4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Today (June 19) the Wall Street Journal asks if San Diego once again merits the apt appellation "Enron by the Sea." (The New York Times originally came up with the oft-repeated description a decade ago.) The Journal tells how in 2009, real estate consultant Jason Hughes offered to renegotiate 550,000 square feet of leases of City office space free of charge. But the City took four years deciding whether to take Hughes's offer or a deeply discounted offer from Cassidy Turley. Eventually, Cassidy Turley got the nod from a panel appointed by the City. But current Mayor Bob Filner overturned the panel's recommendation and went with Hughes, saying the deal would save the City $15.7 million over six years. Cassidy Turley got the job as a result of politics, says Filner. Now Cassidy Turley says the mayor's choice of Hughes was strictly political. Cassidy Turley says "Nothing is actually for free."

Comments
15

another case in politics of "one hand washes the other"

politician's hands are very dirty

June 20, 2013

Murphyjunk: So are the hands of those paying off the pols. Best, Don Bauder

June 20, 2013

The complete WSJ report is quite interesting, though a bit odd in that Jerry Sanders is never named. Also of note is that the three companies mentioned in the article, Hughes Marino, Cassidy Turley, and Jones Lang LaSalle, are all represented on the board of the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

June 20, 2013

HonestGovernment: I don't know that the Journal was protecting Sanders by leaving out his name. When one is writing these stories, and has been allotted only a certain number of words, sometimes the best course is not to clutter up the story with too many names. Best, Don Bauder

June 20, 2013

You're correct. That WSJ link doesn't seem to go anywhere, ...don't know why, so try this: http://tinyurl.com/kpxumcj

June 20, 2013

San Diego shall continue to be known as "Enron by the Sea" as long as we continue to allow corrupt judges, including one who is now the City Attorney, who are subservient to GOP oligarchs.

June 20, 2013

Anon92107: San Diego certainly has inbred corruption in the judiciary, the various governmental bodies, and among many in the private sector. Best, Don Bauder

June 20, 2013

Goldsmith is a jackleg lawyer. Goldsmith apparently believes that Mayor Filner cannot break wind without his let. Goldsmith should sit back, shut up, go to sleep, and collect his paycheck like John Witt did. Witt never said anything, rocked the boat, or caused any problems.

June 20, 2013

Burwell: But Witt while sitting back, Witt let a lot of shady deals fly past him, such as in pro sports subsidies. Best, Don Bauder

June 20, 2013

Witt is a SCAMMER!!!

June 23, 2013

SurfPuppy619: Welcome back. Where have you been? Best, Don Bauder

June 24, 2013

Hughes Marino is the best tenant rep firm in SD. By far.

BRE/Cassidy Turley/Grubb & Ellis [been thru numerous name change sin last 10 years] cannot touch Hughes on tenant repping.

June 23, 2013

Welcome home, Puppy-dome! You had a few of us concerned.

June 23, 2013

Duhbya: Yes, we did miss the SurfPup. Best, Don Bauder

June 24, 2013

SurfPuppy619: This is an observation I cannot comment upon, because I have no idea who is the best. Best, Don Bauder

June 24, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close