Posts Tagged ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’
So, it’s only January 2011 and already, we’re seeing some folks filing papers to run for office. Good thing, ’cause some of us just can’t stand a breather.
Of course, tongues were wagging last week when Republican San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio filed papers to run for termed-out Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders in 2012.
The SDUT announcement included a quote from Republican political consultant John Dadian, who said the early filing technically means little. But he also concluded that the “media hound” will continue building on his name ID.
“A cohesive education bureaucracy isn’t necessarily a good thing – not if that cohesion serves to preserve an unsatisfactory status quo at a time when school districts and states across the nation are climbing on the reform bandwagon.” – A Chance for Education Cohesion @sdut
Frankly, that statement doesn’t go far enough when you look at once-failing school districts in Washington, D.C. and Detroit that had to wage war with the teachers unions in order to make educational gains for their students. And of course, the political powers in those cities who backed the aggressive shutting and consolidating of schools and the firing of under-performing teachers suffered the union wrath come election time.
Belatedly, the San Diego Union-Tribune is telling its readers: The firm that did the favorable study for the economic returns on the Petco stadium/redevelopment project — Conventions, Sports & Leisure International — has a history of issuing optimistic reports for such projects. And those reports have been challenged as methodologically flawed. The U-T story said:
In San Jose, an analysis by the Mercury News showed CSL’s study didn’t take into account costs of at least $42 million for the city to buy up the land for the A’s ballpark.
The U-T Editorial Board was at the top of their game last weekend when they published this hum-dinger of an editorial that really nails this local Encinitas issue. No doubt the entire County didn’t get to see this North County editorial, and no doubt, other jurisdictions have had to deal with similar issues. So I just thought publishing it here would be beneficial to all. The bottom line is that I’m impressed by the U-T! It’s a good read…
Vote ends nine years of obstructionism
A brilliant piece of commentary, in which San Diego News Room Founder David King quotes an Al Pacino character, knows that his dog Milhouse is more certain than the Labor Council , and asks, “With its only meaningful content coming from op-ed pieces, how is the U-T any different from a blog?” (SD Rostra will take that part as a compliment.)
If I only had a brain…
Guest Column by DAVID KING
My last Sunday San Diego column at the FlashReport…
As Jon Fleischman hi-lited on the main FR page Saturday, the Union-Trib editorialized on the selection of Martin Garrick as the new Assembly minority leader, praising the decision, while asking a question in the headline:
Will he be the latest GOP leader to cave on taxes?
Clearly, the UT gets it, or the editorial board wouldn’t be asking the question. They get the power of the GOP to hold the line on increased taxes and bad budgets, as long as Republicans stick together. They get the travesty of past budget votes, in which just enough Republicans were somehow enticed into a “compromise,” thus leaving insignificant and meaningless the unifying clout of the rest of their fellow Senate and Assembly caucus members.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, an independently-owned communications company with print and digital audience of 1.3 million weekly, seeks a Vice President and Editor to lead its print and digital content team.
This position, reporting directly to the president and publisher, has oversight over all print and digital editorial departments, including the editorial pages, and, as a member of the senior operating committee, helps the company develop and pursue strategies to grow audience, revenue and profitability.
The Editor is expected to develop and implement a clear, dynamic vision of the company’s editorial mission and provide its audience with complete, accurate and balanced accounts of the events, people and issues that most affect their lives.
Assemblyman Joel Anderson’s problems of late do constitute legitimate news. Yet, the scope and consistency of the Union-Tribune’s front-page focus on him in recent days reached the near absurd over the weekend with the article, Does Anderson ‘win at all costs’?
No, I am not referring to legit political news over the Anderson campaign’s financial transactions and the like. I am referring to a Sunday “story” that although largely fair in representing both sides of the discussion when it comes to the Assemblyman, including the positives he has accomplished, for the most part could have been written about 90 percent or so of the legislators in Sacramento.
If you missed it on Sunday, here is the link to U-T columnist Logan Jenkins’ piece on the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, which duly notes SDRostra as a player in the reefer madness…
Saturday’s Union-Trib editorial “Rexford Must Go” (posted below) was spot on, while alluding to SD Rostra’s role — via my post — in releasing the smoking gun memo sent by the Poway city manager to Councilwoman Betty Rexford in 2006. Some of the resulting comments on the U-T website are a testimony to the “hide the facts” attitude of Rexford and her apologists. They are very concerned with how a “private” memo got in the hands of anyone outside the city. It’s amazingly telling, how little regard her minions have for the public being provided anything.
This exchange says it all…
Interesting to note that today’s UT “Watchdog Report” on Assemblyman Joel Anderson doesn’t note that as Elections Chairman for the Assembly GOP, he is responsible for getting money to central committees around the state where it is needed for competitive legislative contests. Also, no mention of how many similar financial transactions take place with others’ campaign coffers. Nary a mention that the transactions were a virtual wash, with Anderson donating more money than he was getting.
Or, could it be that even if legal, someone is too fast and loose with the funds? And, could it be the county central committees, not Anderson?