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by Barry Jantz
This was published at FlashReport on Sunday.
Is the City of San Diego agreement with Bob Filner a good deal for taxpayers?
Maybe we can start by agreeing on something. It really chaps the common hide to think the city would enter into any settlement whatsoever with the soon-to-be former but already disgraced mayor. If it were up to a lot of people, the guy would be left penniless or behind bars.
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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.
SDCTA Breakfast Panel: The Future of Pension Reform: What’s Next?
|Date:||Thursday, March 14, 2013|
|Time:||7:00 AM – 9:00 AM|
Organizer: San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Sponsor: REFORM San Diego
Carl DeMaio – Founder and Chairman of Reform San Diego
Hon. Jan Goldsmith – San Diego City Attorney
Tim Davis – Partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
Bob Filner appears a little unhinged, and frankly unprofessional in a video from local news station NBC 7. He hijacks a news conference by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to make accusations of unprofessional conduct. His view of the role of the City Attorney appears entirely unbalanced. The City Attorney can’t be fired by the mayor, because he is elected directly by the public. Filner’s tactics are those of a bully or a Congressman, not used to the necessity of working with other members of the team. It seems irrational for the mayor to waste political capital on a personal and public fight with another official with whom he must work in the future. His ego is writing a check he may lack the political capital to afford.
As originally posted on Flash Report.
Ferret lovers coveting Assemblyman-elect Brian Maienschein’s backing might be in for disappointment.
Evidently, LeagalizeFerrets.org founder Pat Wright fell to despair when two supportive candidates lost in the general election on November 6. Yet, he wrote in his recent newsletter this fuzzy note of love:
“There was one person elected who had some ferret knowledge. Brian Maienschein was elected in the 77th Assembly district and met Alice Kaiser and her ferrets.”
Not so, said Maienschein campaign manager Lance Witmondt who told the Sacramento Bee: “Brian has not ever met a ferret and he will not be sponsoring legislation to legalize ferret ownership.”
Former Judge and Assemblyman says DeMaio is “Willing to Roll up his Sleeves and Work with Others to Ensure the City is Properly Managed on a Day to Day Basis”
With the fall campaign moving full-steam ahead, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio picked up an important, citywide endorsement today from San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith who touted DeMaio’s collaborative and balanced approach to governing.
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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.
Remember back in 2010 when the local Municipal Employees Association went crying to its state level big brother, Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), about Mayor Jerry Sanders using the power and prestige of his office to inspire and endorse Prop D, the sales tax increase?
No I don’t remember that either, because it did not happen. However, I do recall more recently the Municipal Employees Association asking PERB to bully over 120,000 San Diegans, including Mayor Sanders, by blocking the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative from getting on the ballot. Last Tuesday, Judge William Dato told Goliath, labor groups and their heavy-handed bureaucrat friends, to back off of little taxpayer David… until after the election.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith lauded the agreement the City reached today with labor unions to drastically reduce retiree health costs — a move that will save San Diego taxpayers more than $700 million.
“This settlement … achieves an excellent result for the City,” Goldsmith said today at a joint news conference with Mayor Jerry Sanders, Council President Tony Young, Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and others.
Faulconer praised Goldsmith and Sanders for brokering this historic deal.
In local political news today, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that Marty Block — everyone’s favorite tax-raising-after-he-promised-not-to-do-so Democrat — is looking to run for the State Senate seat currently held by a termed-out Christine Kehoe.
Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana is in the mix, and there are rumblings that newly-elected Assemblywoman Toni Atkins might jump in.
All depending upon redistricting, of course, SD Rostra’s Jim Sills wrote back in February that Republicans could win a redrawn senate seat. And, with the right candidate, we certainly could!
This just in to Rostra: the “fiscal impact analysis” prepared for Proposition D, the City of San Diego’s half-cent sales tax initiative is being challenged under California Elections Code §9295 in a lawsuit which alleges that the required analysis provided by the City of San Diego is “not impartial, not accurate, and misleads the public.”
“It’s time the voters are told the truth about this measure,” said plaintiff April Boling, former chairperson of the City Pension Reform Committee. “They should not rely on a flawed and misleading fiscal statement to help them cast a vote on this critically important decision.”
Duo to Outline Ways to Legally Reform State and Local Pension Benefits
|What:||Special Forum for state and local officials at the California Republican Convention.|
|Who:||Councilmember Carl DeMaio
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith
|When:||August 21st, 2010
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Cunningham Room A/B/C
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.