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San Diego Leaders Tell Peters, Hoyer What Innovation Economy Needs From Congress

Thank you to Congressman Peter's for bringing in leadership from DC to San Diego. Been a long time since we have had a voice in DC representing the San Diego region. Just shows us what an effective member of congress can do, even as a freshman. Keep up the good work Scott. We are so proud of you.

August 20, 2013 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner's New Hire: Republican Coup Or Savvy Political Move?

Peking_Duck_SD...you and I agree. Moving to a grown up city like Portland, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco seems like the way to go. We embrace mediocrity in this town and these last few weeks are indicative of a continuous problem at city hall. We are missing leadership with heart. My dad used to say, "The higher up the ladder you go the more your ass shows." How true it is.

July 17, 2013 at 8:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Ask Filner To Resign Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Hey Peking great questions. Indeed many of us have been warning people about Filner's issues with sexual harassment. It's why many of us democrats voted for Bonnie or Nathan. And some dems actually voted for Carl. And I think you are correct, the women in the past should have spoken up, especially in the mayoral campaign when women working for him departed because of his difficult and mean spirited ways with women. I have attacked Filner on these pages a few times for issues that I felt needed to be addressed. It has been so well known, his sexual advances at so many women over so many years, unfortunately, I think it became "business as usual for Filner" and too many of us, myself included, just figured "Bob was being Bob" and did not write or talk about it in the public domain. We were wrong not to do so. Donna Frye is a woman of incredible integrity and I trust her comments today, and her tears were real. Donna, like many of us, is disappointed that the possibilities of real change at city hall is now just a dream that has become a nightmare. We must start looking for someone to become mayor to bring integrity, smarts, action and love of community to our grand little big town. Let's find someone outside of the inside!

July 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Ask Filner To Resign Over Sexual Harassment Claims

FINALLY!!!!! Finally this is getting out. Many of us, especially women, have known this about Bob Filner for decades. Most of the women he has come onto in the last 30 years have verbally said to him directly, "leave me alone" and then walked away, not talking it to the press. He is well known to have had numerous women in Washington as well here in San Diego while married to both ex-wives. During his mayoral campaign several women quit the campaign because of the harassment both verbally and sexually. Peking_Duck SD, so sorry to disappoint you and so many others who worked so hard for a democrat to get into the mayor's office after so long. But most women do not "set up" a man who harasses them, they tell the truth. The comments here of those who think there is some kind of conspiracy going on are fooling themselves. This town is not smart enough to come up with such conspiracy stories and then implement such an idea. No people. Sorry to disappoint you all. This is just the plain truth about an older icky narcissistic man who thinks is sh** does not stink but his farts give him away. Allen Jones is a long standing well respected member of our community...and Irene McCormick is one of the best in the county with expertise in communications with municipalities. If these two very respected people resigned because of the goings on in the Mayor's office, something does stink and needs to be investigated. I encourage the women to come on out and let the public know what Mayor Filner has said, done and implied to them. The people of San Diego deserve to hear from you so they too know what a "toad" this guy is. WIth PRIDE this weekend, I think a few "boo's" from the on lookers is in order. TURN YOUR BACK ON FILNER. He has turned his on us!

July 11, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego’s Homeless Population Third In Nation

I imagine this is why Supervisor Ron Robert's is building a $100,000,000 park around the county building at the waterfront. "Services" for the homeless.

December 12, 2012 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Port Commissioner Claims U-T CEO Threatened Him; CEO Says Not True

Has Lynch read the SAN DIEGO UNIFIED PORT DISTRICT ACT enacted March 14, 1963?

September 28, 2012 at 4:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bob Filner Leads House In Sponsoring Private Bills

HOW ABOUT "BAJAGUA" BOB??? HOW MUCH DID YOU GET FROM THEM?????

Bajagua has spent millions to win influence, approaching Democratic Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA) as well as former Republican congressman Brian Bilbray. Filner, the whistleblowers allege, has received at least $56,300 from individuals involved in the project. Later, however, Filner was the one that championed their [Bajaguas] cause, Ortega said. he tried to ram it down the agencys throat. Critics contend that other companies should have been given the opportunity to bid on the controversial wastewater treatment project.
Filner and former GOP congressman Brian Bilbray coauthored legislation tailored to allow a no-bid contract for the Bajagua project. Without such legislation, awarding a no-bid contract would violate federal acquisition and procurement procedures. The Filner-Bilbray bill was signed into law in 2000.
Filner and Bilbray did not respond to requests for comments by press deadline. Both have denied wrongdoing involving Bajagua in the past.

Bilbray became a Bajagua lobbyist. In interviews, he said that he lobbied Congress on Bajagua's behalf because he believed in the project. He was paid $35,000 for his lobbying efforts in 2001. That year in December 2001 he testified in favor of the Bajagua project. He did not, however, tell committee members that he was being paid by the group. Bilbray told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he didn't think his lobbying ties were relevant because he was asked to testify as the bill's author. Cheney 'directed meeting' with Bajagua!! Influence of local advocacy groups pales, however, in comparison to the potential effect of a meeting between Vice President Cheney and the International Boundaries Commission.Just how much influence did the Vice President wield on Bajaguas behalf? According to an e-mail from former Internal Boundaries Commissioner Ortega to the Project on Government Oversight, investigator Nick Schwellenbach confirmed that Cheney wielded his political influence on behalf of Bajagua.

Recalling a meeting at the Council of Environmental Quality to coordinate U.S. agencies' efforts on behalf of Bajagua, he noted,It was somehow understood that the Vice President office had directed the meeting. The IBWC had received prior to this meeting a copy of a document on a meeting the Vice President had with Bajagua in Roswell, N.M.

The Department of Justice initially opposed awarding a sole-source contract to Bajagua. But when the DOJ attorney originally assigned to handle the case, Randall Humm, was replaced in 2003 by DOJ attorney and liaison to the Office of the Vice President, Mary Neumayr, the Justice Department reversed its position abruptly.

October 27, 2011 at 9:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bob Filner Leads House In Sponsoring Private Bills

MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS TOO, HE HAS BEEN LINING HIS POLITICAL WALLET OVER HALF A MILLON DOLLARS IN PAC MONIES AND COMPANIES WHO BENEFITTED FINANCIALLY FROM PRIVATE BILLS: Entities that lobbied on his bills or gained from his actions gave Filner’s campaign and Political Action Committee at least $330,000 in the past three years. That’s about 30 percent of the $1 million he raised during that time. Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., which tracks money in federal politics, characterized the percentage as “sizable,” given what she’s seen in looking at contributions and earmarks.
Many of the groups that lobbied in favor of Filner’s bills represented health care professionals and government employees. He proposed new laws that would benefit both. He advocated on behalf of companies based in San Diego—though not always in his district—including defense contractors, media firm WealthTV and Duty Free Americas.

October 27, 2011 at 9:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD District Attorney Files Suit To Nullify Nunez Commutation

I was very disappointed in Schwarzenegger's commutation of Esteban Nunez' prison sentence. Nonetheless, Bonnie Dumanis is true to her integrity and is completely doing the right thing by suing Arnold and the gang. It takes guts to make a move like this. We need a person with guts like Bonnie to lead us forward.

May 14, 2011 at 6:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )