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UTSanDiego: Defense contractor, 530 jobs leaving San Diego

Goodbye California

By Jonathan Horn
May 15, 2014

Defense contractor Pratt & Whitney AeroPower is moving out of San Diego.

The defense contractor announced Thursday that over the next two years it will close its facility on Ruffin Road, which employs 530 people. The facility is the base for the company’s division that manufactures airline auxiliary power units.

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UTSanDiego: Fed SDPD audit includes criminal probe

San Diego Police

Audit, requested by city, to cover department’s practices, policies
By Debbi Baker and Kristina Davis
March 24, 2014

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. attorney’s office and FBI will conduct a criminal investigation into misconduct at the San Diego Police Department, a probe that will run parallel to an independent federal audit also requested by city officials, authorities said Monday.

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UTSanDiego: Faulconer win was wide and deep

Kevin Falconer

Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer in his office on Thursday. — K.C. Alfred

By Mark Walker
February 15, 2014

An analysis of Tuesday’s San Diego special mayoral election returns shows Kevin Faulconer swept the Republican vote, triumphed among independents and older voters and picked up substantial backing from Democrats.

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LATimes: San Diego mayor-elect’s win a boost to state GOP, experts say

GOP

By Tony Perry
February 12, 2014, 3:25 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — As Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer prepares to take power at City Hall, some are wondering what his easy victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez means for the statewide GOP.

Faulconer beat Alvarez 55% to 45%.

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UTSanDiego: Faulconer wins mayor’s race

Kevin Falconer

Republican Kevin Falconer

Alvarez concedes election, pledges to work with new mayor
By Craig Gustafson
Feb. 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer won a decisive victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in the San Diego mayor’s race Tuesday, signaling a new chapter for the city after the scandal-plagued tenure of former Mayor Bob Filner.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: San Diego mayor’s race could be a harbinger of year

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

Votes are being cast in California’s first major election of 2014, and its outcome may set the tone for what happens in the state the rest of the year.

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UTSanDiego: Dems move to shed money tied to corruption probe

4.1.1

Officials look to give tainted money to state and national treasuries
By Mark Walker12:24 p.m.Jan. 23, 2014Updated1:53 p.m.

The San Diego County Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington were moving Thursday to wash their hands of $60,000 in donations from a donor linked to what federal authorities say was a scheme to funnel illegal foreign money into San Diego political campaigns.

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UTSanDiego: Political corruption case grows

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh

By Craig Gustafson
Jan. 22, 2014

The corruption case involving a Mexican businessman trying to illegally influence San Diego elections widened Wednesday as a City Hall lobbyist was added to the conspiracy charges and politicians rushed to return campaign contributions from those tainted by the scandal.

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LATimes: Two charged in illegal San Diego campaign contribution scheme

By Tony Perry
January 21, 2014, 9:46 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — A retired San Diego police officer and the owner of a Washington, D.C.-based election services business have been charged with conspiring to funnel more than $500,000 of illegal contributions from a Mexican businessman into San Diego campaigns, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

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UTSanDiego: Costs of Filner scandal mount

Bob Filner

Former Mayor Bob Filner during sentencing in Superior Court. Former Mayor Bob Filner during sentencing in Superior Court. — John Gastaldo

By Craig Gustafson6:29 p.m.Dec. 12, 2013

The cost to taxpayers to get rid of and replace former Mayor Bob Filner has surpassed $8.7 million and the tally could be several million dollars higher before all is said and done.

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UTSanDiego: Former Mayor Filner faces the music

Bob Filner

Former mayor gets 3 months of house arrest, 3 years probation for conduct toward 3 women

By Craig Gustafson and Greg Moran
Dec. 9, 2013 Updated5:51 p.m.

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — Bob Filner: Councilman. Congressman. Mayor. Felon.

Filner completed a stunning fall from grace Monday when a judge sentenced him to three months of home confinement and three years of probation, closing the criminal probe into the inappropriate sexual behavior toward women that ended his brief stint as San Diego’s 35th mayor. His legal woes will continue as he and the city still face a civil lawsuit from a former aide.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California Democrats fare poorly in two elections

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am

So perhaps Democrats aren’t quite as omnipotent in California politics as they – and almost everyone else – assumed.

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UTSanDiego: The runoff rivals: Faulconer vs. Alvarez

San Diego Seal

Faulconer on top, Alvarez edges out Fletcher to survive to second round
By Craig Gustafson
November 19, 2013

SAN DIEGO — Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer easily won a spot Tuesday in the runoff to be San Diego’s next mayor while Councilman David Alvarez appeared likely to join him as the Democratic challenger.

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UTSanDiego: Filner to serve confinement, probation

Bob Filner

Terms of plea deal ban him from office, require treatment

By Greg Moran
Oct. 15, 2013

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s professional and personal collapse continued on Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to three criminal charges that he grabbed and fondled women during his first and last spring at City Hall.

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LATimes: Bob Filner’s chaotic tenure as mayor comes to quiet end in San Diego

Bob Filner

The 70-year-old Democrat is nowhere to be seen on his last day at City Hall, and his chief of staff leaves by a back entrance.

By Tony Perry
August 30, 2013, 8:49 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — After nine months of chaotic governance, and six weeks of headline-grabbing accusations of sexual harassment, the tenure of Bob Filner as mayor came to a quiet end at 5 p.m. Friday when his forced resignation became effective.

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UTSanDiego: Who turned screws on Filner?

Diverse group stepped forward to confront mayor
By John Wilkens
August 25, 2013 – 06:00 a.m.

The scandal started on high-boil and stayed there for six weeks. Every time Mayor Bob Filner or his supporters tried to put the lid on, somebody else stepped forward to turn up the heat.

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UTSanDiego: State criminal probe of Filner under way

California Department of Justice

By Greg Moran
Aug. 23, 2013 – 05:13 p.m. / Updated 09:31 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation Friday solved his immediate political problem of trying to fight off a recall movement that could have removed him from office.

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UTSanDiego: Filner resigns, council OKs exit deal

By Craig Gustafson
Aug. 23, 2013 – 03:42 p.m. / Updated 07:54 p.m.

Bob Filner announced his resignation Friday as San Diego’s 35th mayor following a tumultuous six weeks in which lurid allegations of repeated sexual misconduct against women crippled his ability to lead and turned him into a subject of national ridicule.

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UTSanDiego: Filner could be out by Friday

By Craig Gustafson and Mark Walker
Aug. 21, 2013 – 07:10 p.m./Updated 9:07 p.m.

Mayor Bob Filner reached a proposed settlement agreement with his legal adversaries Wednesday that likely sets the stage for the end of his brief, scandal-plagued tenure as San Diego’s 35th mayor.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

As San Diego evolved from a sleepy Navy town into a big city with tourism, its major industry, its waterfront airport, became woefully inadequate.

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By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Monday, August 19, 2013

As loyal readers know, we occasionally round up the Calbuzz Advisory Board of Leading Authorities on Practically Everything to share their wisdom about the most pressing political, ethical and theological issues of the day. And no question facing our Great Democracy is more salient than this: Who’s a bigger creepo – Anthony Weiner or Bob Filner?

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UTSanDiego: Filner recall effort kicks into high gear

Recall proponents can begin circulating their petitions
By John Wilkens and Roxana Popescu
Aug. 17, 2013 – 6:19 p.m.

Barring any last-minute developments, Sunday is the day the clipboards get unleashed. People hoping to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner can begin circulating their petitions.

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UTSanDiego: Filner spent on hotel, travel, blender

credit-card-debt

By Trent Seibert
Aug. 12, 2013 – 1:21 p.m.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s credit-card statements show several expenses at the Westgate Hotel, across from City Hall, where his bodyguards have told investigators that he took women.

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UTSanDiego: Probe looking at Filner hotel meet-ups

Four agencies investigating San Diego mayor; as many as 30 city hall staffers interviewed
By Trent Seibert
Aug. 10, 2013 – 8:28 p.m.

Federal, state and local investigators have been gathering information and building cases against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner beyond the sexual harassment accusations that have captured national attention.

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County of San Diego Seal

What began with the complaints of three women against the San Diego mayor has snowballed into allegations of crude come-ons from more than a dozen.

Garance Franke-Ruta
Aug 7 2013, 10:16 AM ET

He was one of the early members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2011 he chaired the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee. He represented an area that includes almost all of California’s border with Mexico. And now, at 70, he is mayor of San Diego.

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UTSanDiego: Recalls: Easier said than done

County of San Diego Seal

By John Wilkens
August 3, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.

So many signatures, so little time.

For the people trying to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, the numbers are daunting: They’ll have to get more than 100,000 registered voters in the city to sign petitions in 39 days.

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UTSanDiego: Eighth Filner accuser comes forward

County of San Diego Seal

By Karen Kucher
July 30, 2013 – 5:12 p.m. – Updated 5:40 p.m.

An eighth woman alleging that Mayor Bob Filner made unwelcomed sexual advances toward her came forward Tuesday evening, telling KPBS that Filner in 2011 grabbed her hand and gave her a “saliva-filled kiss” after a business meeting.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Red-light cameras under siege in California

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 – 6:50 am

One of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s first acts this year – before he became preoccupied with other affairs – was to end the use of cameras to catch motorists running red lights, labeling them “the San Diego version of a traffic trap.”

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Calbuzz: Pervs Cling to Power While a Gassy Cop Wants Cash

clown-jack-in-the-box

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
July 29, 2013

On one coast, we have a prick of a mayor and on the other coast we have a would-be mayor obsessed by his prick. It’s hard to say who’s the creepiest perv: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner or New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. What we do know is this: neither jackass should be the top elected official of a major American city.

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UTSanDiego: Filner hangs on, opts for therapy

Embattled mayor plans to enter residential counseling, but will be briefed on city business
By Craig Gustafs
July 26, 2013 – 12:06 p.m./Updated 4:19 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been dogged by calls for his resignation over sexual harassment allegations, called his treatment of women “inexcusable” Friday and said he would undergo two weeks of intensive behavioral therapy but not relinquish power.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Politicians gone bad in the news

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 – 9:36 am

Politicians go to extraordinary lengths to convince voters and constituents that they are hard-working, sober and utterly devoted to their families and to societal betterment.

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UTSanDiego: Pension costs squeeze SD budget

Pension Reform

Annual payment up $44M from last year

By Craig Gustafson
Jan. 11, 2013 – 5:02 p.m.

The city’s budget continues to get squeezed with news that the voter-mandated switch from pensions to 401(k)s has pushed San Diego’s annual pension payment to $275 million for the coming fiscal year, an increase of $44 million from a year ago.

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Members of San Bernardino City Fire Station 221 prepare to conduct training exercises in downtown San Bernardino. The recent filing of bankruptcy by the city may cause the city management to reconfigure the amount it contributes to all city employee pensions, including fire and police departments. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/21/2012 04:27:18 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

The deterioration of San Bernardino’s public finances to the point where city officials are willing to declare bankruptcy could be the prologue to another fight over public employee benefits.

Pension costs are not the only source of San Bernardino’s financial ills. The city’s own financial analysis blames weak revenues, deficit spending and accounting errors for a $45 million deficit.

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UT-SanDiego: Brown, Senate leader won’t undo San Diego pension overhaul

Government & Politics »

Written by
Michael Gardner
6:35 p.m., July 5, 2012
Updated 6:51 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown and the leader of the state Senate on Thursday said they will resist any legislative maneuvering to override voter-approved pension reforms in San Diego and San Jose.

“It’s not part of my pension plan and I strongly oppose it,” Brown said in a statement.

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Calpensions: San Jose, San Diego pension reforms go to court

By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 11, 2012

Two California cities attracting national attention for big pension-reform votes look like they are on the same path — court filings last week to speed up legal decisions, and city council meetings this week to consider plans for new hires.

But the public pension reforms approved by 66.25 percent of voters in San Diego, the state’s second largest city, and by 69.58 percent of voters in San Jose, the third largest, are not the same and face different problems.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

In a blow to public employee labor unions, voters in San Diego and San Jose overwhelmingly passed pension reform measures designed to help stem their cities bleeding budgets.

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Calpensions: Will San Jose & San Diego ‘B’ for pension reform?

By Ed Mendel
Monday, May 7, 2012

The mayors of San Jose and San Diego are backing local measures on the June ballot that aim to make the change critics of costly public pensions say is the key to major reform — cutting the cost of pensions earned by current workers in the future.

Using different methods, Measure B in San Jose and Proposition B in San Diego would allow current workers to keep pension amounts already earned, but pensions earned in the future could be cut or cost workers more.

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Calpensions: State pension initiative fails, local votes in June

By Ed Mendel
Monday, February 13, 2012

A drive to place a statewide public pension reform initiative on the November ballot ended last week, lacking funding like previous attempts. But major local pension reforms are expected to be on the June ballot in San Diego and San Jose.

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Calpensions: San Diego pension reform: model for state?

Thursday, April 7, 2011
By Ed Mendel

As San Diego officials joined forces this week on an initiative to switch all new hires except police from pensions to 401(k)-style plans, Mayor Jerry Sanders said the city’s troubled pension system could become a “national model.”

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Calpensions: Budget-busting pensions spark ballot measures

By Ed Mendel
March 7, 2011

Los Angeles leads off Tuesday with a modest ballot measure aimed at curbing pension costs, which are threatening to take a big bite out of the budgets of California’s three major coastal cities.

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SDUnion-Tribune: Prosecuted pension officials seek fees

The six say the city promised to cover their legal defense

By Kelly Thornton, Watchdog Institute

Friday, February 4, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.

The law

Governments can choose to cover legal fees for criminal prosecution of employees if the employee acted within the “scope of his employment,” “without malice,” in the “apparent interests of the public entity” and if “the public entity determines that such defense would be in the best interests of the public entity.”

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LATimes: Another marijuana tunnel and two more warehouses found

20 tons of pot seized, eight arrested in San Diego and Tijuana.

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
November 27, 2010

Reporting from San Diego —

Federal authorities have unearthed another cross-border tunnel in a San Diego warehouse district, the second major tunnel discovery and multi-ton seizure of marijuana believed to be from Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel in a month.

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SDUnionTribune: Top 20 pensioners cite city service

Some have been demonized, but say retirement benefits weren’t their doing

By Danielle Cervantes, UNION-TRIBUNE
Lily Leung, STAFF WRITER
Jeff McDonald, UNION-TRIBUNE
Monday, August 23, 2010 at 12:06 a.m.

Download: Details on Top 20 San Diego city pensioners

Sales-tax hike’s roots lie in pension increases: Key votes in 1996 and 2002 boosted top 20 pensions for San Diego city workers by 176 percent

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Fox&Hounds: Pension Reform Focus is on Cities

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Wed, July 7th, 2010

Despite Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s success in negotiating some concessions from state unions on the pension front, heated action in the battle for pension reform is happening in California’s cities.

Yesterday, initiative petition signatures were filed in San Francisco to require thousands of city employees to contribute 9% of their salaries towards their pensions and health care plans. Currently, many (but not all) contribute nothing. The initiative would also boost public safety workers contributions to 10% of salaries. Police and firefighters just saw their contributions increased to 9% by voters in the June election.

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