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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.
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Some believe Nathan Fletcher is at war with U-T San Diego. I wouldn’t call it war, but relations certainly are chilly.
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.
The Nathan Fletcher/U-T San Diego split has evolved into a controversy, according to some local news outlets and the newspaper’s executive editor. So we thought we would bring you up to speed. Here’s a quick recap:
First there was this from the U-T: The question for Nathan Fletcher: What does ‘move to the middle’ mean?
Then this, wrapped across the U-T’s front page on Sunday: Editorial: Carl DeMaio for Mayor of San Diego
One might think you would read about the ongoing criminal investigation of the Sweetwater Union High School District, but this is about politics in the normally quiet coastal community of Carlsbad.
Recently, Rostra ran a series of posts questioning the personal finances of Carlsbad City Councilwoman Farrah Douglas, which became an issue in her campaign seeking election to the California State Assembly for the newly drawn 76th District. Those posts, considered controversial by some, resulted in responses from the Douglas campaign including one from a bankruptcy attorney which represented her when her private residence entered the foreclosure process.
In addition to reporting on Douglas’s personal finances, the information posted to Rostra also included what appeared to be financial irregularities and possible conflicts of interest regarding the candidate’s campaign finances and service on the Carlsbad City Council. The Fair Political Practices Commission eventually acknowledged receiving a compliant and subsequently determined that they would not be investigating the claims of alleged financial wrongdoing.
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Bonnie Dumanis brought her A-game to the San Diego Mayor’s Race this week.
The District Attorney and mayoral candidate smacked Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who is campaigning hard to be San Diego’s next mayor, for what she called his “About Face on a Woman’s Right to Choose” in a post on Rostra:
Until now, Nathan Fletcher has received a failing grade from Planned Parenthood which gave him a “zero” rating based directly on his voting record. In a seismic shift, Fletcher has apparently had yet another ‘change of heart’ and conveniently claims to be pro-choice. Fletcher’s new position on these issues has now changed Planned Parenthood’s rating of him from 0 percent to 100 percent.
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There was a short but very telling story in Friday’s U-T San Diego. On the surface, “Labor gives ‘F’ grade to five on S.D. council” does not look like much more than a few inches on B2, but the story highlights how cutthroat politics can be at City Hall.
The piece, written by Jen Lebron Kuhney, says only two council members, Democrats Marti Emerald and David Alvarez, received passing grades. Each received a B.
Tom Blair, a veteran Metro columnist at U-T San Diego, is no longer with the paper, sources said today.
Two people who wish to remain anonymous because the U-T has not announced the move confirmed Blair and the paper parted ways.
They said Blair was asked to scale his column back to a day or two a week from three days. He balked. I’m told this happened late last week. I’m also told Blair and U-T executive editor Jeff Light have started talking again and there is a chance he could return. We’ve asked Light about all of this and will update this post if he responds.
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My veterinarian asked me yesterday who I like in the mayor’s race. I turned the question around and asked her who she and her husband like.
They are registered Democrats. They’re not extremists but they are among the people who feel disillusioned by President Obama and his moderate positions, compromises and move to the middle.
“Filner can’t excite anyone,” she told me. “He doesn’t have any energy, any new ideas.”
I nodded in agreement and used a similar line yesterday afternoon on the radio with KOGO’s LaDona Harvey.
Little doubt that education is one of today’s hottest political topics.
Candidates for mayor of America’s Finest City even managed to weave the buzz-worthy issue into their platforms.
Tomorrow, a forum promises to delve head-first into the matter and answer the one question which seems to come up time and again:
What’s the mayor got to do with education?
For more details, be sure to check out the news release below.
Mayoral Forum on Education Will Explore Role of Mayor in San Diego’s Public Schools
mwagoner, at sandiego.edu
Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with big budget news from San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. Also included: Links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders dominated the news cycle late this week with his announcement that he had finally solved the City’s budget problems.
Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a look at the reporter-to-PR shift. Also included: Links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.
Jeff Light, executive editor at U-T San Diego, is concerned about the reporter-to-PR shift. So concerned that he put together this chart showing how much things have changed.
An op-ed written by T.J. Zane in today’s U-T San Diego discusses the recent favorable U.S. District Court ruling on campaign finance regulations in the City of San Diego, the role The Lincoln Club of San Diego County played in the case, what’s changed and why it’s so important to San Diegans.
Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a Q & A with Ricky Young, the editor of U-T San Diego’s Watchdog Team. Also included: Gobs of links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.
“Journalism that upholds the public trust, regularly.” That’s how the U-T San Diego defines its Watchdog Team. Rostra’s Richard Rider, a constant critic of politicians and the reporters who cover them, had this to say recently about the team: “Reporters are now practicing REAL journalism with their generally excellent ‘Watchdog’ work.”
Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with an exclusive Q & A with Bob Kittle and includes links to some of the week’s best stories about local, state and national politics as well as social and traditional media.
Most of you are familiar with Bob Kittle, the former editorial page editor at U-T San Diego who was best known for his conservative views and aggressive voice. For years, Kittle was the face of the paper, the architect of its toughest editorials. He was let go in 2009 in a round of layoffs. He ran news operations at KUSI for a year and now is writing a book. You will be shocked to learn he still has a few things to say. In a Rostra exclusive, Kittle weighs in on the new U-T, the Mayor’s race, the Chargers search for a new stadium and more: