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Dumanis Cancels Talk At San Diego City College Amid Protest Threat

Aired 9/21/11 on KPBS News.

Students are upset that Dumanis hasn’t answered questions about student Diana Gonzalez, who was murdered days after the DA declined to prosecute her estranged husband.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis canceled a talk at San Diego City College after students threatened to protest over the controversial Diana Gonzalez case, according to campus officials.

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Above: Diana Gonzalez

A city college professor had invited Dumanis to speak at the campus today to mark Constitution Week. Some students thought the invitation was inappropriate because the DA has not yet answered key questions about the Gonzalez case. Notably, why Dumanis decided against prosecuting Gonzalez’s husband after he allegedly kidnapped, raped and choked her.

“And so they made it very clear that if she did come to speak, she would be protested and in addition we would be forcing her to answer questions about the students had and the family had and the family is very upset at the notion of Bonnie Dumanis coming to campus when it’s not very often that they get to have a meeting with her themselves," said Larissa Dorman, a professor at San Diego City College.

Dumanis said she remains in regular contact with the family. She declined to say why she canceled the talk, but she said the Gonzalez murder investigation remains open and she therefore cannot talk about the case.

Dorman thinks she knows why Dumanis canceled the talk.

“We think part of the reason that she canceled her appearance is because she wants to be mayor and she doesn’t want to be tied to the Diana Gonzalez case, and we’re very clear that we would be inviting media to come and be present during the questioning and so I think she was very concerned about that," Dorman said.

Meanwhile, State Senator Christine Kehoe held a press conference today to discuss the so-called Diana Gonzalez Strangulation Act of 2011. Kehoe said the law would require jurors be told that strangulation victims in domestic violence cases are seven times more likely to be killed by their spouses.

Former San Diego Deputy City Attorney Chris Morris, who prosecuted domestic violence cases, said jurors understand that connection.

“Apparently, it would have been the DA’s office who needed the instruction back when they reviewed the Diana Gonzalez case in the first place," Morris said. "It seems like the only ones that didn’t understand the seriousness of strangulation is the DA’s office.”

Gonzalez’s husband remains a fugitive. Police believe he is in Mexico.

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realnews | September 21, 2011 at 8:18 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

I went to the First forum held at the college. Officials from The Center for Community Solutions was also there...saying they wouldn't support GPS with Victim Notification so women could save their own life.

The Center for Community Solutions – as well as the Family Justice Center, including Lt. Lori Lunhow, specifically told me they were NOT interested in GPS with Victim notification.

They’re interested in conferences about Domestic Violence Awareness. Two years ago I asked the City Council to purchase GPS to give to family courts. San Diego has the money, but those in power, including women clearly do not feel women are important enough to allocate funds.

“Victim Notification” technology empowers women to save their own lives – including a Siren, is both available and unwan. Neither family court judges nor city and council officials including the various non-profits, is remotely interested in solutions.

Another device, comes with a siren to warn Everyone. The clip featured sex offenders because John Gardner was in the news at the time.

However, GPS staffers on duty 24/7 could just as easily call the women victim to tell her to get out of harms way ahead of time and in real time to help her save her own life, activate the siren, and then call the police. But the GPS staffer is the First responder…in real time.

Judges claim a new law is needed. Incorrect. They could order it and the Court of Appeal could affirm or deny the order. None however, seem willing when ordering a restraining order, to add a GPS enhancement after a hearing regarding evidence. GPS with Victim notification isn't needed in every situation. That’s up to judge to decide.

But family court judges not only aren’t protecting women, they show no sign of willingness to even try.

Elected officials from Christine Kehoe to Garrick, to Nathan Fletcher, are mute. So Family Courts dirty little secret is is Family Court judges have long adjudicated crimes in family court.

Of the eight reasons listed, for supervised visitation FOUR involve crimes committed against family members.
The woman in the video was targeted by Bonnie Dumanis.

The technology is here.
The technology is inexpensive.
But the technology is denied women because the bottom line is:

Women are not important enough to allocate funds for inexpensive equipment. Another “Domestic Violence Awareness” Conference isn't needed. What's needed is officials to be held accountable for discarding half the population.

Also, it would be nice if media had beat reporter in Family Court as it's the busiest court in the nation and the one court which most impacts people. But that's why they call it "Media" instead of "Journalism.

Bonnie Russell

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LaPlayaHeritage | September 22, 2011 at 9:53 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Dumanis is mean and incompetent, and does not serve the general public. Other Mayoral candidates need to get their messages out, instead of talking about Dumanis. The public is here to help.


DUMANIS ISSUE 2 – Former Police Officer Anthony AREVALOS – CURRENT CASE.

DUMANIS ISSUE 3 – CYNTHIA SOMMER – Petty Behavior to a wrongly accused Marine widow .

DUMANIS ISSUE 4 – Prosecutors and DA’s Petty Boycotting of Superior Court Judges and Violations of Constitutional Separation of Powers Doctrine.

DUMANIS ISSUE 5 – Superior Court Judge Einhorn – Boycott by Dumanis’ Peremptory Challenge. Dumanis and her office of Prosecutors Boycotted Superior Court Judge Einhorn because he refused to agree with Dumanis that the La Jolla Bird Rock Bandits are legally considered a gang under the law. Judge Einhorn did not allow Dumanis to prosecute for extra charges of murder during gang activity.

DUMANIS ISSUE 6 – MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAIDS. Intimidation. No Trust for Non-Profits Collectives .
COUNTY ISSUES MEDICAL MARIJUANA IDS. Advocates Say Fear, Cost Keep Many From Applying.

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Missionaccomplished | September 22, 2011 at 12:27 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

What was so mind-blowing recently was listening to Dumbanis as a "guest" on the Rick Roberts show. He put aside his anti-RINO prejudices and she put aside her "orientation" momentarily because they are both "lock 'em up and throw away the ke"y types. The pass on the Gonzalez case is puzzling though. I guess she thinks even in domestic violence cases, if you don't have the money, you're just not good enough to be a victim in her eyes.

Good for the San Diego City College students. See the writing on the wall, Bonnie D.

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SoCalKD | September 22, 2011 at 4:13 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Call me picky, but I like my city leaders and mayoral candidates to have a spine. Bonnie Dumanis obviously does not.

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