A tale of two sentiments about two Chargers’ cities

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There’s nothing that better exemplifies the Chargers’ fall from grace — and respect — in San Diego than two comments, made about six years apart by John Lynch, once a huge advocate for the team. In November 2011 to Voice of SD, just after it was announced Doug Manchester and Lynch were partnering to purchase and operate The San Diego Union-Tribune: …

Bob Filner’s Week of Lily Pond Lies

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In just one week, mayoral candidate Bob Filner reeled off so many outright lies and misstatements he is in jeopardy of giving our doddering Vice President Joe Biden some serious gaffe-envy. It started at last week’s debate at the Institute of the Americas. Filner ignorantly called out Councilmember DeMaio for not having a diverse staff. Of course, out of a …

Fletcher Woos Vet and Big Changes at U-T and Voice

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Politics & Media Mashup 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 …

Mayor Sanders’ Budget Announcement Grabs the Media’s Attention

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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 …

Shift to PR Concerns U-T’s Top Editor

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  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 …

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 …

Alpert: ‘There is very little trust inside San Diego Unified’

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Emily.jpg” captiontext=”Emily Alpert”] Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a Q & A with Emily Alpert, the former education reporter at voiceofsandiego.org. 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. Emily Alpert covered education for voiceofsandiego.org until she was laid …

Voice’s Fact Check King: One False Claim Is Found Every Week

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Kyle-Keegan-2010-100px-11.jpg” captiontext=”Keegan Kyle”] Politics & Media Mashup: your weekend news aggregator leads off with a Q & A with Keegan Kyle, the Fact Check King at voiceofsandiego.org. 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. If you read voiceofsandiego.org you read Keegan Kyle, who …

Reader: ‘The Watchdog is the best thing about the Union-Tribune’

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Ricky-Young.jpg” captiontext=”Ricky Young, U-T’s Watchdog Editor”] 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 …

Alvarez: No Access to Information

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Yesterday, Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon covered a very interesting Q&A with San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, who represents the city’s South Bay neighborhoods. During the Q&A, Alvarez, a Democrat, spoke about being on the opposing/wrong side of a couple of issues. Not because of money or influence, but because of his personal experiences growing up in some of San …

Does Maas miss good journalism or is ‘Sinko DeMaio’ his real end game?

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Your weekend news aggregator leads off with the most interesting local stories of the week and includes links to stories about statewide politics, presidential politics and social media. A DeMaio Documentary might surface if there is any decent dirt to dig up on San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, said Republican developer Fred Maas. The project is in the infant stages …

Weekend Reading: Voice layoffs, Fletcher tops poll, Schools on the brink, Public pensions too high and Newt under attack

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Your weekend news aggregator: Local Most of the local Twitter chatter on Friday was about the Voice of San Diego laying off nearly a third of its staff. Four people were let go, proving yet again that no one has figured out what a sustainable business model for local journalism looks like. A new and very unscientific San Diego Mayoral Albondigas …

San Diego Schools Going Bust?

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We’ve been following, some with great puzzlement, at the seeming collapse of the San Diego Unified School District. School district officials and board members say that without a serious, life-saving infusion of state revenue or drastic cuts, such as closing schools, the state could take over the district due to fiscal insolvency, or bankruptcy. Here’s just a couple samplings of …

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 …

Pension Signature Drive Spent $1 Million?!?

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Pushers of the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative breathed a big, expensive sigh of relief today. The proponents turned in 145,000 signatures today to the City Clerk’s Office, according to Craig Gustafson at the San Diego-Union Tribune, for a needed 94,346. What’s in Gustafson’s story that made my eyes pop and in a related estimate from Voice of San Diego’s Liam …

Applause for Mayor Sanders

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I have been a harsh critic of Mayor Sanders at times. But I need to give credit where it is due; he worked with purveyors of competing reform plans to come up with a single ballot measure. This increases the odds that a measure will pass, because there will be a unified reform effort. Yesterday’s U-T has the news: The …

Hillcrest Town Council hosts DeMaio, Labor Guy, a sideshow and a professor

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Tuesday night the Hillcrest Town Council hosted Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Municipal Employees Association General Manager Michael Zucchet, former San Diego City Attorney Michael Agguire and University of San Diego economics professor Alan Gin (pictured at left) in a townhall about pension reform. It was ably moderated by Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis. Only DeMaio and Zucchet showed up to …

No Maass!: Voice of San Diego Fact-Checked

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Voice of San Diego lavishly uses “fact checks,” a trendy journalistic device often used to disguise opinions as factual reporting. SD CityBeat’s Dave Maass has given VoSD a taste of its own medicine with his own fact-check of a VoSD claim that it gets no government support. He labels the statement “huckster propaganda,” VoSD’s category for the most egregious falsehoods. …

City of San Diego moves headlong toward “something”

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Voice reporter Liam Dillon is literally camped out at SD City Hall.  From Voice of SD… City Sets Emergency Financial Meeting; Frye and Mayor to Present Joint Proposal? The San Diego City Council will meet Friday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss City Councilwoman Donna Frye’s proposed ballot measure linking a sales tax increase to a series of cost-cutting reforms. …

So Most of Emerald’s Official Advisory Council Are Campaign Donors?

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Rostra analysis shows 67 percent of Advisory Members are Donors Last night Marti Emerald took a short interview where she said she was “surprised” that her District 7 Advisory Council would support the massive taxpayer expenditures required for a new downtown library and city hall. Really? I’d be pretty surprised too, since every public poll I’ve seen says taxpayers hate …