniej Feb. 5, 2013 @ 10:52 p.m.

Bubble toes: with all due respect the word "dirty" is more reflective of those who used taxpayers educational dollars for self vs. the DA who is in the process of exposing it.


eastlaker Feb. 6, 2013 @ 9:18 a.m.

Bubbletoes...Odd that you would call the District Attorney corrupt, when corruption is what the indictments are all about, and apparently what is being fought here...

Just another small time tactic: the attempt at blame shifting.

Does the truth hurt? Maybe it will start hurting more.

As long as the truth "outs" as Willie did write.


Visduh Feb. 5, 2013 @ 9:17 p.m.

For better or worse, this should clear the way for these cases to proceed. I still think it most unlikely that more than just one or two of them will go to trial. This sort of corruption case is usually settled by negotiated plea. And once two or three enter guilty pleas, the others will fall into line, and the purging will begin.

It is the aftermath of the plea bargains that will get interesting if a majority of the SUHSD board is removed from office. Who will decide how to replace them? Who will appoint replacements? (It takes three of them for a quorum, and they likely will not have one for many months.) Questions, questions, questions!


anniej Feb. 5, 2013 @ 10:49 p.m.

People think about it,

Filner started his political career in the South Bay

Pearl is his "queen"

Filner her "king"

Everyone assumes we, south of the 8 aren't as well educated. While I hate to say this - OUR FELLOW NEIGHBORS VOTED QUINONES BACK IN. And we wonder why people wonder about us, hell I WONDER ABOUT US SOMETIMES.

I believe in karma, and that is why I continue to tell myself that the truth will prevail and we will SEE JUSTICE. Those that have wronged our childrens educational process and allegedly misappropriated our hard earned tax dollars - WILL BE GONE.

Our house is still dirty, our work continues........ Two fish remain, the minnow and the whale.


erupting Feb. 6, 2013 @ 7:02 a.m.

I believe Gandara, Wilson, Alito,and Sandoval are the major players and will hopefully get some time in prison hopefully. The others will range from felony to misdemeanor charges. The point is you can not serve in office with a felony on your record. Hopefully this will be a useful tool during plea bargains. I believe it was Pearl' attorney that stated the political group and atmosphere in the South Bay was a problem in his opinion. He stated he had attended a board mtg (Hilltop) and saw people waving signs and calling out to the board. Well poor victim Pearl!!! Really! There could be a special election which is expensive or the County Office of ED.can get involved at that point I think that is how it works. I do not trust the County Supt.because of his relationship with Brand. Scary stuff.


Susan Luzzaro Feb. 6, 2013 @ 7:46 a.m.


I have never followed cases like these closely--all the way through. It will be a learning lesson for me but it does seem clear that powerful forces are at work here.


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