Bob Kittle: ‘I have no interest in returning to the U-T’

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Robert_Kittle_mug.jpg” captiontext=”Bob Kittle”] 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 …

Fabiani: This is ‘perhaps our last and best chance’ to keep Chargers in San Diego

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I published a blog post Friday that questioned Mark Fabiani’s criticism of Mayor Jerry Sanders’ Convention Center expansion plan. Fabiani, who serves as special counsel to the San Diego Chargers and is the team’s point man on stadium talks, sent me a response on Saturday. Here it is: Tony, thank you for the opportunity to weigh in on your latest …

Fabiani’s Fight, Manchester Eyes the Union-Tribune and Occupy’s Great Flaw

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Some Friday thoughts for your weekend… Mark Fabiani is clearly the toughest man on the San Diego Chargers payroll. While he’s been going around town taking shots at Mayor Jerry Sanders, the guys who suit up on Sundays continue to play like a bunch of Lotus Eaters. Fabiani’s latest jab arrived this morning in Tom Blair’s column. Fabiani once again says …

From Cat Food to Caviar: Solidarity Ends at Retirement

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Guest Commentary by Derrick Roach Recently, Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council AFL-CIO, delivered a can of cat food to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders claiming that is all union members will be able to afford if voters approve pension reform measures for city employees. While Gonzalez’s concern for the plight of union members is laudable, …

The Strange Bedfellows of Pension Reform

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The woes of public pensions seems a universal problem. Governments around the globe grapple with these unsustainable money pits in the hopes of avoiding more trouble down the road. San Diego’s not unique. But just a year out from the 2012 June primary, we’re seeing lots of hubbub about the pension reform ballot measure out trying to beat the clock …

City Attorney: Retiree Health Agreement ‘Achieves an excellent result for City’

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Historic agreement helps San Diego avoid years of costly legal battles 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 …