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California State Senators To Receive Refresher On Ethics

It doesn't surprise me that there are unethical people in politics (there are unethical people everywhere), but it astounds me that anyone thinks that a class is going to change a person who is already ethics challenged. It strikes me that one of the purposes being to "....prevent compromising situations" could well be interrupted this way: "You don't have to change what you are doing; here's how to not get caught." The people already caught showed no respect for their office or for the voters. No class will change that.

April 23, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do's And Don'ts When San Diego's Rattlesnake Season Arrives Early

Your promo on this story has some misinformation. Rattlesnakes may be many things but slimey is not one of them. They are not water snakes.

March 25, 2014 at 5:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Author Looks To Animals For Deeper Understanding Of Good And Evil

It doesn't take a lot of research and see how humans have driven so many animals to extinction. They have not done the same to us. We in our mighty arrogance are also on the path to extinction by poisoning the environment for the sake of the almighty dollar. Aren't we proud?

March 18, 2014 at 7:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Balboa Park Centennial Planning Group Disbands

Gerry Braun used to work for the UT and then went to work for Jerry Sanders. If you have Jerry Sanders as a pal in this town, you really don't need any other credentials. What is odd is that, given all of Sanders's connections, they still couldn't get a commitment of funds. I wonder if that's because the downtown Republican base that largely controls the money in this town just couldn't risk allowing a non-Republican mayor to take credit if the centennial was a success. Once the election was over, none of Sanders's pals were going to lift a paw to help out Filner, and, as it happens, Filner solved that problem for them, but by the time of his exit, it would have been too late to salvage the project so it was easier to abandon ship and let someone else take over. That's just speculation on my part, of course. Wonder how those plans to bid on the Olympics are going? We're not looking really competent to run big projects at this point.

March 5, 2014 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some In San Diego's LGBT Community Not Embracing DeMaio's Same-Sex Partner Ad

Like too many politicians, DeMaio will do anything, say anything to get elected. I had to work with the man when I was with the City, and it was not a fun experience. The City Council gave him too much power over a department with no good reason other than they took his word that he could make recommendations regarding a field that he had no experience in, and his recommendations were not improvements. Personally, I wouldn't vote for him because I just can't find in myself to trust him. And, for me, it's not a LGBT issue but a character issue.

February 24, 2014 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Journalist Neil Morgan Dies At 89

Neil Morgan almost seems like one of the last of a dying breeding: the journalist more interested in the story than in self-advertisement. The local newspaper certainly has never been the same since they started advocating instead of reporting. Of course Mr. Morgan had his own political position, but I think he could set aside his personal preferences in order to tell the story. Certainly I don't remember him feeling the need to promote himself instead of the subject of his reporting. Not only have too many new reporters lost any grounding in grammar and punctuation, have a tendency to repeat the informal and snarky language of social media, but they are so busy trying to get attention that they don't seem to have much time for anything but the me-me-me story (there are exceptions, of course). I realize the times have changed, but I'm still waiting for them to improve. I'll miss you, Mr. Morgan. You were a class act.

February 4, 2014 at 6:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What Can City Heights Residents Do In Response To Albertsons Store Closure?

I don't know anything about the Albertsons in City Heights but something dreadful is happening in the East County which is caused by lame brained tax laws politicians have passed. There is a person (or his corporation) that bought up a lot of land, grocery stores were leased the property, then he pulled the leases on the property and has never replaced the stores because it is more profitable for him to leave the stores empty (as a tax write off) than it is for him to have the leases or sell the property. This is great for this fellow (or his corporation) because they are sucking in tax breaks, but it stinks for the communities that are left abandoned and no politician cares about the problems they caused by creating this tax break for a corporation that favors a millionaire over the general population. I realize this is an East County problem and no one on the San Diego City Council cares about this, but I find it infuriating.

January 28, 2014 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Alvarez, Faulconer Go Negative In First San Diego Mayoral Debate

I worked for the City during the pension debacle. It was not the union workers who caused the problems but the union leaders who were manipulating an extra special deal for themselves in cooperation with the poltiicians on the Council at the time. I'm really tired of workers being the whipping boys and girls for the Republican party. It would be nice if Faulconer came up with something original to say, but, of course he won't because he is the chosen one of the downtown developers. So discouraging. The best I can say about him is that at least he isn't DeMaio.

January 16, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Connection Between Dry Weather In San Diego And The Polar Vortex

I noticed no mention was made of the possibile negative effects of the poisonous residues of fracking into our water resources. I realize the greed driven project overrides objections, especially since the people pushing increased fracking don't live in the areas they poison, but I never hear much about what will be done with these residues. I guess they think dumping it in the ocean is a great idea...well, that will give the privileged few relief from the seals but will they like the smell of dead fish? Does anybody ever look at more than one issue at a time?

January 8, 2014 at 12:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How To Prosecute A Revenge Porn Profiteer?

Frankly, when free speech involves bullying and degrading other people, I am all for restricting it. Just because you can say a vile thing doesn't mean that it is just that you be rewarded for it. Yes, the women who take photos of themselves and send them around are not the brightest lot in the world, but does that mean they should lose their jobs and reputations because a low form of life takes advantage of them? And what about those people who manipulate the photos so it's not the woman at all but just her face...she gets to lose her job because some jerk waves the first amendment in the air? How is that justice?

December 17, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )