Union Tribune foolishly calls for San Diegans to spoil their ballots

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“Send a message to the GOP and Trump by writing in Ronald Reagan for president.” That’s the crux of the Union-Tribune’s June 2nd editorial. It’s also foolish and irresponsible advice, especially from a newspaper. Under California law, write-in votes aren’t counted unless they’re cast for certain qualified write-in candidates. To become a qualified write-in candidate, you have to fill out forms and submit …

Big Win for Rostra at the 2013 San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal Barry Jantz, The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 3 Comments

Thor is very happy with all of us tonight at San Diego Rostra. Our humble political blog won first place in the Best News and Opinion Blog category at the San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards. The Libertarian Lass and Barry Jantz graciously accepted on behalf of everyone in the Rostra blogpen. Visual aid shown here. To put this into …

At Least the Fleece Awards Were Cute: SDCTA Hands Out 2012 Goldens

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Smart governing decisions saving taxpayer dollars and collaborative initiatives took top honors, while cavalier attitudes and lost opportunities were called out and shamed at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA)’s 17th annual Goldens Awards Dinner, held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley. Remote controls were nowhere in sight as the evening’s theme “Taxpayer …

Belly Up To The Bar 2: The Official Goldens Drinking Game

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Just in time could be my life’s mantra. I am reminded by Thor’s Assistant that no Official Drinking Game has been devised for tonight’s epic 17th annual San Diego County Taxpayers Golden Fleece and Watchdog Awards. Calling Ms. Tipit to the rescue. DISCLAIMER: In this litigious, risk-averse society, we must pause here to admonish anyone reading this column that it …

Bribery, Money Laundering, and Public Corruption

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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 …

How Sanders (Mostly) Got His Groove Back … and SD Labor Doesn’t Like It

Ryan Purdy Ryan Purdy 26 Comments

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 …

Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave after SDCTA Breakfast Forum

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Five people who have a lot to do with the news you read, hear and see on a daily basis in San Diego got up early to talk about the role of news media organizations as advocates. What they had to say may surprise you… especially if you’re still living in the era of Walter Cronkite. The San Diego County …

The 10 Most Tweeted San Diego Rostra Posts in 2011

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  Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with “The 10 Most Tweeted San Diego Rostra Posts in 2011” and includes stories and editorials from across the country about the death of redevelopment in California. Also included: pieces on local, state and national politics as well as social media. You can hear Tony Manolatos talk politics and media …

Why No Comments Allowed On Publisher’s Christmas Message?

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  If you missed yesterday’s post about Papa Doug’s front-page Christmas message in The San Diego Union-Tribune by Erica Holloway click here. And then check out this related post that national media critic and aggregator Jim Romenesko just tweeted: » Why no comments allowed on publisher’s Christmas message? | JIMROMENESKO.COM

Papa Publisher Mixes Jesus and Journalism

Erica Holloway Erica Holloway 19 Comments

Today’s Twittersphere got a tad wound up about the Christmas Day publisher’s note from the San Diego Union-Tribune’s new fearless (and Jesus-loving) leader Doug Manchester. The open letter, “A day to count blessings and share happiness,” began as such: Dear fellow San Diegans, Christmas is ever spiritual because it celebrates the birth of a child more than 2,000 years ago …

Union-Tribune reporters won’t cheer for a new Chargers stadium

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Amid criticism of newspaper’s pro-stadium stance, new owners assure reporters they won’t be stadium advocates Turns out, The San Diego Union-Tribune is not going to serve as a unabashed supporter of a new Chargers stadium. The newspaper’s new ownership, hotelier Papa Doug Manchester and former local radio executive John Lynch, have been sharply criticized almost since the sale was announced last …

The Hogs Photo — Let’s return our discussions to a Higher Level

Jim Sills Jim Sills

A little further down the board is a Headline with the names of local businessman John Lynch, and my name.   Below that is a photo of  3 Giant Hogs.  The post’s author says  this refers to corporate welfare,  something I do not support.   As a professional journalist, that poster must know the implications of  such a Headline and Photo.  It is my hope that discussion …

Hall to Lynch: ‘Oh no you didn’t!’

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These are not easy times for the people who remain at The San Diego Union-Tribune. They know as much as we do about the newspaper’s new ownership, hotelier Doug Manchester and former local radio executive John Lynch, and their plans for a product that is a shell of what it used to be. The smart money says Manchester is interested in …

Manchester and Lynch’s “Rescue Mission” for the SD Union-Tribune deserves Commendation. Jobs are a Big Reason.

Jim Sills Jim Sills

Proving once again that  no good deed goes unpunished, Doug Manchester and John Lynch are getting criticism for trying to save a San Diego institution [the Union-Tribune] and the hundreds of jobs it provides for local families.  Here are a few points about that criticism: (1) No proposal regarding a new Charger Stadium has been approved by the San Diego City Council.  If one …

My Response To Jim Sills On John Lynch’s Support of Corporate Welfare

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Since comments to Sills’ last post appear to be closed, I’m placing my reply in its own post. This reply-reply-to-reply format is cumbersome, so I’ve shortened it — hopefully without distorting the meaning. Read the original thread linked above to get everything.  My comments are in boldface. I respect Sills’ spirited defense of alleged conservatives John Lynch and Doug Manchester, …

Conservative Businessmen buying the Union-Tribune is a Good Thing for San Diego. Here is Why.

Jim Sills Jim Sills

Yes, I know, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?  The paper’s  glacial liberal editorial trend may soon be reversed.  This correspondent  welcomes the change, and expresses thanks to Doug Manchester and John Lynch, Sr. for  investing their time and money into the community asset that is a Daily Newspaper.   That they do so for a paper which has lost some circulation and advertising …

U-T Must Shill For Chargers, Says John Lynch – UPDATED

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UPDATE: The news in the VOSD story is every bit as bad as I feared. From the story, John Lynch says: He wants that sports page to be an advocate for a new football stadium “and call out those who don’t as obstructionists.” “To my way of thinking,” Lynch said, “that’s a shovel-ready job for thousands.” … “We’d like to …

Is a Lynch Mob Coming to the San Diego Union-Tribune?

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While the blogosphere and Twitterverse foams at the mouth over the spectre of hotelier Doug Manchester’s reported purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune today, far more attention should be paid to the other key player on this team: former radio station owner and executive John Lynch. When it comes to newsroom operations, John Lynch is likely to have far more …

Doug Manchester Interested In SDUT Purchase: VOSD Report

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UPDATE: Credit Where Due Dept: Don Bauder of the San Diego Reader discussed the rumor that Manchester was buying the U-T in a Sept. 29 blog post. Bauder properly called it a “strictly a rumor”, but one worth reporting. I think that was the proper way to handle it. The rumor was widely given credence by local insiders, and journalists …