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Due Process My Ass

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
posted by Tony Manolatos

Due process my ass. Seriously. The extreme lefties, including leaders of the local Democratic Party and city employee unions, making the due process argument for Mayor Bob Filner should be ashamed. What they’re really saying is, “Politics before principles!” And: “He may be a hugger mayor but he’s our hugger mayor.”

The position from the folks at the San Diego Free Press, which is left of left field, go something like this: We really need to let the process play out. When pressed, they pathetically offer this: Life without our mayor would be a disaster because there is no one as progressive as he is to lead our city.

You wanna win? Be present

Sunday, April 21, 2013
posted by Tony Manolatos
Dwayne Crenshaw and me

Most people know nothing about local politicians and just about everyone else knows one or two things about them. So if the one thing a politician is known for is charm, he or she is probably winning on Election Day.

I haven’t seen any research that tells me this but it’s a theory that makes sense to me. To find out what I’m talking about, chat up San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria. He packs a lot of charm into a 60-second conversation. Gloria, and successful politicians like him, have a genuine interest in people.

L to R: John Modlin, SDCAA Board President, Carl DeMaio, Alan Pentico, SDCAA Executive Director

San Diego Politics & Media Mashup

Cross-posted at FlashReport

At a fundraiser for Carl DeMaio on Wednesday I heard the mayoral candidate make some points I hadn’t heard him make before.

Speaking to members of the San Diego County Apartment Association, for whom I am privileged to do some work, Councilman DeMaio said someday he would like to write a book about how he helped turn San Diego around, and the positive affect government reform has had on local neighborhoods. He said he wants to tour the world to discuss his book.

Fitting Tribute for a Giant of Journalism

Sunday, September 9, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

San Diego Politics & Media Mashup

Cross-posted at FlashReport

Logan Jenkins blew Neil Morgan a big fat kiss in today’s U-T San Diego and I enjoyed every word. Jenkins, a longtime columnist at the paper, starts by telling us the venerable Morgan, at 88, isn’t doing well. He then goes on to write an inspirational and moving tribute (In postwar San Diego, Neil Morgan stood taller) fitting for one of San Diego’s finest journalists.

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San Diego Unified is Poway By The Sea

Friday, September 7, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

San Diego Politics & Media Mashup

Cross-posted at FlashReport

I want to highlight a story in Thursday’s U-T San Diego“Tax Group to Oppose San Diego School Bonds” It’s worth your attention because it does a nice job of laying out a financial crisis similar to the one in Poway that has received national attention.

In short, the San Diego Unified School District is Poway By The Sea.

In Poway, a $105 voter-approved tax is going to cost $1 billion to pay back. In San Diego, Proposition S, which voters approved four years ago for $2.1 billion, is going to end up costing $10 to $14 billion with interest. That’s not a typo.

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Cross-posted at FlashReport

San Diego Politics & Media Mashup

If you believe Governor Jerry Brown, all of us are going to suffer if we don’t agree to tax ourselves more this November.

It’s a tired sales pitch we hear too often from California lawmakers, but that didn’t stop Brown from trying to play on our fears when he visited San Diego on Monday.

The first paragraph in the U-T San Diego’s story on Brown’s press conference framed the governor’s hyperbole this way:

Politics & Media Mashup

Cross-posted at FlashReport

I’m not sure what’s worse: suggesting the Republican Party is racist or calling someone a criminal while offering no evidence to support the claim.

Congressman Bob Filner, running for mayor in San Diego, did both of those things in a span of a few days.

Adding fuel to the fire was local labor Lorena Gonzalez. More on her in a minute. First, Filner.

At a mayoral debate Thursday, Filner played the race card while refuting a point by City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio.

Cross-posted on FlashReport

The rumors about Democrat Bob Filner signing Republican political consultant Tom Shepard became reality on Wednesday.

The U-T San Diego posted a story about the move last night. A blog post went up on San Diego Rostra about the same time. And there was Tony Krvaric’s email blast. The chair of local GOP didn’t mince words. His subject line: “BREAKING: Tom Shepard betrays our reform effort and signs on with Bob Filner!”

Krvaric closed by saying: “PS. The Republican Party of San Diego County will not do business with him ever again as long as I remain chairman. Elephants don’t forget – and principles matter.”

Meet New Carl and New Bob

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Cross-posted at FlashReport

San Diego Politics & Media Mashup

Republican Carl DeMaio has hired a Democrat and Democrat Bob Filner is on board with pension reform.

Who spiked the water in San Diego?

Relax. There’s no need to panic. The water is clean…I mean drinkable. So why are we seeing New Carl and New Bob popping up in stories?

Here’s the thing — election season is nearly in full swing and DeMaio and Filner, the two men running to become San Diego’s next mayor, have to figure out how to appeal to the middle in order to come out on top in November. In San Diego, 40 percent of registered voters are Democrats and 28  percent are registered Republican.

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Lincoln Club Endorses DeMaio for Mayor

Thursday, June 28, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Lincoln Club Endorses DeMaio for Mayor


Tony Manolatos is a communications strategist and the Lincoln Club is one of his clients. You can follow Tony on Twitter or LinkedInYou can hear him talk politics and media with KOGO’s LaDona Harvey every Monday at 2:35 p.m. on AM 600 and FM 95.7.

San Diego Association of REALTORS® endorsement arrives on the heels of DeMaio’s first-place finish in the June Primary Election and five months before the November General Election


Tuesday, June 19 2012               Contact: Tony Manolatos, 619.549.0137

  • What: San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR) to endorse Councilmember Carl DeMaio for San Diego Mayor
  • When: Wednesday, June 20 at 11AM
  • Where: SDAR Kearny Mesa Service Center, 4845 Ronson Court, San Diego CA 92111

The Oracle Speaks

Saturday, June 9, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos
John Nienstedt, President of Competitive Edge, and T.J. Zane, President & CEO of The Lincoln Club of San Diego County, at the Lincoln Club's Election Night Reception. Photo by: Melissa Jacobs

Politics & Media Mashup

I worked on a campaign with local pollster John Nienstedt a couple years ago and after he explained in a group email – a few days before the election – that we were going to win someone sent a reply all message that said: “The Oracle has spoken.”

I thought of that Friday at a luncheon as I listened to Nienstedt break down Tuesday’s election.

Mayor Jerry Sanders, Kevin Faulconer, Jan Goldsmith, Steve Danon, Scott Sherman, Ray Ellis, Pamela Bensoussan and Others Confirmed  


SAN DIEGO: The Lincoln Club of San Diego County is hosting an election night reception tonight at 8:30PM at The US Grant in the Palm Court (326 Broadway, San Diego).

There will be a press patch. Numerous speakers are scheduled to make formal remarks every half hour starting at 9:05PM.

Can’t make it? The event will stream live at:

Speaker schedule:


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 Journalists, political pundits and others from Rostra, CityBeat and OB Rag will post throughout the evening from multiple locations


SAN DIEGO: San Diego Rostra will participate in a live blog on Tuesday night with San Diego CityBeat and the OB Rag.

What is a live blog?  Organizer Dave Maass of CityBeat says: “It’s essentially a beefed up online public chat room. It’s meant to be a fun, witty, intelligent post-game discussion of how the campaigns went.  Throughout the night, we’ll be chatting, but we’ll also be posting photos and live election results. We’ll also try to track down some people wandering around Golden Hall to see if they want to sit down and be a guest for a little bit.”

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Fletcher Wins Race For Most Klout

Saturday, June 2, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup

I wrote a post six months ago comparing the Klout scores of San Diego mayoral candidates, council members and a few others who know their way around Facebook and Twitter. It generated a little buzz.

Tony Krvaric, Todd Gloria and others compared their scores on Twitter. Former U-T San Diego columnist Tom Blair mentioned the post in one of his columns and it was the subject of a short 10News story.

Klout is not without problems, so I took a little ribbing.

David Berry

David Berry learned the value of community service in high school while teaching children how to swim as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and later as a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics in college.

“I can’t tell you what it felt like to teach a child confined to a wheelchair how to swim,” Berry said. “It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Berry is running for San Diego Superior Court Judge in the June 5 primary.

An attorney for 27 years, including 25 as a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, Berry enjoys giving back to the community and sees it as his responsibility.

The San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR), San Diego County Taxpayers Association and The Lincoln Club of San Diego County hosted today’s debate at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center.

SDAR wants to thank all of the candidates for a spirited debate, the 500 or so people who filled the ballroom and those of you who watched and tweeted from home and work.

10News will broadcast the debate Saturday at 7PM. So tune in, and don’t forget to vote Tuesday!

What follows is a mashup of news coverage, tweets, photos, which will be updated.

Politics & Media Mashup

We’re 10 days out from Election Day and here is what we know about the San Diego mayoral race:

  • Carl DeMaio is in.
  • The second spot looks like it’s going to go down to the wire. Bob Filner is carrying a slight edge over Nathan Fletcher.
  • Trailing behind is Bonnie Dumanis, but she’s not going down without a fight.

Two separate sources I trust told me this week some of the latest polling numbers show DeMaio in the high 20s/low 30s; Filner in the low 20s and Fletcher in the high teens.



May 2012                                                           Contact: Tony Manolatos

16-for-16: In the 2010 election cycle, The Lincoln Club of San Diego County invested over $425,000 in local races and was successful in all (16) races in which it invested $1,000 or more.

  • Bill Gore – Sheriff, County of San Diego
  • Cheryl Cox – Mayor, City of Chula Vista
  • Glen Googins – City Attorney, City of Chula Vista

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Last Major Mayoral Debate – Today

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

The San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR), one of my clients, is hosting the last major mayoral debate.

  • When: Wednesday, May 30
  • Time: Registration & VIP Reception at 11AM; Lunch at 11:45AM; Debate at 12:15PM
  • Location: Town & County Conference Center in Mission Valley.
  • Debate is in the Golden Pacific Ballroom. VIP Reception is for media, candidates and guests and is in Royal Palm Salon 5.

This should be an exceptional debate since it’s so close to Election Day, June 5.

The Best and Worst SD Mayor Videos

Saturday, May 19, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Politics & Media Mashup

Good videos are an effective way to communicate a message, especially since many of us are attached to iPhones and iPads.

I believe political videos will eventually replace mail pieces and most news releases. Won’t that be nice! That’s a post for another day.

Today I decided to mashup the best and worst campaign videos from San Diego mayoral candidates Bonnie Dumanis, Carl DeMaio and Nathan Fletcher. I didn’t include Bob Filner, who also is running for mayor, because he hasn’t produced any videos. How apropo.

Politics & Media Mashup

Some believe Nathan Fletcher is at war with U-T San Diego. I wouldn’t call it war, but relations certainly are chilly.

Fletcher’s expectations for his morning newspaper aren’t what they used to be. That might not be a big deal if the election wasn’t less than a month away.

For all its troubles, the U-T is still the biggest game in town, meaning it could play a significant role in the San Diego mayoral race. Some insiders believe the race is down to Fletcher, Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner. Only the top two vote getters move on after the June 5 primary election. So a rough few weeks of coverage in the U-T could finish Fletcher, who has been surging since leaving the Republican Party in March.

A Q & A with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith

Thursday, May 10, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

Jan Goldsmith

Goldsmith weighs in on the San Diego Mayor’s Race, the San Diego Convention Center expansion and more


As the only candidate for citywide office with no opponent in the upcoming election, Rostra thought it would be a good time to check in with San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to discuss his first term in office and his views on politics and local government. Goldsmith was a Superior Court Judge for 10 years and served three terms as a state legislator. He was Mayor of Poway in the early 1990s and managed a private law firm.

Campaign Flyer Contains False Info

Thursday, May 10, 2012
posted by Tony Manolatos

A judge ordered judicial candidate Terrie Roberts to strike false and misleading information from her ballot argument. She did. But Roberts then used some of the stricken statements in her campaign literature.   

Some of the campaign literature Superior Court Commissioner Terrie Roberts is distributing contains information that a court has ruled is false and misleading.

Last month, a judge found that Roberts, who is running for San Diego County Superior Court Judge, made false and misleading statements about her qualifications.  Roberts was ordered to change her Statement of Qualifications and remove the false and misleading claims, which were in violation of state law.

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