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Filner’s Annual San Diego City Pension Reduced By Nearly $1,800

The San Diego City Employees Retirement System reduced ex-Mayor Bob Filner's city pension by nearly $1,800 annually to comply with a provision of his sentencing, the agency announced Monday.

Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta ordered at a December sentencing hearing that the former 10-term congressman give up his mayoral pension from the date of the first offense, March 6, 2013. He pleaded guilty two months earlier to false imprisonment and battery charges brought after three women accused him of sexual harassment.

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SDCERS spokeswoman Christina DiLeva said Filner will lose benefits accrued from the March 6 date.

"SDCERS has determined that Mr. Filner made a knowing and intelligent waiver of his pension benefits, following the consideration of a totality of circumstances," DiLeva said.

Because he was a city councilman before being elected to the House of Representatives, he will still receive nearly $1,600 a month in city pension benefits.

The retroactive reduction goes into effect this month, according to DiLeva. SDCERS will have to refund to Filner $4,476 in contributions after the effective date.

That total will be partly offset by $873 in payments already made to him that represents the time period through Aug. 30, when he left office.

She said Filner can make a written appeal to the SDCERS Business and Governance Committee by April 21.

Filner ended a three-month term of GPS-monitored home confinement on Sunday.

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DonWood | April 8, 2014 at 4:36 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd like to see our sleepy local media "watchdogs" devote one tenth the time to investigating our new mayor that they're spending hounding our old mayor. I guess its easier to shoot sitting ducks in a barrel than to practice real journalism. I can see why the UT sends its goons after Filner after he's out of office, but can see no reason why KPBS does, unless it aspires to be as quality a news outlet as the UT.

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laplayaheritage | April 8, 2014 at 8:58 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Please Investigate the potential Quid Pro Quo for making legal claims against former Mayor Filner. Victims received new jobs, and an apartment.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 1:50 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

DonWood, I can't agree with you more.

Instead of camping outside of Filner's apartment waiting for him to step outside now that "house arrest" is over, why doesn't the media camp outside the meeting room where Faulconer is making a back room deal with the chargers?

Why isn't the media subpoenaing emails from the city to see who dropped the ball in oversight of millions of dollars of tax payer money re: the centennial at balboa park?

I don't give a rat's hairy behind about Filner's city pension.

I want to know what tax payer money is being given away in a deal with the chargers and I want to know how the millions of dollars spent on nothing for the centennial disappeared with NO oversight by city officials (it's probably because, like the media, city officials were too micro focused on Filner's sensationalized legal problems to even notice the millions of dollars being wasted).

I agree that this type of childish yellow journalism is 100% expected from the journalistic nightmare that is the rabidly right-wing "UT"' but the other media outlets in this city need to start investigating what's going on at city hall NOW, not dwelling on Filner.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 2:09 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Now this is real journalism:

Look at the list of people paid by the balboa park centennial committee with nothing to show for it.

The citizens should be outraged:
from the article:

This list is not all-inclusive, and is intentionally random in order of presentation:

$467,189 paid to Autonomy, LLC of Los Angeles, an event and party planner. What did taxpayers receive in return? Lots of graphics, animations, and vague plans for parades and parties that will never happen. Almost half a million dollars spent with nothing salvageable;
$7,832 paid to Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, a fine San Diego law firm. We don’t know why, what services were provided, or if any effort was made to locate a pro bono source for these legal services. We do know that Mitch Dubick, spouse of BPCI CEO Julie Dubick, is a partner of the law firm;
$7,741 was paid to Ms. Blair T. Blum of La Jolla as a consultant. For doing what ? She is the Senior Vice President for External Relations [usually a fundraising position] for the Burnham Institute for Medical Research. What was she paid to do? What did she in fact do ? How was she selected? We don’t know. BPCI won’t tell us;
Goodman Experiences was paid $24,000. For what ? The company says at its Website it is a “business coach”, specializing in “Ideation and implementation of optimal solutions….” [ "Ideation" ??? Really ????] Its principal, Ed Goodman, gives seminars on a number of New Age business topics, and is also a talented musician. Again, from the company website:
“Music…as a trumpet player, Ed has performed around the US and Canada, sharing the stage with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennett, The Four Tops, Temptations, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton John, Spyro Gyra, Pat Metheny, Tom Jones, Blood Sweat and Tears, Burt Bacharach, and Ray Charles.”

So did he perform before or after his $24,000 seminar ? Who selected this person? Who decided to pay him $24,000 from the City treasury? And what did he do?

Lisa G. DeFino Enterprises was paid $16,000. The business name comes up on GOOGLE with an El Cajon address, but no descriptions of the business itself. What did she do that was of value to the taxpayers for her $16,000 fee ? Who selected her ? Why ? ;
Departure Agency, Inc. was paid $64,881. An ad agency in downtown San Diego, their website [ -- that is NOT an error, it is ".co". The domain is for sale currently--about $700. Too expensive, apparently.] has this stellar introduction:
“A hybrid agency that addresses business challenges through the medium of creative thought and the tools of technology. Clients range from international to startup. Industries range from biotech to fast food. Projects range from on-screen to on-paper.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 2:13 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago


But we have only one belief: It works, or it doesn’t. Thanks for taking a look.”

One must objectively conclude, given BPCI’s total failure and collapse, Departure did not work so well. Again, what did they do? Who selected them? What value did San Diego receive for its $64,881? A lot of things in the Park could have been repaired and repainted for this sum.

Hiroko Kusano was paid $12,350. She is a Los Angeles museum Web consultant. On her website, she says “…she lead the startup of a new non-profit called the Balboa Park Conservancy in San Diego….” Sources at the Conservancy, a corporation separate and apart from BPCI, say this “massively overstates the scope of Ms. Kusano’s work.” No idea what she did for BPCI, who selected her and who decided her services were a necessity. BPCI isn’t talking;
J & S Silverman, a consultant to non-profits lead by one Jacqueline Silverman, was paid $131,540. BPCI won’t disclose what work was done, what value was received, or how Silverman was selected;
Mark Germyn, the first CEO of BPCI, was paid $ 131,540 for less than one year on the job;
Michael McDowell, the second of the three CEOs of BPCI, was paid $181,862 for less than a year of employment;
Julie Dubick, the third CEO, was paid $15,000.00 a month. She resigned after a disastrous appearance before the Tourist Marketing District Board where she sought additional millions in public money, but she could not explain how the funds would be used;
Marketing Partnership Solutions, AKA “BLEGS, Inc./Marketing Partnership” was paid $80,272 at a monthly rate of $10,000.00 for “fundraising consulting”. Barry Siegle is the sole owner. Neither he nor his company have any experience in large-scale non-profit fundraising. Mr. Siegle’s Facebook page lists BPCI Board co—chairs, Ben and Nikki Clay, and Board Member Patti Roscoe as “Friends”;
Ms. Cynthia Polger was paid $3,040 to attend social events as “fundraising outreach.” BPCI has produced no documents showing any success in fundraising or professional qualifications as a fundraising consultant. Ms. Polger is a social friend of Julie Dubick;
Departure Agency, Inc. was paid $64,881.00 for creative services, and logo and branding counsel. BPCI agonized over “Branding” of the Centennial, but not so much on the content of the event;

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 2:14 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago


Gerry Braun and Associates, the former Mayor Sanders PR flack who’s been dodging the press and the public, was paid $115,044 at the rate of $8,000.00 a month for not more than 20 hours a week of part-time work. He continues working for BPCI at an undisclosed salary to oversee the wind-down;
Loma Media Partners was paid $463,799 at a rate of $37,500.00 a month for design, marketing video production and event consulting, work now having no salvage value; and
M.W. Steele Group, Inc. architecture and planning company, was paid $8,320.00 for unknown services. BPCI board minutes for April 17, 2012 recite that Steven Silverman, whom we believe to be a principal at Steel Group, was hired at an hourly rate of $95.00 “to assist in day-to-day operations” of BPCI. They have not released records showing what work was performed or what value received by BPCI.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 9, 2014 at 2:15 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

So, this BPCI group gave away tax payer money to their friends with nothing to show for it, and they aren't being transparent about it.

Focus on this, media.

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JeanMarc | April 11, 2014 at 8:28 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

$1,800 a year? Oh my, how terrible!

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