A federal prosecutor Friday morning gave the first clue to the biggest unanswered question in the campaign finance scandal that rocked San Diego politics this week: What did the wealthy Mexican national who allegedly conspired to illegally funnel $500,000 to San Diego elections want?
The foreign national, believed to be Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, wanted to develop San Diego’s bayfront and turn the city into “Miami West,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Perry said in court.
Azano talked about the plan with a candidate, believed to be Bob Filner, prosecutors allege. Filner told Azano the city didn’t have jurisdiction over the bayfront, but he would try to hold up the massive Navy Broadway complex development so Azano could gain control of the project, prosecutors said. (Neither Azano nor Filner has been named in the federal complaints, but enough information was provided to identify them both.)
Prosecutors didn’t indicate when the request was made. Filner has not been accused of any wrongdoing, nor has Azano been charged with any crimes as part of the scandal.
This disclosure fits interestingly with what we’ve already reported about the connection between Filner and Azano, and the controversy over Navy Broadway, already one of San Diego’s biggest long-running development dramas.
What We Know About Filner and Azano’s Development Discussions
Filner and Azano met at Azano’s palatial Coronado estate during the thick of the 2012 mayoral campaign on Aug. 17, and just weeks before federal prosecutors allege Azano dumped an illegal $340,000 into the race to boost Filner. A source who witnessed the meeting told me fundraising wasn’t discussed there.
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I'm getting the message it was Filner who was behind the skullduggery at the harbor, not Douglas Manchester, who would gain enough money to rise to Koch status if he were to have his way, and not Bonnie Dumanis who, after all is a Republican who couldn't get elected mayor and help Manchester have his way. Phew! I'm glad it wasn't the Republicans behind this scheme.
I would like to know why US Attorney Laura Duffy has decided to excuse herself from this case. Is it because of her relationship with Bonnie Dumanis? Or doses she have a relationship with another interested party? I don't believe any reporter has asked this question or reported the answer. I would like to know!
A game changer for the Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) is Governor Jerrry Brown's FY-2015 Budget which includes an annual $1.5 Million Increase to fund mapping of active faults by the State Geologist John Parrish.
"Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed increasing funds to the California Geological Survey to allow about half a dozen staff members to continue mapping. State geologist John Parrish estimated it would take them six to 10 years to finish the task. If Brown's new funds are not approved and the office is left with only one person mapping, Parrish estimated it would take 300 years. That's too long to wait."
San Diego Bay's Port Master Plan (PMP) and the Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) are next on the list for full fault investigations by the State.
Aftershocks of the Northridge quakehttp://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-northridge-quake-20th-20140117,0,4000026.story#axzz2rFLLXD00Twenty years ago today, much of Los Angeles was shaken awake at 4:31 a.m. by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake on a blind thrust fault that scientists didn't know existed.SANTA MONICA FAULT STUDY MAY NOT BE MADE : Santa Monica Dispatchhttp://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2014/01/santa-monica-fault-study-may-not-be-made/SANTA MONICA FAULT STUDY MAY NOT BE MADE According to a story in the Los Angeles Times today, State Geologist John Parrish unveiled new draft maps yesterday that show major Hol- lywood developments - Millennium Hollywood, Yucca Street Apartments and ...