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Feds: Filner Offered To Help Businessman Tied To San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal

Federal prosecutors said disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner personally offered to help a wealthy Mexican businessman who is now at the center of a campaign funding scandal in San Diego.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Perry said in court Friday the Mexican businessman wanted to influence development on the San Diego Bay waterfront. Perry said the businessman whom sources said is Jose Susumo Azano Matsura wanted to transform the area into "Miami West."

Perry went on to say that a candidate, whom sources says is Filner, explained to Azano he had no control over the bayfront. But Filner allegedly said that he would see what he could do to delay progress on the Navy Broadway Complex so Azano could take control of the lease.

Filner's attorney did not return a call for comment.

Three men are accused of illegally contributing nearly $500,000 of Azano's money to San Diego mayoral and federal campaigns in the last two years. Azano cannot legally give to U.S. Candidates because he is a foreign national.

The allegation comes just days after a federal complaint, unsealed in San Diego, accused three men of conspiring with a “foreign national” to fund local politicians identified as "Candidates 1-4."

These latest accusations were made at a detention hearing for San Diego lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes, regarding his role in an elaborate scheme to funnel funds from Azano to four prominent politicians.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to clarify that Filner allegedly offered to delay development of the bayfront so Azano could take over the lease.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 24, 2014 at 8:21 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

If the quotes supposedly from Mr. Filner in this story are the complete evidence against him, then this story is a waste of time.

He said he has no control over downtown bay front development and he said he wants to stop NB Complex, a notorious boondoggle riddled with problems that MANY San Diegans want to see stopped.

He does not say anything about directly helping this man or that he wants to stop NB Complex SO he can allow this guy illegal favoritism.

Filner's political career is over, how many more false boogeyman headlines can one hope to capitalize off this guy?

I guess as long as all the political special favors are done for local corrupt developers like Manchester as opposed to outsiders, then the media is content to play ball.

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laplayaheritage | January 25, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

The public access supporters were promised a beautiful waterfront park on the Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) to rival Chicago's lakefront and Sydney harbor.

Fault investigations will confirm or deny active faulting on the Navy Broadway Complex (NBC). Preliminary limited investigation identified up to 3 strands of faulting. For the NBC some said the faulting was just only "Potentially Active" or anomalies caused by subsurface utilities going down hundreds of feet vertically, therefore no mitigation measures are needed.

Siting our Navy's new $1 Billion West Coast Headquarters on a presumed active fault is not cool. The local San Diego FBI refused to investigation if taxpayer funded fault investigations were hidden on Port Tidelands in order to site the buildings including NBC, the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP), the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, the original Convention Center garages that leak, etc.

If active faulting is confirmed then the Navy Broadway Complex project is moot.
Laws required only open space and park above active faulting.

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