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But how do they really feel?

Prolific tweeters among the ranks of San Diego's real estate and development lobbyists and political consultants have been burning up the Internet over remarks reportedly made by new Democratic mayor Bob Filner at a banquet held last night by the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

Exactly what Filner said is unclear, since, as of this morning at least, recordings of the mayor's speech had yet to surface, and the critical tweeters didn't go into specifics.

In any event, the Democrat's remarks appear to have upset many of the lobbyists and political consultants present, more than a few of whom backed GOP ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio during last year's mayoral campaign.

A taste of the intensity of the online hubbub was provided by tweets of business and industry lobbyist Lani Lutar of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, whose board includes fellow lobbyist Craig Benedetto of California Strategies and Sempra's Mark Nelson.



Tweeted real estate development super lobbyist Marcela Escobar-Eck :


Stephen Puetz, whose Revolvis GOP political consulting outfit handled a major chunk of the failed DeMaio mayoral effort and at one point acted as his spokesman, re-tweeted remarks originally dispatched by Lutar and Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.


Cafferty's board includes Sempra CEO Debra Reed and wealthy Mission Valley developer Tom Sudberry.

Downtown San Diego Partnership board members include Erik Greupner of the 
San Diego Padres; Walmart's Aaron Rios; and San Diego's dean of lobbyists, Paul Robinson, who works for U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester and Las Vegas developer Irwin Molasky, among many others.

The partnership’s new board chairman is Keith Jones of 
Ace Parking Management, Inc., the parking management firm that has many lucrative government contracts, including with the city and the San Diego airport authority, of which lobbyist Robinson is a board member. Jones backed GOPer turned Independent Nathan Fletcher in the primary, then turned to DeMaio in the run-off against Filner.

Filner has taken on the Padres over the campaign by U-T San Diego columnist Matt Hall to get local cable operators to carry the team's baseball games.

The downtown partnership runs a sizable political operation, including the San Diego Jobs Political Action Committee.

As reported here last June, the fund has accepted thousands of dollars from a variety of special interests:

Donors have included cable TV giant Cox Communications of Atlanta, Georgia, with $8,000 on April 20; Herzog Contracting Corp. of Saint Joseph, Missouri, $5,000 on April 18; Rural/Metro Corporation, the controversial paramedic outfit out of Scottsdale, Arizona, $5,000 on April 28; and AT&T California Employee Political Action Committee of San Francisco, $2500 on March 29.

The single largest contribution during the period from the first of this year through May 19 was $22,000, made by the casino-owning Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

The downtown interest group spent $18,426 for opposition research and campaign literature on behalf of Republican Steve Danon, currently an aide to GOP congressman Brian Bilbray, himself facing a tough race to hold on to his seat.

Danon, who previously lost a city council race to former San Diego city councilwoman Donna Frye, is now running for the seat held by departing Third District San Diego county supervisor Pam Slater. The district covers a large swath of North County and parts of the city of San Diego, but does not include downtown.

We're trying to catch up with the players for a day after follow-up.

Update: KGTV Channel 10 news has reported one Filner quote of the evening. Speaking of GOP City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, the mayor reportedly said:

"He would be the first to argue size doesn't matter, and as judges have recently noted, his arguments aren't very persuasive. In fact, he asked me to lunch the other day and I said he would have toupee," Filner said, referring to Goldsmith's hairpiece.

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monaghan Feb. 7, 2013 @ 2:27 p.m.

No one promised Mayor Bopb Filner a rose garden at City Hall, and the viscerati are doing here what they do best: sniping, defaming, minimizing, and denigrating him via empty "social media."

Only when outed by Readerwriter Matt Potter do we get the real picture of what usual suspects these people are and what entrenched special interests they represent. These folks are baffled and angry to have their longtime channels of easy access and influence challenged and their response is predictably vicious.

Not a problem for Bob Filner: he's had a lot of experience in politics and will deliver something better for the City of San Diego.


HonestGovernment Feb. 7, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m.

Ah, Lani Looter, Anti-Tax Libertarian in chief, and Ms. Busted-for-Sunroad-and-Improper-Permit-Issuance Marcella E-Eck and their buddy Scott the tweeter and blogger. But of course. But wait! Where is Rachel laing??? What a great crew of self-serving, greedy, small-time, small-minded scoundrels. Their insular little world of tweets to each other and their UT-vosd buddies is about as big-time as they'll ever know. These people make me sick, really. Always on the wrong side of everything, they are bitter, narrow minded, selfish, and incredibly stupid. Why don't they all move to Texas? Please, Rick Perry, here they are! Take them!


rdotinga Feb. 7, 2013 @ 2:49 p.m.

Filner met with business people and said something insulting -- the Reader doesn't know what -- and the business people were insulted.

Meanwhile, the Reader tears the lid off the shocking news that business people have business interests. And a commenter notes that Twitter is insular.

Excellent work, all. Carry on!



HonestGovernment Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:10 p.m.

They aren't just biz peeps. They are people whose business is to get their hands on public tax dollars. Yes, insular. Very. You know the names - Bry, Stoorza, Morgan, Jacobs, Braun, Manchester, Carr, Nikki and Ben Clay, Silverman, Ellsworth, McDowell, on and on...your blog's favorite people and companies (Sempra, Atlas Hotels, ULI, and on and on)..

DTSDP, as an organization, is not just the "business people" that comprise the org. It exists to take millions from tourists, property owners, and the city's general fund, and decides, often secretly, what to do with the money, with no real oversight. It is a quasi-government, and does things such as hire people who are crooks w/o consulting anyone, and pays them w/property owner assessments. You know who I mean.

The little tweeters are now on the far outside of the concentric circle rings. Boo-hoo, they are angry they are so far from the money pots. Sadly, Reader isn't reporting anything shocking. The article is just doing us the favor of a bit of background research that your blog would NEVER do. For example, a story that was headlined to be about the work stoppage on the centennial, after five sentences by Scott blogger, veered off into hitting Filner for other things. No info, no research. and the link to BPC Inc went to a useless website that has no info whatsoever about the BPC Inc operations (hint: real info is out there, dotinga: why don't you report on it?).


rdotinga Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:24 p.m.

I do occasional reporting for VOSD and write most of the Morning Reports, but I generally don't cover issues like this. Not in my bailiwick. That's the job of the VOSD staff -- Scott, Liam, Lisa, for the most part.


monaghan Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:10 p.m.

"Business people have business interests?" That must be comment from somebody over at the Voice of San Diego who knows whereof he speaks.


rdotinga Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:21 p.m.

Commenters dismiss journalists as "bloggers." Where's my popcorn?


nostalgic Feb. 7, 2013 @ 2:59 p.m.

I would rather go to snake charming school with an emphasis on cobras than go to a Downtown San Diego Partnership dinner. Filner is a VERY BRAVE man.


Visduh Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:02 p.m.

Before getting indignant, it would be a good thing to be informed. When the text of his remarks is revealed, THEN we can all judge. Between now and then, I'll stand aside.


monaghan Feb. 7, 2013 @ 4:17 p.m.

We ARE getting "informed," Visduh. Stepping outside the box, Matt Potter is reporting the vitriol that is being directed at the first Democratic mayor of San Diego in more than a generation via much-ballyhooed "social media." I think it's a public service.


Visduh Feb. 7, 2013 @ 9:04 p.m.

Another thing that annoys me is this constant reference to local pols by their state/national party affiliation. Those have, for better or worse, little relevance to their actions, votes, or philosophies in dealing with the local matters on a day to day basis. So why do you, and Matt for that matter (pardon the pun) keep up this identification of non-partisan office holders by their voter registration? (Take a look at the city council record of Democrat Scott Peters--along with his wealth--and you can see what I mean.)

To get back to the matter at hand, monaghan, we still haven't heard what The Bob said to that assembled group. Until we know what he said, it is not possible to judge the "vitriol" (a standard liberal smear of anything that isn't properly PC) that they pumped out. I'll repeat my comment: when the text of his remarks is revealed, we can all judge. Do YOU know what he said that triggered all this reaction? If so, please share it.


monaghan Feb. 7, 2013 @ 9:36 p.m.

Visduh, I fail to understand your point because your head appears to be deeply buried in the sandiego. Non-partisan officeholders? Who might those be?

What about the record of El Milagro, Democratic Congressman Scott Peters? Every day we give thanks for whatever it was in his past political life that allowed him to defeat the reprehensible Republican carpet-bagger Brian Bilbray. That wasn't easy, and he will represent the 32nd District fairly and well, I m sure.

Finally, I've never thought of "vitriol" as "a standard liberal smear of anything," let alone anything to do with political correctness. But I will examine my conscience and get back to you.


rdotinga Feb. 7, 2013 @ 5:31 p.m.

Who could "Monaghan" be? Let's see... there's only one Filner apologist who's clever enough to come up with a term like "viscerati" and just adores Matt Potter. What's the name? Fizzle? Freeze? Fuzz? Something. It'll come to me.


HonestGovernment Feb. 7, 2013 @ 6:15 p.m.

Gettin' down low, randy. The journo challenge is not to play word games about who is commenting on other people's work product, it's to research and write something that informs. You've obviously got enough time to do the latter. Francine uses her real name on the Scott blog and doesn't worry a bit about being known for her ideas. And Filner, of all people, needs no apologists and has none. That was Sanders' game, and he was very needy in that regard. The current Outer Circle Twits and bloggers spent a large part of their day serving him. Now they are all at loose ends.


rdotinga Feb. 7, 2013 @ 9:30 p.m.

The fact that the press (U-T, VOSD, CityBeat) spent a lot of time angrily fighting with the Sanders flaks, and often found them to be gigantic PITAs, doesn't fit your narrative so you ignore it.

And the fact that VOSD, in particular, called Sanders out again and again on his misstatements and screwups (and again some more, since VOSD is nothing if not obsessive and incessant) : that doesn't fit your narrative so it's ignored too.

And like I said: anonymous commenters on an online site trying to dismiss journalists as mere "bloggers" and denizens of a silly social-media world? That's rich. La Jolla-style rich. "San Diego 20" rich. Romney car-elevator rich. Irwin Jacobs rich! Richie Rich.


HonestGovernment Feb. 8, 2013 @ 8 a.m.

Oh come on! You can't rewrite history. It's all still out there and will exist forever in our memories and in the vast internet universe archives. For complicated issues that I know a whole lot about, involving the city and its machinations, vosd has failed hugely to report/research the facts. It was obvious from the beginning that the vosd followed the UT approach: if an issue reflecting poorly on Sanders/the city was reported at all, the report aimed to obfuscate, to hide the complications and issues, to make the city seem like a benevolent daddy trying to save the citizens from their own misguided desires.

Uh, ..."angrily fighting with the Sanders flaks"? ...I'm cracking up! The friendship (and now outsider alliance) between the vosd bloggers and the Sanders PR staffers/UT flaks (and now former staffers/remaining flaks) was and is shamelessly apparent and unprofessional. It totally destroyed any idea of journalistic integrity.

This is the final thing I'll say, b/c this back and forth is silly. You should just get busy being a journo and quit sniping and snarking. I liked your Kaiser hospice report. Do more of that and get off the Reader.

Blog - Noun: "A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis."

Perhaps you'd prefer I call it a "MAB" or a "newstream"?? OK. I recall some recent entry in the Scott MAB/newstream, by one of the other mabbers/streamers, that consisted entirely of a series of postings from the mabbers'/streamers' tweets! Stupendously vapid! Not to say, the laziest "article" ever. This, from wiki:

"recently "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally [We wish!] edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, interest groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. "


rdotinga Feb. 8, 2013 @ 9:01 a.m.

"All you Sanders sycophants in the so-called 'press'! Stop being snippy and please write about how Filner is wonderful. You jerks." -- Signed, anonymous commenters


monaghan Feb. 8, 2013 @ 11:28 a.m.

Why writer Randy Dotinga participates in this depressing colloquy beats me. He is not one of the lamestream offenders: he writes affectingly and well about serious subjects -- recently, hospice, and long ago, about the tragic intersection of suicides and beautiful unprotected bridges like our own Coronado span. I like to think Dotinga's really just sad about the state of journalism in his hometown, loyal to his mates and pissed at the fed-up critics.


Don Bauder Feb. 9, 2013 @ 12:49 p.m.

This is one of the great blog posts in San Diego history. The tweets of the downtown lobbyists/sycophants tell the story of San Diego -- hopefully, its past. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Feb. 9, 2013 @ 6:31 p.m.

Oh, and I forgot to say, Channel 10 ABC SD tried to get one of the Twitterati (hint: he's on the Board of DTSDP) smacking Filner to do an interview about the SDDTP meeting. Didn't happen. So Ch 10 just reports on the tweets! Headline: "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's remarks at event criticized" AND the subheading "Filner took aim at notable political figures" ...but repeating the twits' tweets about only one so-called notable, Goldsmith. Notable? Political? The City Atty"??? Man, thank goodness we have the Reader, because there aint no other news reporters in town.


rdotinga Feb. 9, 2013 @ 3:23 p.m.

Turns out he made fun of the city attorney's toupee (in a joke that didn't make any sense), among other things. #ohthatbob


Sjtorres Feb. 9, 2013 @ 5:13 p.m.

Always fun to see the chattering class and political hacks (they never produce anything) take shots at business people that are actually productive members of society.


monaghan Feb. 10, 2013 @ 12:35 a.m.

Actually, Sjtorres, the twittering class was going after our new Mayor Filner, not those "business people that are actually productive members of society" -- few of whom are to be found in the Downtown Business Partnership, in my opinion.

Negative tweets were flying into the ether as Filner spoke to the group, and Readerwriter Matt Potter put 'em up for everyone to see and reflect upon. It was a masterstroke, as Don Bauder says.

Let's hope this amount of exposure doesn't have too chilling an effect on future free and easy expression from these folks: it is useful for the public to see the ruthless way the game is played.


rdotinga Feb. 10, 2013 @ 1:16 a.m.

Yes, thank goodness the only real journalist in town exposed the public tweets that people who don't like Filner used to criticize the man they don't like. Pulitzer, please!


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