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Paul Jacobs, chief executive of Qualcomm, has sent out a letter asking donations for Nathan Fletcher in the upcoming mayoral race.

Fletcher's rapid conversion from Republican to Independent to Democrat was probably tied to his Qualcomm affiliation. He went to work with Qualcomm as a senior official after leaving his post in the Assembly in December. Both Paul Jacobs and his father, Irwin Mark Jacobs, Qualcomm's co-founder, are Democrats.

So what does Mindy Tucker Fletcher, wife of Nathan Fletcher, think of all this? As national press secretary of the Bush for President campaign of 2000, she worked with Karl Rove, the Republican Machiavelli. She was also communications director of the Republican National Committee in 2002-2003, deputy chief of staff for Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, California counselor to the Bush-Cheney campaign of 2004, and a senior spokesman for the Florida recount that put Bush in the White House.

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JustWondering Sept. 6, 2013 @ 3:22 p.m.

"So what does Mindy Tucker Fletcher, wife of Nathan Fletcher, think of all this?" What's your point regarding Ms. Fletcher's employment history with conservatives? Are you implying she, in some way, will influence her husband? What wife doesn't have that ability? Or are you suggesting she will be unhappy that her husband's all but dead political career has now been resurrected and funded by wealthy liberals? Just what was, or is, the point of your blog on this fund raising scheme since SCOTUS has ruled this type of fund raising is legal.


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 3:49 p.m.

JustWondering: You take everything so seriously. I just think it is amusing that this lady, who has had such high-powered jobs with conservative Republicans, has a husband who in a short period of time has gone from Republican to Independent to Democrat -- yanked, of course, by his well-heeled angels at Qualcomm. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Sept. 6, 2013 @ 5:54 p.m.

It is funny beyond belief, enough to make me shudder, and well worth knowing. It's friggin amazeballs. Where but in Paradise Plundered would this kind of turnaround ever happen? Can anyone name a more astonishing disconnect?


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 8:53 p.m.

HonestGovernment: It seems to me that Fletcher, having greased the skids for a Chargers stadium while he was in the Legislature, will get the corporate welfare vote, and becoming a Democrat will help him get labor, too.

He already has backing of two municipal unions and may get the construction unions. Best, Don Bauder


monaghan Sept. 6, 2013 @ 9:52 p.m.

Don't forget that happily married couple Dem consultant James Carville and Rep consultant Mary Matalin.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 5:59 a.m.

monaghan: Touche. Good point. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Sept. 7, 2013 @ 10:38 a.m.

Do you know for a fact that that unlikely pairing is "happily married?" It has always seemed to me to more like "strange bedfellows."


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:53 p.m.

Visduh: How about "lengthily married," although it may be only only a couple of decades. Best, Don Bauder


Psycholizard Sept. 6, 2013 @ 3:36 p.m.

Many of the issues that divide the city aren't party line issues. Republicans here support big spending for job creation if it puts money in the right pockets, their own. Democrats oppose spending on infrastructure when it's simply stupid, like the Balboa Park off ramp. The problem with Nathan Fletcher is deeper that party affiliation. He thinks those puppet strings are prosthetics to help him, because he was born without a spine. Party affiliation means nothing if you stand for something, all by yourself.


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 4 p.m.

Psycholizard: I hope San Diego voters put 2 and 2 together with Fletcher. He expects to get Qualcomm money and Democratic votes. He will get the former but possibly not the latter. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery Sept. 6, 2013 @ 5:15 p.m.

Don: I'm glad you see Fletcher for what he is, an amoral opportunist. What I would love to know is what he has promised the MEA and the safety unions. My guess is that it is pension obligation bonds. Securing their pensions is their number one priority.

Filner made the fatal mistake of not appreciating how powerful the MEA and the safety unions really are. They are very different from the Labor Council, of which they are not even members. Briggs, Marco and Donna were merely their willing agents.

Now that Lorena is gone this distinction, which she somehow managed to hide, will become much clearer. It is already emerging in their different endorsements.

The marriage of Jacobs' money with the raw power of the MEA and safety unions will be impossible for Faulconer to overcome, no matter how much money is poured in by the Republican old guard. He will never be mayor and even if he did he would be unable to govern. Sanders was unique in that he was an ex city employee and knew the score.

Todd Gloria had to take a back seat to their ex-marine, soldier-of-fortune, mayor-for-hire, Nathan Fletcher, simply because these union bosses ordered him to.

City union bosses have run this town for decades and will continue to do so well into the future. It was they, not the downtown business interests, that decided Filner had to go, because he would not give them what their well-chosen ambitious hit-man, Nathan Fletcher has now pledged his very soul to deliver.

The key Faustian promise can only be the security of the city pension system which may well be at the expense of some downtown development pet projects. It will require another u-turn by Nathan, this time on his midnight redevelopment deal. Every penny will need to go into the General Fund if the city employee pension system is to be securely funded.


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 9:01 p.m.

patflannery: Your analyses are usually right on the mark. Much if not all of you narrative is probably true. It's interesting that Gloria was told by the unions to take a walk. Interesting, too, that you feel Faulconer can't get elected, and couldn't run the City anyway. Best, Don Bauder


enzo Sept. 6, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m.

If Nathan Fletcher gets elected as a result of the efforts of Paul Jacobs what kind of payback do you think will be expected of him as Mayor? Of the Democratic candidates it looks like Nathan Fletcher is the most likely to support corporate welfare projects. I think Mike Aguirre is the best candidate because he will not sell out to corporate interests.


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 9:03 p.m.

enzo: The fact that Aguirre wouldn't sell out to corporate interests led to the U-T smearing him unmercifully while he was city attorney. Fletcher by switching to the Democratic party is trying to woo labor while holding on to the corporate welfare vote. His strategy may be too clever by half. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery Sept. 6, 2013 @ 6:01 p.m.

enzo: Mike Aguirre doesn't have a chance because he doesn't represent either side in this battle and there is no middle ground. This is between Faulconer and Fletcher. It is a battle for control of the city's borrowing power. It is not neighborhoods vs. downtown development. That is just election talk. It is about using the city's limited borrowing power to save the city's frail pension system vs. borrowing to build an unwanted stadium and/or convention center expansion. Elections are like war, you can't see the battle for the smoke.

The city employee unions thought they had the matter sown up with the defeat of DeMaio only to find out that Filner was making the same mistake Aguirre is making now: thinking that running this city is about anything other than city employee pensions. Of all people Aguirre should know that. Fletcher figured it out and that is why he will be your next mayor.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 6, 2013 @ 6:10 p.m.

Pat: That is a very energetically stated theory. I guess I can just relax and enjoy the election without bothering to vote for Aguirre, Coons, or Saldaña.


patflannery Sept. 6, 2013 @ 7:25 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: I will vote for Coons no matter what. I only wish I knew a few dead men that might wish to vote for him too. I just wanted to underline what little democracy there is left given the power of the people we employ to run the city because of how few of us bother to understand how it all works. Have you ever wondered how a tiny number of people like the city firefighters can have so much political power? How is that?


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:26 a.m.

patflannery: If you want dead people to vote, thus swinging an election, move to Chicago. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:03 a.m.

Yankeedoodle: Oh, you should vote for a candidate who represents your views, whether he or she has a chance. Best, Don Bauder


enzo Sept. 6, 2013 @ 6:21 p.m.

So if its a matter of fixing the pension system or taking care of city infrastructure fixing the pension system wins?


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:13 a.m.

enzo: If you read the U-T this morning (Sept. 7), quoting Jerry Sanders and Steve Cushman, it's a matter of either getting the current proposed convention center expansion and then later getting the massively subsidized football stadium.

The intelligent options of having NEITHER of those corporate welfare scams, and spending the money on infrastructure (fixing streets, parks, guaranteeing water supply) or dealing with the pension mess is not even under consideration.

My guess is the U-T will be like that throughout the campaign: "Streets? Water? Fixing parks? Reopening library branches? Huh?" Tragically, other mainstream media will behave similarly. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Sept. 7, 2013 @ 11:15 a.m.

It is hard to imagine SD residents not observing the wretched condition of their streets as compared to those of other cities in the county, and drawing some sort of conclusions. The other cities in the county are not paragons of virtue, except for Poway (just ask them about that, haha) but they do make some sort of effort to do things right in most cases. The differences show in many ways, and SD residents could and should conclude that they are getting shorted. It isn't a big jump to a conclusion that the money that should be spent on infrastructure is going elsewhere, even if they are not clear on where that is. Will that ever happen? Actually it was starting recently, and might just continue and grow. Hey, we can hope, can't we?


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:57 p.m.

Visduh: People may be aware of the horrible infrastructure and declining services such as libraries, but just wait until the big money starts to advertise in favor of the corporate welfare scams.

And keep in mind that San Diego can't afford both. It is either going to be corporate welfare scams or infrastructure. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Sept. 8, 2013 @ 12:31 p.m.

Actually, if SD puts all of its available resources into infrastructure, it will be a long time before it can bring parks, streets, water lines, sewers (and treatment plants), along with properly placed fire stations and police facilities up to anything resembling 21st century standards.It has a huge but invisible backlog of deferred maintenance that needs to be cleared up, and I'm not sure it can ever get the funds to handle it all.


Don Bauder Sept. 9, 2013 @ 6:29 a.m.

Visduh; San Diego has a billion dollar infrastructure deficit. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 9:07 p.m.

patflannery: Another thing Fletcher has going for him is the opposition of the U-T. Filner cleverly ran against the U-T and won the election, but then it smeared him, knowing his vulnerability.

If the U-T continues to oppose Fletcher, he will benefit. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery Sept. 6, 2013 @ 7:36 p.m.

enzo: try running a big unionized organization like one of America's eighth largest cities in a way contrary to the wishes of its employees and see how long you will last. Six, eight months at the most.

We are already paying into the city pension fund many times what it would take to fix the roads and the pension system is still dangerously underfunded. It is surviving on a pipe dream "actuarial assumption" of 7.75% return on investment. The shortfall is then simply charged to the city as an "unfunded liability". How long can that go on?


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 9:08 p.m.

patflannery: I agree that the expected 7.75% annual return is a pipe dream. The only thing the unions can argue is that just about everybody else does it. Best, Don Bauder


JustWondering Sept. 6, 2013 @ 11:19 p.m.

Over the long haul...30-40 year time horizons...SDCERS has met the mark. But, I will admit past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future performance. Nevertheless, if they do outperform the actuaries predictions you'll never read about it here.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:15 a.m.

JustWondering: If SDCERS meets the 7.75% bogey over 30 or 40 years, I can guarantee you will never read it on this blog, since I am 77. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Sept. 6, 2013 @ 8:17 p.m.

I'm seeing an attempt to turn SD (both city and county) into a company town. The company? Qualcomm. Irv and his boys and allies have the bucks, but they also are limited in how much of their own money they can put into elections. Not so long ago, when Nancy Hoover put her considerable stash of Dominelli Dollars into buying the mayoral election for "Rogah", it blew up in her face and his. If "Dr. Paul" can get enough others to start pumping money into the Fletcher campaign, it might be possible to mask some massive and illegal support directly from the Jacobs plutocrat father and sons into the election.

I grew up in a "company town" that was in a "company state." While the unions held sway, or so everyone thought, in elections (the place being one of the most unionized spots in America) the company made sure that it had massive influence over any candidate who had any chance of being elected.

We are told that SD is a "Navy town", and if that were ever true, it hasn't been the case for at least thirty years. Before that, is was called a "Navy/Air Force town" due to the tens of thousands of warplanes made here by Convair, but that is history for sure. Yeah, the Navy is here and gets most anything it wants, but it doesn't run the city, and probably never did.

It is sadly possible that the local low-information voters decide to vote the way that Irv and his minions want them to vote, so that family can own San Diego for a few years or maybe even a few decades. If Qualcomm were an enlightened employer it might be palatable. But we've seen plenty of their misuse of the visa programs while claiming that they cannot fill jobs with Americans, all of which was total nonsense. Want that company and power structure running this city for the next two or three decades? Just vote for Fletcher (DINO) and go back to sleep.


Don Bauder Sept. 6, 2013 @ 9:12 p.m.

Visduh: Good analysis. Qualcomm wants to run San Diego, apparently, but is one of the biggest importers of cheap labor through the H-1B program. I'm not sure I understand the motives of the Jacobs father/son duo. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Sept. 6, 2013 @ 10:17 p.m.

Let's start a list of motives, and put greed at the top.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:17 a.m.

Visduh: One is always safe putting greed at the top of any list of political motives. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh Sept. 7, 2013 @ 8:50 a.m.

As families go, that one should be past greed, since they're filthy rich now. So, maybe this is about seeking adulation and wanting to have their names on as many things as possible, as with the Rockefeller family. For some reason, the old man has recently moved past philanthropy into some very muscular attempts to put his stamp on how things are run. That's a puzzle. Some of it may be due to mental instability. He's convinced that he's smarter than everyone else, and that if society will just follow his lead, it will be better off. Hence, owning a mayor isn't sinister, merely a means to a better end.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:32 a.m.

Visduh: How many billionaires stop pursuing money and retire? Very, very few. With the exception of those who inherited a bundle and have been philanthropists all their lives, the pursuit of more money almost never stops.

It's a disease. The superrich pursue money until they are lowered in the grave. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 7:01 p.m.

Soros, Icahn, Buffett...the list goes on and on. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 7, 2013 @ 2:38 p.m.

Don: I agree with your observation, with some healthy exceptions, as you state. It certainly appears from a distance as a personality disorder, like cells that never shut down certain mechanisms. On the other hand, lots of people have trouble adjusting to retirement because you get used to the routine and what it provides psychologically as well as monetarily.


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:40 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: I have the disease. It's called work addiction. It's just that money isn't driving me. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Sept. 6, 2013 @ 10:52 p.m.

Have an eye-opening look at the two contenders, Fletcher and Faulconer, posed side-by-side with their party-loyal wives in the setting that was most comfortable for them in the past, and to which Mindy and Nate hope to return. The photo is about a third of the way down the page: http://www.thesocialdiary.com/alonzoawards2010.html

We all were sea-swallow'd, though some cast again, And by that destiny to perform an act Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come In yours and my discharge.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:19 a.m.

HonestGovernment: It's remarkable how much one can pick up reading Margo Schwab's Social Diary. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery Sept. 7, 2013 @ 5:23 a.m.

Thanks Don but if I'm "right on the mark" it's not because I'm particularly clever it's simply because I stick to first principles: the city is run by city employees, who care only about their pensions. It is certainly not run by elected politicians - whom they despise.

The key man is always the city's human resources director. Nobody get's that job without being carefully trained over a long period of time by the city unions. Note the key part played by Scott Chadwick in Filner's ouster.

Their chief "plant", Irene McCormack, knew she had a job with Scott Chadwick at HR when she walked out of that mayoral meeting making her now infamous "panties" remark on the way out the door. The fact was that at that moment, and every moment, the HR director, in this case Scott Chadwick, wields more power than the mayor.

In the old City Manager days the HR director became the City Manager as a matter of course. Jack McCrory is a good example of that carefully managed progression. McCrory had been at HR for 15 years before becoming Susan Golding's "pick" for City Manager. Her Faustian deals with the unions, through their well-trained man McCrory, were what brought us MP1 and MP2 and the city pension funding disaster.

Full marks to Nathan Fletcher for figuring all this out without ever spending an hour at City Hall. In many ways he is like Susan Golding, opportunist to the core.

He has forged a new deal between the city unions and Jacobs' Qualcomm empire. It brings with it the Jacobs-funded KPBS and the Voice of San Diego, who will dutifully sing his "progressive" praises like a Greek Chorus. The City unions bring their own sycophant third-rate "newspaper" called CityBeat for free.

As speech writers and spin artists he has recruited some of the most unscrupulous socio-politico "climbers" in town e.g. Rachell Laing (now new best friends with Lorena and Cory) guided from behind the dark curtain by Irwin Jacob's very own Merlin-the-puppeteer, Gerry Braun.

Pretty soon all the smart money in town will abandon Faulconer in droves to join the new union/business cartel modeled on the old familiar power circle under the City Manager form of government. There has just been a change of business bosses that's all. The Jacobs' Family have taken over from the Price Family. Filner was doomed to be our only real taste of a Strong Mayor form of government. It lasted for all of 6 months.

Faulconer on the other hand will vainly try to form a competing coalition out of an old Lincoln Club, a rudderless U-T and a tired Republican Party run by Tony Kvaric who is essentially a technocrat who does not understand "the vision thing".

The bottom line is that we will get whatever city services the unions can afford after the employees make sure their city pensions are securely funded. That's the new deal.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 6:24 a.m.

patflannery: Excellent analysis, as always. I still think the downtown corporate welfarists really run San Diego, and have for decades. Maybe the bureaucracy is doing their dirty work on the inside. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Sept. 7, 2013 @ 8:49 a.m.

Pat, Do you know the date that the "panties" remark was supposed to have been made? I ask because of Ronne Froman's involvement w/Monarch School, and the April 3 2013 SD County Federation of Republican Women's Lingerie Project (asking Repub women for donations of panties and such for the girls at Monarch - see https://www.facebook.com/sdcfrw/timeline). I've wondered if something was said in the Mayor's office, or joked about, in that context, rather than what Jackson-McCormack claims. Guess panties donations are better than the 500 books netted in the huge SDCFRW drive to get the RIGHT (conservative) books for the Monarch library (as you can see in the FB page). Here's the May 22 2013 text in the SDCFRW FB page: "Dear Ladies, at the June 10 Co. meeting we are having a Book Drive for the Monarch School (school for homeless) to fill their new library with the RIGHT books. Can you being [sic] a new book or two for ages K-12th grade - with a conservative inspirational message? The homeless children love to read - bless their hearts!"

Right-wing screeds. Just what homeless kids need. Bless their hearts, yeah, sure. Is that pathetic?


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:36 a.m.

HonestGovernment: If that McCormack suit ever gets to trial, the date of the alleged panties remark may become an issue.

Don't be surprised if that case never gets to trial. It will be "settled" for an undisclosed amount. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery Sept. 7, 2013 @ 10:50 a.m.

HonestGovernment: I could look it up but I doubt they are in any way connected. There were too many people in the room for it to be misunderstood.

By hurling such an offensive personal remark on her way out the door with her real boss, Scott Chadwick, she was reflecting these people's utter contempt for elected politicians.

She should try doing that in the private sector.


HonestGovernment Sept. 7, 2013 @ 11:46 a.m.

Thanks, Pat. I looked at the complaint. It alleges the comment was made late Feb/early March, with no witnesses. Only IMJ and Filner, alone in an elevator. It was in June, with Allen Jones acting as interventionist but not ever witnessing anything, that she asserted in front of others that Filner had said that.


Psycholizard Sept. 7, 2013 @ 1:05 p.m.

Strange that in all the alleged statements, to all accusers. Bob Filner never actually directly asked for sex, except to McCormack as "Let's consummate our relationship.". What relationship?


HonestGovernment Sept. 7, 2013 @ 2 p.m.

PsychoL, Well, it's beating a dead horse to keep pondering it (at least for us it's dead), but, in IMJ's complaint, the entire sequence of comments that were allegedly offensive seem oddly like what would be said to someone with whom there was a relationship, or the hope of a relationship. Either what I've heard from someone who tried to go through IMJ to meet w/Filner is true (that she behaved possessively, as if she were involved w/the mayor on a level beyond boss/employee), or Filner believed that it was true that she was interested and that something was possible between them. If the latter, then his affection and interest and desire (which is what is described in the complaint), though misplaced and unwelcomed, shouldn't have evoked fury and hostility. Pity and concern would be more normal in that case, and HR or someone should have been contacted. Whatever. Let a jury decide.


Psycholizard Sept. 7, 2013 @ 7:48 p.m.

Filner inspired hatred in some. After his apology, everyone assumed he earned it. But when Bronwyn Ingram appeared with Gloria Allred, effectively conspiring with IMG, I have to wonder if that crew is just insane. I mean IMJ must be the "other woman" in some sense, I'm not sure we'll ever know.


laplayaheritage Sept. 8, 2013 @ 10:56 a.m.

U-T Watchdog Twitter Feed.


@UTWatchdog 5 Sep Spotted about 5pm today at #sfo pic.twitter.com/dXWf0enCNO


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:52 p.m.

laplayaheritage: This could be completely innocent. It reminds me of the private dick who tailed Filner and got a picture of him getting out of a car. A woman was in the car. Gawd! Call the cops! A man is seen in the company of a woman!

That's the way the U-T played it. Six months to a year from now, students of journalism should go back and view this disgusting, completely slanted, hysterical coverage by almost all the San Diego media. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:46 p.m.

HonestGovernment: I am not sure it will ever get to court, so of course it won't get to a jury. My guess is that it will be settled for a small amount that will not be revealed publicly. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:42 p.m.

HonestGovernment: Some have thought all along that McCormack Jackson's case was pretty weak. Best, Don Bauder


Yankeedoodle Sept. 7, 2013 @ 2:29 p.m.

Honest: OMG, the horror! To infect childhood with that revoltin ideology is unseemly to say the least.


HonestGovernment Sept. 7, 2013 @ 2:47 p.m.

Yank, I know. (I hope you aren't being facetious.) I've donated to Monarch. When Froman came on board I didn't like it. I'm still concerned with the kids and their difficulties, but the infection by the SDCFRW turns me off. The "conservative" book donation drive to these kids' library was the last straw. I don't even want to look on the shelves to see what the 500 books are. I can't imagine what the Repub women think would be suitable "conservative" reading for grade-school homeless kids.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 7, 2013 @ 4:56 p.m.

Honest: I do like to be facetious, it is a weakness of mine. But this was not one of those times. This whole endeavor has a Dickensian feel to it. I mean, being a kid was so great, and one reason people think that things were better when they were young is that they were kids, and grownups kept adult problems away from them, as they should.


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:54 p.m.

HonestGovernment: The homeless grade schoolers can start with The Road to Serfdom. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK Sept. 7, 2013 @ 8:06 a.m.

so it seems Irwin Jacobs has been "grooming" Fletcher for some time now.

seems dirty no matter how they present it.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:37 a.m.

Murphyjunk: I think "grooming" may be putting it euphemistically. "Training" is more like it. Best, Don Bauder


soozc Sept. 7, 2013 @ 3:52 p.m.

I am a novice here. A retired educator with a state teacher's pension. Why doesn't the city merge their pensions with the state's? City Schools does not have their own pension system. It seems to be very expensive to do it this way, when you don't need to. Is it a power thing?

Also, why couldn't there be caps on the big pensions?


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:19 p.m.

soozc: Both the San Diego pension system and the state's education pension systems have had well-publicized problems. A merger of two troubled operations is seldom the way to go. Best, Don Bauder


soozc Sept. 8, 2013 @ 8:17 a.m.

Dear Don, I wasn't suggesting that the city pensions combine with STRS. PERS is the public state system. It seems that to have a separate system for the city leads to money manipulation and corruption. At least in this case it has.
Actually, STRS is much less generous than PERS. I don't know why any pension system would have a separate health care instead of Medicare. PERS is in great need of reform.


soozc Sept. 8, 2013 @ 10:27 a.m.

It seems the two problems with the city are: unions/pensions and corporate welfare. Both take money away from tax payer concerns. If we move the pension management out of the hands of the unions/city workers, and into a system with state rules, then that would seem to solve one problem. The city of Bell went bankrupt for the same pension/corruption problem.


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:56 p.m.

soozc: Some think the total deficit of the nation's pension systems is around $4 trillion. Best, Don Bauder


shirleyberan Sept. 7, 2013 @ 4:07 p.m.

Don - how is it legal or fair for a known Republican to move through the political parties to snare unsuspecting democratic voters, (while he works for Quallcom)? And really more importantly, Where is the "Democratic Party"? All I see are splinters that don't connect. I hate to believe it, but as is always for the focused who know what they're going after, plotting for a long time to take the little we have, there isn't a solidified base group to stop the traffic intent on running us over! We just think the crosswalk means safe. There is no fair play and most of us still can't handle the truth. One strong candidate that didn't "used to be" Republican is too much to ask for? I don't know what to call it, but not Election.


Yankeedoodle Sept. 7, 2013 @ 5:07 p.m.

Shirley: Not fair, not right, but that appears to be how it is here. Who knows, some day civilization may arrive in San Diego. I thought I saw that day break unexpectedly in November, 2012, but have since been disabused of that notion. They just couldn't stand to lose. So we keep keep voting until we choose they one they want.

As the saying goes, The beatings will continue until morale improves.


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:22 p.m.

Yankeedoodle: That old axiom is apt. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 7, 2013 @ 9:20 p.m.

shirleyberan: Switching parties is legal. But the voters may not like it. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery Sept. 8, 2013 @ 2:57 a.m.

HonestGovernment: I can see you are as intrigued by Irene McCormack's motivation as I am. I doubt there was anything personal between her and Filner. It was just teasing and by all accounts she teased him back. She's a big girl. There had to be something more.

Why did she take a $50,000 pay cut to come work for him? Because she had the hots for a 70 year-old guy? Hardly. She went from a $175,000 permanent job with the Port to a non-civil service political appointee job at $125,000 with a new mayor? She had been with the Port for eight years and was very influential there. Why would she do that?

The dots that connect are (a) SDCERS and (b) Cory Briggs.

First, SDCERS: it manages both the City's and Port's pension schemes. Her 8 years pensionable service with the Port are portable (no pun intended) to the City and visa versa. The City and Port share the same investment manager and both need Pension Obligation Bonds (POBs) to secure their funding. That is paramount.

Scott Chadwick is the City's HR Director. He is the ring master for the City and its unions. She really came to work for him. Her job was to ensure that Filner followed through on his pre-election promise to implement POBs. She made sure she had his ear and reported back to Chadwick and Zucchett that he would likely drag his feet on his POB promise. They were livid. They talked to Fletcher. Fletcher was ecstatic. Filner's fate was sealed.

Second, Cory Briggs: he and McCormack had "negotiated" together over Port legal issues for several years. They had come to know each other well. They had perfected the art of no-holds-barred bargaining together. Cory assured Bob that she was a safe hire. Bob had no idea who she really was. He thought she liked him. Only women understand just how dumb men can be.

Both Cory and Irene knew from long experience that the unions control the flow of money downtown and on the waterfront. They want POBs and that must come before there is money for anything else. The moment Bob mentioned support for the Convention Center Expansion Zucchett and Chadwick knew that he just didn't get it. You can't have a CC expansion and POBs. Bob thought he could play them.

The question now is whether Fletcher can deliver or go to the guillotine like Filner.


MeReader Sept. 8, 2013 @ 3:17 a.m.

oooh, the backstabbing "connections" drama continues.... meh


MeReader Sept. 8, 2013 @ 3:27 a.m.

haha. like the image of that: filner getting politically stabbed in the back. lol


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 7:19 a.m.

MeReader: The backstabbing continues. Did you see how quickly the U-T dropped DeMaio for mayor? How quickly Todd Gloria backed down? Ron Roberts? Wielding the knives is the corporate welfare crowd. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 7:15 a.m.

Pat: Pension obligation bonds are questionable and aren't the answer to pension problems. Your theory is intriguing. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Sept. 8, 2013 @ 9:06 a.m.

Who knows? http://clubweb.rotary33.org/pdf/newsletter230.pdf This Rotary Club bulletin welcomes McCormack in 2009 and says she is married to someone named Gordon Davis. Who is that? The Deputy DA Gordon Davis who works in the Dumanis' office? Just curious.


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:58 p.m.

HonestGovernment: I don't know who it is. Best, Don Bauder


HonestGovernment Sept. 8, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m.

SDCERS: It surprises me how many overlapping circles that city/county government hirees have. For example, IMJ was once married to Robert F. Jackson, a SD policeman. Another Filner suer's witness is Park & Rec's Lori Charett, who used to be married to a SD cop, Frank A. Gerbac. Both Frank Gerbac and Robert Jackson were involved in lawsuits against the City and/or SDCERS, and were represented by the same firm (http://www.plainsite.org/flashlight/case.html?id=1721338). No big deal, it just surprises me that how many people have intertwined histories.


Don Bauder Sept. 9, 2013 @ 6:42 a.m.

HonestGovernment: As far as I know, the Reader was the only medium that looked into the dubious backgrounds of those women who came forward to complaint, quite belatedly, about Filner's behavior. Best, Don Bauder


MeReader Sept. 8, 2013 @ 3:08 a.m.

ah, where would a candidate (like a fletcher or a faulconer) be without their connected moneybags backers??? at the bottom of the heap with no hope of ever getting elected like that annoying tilting-at-windmills mikey aguirre and all the other sign-me-up-i-want-to-run-for-mayor-too candidates. lol


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 7:21 a.m.

MeReader: The moneybags are calling the shots. They want a pro-corporate welfare mayor. But they claim they believe in capitalism. Best, Don Bauder


patflannery Sept. 8, 2013 @ 8:57 a.m.

Don: Remember this from April 2012 http://bit.ly/1aWviz3. If you read it carefully you will recognize the 5-year labor deal Filner claimed credit for in his first few months - sans the POBs.

Otherwise the 2011/12 labor deal reads almost exactly the same as the implemented 2013 labor deal. That means that a comprehensive deal, including the POBs, was struck between Filner and the City unions in 2011. Without that ticket he could not have been elected.

It doesn't matter what you and I think about POBs, that's what the City unions want. When the time is right they will use the argument that the Muni Code obligates the City to introduce them, which it does. They convert actuarial liability to real liability.


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 6 p.m.

patflannery: The county has pension obligation bonds. Best, Don Bauder


shirleyberan Sept. 8, 2013 @ 2:15 p.m.

patflannery - Thank You For Giving Us So Much!


shirleyberan Sept. 8, 2013 @ 3:01 p.m.

Pat - u know I mean that with heart, I hope!! Never would have had that insight without you!


patflannery Sept. 8, 2013 @ 5:15 p.m.

shirleyberan: thank you Shirley but you should really thank Don for giving us this forum and for always being so polite and such a gentleman.


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 6:02 p.m.

Pat: At least one person believes that I am polite and a gentleman. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Sept. 8, 2013 @ 6:01 p.m.

shirleyberan: Pat Flannery has provided much insight. Best, Don Bauder


ImJustABill Sept. 9, 2013 @ 7:39 a.m.

And meanwhile, the Jacobs family is reaching out it's silver ladle for gravy from the sports arena gravy train up in Sacramento...


Don Bauder Sept. 10, 2013 @ 7:09 a.m.

ImJustABill: It's my understanding that Jacobs money is involved in that controversial Sacramento arena. Best, Don Bauder


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