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Escondido Rental Ban, Foley Scandal, SEC Settlement

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Aired 4/19/09

Wednesday night, Escondido City Council passed an ordinance banning the rental of property to illegal immigrants. At City Hall, protesters on both sides of the issue came to the council meeting. The council chamber was crowded when three of the five Escondido City Council members decided that the federal government wasn’t doing enough to curb illegal immigration and took matters into their own hands. The council voted to punish landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. What does this mean for the future of Escondido?

The disclosure that Florida Congressman Mark Foley was emailing young Washington pages with inappropriate messages couldn’t come at a worse time for Republicans. Although Mr. Foley quickly resigned, the GOP has some explaining to do. The House Ethics Committee is issuing subpoenas. The Justice Department is investigating. Will this affect voters this November?

The City of San Diego has been under investigation by a variety of government agencies for years to determine responsibility and accountability for pension under-funding and other financial transgressions. One of those investigations is nearing resolution. The council went into closed session yesterday to discuss the tentative settlement from the SEC. But lots of information is being reported this morning about what did and didn’t happen.

Guests 

  • Tim McClain , editor of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine .
  • John Warren , editor and publisher of San Diego Voice and Viewpoint .
  • Bob Kittle , editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Page.

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