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Roundtable: Reflecting On Filner, No Shelter In Escondido, Padres And Chargers

Roundtable: Reflecting On Filner, No Escondido Shelter, San Diego Sports

Irene McCormack Jackson reveals what it was like to work for Mayor Bob Filner. Escondido reveals it doesn't want to shelter migrant children. The Padres reveal trades, and the Chargers reveal hopes for 2014.


Filner Reflections, Escondido Shelter, Padres And Chargers


Mark Sauer


Amita Sharma, KPBS News

Jill Replogle, KPBS, News

Jay Paris, San Diego sportswriter


Filner: What Was, What Might Have Been

When Irene McCormack Jackson, a top aide to then-Mayor Bob Filner, came forward with sexual harassment and assault allegations against the mayor one year ago, she helped set in motion events culminating in his resignation and guilty pleas to one felony and two misdemeanors.

McCormack Jackson talked to KPBS this week, and for the first time related how difficult it was to work for a man who apparently never met a woman he didn't try to grope.

Filner's resignation and conviction doomed his progressive agenda and eventually led to the election of Kevin Faulconer, a pro-business, establishment Republican, as mayor. Faulconer championed scrapping the revision of the Barrio Logan Community Plan, but so far there is not much evidence to determine how conservative he will be as mayor. If he vetoes the increase of the city's minimum wage, the six Democrats on the City Council can override him.

Escondido To Migrants: No Again

This week, Escondido’s Planning Commission upheld its previous decision to deny a temporary shelter to migrant children from Central America who crossed the border illegally. The children, most of them unaccompanied, made the dangerous trip north to flee violence and lawlessness in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The decision has prompted the ACLU to consider suing the city for (possibly) violating state and federal fair-housing and land-use laws. This issue is just the latest contentious debate around immigration in Escondido. In 2006 the city attempted to ban landlords from renting to people without documents. In 2012, Escondido police tried to keep people from protesting at DUI and driver license checkpoints. The ACLU threatened suits in both cases, and the city backed off.

Padres Washing Out, Chargers Revving Up

The San Diego Padres have fired their general manager and traded two top players, closing pitcher Huston Street and third baseman Chase Headley. Outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games for amphetamine use.

The Padres generally are deemed to be awful, but at 12½ games back, they nevertheless are in the middle of their division. The Chargers, who made the playoffs last year, are said to have a decent chance at a good 2014 season, providing they can keep injuries at bay. The question, at least on the minds of the Chargers' front office is: If the team pulls off a winning, exciting season, will they be able to parlay the resulting civic enthusiasm into a new stadium?

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