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Direct democracy abuses: Both parties have dirty hands

Over the past 14 months, San Diego voters have repudiated the decisions of the Democratic majority on the City Council three times. The most influential Democrat on the council thinks he knows why: San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria will

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Has quirky San Diego Democrat put hold on city’s “Los Angelization”?

Democrats have long had a big voter registration advantage in San Diego — a consistent 70,000-plus edge. Yet until November 2012, this never translated into liberal local governance akin to the aggressive progressivism of other large West Coast cities like

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Push for sharp minimum-wage hike under way in San Diego

California’s second-largest and the nation’s eighth-largest city appears sure to have a six-month-plus debate over whether to raise the minimum wage much more than the state government has in store. The Democratic majority of San Diego’s City Council is going

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Welfare, housing: Clinton pragmatism still ignored by CA’s dim paleo Dems

In the late 1980s, after three straight Republican presidential wins in which GOP candidates won 133 of 150 states, the Democratic Leadership Council seized prominence in Democratic policy circles with its centrist reform agenda. Founded in 1985 by strategist Al

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San Diego leaders embrace failed affordable-housing approach

As Eric Stratton so memorably put it in 1978 — or was it 1962? — sometimes a situation “requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.” Which brings us to the affordable-housing policies of the majority faction of

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Sexual ‘assault’ or ‘harassment’? Filner could be on last legs 12

July 13, 2013 By Chris Reed San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s attempt to fight off the push to force him to quit because of alleged sexual harassment went well Thursday, when former allies trashed him at a press conference without

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Filner’s implosion accelerates with sex-harassment claims 9

July 11, 2013 By Chris Reed SAN DIEGO — To the surprise of no one who has dealt with him, first-year Mayor Bob Filner’s days in office could be numbered because of his personal recklessness. After two decades as a

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San Diego mayor continues descent into psycho-bully self-parody 6

June 22, 2013 By Chris Reed When CalWatchdog last weighed in on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, it was to point out the hagiographic qualities of an often-fawning L.A. Times profile of the chronic bully and then to detail a subsequent

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Filner signals he’ll block further reform in San Diego 9

Dec. 11, 2012 By Chris Reed SAN DIEGO — As I wrote for CalWatchdog just after last month’s election, there was a strong chance that successful reforms with a heavy libertarian flavor were going to be blocked going forward here

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