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DeMaio’s Office Says No Record Of Communication With Lynch, Manchester

City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has not communicated with U-T San Diego’s publisher Doug Manchester or CEO John Lynch about anything — including the newspaper’s plan for a football stadium on the waterfront — on his city email, phone or any other city government device, his office said today.

Carl DeMaio speaks to supporters on Election Night.
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Above: Carl DeMaio speaks to supporters on Election Night.

DeMaio’s chief of staff, Felipe Monroig, was responding to a California Public Records Act request submitted by KPBS investigation’s partner I-Newsource on Sept. 4.

“We did not find anything in terms of communications between the councilmember and either Mr. Lynch or Mr. Manchester,” Monroig said in a voicemail message.

An I-Newsource/KPBS investigation published Wednesday detailed the long financial and political ties between the U-T’s principals and DeMaio.

It also quoted an email Lynch wrote to Port Commissioner and congressional candidate Scott Peters. In the email, Lynch claims to have “made significant progress” with “one of the mayoral candidates” in an effort to turn the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal into an entertainment complex with a new Chargers stadium.

Since publication, that email has become a point of contention. According to the version Peters released, Lynch said “the UT will be forced to lead a campaign to disband the PORT [sic].” Lynch asserts he didn’t write that sentence.

Speaking this morning at the “Distinguished Speakers Series” breakfast at the University Club, U-T editor Jeff Light said there is nothing wrong with Lynch’s actions or passion surrounding this issue.

He said Port commissioners and employees might “feel terribly violated by this idea that they may have people who disagree with them and think their entire government set up (sic) isn’t necessary. But that’s not an obnoxious or unpermissible (sic) view.”

“I think the way that was phrased was very pointed in an email between two guys so it doesn’t necessarily look great,” Light said to the group.

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The records request, submitted three weeks before the investigation was published, asked for “any and all communication among (to, from, copied and any combination thereof) Councilman Carl DeMaio and Douglas Manchester and/or John Lynch.”

It further specified: “In this request, communication includes but is not limited to emails, faxes, letters, text messages and voicemails.”

Monroig said they did “a standard search” based on their Microsoft Outlook email and an archive system. When asked how they search for non-email communications, he said they “look through files, stuff like that.”

The day after the I-Newsource/KPBS investigation broke, DeMaio’s opponent for mayor, Congressman Bob Filner called for DeMaio, Manchester and Lynch to immediately disclose any email communication and any meetings regarding the proposed stadium on the terminal.

“Failure to provide this information will leave voters in the position of having to assume the worst regarding these clandestine dealings,” Filner said.

Lená Lewis, Filner’s communications director, said tonight the congressman is asking for any type of communication, “from text to email, landline, cell, anything personal, campaign or official.”

When told DeMaio’s office said it had no communications to turn over, Filner said, “Lynch’s own email makes clear that he has had communication with a mayoral candidate, and I can assure you it wasn’t me.”

In an interview with KPBS, DeMaio said Lynch briefed him early on about the stadium proposal, but he is not who Lynch referred to in the email that touted “significant progress” being made with a mayoral candidate. DeMaio is adamant that he does not support the plan.

DeMaio’s calendar, published online, shows he was scheduled to meet with the U-T editorial board for a half hour on January 20, 2012, two days before the newspaper published its vision for the waterfront stadium on the front page.

Monroig said the search included emails, phone records and files within the city’s system.

“We did a thorough search, and nothing came up within the parameters that you provided,” he said. “To my knowledge, there is no business that either of those individuals have before the city.”

Timeline of Emails Between U-T CEO and Port Commissioner

Above: Interact with the timeline to follow the various versions of an email U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch sent to Port Commissioner Scott Peters August 9.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 29, 2012 at 3:31 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Liar-mouths!

When you strip away what's been said by Lynch and DeMaio these last few days, one thing is evident - at least one of them is LYING TO THE PUBLIC.

Either way, it's pretty unsettling to have either the the person running our largest "news"paper and/or a mayoral candidate/sitting city councilman so willing to lie to the citizens of San Diego like this.

Mr. Manchester and his partner Lynch apparently were so confident that taking over our largest media outlet would give them free-reign to manipulate the mayoral race from behind a curtain without detection.

They discounted alternative media like KPBS, CityBeat, Voice of SD, etc. and now a hornet's nest has been uncovered, and the big, bloated queen hornets running the show in the nest are scurrying in desperation to avoid the spotlight.

Manchester-Lynch-DeMaio knew this would come out, they just figured it would be after the election when SD would have been at the helm of the Manchester Empire with Carl as the puppet in city hall pushing through Manchester's agenda.

You've wasted your money on the paper, Mr. Manchester. Your plans are blowing up in your face.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 30, 2012 at 5:46 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Apparently newspapers are not the only media outlets under the control of the Manchester-Lynch-DeMaio Crime Syndicate.

Local television "news" stations appear to be as well.

What KPBS uncovered here is major.

It's something that in a normal city would be picked up by all the major media outlets.

But not in San Diego.

Certain powerful figures like Lynch and Manchester are off-limits for the yellow journalistic fluff programs we call "local news" here.

For example, look at the website for Channel 8, San Diego's CBS affiliate.

Nothing about the news KPBS broke has been picked-up, but you can read about a lemonaide stand set-up by kids for an injured puppy.

http://www.cbs8.com/

Who, exactly, is your target audience, CBS8.com? Is it the same crowd that never misses an episode of Jerry Springer because they consider it "real-life" TV?

And 10 News is no better (and hardly surprisingly since they have pretty much served as an open forum for pro-DeMaio propaganda).

http://www.10news.com/news/community-rattled-after-hearing-sexual-predator-may-be-moving-to-neighborhood

Again, not so much as a smidgen about the port scandal involving Manchester and Lynch.

Instead, they lead with an article about a sex offender named Matthew Hedge who has literally been in the local media for the last decade. No, not because he re-offended, it's because 10 News and News 8 and the local right-wing talk maroons have been following him around since his release from prison stirring up sex offender hysteria.

When the news gets slow (or when there are news events you want to ignore) dig-out the sex offender thing - - it is sure to get suburban housewives in a tizzy and pre-occupied thinking the boogeyman is waiting outside in their bushes and divert anyone from the realities that two rich men are taking over our media, trying to close our port, and trying to infiltrate city hall.

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radiofree | October 1, 2012 at 4:28 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Note that DeMaio's office said there was no record of communication on any "city government device". Corrupt and back-room deals are often communicated on non-government devices since records requests are limited to these "government devices". So they spin their webs using gmail or mail.yahoo.

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