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Roundtable: Filner Sentenced, Revenge Porn Busted, Car Culture Questioned

KPBS Roundtable

KPBS Roundtable

Audio

Aired 12/13/13

HOST:

Tom Fudge

GUESTS:

Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

David Wagner, KPBS News

Alison St. John, KPBS News

Transcript

Bob Filner Sentenced

The soap opera that could be titled "Bob Filner, Disgraced Mayor of San Diego," came to a dramatic end in a San Diego court this week.

The mayor, who pleaded guilty in October to one felony charge of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement in the company of a GPS ankle bracelet, three years probation, a reduced city pension and a $1,500 fine.

From the initial accusation to Filner's resignation on Aug. 30, the process took just six weeks. Published reports of court documents have detailed Filner’s current medications, which include anti-depressants and other mood-altering drugs, as well as the fact that congressional doctors had prescribed counseling and medication to stabilize his mood and safeguard his mental health when he lived in Washington, D.C.

Both the meds and counseling sessions were disrupted when he moved to San Diego to run for mayor.

Owner/Operator Of Revenge Porn Website Busted

Enterprising San Diegan Kevin Bollaert owned and operated ugotposted.com, a website allowing users (often vindictive ex-boyfriends) to anonymously post nude photos of women without their consent and along with their names, ages and Facebook profiles.

He became the first person in the state to be busted for crimes related to having such a website, and the site itself was shut down. California recently passed a law criminalizing such businesses as “revenge porn” this year, but Bollaert was charged instead with extortion, conspiracy and identity theft.

To get the photos removed from his site, the victims had to pay up to $350 through another website allegedly owned and operated by Bollaert.

Some in California have criticized the state's revenge porn law as weak or even unnecessary. Others have pointed out the fact that there are obvious First Amendment issues.

In North County, The Car Is Still King

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts convened the North County Transportation Business Summit this week because at the last transportation meeting he attended, he noted that "people complained that basically the car was the primary way to get around North County."

There's one COASTER, one SPRINTER and a few bus lines. That's it.

This wasn't news to the business leaders who attended the summit, but this time, the emphasis was on the effects of car culture on public health.

From obesity to asthma to inactivity, the public costs are great. Nick Maccione, director of San Diego County's Health and Human Services Department, said that poor public health eats up 18 percent of the region's gross domestic product and costs $4 billion in direct expenditures.

Comments

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dialyn | December 13, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

You forgot part of the revenge porn saga....some of these delightful people posted digitally altred photographs so the head of the girlfriend was attached to the naked body of someone else. It isn't just about taking pictures of yourself or having a boyfriend/girlfriend take a photo, but it is about a particularly mean spirited kind of activity by people who apparently have nothing better to do with their time than make other people miserable.

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Missionaccomplished | December 13, 2013 at 1:02 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago

Soap Opera brought you in part by Dougie Manjester & Co.

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michael1111 | January 14, 2014 at 6:26 a.m. ― 3 months ago

This is half of the story, the other half is that this is a site owned and operated by an online hacker who hacked into women's password protected emails, private facebook accounts, phones, computers and along with a team of others and posted their pictures along with full names, addresses at times. Revenge porn is a disguise for the corrupt nature of what really went on in this site. These are sexual predators who stalk women. The hackers need to be caught and held accountable. They go after a pretty face on the internet and stalk her, breaking into her emails to find anything they can. Its about making money to take the pictures off. Other predator sites copy and post the pictures on their sites to lure men in for money. This is an underground online hacking organization. Kevin Bollaert has a computer science degree and loved the challenge of breaking into accounts and taking what was not his. It is a game for these predators. Everyone is at risk. My wives pictures were stolen and posted on this God awful site. Its taken months to clean her pictures off the web. Our entire family has gone through literal HELL because of this site . He needs to be held accountable for his actions. He needs prison time and to pay back the thousands he stole from his victims. These are all sexual offenses as far as I am concerned.

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