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Mexican Businessman Charged In San Diego Campaign Finance Case

Stupid Mexican, don't you know you have to BUY your media in the USA? Follow the masters, like Doug Manchester or the Jacobs family. Donate to the "NON-PROFIT" corporation, and have them 'investigate' your political opponents. ;}

February 21, 2014 at 11:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Mayor-Elect Faulconer Announces Transition Team

Once we have a living wage for workers in San Diego, most of the homeless will find places to live, but there will always be those who are alienated from society.

This is how you solve the chronic homelessness in San Diego; require EVERY land-lord to provide 1% of their units for transitional housing. Imagine if all those big empty condo towers downtown had to open its doors to the guys living on the street out front.

February 18, 2014 at 11:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Their Candidate Under Attack, Labor Responds With Barrage Of Negative Ads In Mayor’s Race

So, If you vote for Faulconer your a wealth racist.
And if you vote for Alvarez, you like Unions and Social Justice?

Faulconer is a tuxedo wearing, wealthy original gangster, groom to the beach community, hates drunken, pot-head hippies who party in PB, and believes stop signs and picnic shelters are the key to healthy communities.

Faulconer's racist thugs are so afraid of David Alvarez, they become petty thieves.

I think I take Unions, and a side of pie.

February 7, 2014 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Mayoral Candidates' Personal Finances

Great job "Independent" News Source, thanks again for showing us your sources and telling us how to use them. Those Jacobs donations are having great effect, now investigate Qualcomm.

No, seriously. Why don't you expose how 10% of the properties on the 'Whole Roll' in San Diego (probably CA) are in private FAMILY TRUSTS (like Faulconer's) for tax sheltering reasons.

Did you know that, under Prop.13, once bought, a property is never re-assessed for Property Tax Value, and thus the Faulconer's pay $3470/yr. on their $Million-dollar property, while the Alvarez family pay $2700/yr. on their $300,000 house. Doesn't seem fair, since one house has appreciated by >100% (600,000), does it?

Isn't it amazing how much more money the Faulconer's made on the explosive property value of their house? Perhaps thats the kind of random inequality between San Diego neighborhoods that Alvarez will try to eliminate. After all, Barrio Logan and Point Loma are the same distance form the coast, same distance from downtown, both have great views, and pollution (airlines vs. port). The only difference seems to be the amount of parks, libraries, and crime. I wonder if there is a difference in the a mount of City money that goes to each neighborhood?

February 6, 2014 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Mayoral Race Down To The Wire

Kevin Faulconer lied, he is NOT at all interested in helping ALL people in San Diego "make as much money as they can." Without a living wage, the citizens of San Diego not only make less money for more work, but they can't spend money into the local economy, creating the multiplier effect that will raise all boats.

Kevin Faulconer is in the pocket of the rich business men and land developers. He want to maximize profits for them, and avoid spreading those profits among the people. Even though in the long run, creating self-sustaining citizens would actually increase even the fortunes of the rich.

Kevin Faulconer supports the kind of SUBSIDIZED "Affordable Housing" that uses PUBLIC MONEY to make UNaffordable housing, and thus profit the rich land developers. When the PUBLIC pays $500,000 for a 2 bedroom apartment, that is NOT AFFORDABLE. It is a profit center for rich land developers, with guaranteed profit margins and no risk.

Kevin Faulconer wants to 'streamline' the government 'bureaucracy' for developers, so that the citizens will not have a chance for public comment, to require those who profit from Our Fair City to pay a fair PART of that profit for the right to develop, and thus benefit the very citizens off whom they hope to make so much money.

February 5, 2014 at 12:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faulconer Continues Attack On Labor Support Of Alvarez: 'They're Trying To Buy This Election'

Kevin Faulconer is getting desperate. I witnessed two of his thugs driving around in pick-up trucks stealing David Alvarez signs. I caught them on video with my cell phone, and when I confronted them, they started filming me!

When the REPUBLICAN has to start stealing signs in the middle of the night, it speaks to a deep seeded insecurity and willingness to do things that are beyond any thought of the common good.

January 28, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

UC San Diego Receives Record Number Of Applicants

I always amazes me that people think it is 'surprising' that UC schools get ever larger admissions applications. Schools with so much public and private funding, in San Diego, CA! Schools that are almost affordable ($14,500 tuition), in a climate where a private college costs are skyrocketing ($53,400/yr), are the ONLY option for many poor and even 'middle-class' students.

The fact that people outside of CA want to come here, and that they are mostly 'Asian' students, shouldn't surprise us, because of the abject poverty of those communities due to overpopulation and the subsequent resource failures. But we should have a UC population that reflects the ACTUAL population of the State of CA, the USA, and the World, not one so dominated by Asian immigrants.

How come every High School in San Diego doesn't send its top 10% of students on field trips to UCSD? How come the students at UCSD are not capable of supporting their own public media system like KPBS? The answers to these kinds of questions are VERY telling about our culture, and the real social and economic inequalities that dominate our society.

In my opinion, the VAST amount of private money that has flooded UCSD and other UC schools has made them essentially private schools owned by the corporate elite, focused on tapping the best and brightest minds and filtering them into useful tools for the profit seekers. They are mining our talent pools, stealing our potential, and draining the brains of our entire planet. The UC System has become a PROFIT CENTER, where administrators get RIDICULOUS public salaries while students slave in competition with each other for corporate grants.

Until and unless the Public University System in California is returned to the public interest, and our best minds are focused upon fixing the very social and environmental problems our industries cause, we will fail to fulfill our potential, and remain part of the problem. No public servant should make more than 5 times the average household income of the people they serve.

January 19, 2014 at 3:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Three Things to Know About San Diego’s Mayoral Runoff

If the Citizens United Decision had not come down from the Supreme Court, would these spontaneous Political Action Committees still be able to supply the bulk of the money, and would it still be untraceable to the true sources? In other words, didn't the old Mayors have just as much money, and were not the 'donors' just as anonymous?

December 20, 2013 at 10:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Impostor Service Dogs On The Rise In San Diego

I like to bring my war-hounds (I mean service dogs) with me to the beach, to keep me from having anxiety about where I put my blanket and beach stuff.

December 19, 2013 at 8:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Poll: Californians Gradually Souring On Unions

Another issue with PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS is that they can not use the normal tools of organized labor to effect change. It is immoral and unethical for PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS to strike. Imagine who get's hurt if teachers, or police, or fire-departments, or even just sanitation engineers go on strike? It isn't a profitable corporation losing market share, or a car industry losing competitiveness that will also effect labor, the very people who are harmed when the PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS go on strike are those very citizens these workers have sworn to serve and protect.

I'm a Democrat, I understand exactly how profound the corrupting influence of PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS has been upon my political party. I also recognize that the PRIVATE SECTOR CAPITAL has been waging a war against ALL UNIONS, so that they can cut the tax burden they pay for the services of government. I recognize that without PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS - which are technically groups of citizens - there would be no money to balance the PRIVATE SECTOR CAPITAL of international corporations (i.e. super rich 1%) that would run our government.

However, the solution is not to let one corrupting force balance another corrupting force, but to remove all the corruption. Until and unless the PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS recognize that they are a corrupting force in our politics, and admit that they should seek to eliminate the need for their financing in our politics, then we're never going to fulfill our potential as a society.

We need to banish All Corporate Political Speech, which now has no spending limits under the Citizens United Decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. The corrupting influence of money on our politics must stop, this includes PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS, else we will never solve the deep diseases in our democracy and our economy.

December 16, 2013 at 5:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )