KEEP AN EYE ON DEMAIO
By getting up on stage and giving a weird speech at the recent inauguration ceremony, former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio is unfortunately signaling his commitment to a continued presence in San Diego.
I have grave concerns that DeMaio and his underhanded partners in crime, who have deep pockets, may stop at nothing to try to bring down Mayor Bob Filner. They will do what they always do—attempt to set Filner up, lie and do whatever they can to distort reality to get their "story" in the press.
Through your exceptional journalism, please continue to monitor DeMaio's nefarious activities. This man (and his benefactors and minions) reminds me of the dark superegos of comic-book villains: self-possessed, evil, cartoonish and power-hungry. Let's hope San Diego knows the difference between a legitimate public servant and a comic-book villain in order to keep the bum from ever being elected.
Thank you for your commitment to the truth!
Claire Correy, Los Angeles
While your Nov. 28 editorial about Jerry Sanders was comprehensive, I thought it was a bit on the kind side. It seems that his claim to fame is fiscal responsibility. Yes, he did manage to negotiate down some city-employee benefits, but I can't think of anything else he accomplished.
His outsourcing strategy resulted in dissolving a local company (SDDPC) and distributing the work to two foreign companies at a higher cost. The payback for the city's $100-million-plus Convention Center investestment is debatable. He did help pave the way for a $180-million downtown library that very few residents will ever use. If he had his way, the city would also be constructing a new $300-million City Hall. His efforts to milk the state of California out of $500 million for a Chargers stadium failed.
This seems to be the Republican idea of fiscal responsibility—sucking money out of government for private interests.
Sanders has claimed that he'd be leaving the people of San Diego with a surplus. I leave you with a comparison of Sanders' projections compared with the projections supplied by the city of San Diego Independent Budget Analyst (IBA):
Jerry Sanders: FY 2014: $4.9-million surplus FY 2016: $32.2-million surplus FY 2018: $94.2-million surplus San Diego IBA: FY 2014: $84.2-million deficit FY 2016: $75.8-million deficit FY 2018: $43.1-million deficit
Ron Harris, Scripps Ranch
Editor's note: Last Wednesday, Mayor Bob Filner announced that he believes that a worst-case scenario for FY 2014 is a roughly $37 million deficit.
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