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Disclaimer: The author is not a medical professional and does not represent herself as a medical expert, merely an observer asking a question worth considering in light of recent events.

Increasingly disturbing accounts from women reporting sexual harassment by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have left observers scratching their heads for a possible explanation.  It seems inconceivable for an elected official who has been in the public eye for decades to think it’s acceptable to treat women like “sexual objects or stupid idiots” as former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson put it.


In the previous edition of the already legendary Albondigas San Diego Meatball Poll (and who are we to argue with this assertion), Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, and Congressman Bob Filner were the top three picks in February for the San Diego Mayor’s race.

Back when this poll took place, Charlie Sheen was still on “Two and a Half Men” and Arnold and Maria were still a happy couple.  Suffice it to say a few things have changed since then. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis declared her candidacy. Filner did, and then he didn’t. Fletcher and Councilmember Kevin Faulconer are still playing the waiting game. DeMaio was first out of the gate. And let’s not forget Loch David Crane.


Say It Ain’t So, Mr. Kittle

Saturday, April 16, 2011
posted by Erica Holloway

Yesterday, in the midst of a crazy day in public relations, KUSI’s Bob Kittle revealed to me that next Friday will be his last day after a year at the helm.

He’s going to stay on as a political contributor, but he wants to write a book – a biography.

“The Legend Behind the Bowtie,” I said. He laughed warmly and generously.

Our little world experienced quite a shock in 2009 when he was rather unceremoniously turned out amid the years of lean growing leaner in the print journalism world.


San Diego political insiders have been all a-Twitter today (literally) with the filing of candidacy papers for the City of San Diego Mayoral Race by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Ongoing speculation including a bet between Rostra blogger Barry Jantz and San Diego County Taxpayers Association senior director Chris Cate on whether Dumanis would actually enter the race ran rampant and fairly evenly divided. Jantz is still parsing his obligation to pay up, but pay up he will.

San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio is the other “major” candidate who has filed his paperwork. Others still in the wings include Congressman Bob Filner, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, and San Diego City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer.


Dumanis is In

Thursday, March 10, 2011
posted by Thor's Assistant

From Bonnie Dumanis (original is linked here)…


I want you to be among the first to know that I’ve made an important decision about our future.

For some time, I’ve been talking with San Diegans about how my experience can be of value as the city continues its struggle back to financial health. As your District Attorney, I see the best and the worst of our city on a daily basis. But even during San Diego’s darkest days, I see a city with endless possibilities. After serious consideration, I believe I can play an important leadership role in helping us realize that potential.


There are plenty of polls: straw polls, tracking polls, horse race polls, push polls, exit polls. Not to be left out, San Diego Rostra debuts its exclusive Meatball Poll.

This decidedly unscientific poll is conducted among attendees at the National Albondigas Political Society, San Diego Edition. This swell group of political swells gathers for meatball soup (hence the name) and poliwonk talk with absolutely no agenda. The group generally includes elected officials, staff, consultants, activists, agitators, commentators, fellow travelers, Barry Jantz and the Libertarian Lass.


Lead, don’t follow

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
posted by Greg Larkin

The San Diego City Council yesterday adopted a resolution in opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to get rid of local redevelopment agencies.

A real shocker of a news story there, that San Diego, or any city would be opposed to such a move by the State.  The only surprise is that Councilmember Sherri Lightner opposed the resolution, apparently needing more information.  Okay, but huh?

So, that aside, another non-shocker is Councilmember Kevin Faulconer driving the train on the resolution of opposition.  Grab the easy button.  A “gimme” effort.  A no brainer.  More of a willingness to latch onto something non-controversial — AKA a big “duh” — and run with it, instead of leading the charge on an effort that makes for a tough, uphill battle.

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San Diego Mayor’s Race Part 3

Friday, January 21, 2011
posted by Criticus

Normally I feel somewhat obligated to fact check posts by “mouth of the local gop” Mr. Murphy. So I did some calling around about the San Diego Mayor’s race. Turns out Murphy is correct: it sounds like Dumanis and Filner are in the race. To Filner first: if he runs, and he is the only Democrat, he is pretty much assured a spot in the run off. Easy.


Update on 2012 San Diego Mayor’s Race

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
posted by Mr. Murphy

Looks like DA Bonnie Dumanis and Congressman Bob Filner are both exploring entering the San Diego Mayor’s race.  How does this play?

With the DA in there are at least two “establishment” candidates in the race, Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Presumably Fletcher will be able to access Republican donor monies from his term in Sacramento and his and his wife’s national relationships, so he has some strengths she cannot count on.  Dumanis is reasonably well known and liked and may have access to national gay money. How the local establishment money will be split up is anyone’s guess.


What About Bob?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

At lunch with a well-connected San Diegan this week, I heard a fascinating rumor about the Mayor’s race in the City of San Diego. It was the notion that a sizable majority of San Diego’s Jewish community does not want Congressman Bob Filner to run for Mayor, because it would lose “the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress and a powerful voice for Israel” according to my source. This source isn’t one of the usual suspects and not Jewish, but a keen political observer in a position to hear such things.

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San Diego Mayor’s Race Part 2

Saturday, December 4, 2010
posted by Criticus

It looks like the establishment candidate for Mayor will be Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Gossip downtown says that Fletcher has secured the support of Mayor Jerry Sanders, and that he is talking to the Mayor’s political consultant, Tom Shepard. It’s also circulating that Fletcher and DA Bonnie Dumanis have an understanding that if he runs (which looks certain) she will not, and that she will endorse him.


San Diego City Mayor’s Race Part 1

Sunday, November 14, 2010
posted by Criticus

Anyone who watches as much tv as I do was bound to see ads this election season for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. There were a good number of them, and on broadcast. Fletcher is in a safe Republican seat so I couldn’t figure out what he was doing. Then it hit me a few days ago: Fletcher can’t use the money he raises for his state elections in city elections (the state allows corporate contributions, the city does not). In essence, these were the first ads of the 2012 Mayor’s race.


Frye’s Folly

Monday, September 6, 2010
posted by Sunshine

The Prop D numbers:

Definite No on Prop D: 52.6%
Definite Yes on Prop D: 18.3%
Undecided on Prop D: 29.1%

362 Likely Voters +/- 4.1%

Looks like a 2012 Mayoral run for DF is even more of an uphill battle now…


Coalition Letter to Mayor Sanders, Re: Sales Tax Ballot Proposal

Thursday, July 29, 2010
posted by Thor's Assistant


Asian Business Association of San Diego
Republican Party of San Diego County
Building Industry Association – San Diego
San Diego County Apartment Association
California Restaurant Association
San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Neighborhood Market Association
San Diego Tax Fighters
Lincoln Club of San Diego County

July 29, 2010

Honorable Mayor Jerry Sanders
Honorable City Councilmembers
City of San Diego
202 West C Street, 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

Re: Reform Before Revenue

Dear Mayor Sanders and City Councilmembers:


City of San Diego moves headlong toward “something”

Thursday, July 29, 2010
posted by Thor's Assistant

Voice reporter Liam Dillon is literally camped out at SD City Hall.  From Voice of SD…

City Sets Emergency Financial Meeting; Frye and Mayor to Present Joint Proposal?

The San Diego City Council will meet Friday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss City Councilwoman Donna Frye’s proposed ballot measure linking a sales tax increase to a series of cost-cutting reforms. Read more here

Also: Mayor Jerry Sanders and Frye are about to announce a comprehensive financial reform package, San Diego County Taxpayers Association CEO Lani Lutar has told VOSD reporter Liam Dillon.

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We enjoyed some brief success yesterday (Monday, 26 July, 2010) when Donna Frye threw a monkey wrench into the San Diego City Council majority’s plan to put a sales tax on the ballot. As you probably all know by now, she joined with Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer to torpedo a sales tax increase that the rest of the union-beholden Councilmembers wanted.

Folks – as they used to say in the old Westerns about the attacking Native Ameicans — “here they come again!”


Delicious Stagecraft By Donna Frye… and the Mayor

Monday, July 26, 2010
posted by Criticus

It’s not just that Donna Frye voted against putting the sales tax on the ballot, its how she did it. She warned the majority of Democrats days ago that she wouldn’t vote to put a tax increase on the a ballot without cuts at the same time. Yet again, labor and her fellow Democrats rolled their eyes and ignored her.

Today she asked to vote last. I guess that should have given us a hint that something was up. Then every Democrat went on the record, voting to put a sales tax on the a ballot. Only then did Frye vote no.


Breaking News: Donna Frye Votes Down Sales Tax

Monday, July 26, 2010
posted by Mr. Murphy

Just a few minutes ago Donna Frye joined Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer in voting down the proposed sales tax.


YOU did it!  We received countless emails and calls at the City Council today against the sales tax increase. 

I want to thank my colleagues Donna Frye and Kevin Faulconer for voting against the sales tax proposal today — and standing firm for real pension reform.  If you have a moment, please shoot both Kevin and Donna an email thanking them for their vote!  (emails at


PS: My statement from today’s Council meeting is below…

DeMaio Statement Against Sales Tax Increase — And For Pension Reform


Explosions, Sex, and Politics!

Monday, June 28, 2010
posted by Sunshine

Did that headline make you read this? Good, because this is boring yet so exciting!

Unless you don’t neurotically check your twitter, don’t get breaking political news email pushed to your blackberry, or don’t regularly troll the City Clerk’s office (see: you’re normal), you are just now finding out that Carl DeMaio’s Fair and Open Contracting Ballot Measure, henceforth known as Turbo-Managed Competition, is currently in qualification limbo (see VoSD story).

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The Greatest Story Ever Told, Almost

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
posted by Sunshine

This is a bit lengthy, but worth it…

Let’s start with the biggest, and perhaps least exciting, races for the county (state races to follow tomorrow). In the 50th Dem Primary Francine Busby was selected as the Democrat nominee to lose to Brian Bilbray once more. I don’t think Busby was celebrating her victory, I searched for police reports and couldn’t find any so I guess she called it an early night.

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Shine on Signs

Monday, March 8, 2010
posted by Sunshine

Campaign season has officially begun, for me anyway, now that I have seen my first campaign yard sign. Who was the lucky candidate who opened this season of politics for me? Lorie Zapf, running for City Council in the 6th to replace termed out Donna Frye. Not the best sign, her name could be a little bigger, but decent enough and it gets the job done.


In the wake of San Diego Councilmember Donna Frye’s announcement earlier in the week that she will not run against 4th District County Supervisor Ron Roberts, San Diego Unified School Board President Shelia Jackson is now opting to enter the race.

Jackson started the nomination paperwork with the County Registrar of Voters office today.

Jackson had previously considered running, but had opted out a few months ago, presumably not wanting to split votes with fellow Democrat Frye and potentially bolster Republican Roberts’ re-election chances.

With Frye out, it re-paves the way for Jackson to take on Roberts in a possible one-to-one contest. The filing deadline is March 12.


SD’s Catfish Club Invites You to Join a Forum with Councilmembers Carl DeMaio and Donna Frye

Who says a Republican and a Democrat can’t work together?

Councilmembers Carl DeMaio (R) and Donna Frye (D) have been strange bedfellows during their time serving on the City Council together. For the past two years they have come together to push for pension reform.

Come to this important event to hear them talk about their bipartisan partnership on pension reform and where the debate goes from here. They will also discuss a host of other city issues. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith will moderate.

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Frye Will Not Take on Ron Roberts for Supervisor

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
posted by Thor's Assistant

After dealing with the pension mess at the City of San Diego, did Councilmember Donna Frye really want to face years of the same discussions at the County?

Dave Rolland has the scoop at San Diego CityBeat

Any speculation as to another Democrat getting in, with Lori Saldana and Frye now out?  Or, does Saldana go into re-entry mode?


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