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    For more than two years, Bob Filner has ducked out of public life.

    He moved to Los Angeles and shied away from cameras and reporters following the scandals that knocked him out of the mayor’s office.

    So I was surprised to get an email from the former mayor last week.

    Filner, once chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, wanted to offer his perspective on veteran homelessness, a cause San Diego’s fallen behind in combating. We scheduled a call.

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    What followed was a conversation about Filner’s efforts to fight veteran homelessness, his belief that longtime city leaders sought to oust him and his claim that he could’ve successfully fought the slew of allegations against him in court if given the resources.

    “I never sexually harassed anybody,” Filner said.

    Questions and responses have been lightly edited.

    So you wanted to talk about veteran homelessness.

    I came to the mayor’s office with a background in veterans basically unparalleled. I was chairman of the Veterans’ Committee in the House, I wrote the Obama homelessness plan to get people off the streets within five years at the time, which I don’t think was implemented the way it should’ve been. I know who the players are and where the money is in the VA. So I come with that background, and when I looked at the homelessness among veterans in San Diego I thought we could be the first that really take all homeless veterans off the street and I was really looking for something big, not just (small housing projects) or tents or temporary (housing).

    What do you think about how Mayor Kevin Faulconer has been on this issue?

    Well, I’m living in L.A. I don’t have a day-to-day sense of it. It just doesn’t look like there’s been much done. For example, that (Alpha Project) tent was taken down downtown that housed many veterans.

    That was a great thing. I don’t know why it closed. Faulconer said it had to close.

    Here’s, by the way, my model for how you get a community to accept things. There’s a school several blocks away from that tent and they were at first against the homeless being there. But (Alpha Project’s Bob) McElroy put these guys to work cleaning up trash and policing the school grounds and doing stuff around the school to make it better. And the kids came to love them and the school loved them and the community accepted it because they were doing things for the community, not just seen as doing bad things to the community. I just haven’t seen – I don’t keep in touch like I obviously used to – but it just doesn’t seem a big thing is being done. Again, the veterans thing is still a good place to look because there was money put aside. I wrote the budget. There was money put aside, tens and tens of millions of dollars for housing, and I guess we didn’t tap it.

    What do you think in general in the time since you were in the mayor’s office about how this has been handled in San Diego and the progress we’ve been making?

    I made it a real priority and I don’t see that happening.

    You know what the situation is in L.A. It’s the worst in the country. When I say Skid Row, do you know what I mean? I go over there and volunteer and walk around and talk to people, and when I first got here the homeless people would look up and say, “Aren’t you that guy from San Diego who was trying to help us?”

    So it was clear I knew a lot, a lot of the homeless people in San Diego and they all knew what I was trying to do. I doubt if that’s happening with Faulconer.

    I think it’s not only an economic thing. Your city is better off without homeless people but here we are the richest nation in the history of the world and we shouldn’t have this happening in our country. I took it as a real top priority but they don’t have political power and so it’s easy for our mayor to neglect.

    [Note: Hours after my interview with Filner, Faulconer announced a new initiative with the goal of housing 1,000 homeless veterans.]

    What is your sense of the local VA and its movement on this? Certainly, I know in your career you watched the VA pretty closely.

    Unfortunately, the VA bureaucracy is very difficult to move. And you’ve got to keep on them every second. That’s what I did as chairman of the committee, what I was doing as mayor. They don’t do anything unless you really force them into it.

    Were there other plans that you had under way for homelessness before you left?

    Again, on littler things that deal with the quality of life, whether it’s (downtown) restrooms or we were looking for a storage facility. I was looking at the vacant downtown library for (homeless) families. I don’t even know what’s been done with that. Has anything been done with the downtown library?

    See, these opportunities come up and that’s, I think, where my real strength was. I could take something like that and develop a plan around it. I don’t see people doing that.

    Is it hard for you to look back at this and see what could’ve been?

    Oh yeah, sure. I feel that we’ve let down people like McElroy. He devotes his whole life to this. He was so optimistic with me there and the things we were doing. Sort of, we let him down by having to leave. We could’ve done some great things. We would’ve had a binational Olympic proposal. We would’ve had a real celebration for the Balboa Park Centennial, which again I don’t think happened. These are big things that give people a pride in their city and make the other things you have to do a little easier because of that pride.

    Are you sorry about what happened? Everything?

    Of course, but I mean, I still can’t get into it. I have a few legal things I have got to settle about it but I as I said, I gave them the ammunition but they pulled the trigger. They aimed the gun and pulled the trigger. It wouldn’t have happened to someone else.

    When you look at what, quote, I was charged with, you know, it was, really, nothing illegal and it was just an attempt of the establishment to take back their city, which they did.

    But obviously you had many women who came forward and accused you of sexual harassment …

    Wait, wait, Lisa, sexual harassment is a technical legal term that mainly has to do with employees. Only the folks who worked for me could accuse me of that. The others had this inappropriate stuff. It was not sexual harassment and I never sexually harassed anybody by the way.

    Everybody, the media and stuff, conflated all this stuff into one charge. I was prepared to go to court on all of it because virtually every single charge I had an eyewitness or two there. I had a police detail, right? I had six or seven officers that were with me every case I worked, never more than a few feet away. So they know what happened or what didn’t happen. But the way the city attorney and others went after me it became so costly. As (City Attorney Jan Goldsmith) said, read that interview with the L.A. Times that Goldsmith did afterward, I don’t know if you remember it, he said he carried out a “de-facto impeachment.”

    That’s illegal. And he said it.  He lied to me and the Council about having to be responsible for defending me. If he had defended me, I would’ve gone to court on all this stuff but they made it so costly.

    I saw a KUSI interview that Goldsmith did where he was basically saying he’d been planning or working on this for a while. Do you feel like you were taken out in a “coup?”

    Oh yeah, oh yeah. No doubt.

    They formed a recall committee the day I was elected. You know, we found, I don’t know if this ever became too public, because nobody wanted to pursue it, we found a bug in my office that we thought was there, put there by the city attorney. We asked the police to look at it and they didn’t want to or didn’t do it.

    You ought to look some time at what happened to some of the women in terms of remuneration. I think people got into it for very strange reasons.

    [Note: Former Police Chief Bill Lansdowne had a different recollection. “We were asked to look for a bug,” the former chief told me. “We did not find one.” Goldsmith’s office declined to comment on this and other allegations Filner made about actions taken by the city attorney’s office.]

    Obviously it wasn’t like there was just one woman coming forward. I think the number ended up being 17, 18. Why would all of those women have come forward?

    Let’s do an interview on this as soon as my legal stuff is finished.

    When will that be?

    I hope within the next few months.

    If you’re saying that it didn’t happen …

    I didn’t say that. I said there was no sexual harassment and most of the things were made up, are fantasies. And again, I have proof of all this.

    One thing I wanted to ask about, and we’ll come back to the other stuff in a moment, but we still talk about the Sunroad stuff. Can you speak to what happened there?

    [Note: In June 2013, Filner announced he returned a $100,000 donation from developer Sunroad Centrum Partners after learning a top staffer received the donation in exchange for help getting a Kearny Mesa project approved.]

    We had a memorandum from the attorney differentiating between, I forget the exact words, but between gifts and donations, or payment for services verses a donation, OK? This is clearly a donation. [Goldsmith] I don’t think signed off on the final thing but he gave me a memo differentiating between, which we based our actions on.

    But again, before this personal stuff started, they thought they were gonna get me on stuff like this. More substantive, more political things. He saw an opening there and started going after that. But what I did, by the way, was I did the reverse of what they’re saying in that the City Council gave away that property to the developer and it was worth millions of dollars. And [City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf] brought that up to her committee and got it through quick and through City Council quick. That was the payoff, that’s who they should be looking into, what happened. How did that developer get that free [easement]? How did they do that? That’s unforgiveable. I tried to recoup some of that through what I thought was a legal mechanism of donations. The donations went to things like homeless issues. It wasn’t to me.

    And so the real crime was what that committee and then the Council did, which I think I vetoed, I can’t remember now exactly. That was the giveaway and that’s what was happening at City Hall for decades. And that’s what I was trying to change and then they make it that I was the one who somehow got greased up in there. I was trying to recoup what I could. See, the City Council was ready to overturn my veto, now I think remember that, and I was just trying to get something rather than give away the easement free. We had a legal way to do it, and we did it. Then they said, “Oh, no, no you can’t do that.” But the real crime was the original easement giveaway.

    They turned all of my stuff, remember the stuff on the tourist industry, that was a giveaway of $40 million a year and I was trying to recoup it for the city. They made it like I was the one that was at fault somehow. I was trying to change decades of the way they did things and they would give away this stuff, give away the public funds. Of course, it stepped on those that had a lot of stake in all this and so they tried to turn it around.

    Are there things with that or in general that you wish you had done differently? Obviously, you were sad to have to leave the position.

    What happened was, if I had planned this out, I wouldn’t have been fighting on all these fronts. Things came up that I didn’t think I could avoid. Like, I never thought I’d get involved in the [Tourism Marketing District] until all of the sudden, we realized (former Mayor) Jerry Sanders hadn’t signed the final contract. Or I hadn’t planned to fight over the Sunroad thing but you know all of the sudden they have a unanimous vote giving away this easement. You know, I was into all these things and reacting to the stuff and I just wanted to say, business as usual has come to end and, of course, they wanted back to business as usual.

    But whether with this or what did happen with a lot of women coming forward, do you regret your behavior and do you regret the decisions that you made?

    Again, I’d rather reserve comment on this. I want all the legal stuff to finish and I’ll be able to talk to you about it.

    But generally, can you say anything about …

    I was considered the most progressive mayor in America, and it disappeared after a year. You know, I mean, I wish that hadn’t happened. We were gonna really do some really big progressive things for San Diego. That all came to an end when Faulconer came in. As I say, back to normalcy. Their normal, their normalcy where there’s no debate, there’s no controversy. I mean, that’s what they like. I saw it as a crime against the citizens of San Diego the way they had been operating for decades. And I won on that platform so I think the people were with me.

    I have to ask, too. I mean, some of the things that people were saying as you were leaving office, there was a lot of concern about your mental health and other issues. Can you say anything about that?

    I don’t know who you’re referring to.

    There were people that were talking about it and it did appear in some news stories and certainly Goldsmith was out saying …

    He made that stuff up. He made up the storyline. He said he got some psychologist. Whoever it was never talked to me. I don’t know how you make a diagnosis without …

    Anyway, there are no such problems.

    Did you have a deal with the Chargers? You joked in an email exchange with me that you beat the Chargers to L.A.

    I was the one who agreed to their basic framework, which was a downtown, not just a football stadium, but essentially a sports arena and a stadium where you can have basketball games and hockey games. I thought that was the best way to go. That frees up not only Mission Valley but the Sports Arena land and we could’ve paid for virtually everything with those opportunities, at least the city’s contribution. I was taking it down a whole different road, which they probably wouldn’t have accepted and that was give the city of San Diego an equity stake in the team so if and when they move and made a fortune, or as they move, we would get, say, 25 percent of it.

    Is that allowed, though, in NFL rules?

    No, see, you give me the same argument, allowed in NFL rules. NFL rules are rules. They can be changed. It’s not the 10 Commandments. That’s what they told me about the binational Olympics. The rules don’t allow it. The rules changed three months after I left on the binational things.

    It all depends on the deal that you’ve struck. They could change the rules tomorrow and Green Bay, they’re the only municipality that owns a team, and you know, there’s a real sense of involvement there and sense of ownership

    I don’t know that (Chargers owner Dean) Spanos would’ve agreed but I had been, as (Chargers stadium point man Mark) Fabiani can attest to, I was the only one who agreed with the downtown concept and who knows what I could’ve gotten from it. Unless I got something, I wasn’t going to do it. Because the NFL and the MLB, they all extort the cities because they own monopolies. And that’s a mistake that Congress should remedy sometime. They extort stuff from cities, and I wasn’t gonna let them extort from San Diego. But again, if you can make a deal that involves an equity participation, that involves the development opportunities in both the Sports Arena area and Mission Valley, the Mission Valley has incredible kind of stuff, not only environmentally, with the river there, but it’s connected to San Diego State, the trolley, you could do stuff for San Diego State. They desperately need housing. So I would’ve tried to take it down a different road. I don’t know that I would’ve succeeded. I was in regular communication with [Fabiani]. Again, we were on the same page in terms of downtown.

    [Note: Fabiani confirmed Filner’s support of the team’s downtown stadium concept.

    “Mayor Filner is the only mayor who ever agreed with our vision to wrap the Sports Arena land, the Qualcomm land and a downtown parcel into one mega-project, using the proceeds from the sale or lease of the Qualcomm and Sports Arena land to make the city’s contribution to the project,” Fabiani told me in an email. “As far as the issue of an equity stake in the team, that is not something that I ever discussed with Mayor Filner or his staff, so I can’t speak one way or the other on this part of what Mayor Filner said.”]

    What have you thought about how the Chargers saga has all played out here?

    All I know is what I read. The team was trying to extort a better deal from the city and I think they were right not to succumb to it, though who knows what they’ll do now.

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      Written by Lisa Halverstadt

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      Bill Bradshaw
      Bill Bradshaw subscribermember

      Someone has to explain Filner's logic to me.  If he was framed, why didn't he fight the charges?  Instead, he cut a deal and slunk out of town.  Now he would have the public believe he didn't fondle, proposition, head lock or grope women both in his employ and elsewhere or, if he did, it wasn't sexual harassment.  

      I'm waiting for his original protagonist, liberal true believer and serious ex-public servant Donna Frye, to weigh in on this.

      john stump
      john stump subscriber

      @Bit-watcher. You Biblical reference is affirming of the basic fact concerning the flawed nature of ALL humans.  You should take heed of it.

      john stump
      john stump subscriber

      I was very disappointed in this article, that was going to be about helping our needy brothers and sisters but no it did a bait and switch. Mayor Filner was doing something to help. Let's get back to the current Council plan to push the poor out of town and then gentrification. Our brothers and sisters are not homeless, San Diego is their home. They are house less and need our help. Somehow this article lost its focus. Please go down to 16th and Island Streets and help make San Diego a humane city . God bless Father Joe, the Alpha Project, and Mayor Filner. Many of the other commentators should heed John 8:7

      ZachW subscriber

      @Bit watcher, for someone who is self-proclaimed disgusted with Mr. Filner and who thought this media outlet shouldn't have granted him an interview, you sure are obsessed with him and have found time over many days to comment here.

      Bit-watcher subscriber

      @ZachW As a member and supporter of VOSD, I have an interest in this news organization and I am happy to participate in it.  I am invited to comment, and I do.  

      "suggesting news outlets should only report on things or people who are pleasant is just plain stupid. I mean no offense to you ..., but you both seem clueless as to what journalism is. It's not filtering topics out because people find them unpleasant"  THAT INCLUDES COMMENTARY.  If you're asking me to stop commenting because you dislike, are offended by, or are uncomfortable with the content of the commentary, are you really understanding what the principles are that allow allow free speech, and its importance in society?  The saw you produced above cuts both ways.  

      Your interesting attempts at interpolations of my inner thoughts and motivations notwithstanding (simply put: more mind-reading on your part), I would suggest that you address issues, and not persons or personalities. That's much more useful, and has the added benefit of contributing to the discussion, rather than diverting onto disconnected items that come off more as sound-bites, or ad hominem attacks. 


      Michael Pallamary
      Michael Pallamary

      To all the folks below who believe that Filner's departure from office was an orchestrated scheme by Goldsmith or anyone else, you are in a fantasy land. I took three months out of my life to rid the city of a sick person.  There is no way any of you can make such an absurd assertion.  Filner and Filner alone is responsible for his own demise.  He is a sick man and he has been for a very long time.

      Do not give this man a vehicle to return in the public eye.  He has blackened it already. 

      Michael Pallamary
      Michael Pallamary

      Mr. Filner. You must come to accept that you are in need of significant mental health treatment. Please focus your attention on yourself and do not involve yourself in the affairs of the public. You are not entitled to weigh in on the well being of others when you have ruined the lives of so many. Every time you get involved in the so-called "assistance" of others, you take advantage of these opportunities and the people in real need. No one is interested in your opinions and no one wants you to be involved in their affairs especially when you are the one in need. Get help.

      Richard Gardiol
      Richard Gardiol

      We  agree that Bob's fulsome behavior toward women in the mayor's office was completely inappropriate; but Bob is not wrong about the financial barrier that prevents many aggrieved citizens from having their day in court. Justice in San Diego is reserved for those that can pay for it, while the rest of us have to accept the arbitrary application of laws by City officials intent on perverting the process for their own gain.

      DavidM subscriber

      @Richard Gardiol

      It is interesting that whatever other claims might be pursued against the City, they do seem to approve ample financial settlements when sexual conduct is involved; whether the individual defendant is a cop or a politician.

      Ed Price
      Ed Price

      An interview with the classic Rude Boy, and from his comments, it looks like Bobby is long off his meds and roaming free once again. Very creepy; doesn't it sound like he's stalking San Diego?

      ZachW subscriber

      Ed Price: "Doesn't it sound like he's stalking San Diego?"

      Not really. He moved out of the city and this is the first time he's been heard from in quite some time. He's commenting on things that are readily in the news and that many of us discuss, not sure how that amounts to "stalking"?


      Clinton, Cosby and Filner, all the same "...degrading to women. Lies, sex and drugs!

      ZachW subscriber

      Salvatore: "Clinton, Cosby and Filner, all the same."

      Clinton and Filner's behavior was inappropriate and immoral, but to suggest having a consensual extra-marital sexual encounter or putting someone in a headlock or making an unwanted sexual advance is the same as drugging and raping dozens of women is pretty extremist. I'm noticing a pattern with some of the commenters here - they seem to have a deep, passionate hatred of Mr Filner which seems to go beyond the perspective of his actions (most likely politically motivated) and into the territory of making him out to be a villain who committed the crime of the century. Sexual harassment is wrong, Mayor Filner was wrong, but let's be honest - what he did happens all the time in the private sector workplace. I've seen it. People get away with what he did all the time. I'm glad he was removed from office and I hope he is getting help, but on the flip side I don't understand the people who want to keep prosecuting him over and over and who disproportionately attack him by implying he's the same as an alleged serial rapist.

      kathy przekopp
      kathy przekopp subscribermember

      I am SO angry with Bob Filner I want to slap his face! We had a real chance to do something progressive in our town, after fighting for it FOREVER, and he blew it with his adolescent sexual meanderings. Of COURSE the power people were going to be after him, he actually wanted to CHANGE things!  "I gave them the ammunition but they pulled the trigger. They aimed the gun and pulled the trigger. It wouldn’t have happened to someone else." Well, NO kidding! Filner was the first progressive EVER to be elected ever in San Diego. But he GAVE them the ammo! And it's not as if he's a neophyte to politics. One of the reasons I so strongly supported him was, over the 44 years I've been in San Diego, it was Filner's face I saw at rallies and demonstrations supporting what was, in my opinion, right. And the status quo people circled the wagons upon Filner's evacuation. Surprise! BIG dent in the process of change! COMPLETELY disappointing.

      ZachW subscriber

      I agree with you, Kathy. It's disappointing anytime a public official does this, but in Mr Filner's case it's particularly troublesome to those of us who aren't pleased with the status quo in our corrupt city hall and county board of crooks. He had great ideas, and now he's set our city back immensely

      obboy13 subscriber

      First off, I'll admit I didn't bother reading what Mr. Filner had to say, just not interested.  What I do wonder though is why in the world VOSD spent time gaining the perspective of a convicted, self admitted felon, and serial abuser of his elected status... who doesn't even live here anymore?  Being manipulated by Bob Filner so he can see his name in print once again and feed his massive ego is a new low.  Sigh.

      DavidM subscriber

      @obboy13 So he's a worthless lump of flesh, no longer worthy of sharing the world with you?

      I don't like him, going well back to before he was Mayor.  I never once voted for him.  But he is extremely skilled politician with lessons anyone can learn.  You just have to be willing.

      obboy13 subscriber

      @DavidM @obboy13 I didn't say that David, but you may be right, and you're welcome to any lesson you care to take.  He's simply irrelevant.

      mark day
      mark day subscriber

      Don Wood, Yeah, it's the same with Bill Cosby.  He was always a good looking guy with

      lots of male sexual appeal, and tons of money.  What woman could resist that?  All

      those women were really craving to get a piece of Bill.  Now they are  just bitter. Yes,

      Don, it's a conspiracy against successful men.  Where are men's rights?  We're the

      ones that are really being f#$%@d.  

      John Porter
      John Porter subscriber

      The rantings of a psychopath.  He's truly crazy.

      Bonnie Bekken
      Bonnie Bekken subscriber

      It takes integrity and courage to unravel and reveal who orchestrated the destruction of Mayor Filner, why, how, and who benefited from his destruction. Helluva beginning, Lisa Halverstadt. People do not like to believe they've been suckered in. We know that Goldsmith, in a moment of hubris, proudly spoke of how he brought in a psychologist and conducted a secret meeting of the power brokers when Bob Filner was elected. The point was to find a way to destroy Bob Filner. Smart people will give attention to the rest of the story.

      David Crossley
      David Crossley subscriber

      @Bonnie Bekken  --Who orchestrated the destruction of Bob Filner?  I think old Bob did a pretty good job of that himself.

      ZachW subscriber

      Bit watcher, anyone who thinks politics is black and white is very naive. Mr Filner didn't help his own case with his inappropriate actions, but that doesn't mean the back room plots and corruption that he speaks of with Goldsmith et al weren't going on as well

      Bit-watcher subscriber

      @ZachW I agree.  Back-room plots are constantly going on, and bringing it up now is simply raising a red-herring, and certainly not unexpected to hear from Filner.  There's no reason to buy into it.

      "Filner didn't help his own case"?  That's certainly putting it mildly!  Filner provided the gun, the ammunition, and then dared anyone to use it?  I think that can be called either the height of naiveté, or of hubris.  It's pretty plain to many in the city that it's the latter.  It also, as seen here, continues to be "controversial" -- among some.  Just because someone digs up a corpse, why should anyone expect it to say something useful?  If Filner had had a future in this city (or had thought he had), he would have stayed around.  He left.  How plain can that be?  

      Joe Jones
      Joe Jones subscriber

      Lisa Halverstadt. The Sean Penn of San Diego.

      Bit-watcher subscriber

      "Wait, wait, Lisa, sexual harassment is a technical legal term that mainly has to do with employees."

      Lisa, watch out for dweebs who dance on the meanings of words.  This would have been a perfect time to segue to "sexual battery", "sexual assaults" or "unwanted sexual advances".  Don't let this jerk dance away like that.  

      The real shame is that the Democratic Party foisted this ticking time-bomb on the voters of San Diego, and few, if any, are calling them on it.  The Democratic Party was demonstrating that it was most certainly not the party that was "a friend to women" -- quite the opposite.  

      "I gave them the ammunition but they pulled the trigger. They aimed the gun and pulled the trigger. It wouldn’t have happened to someone else.

      That Filner is _still_ protesting is, well, comical, but in a sad way.  He's 100% responsible for his own actions.  His protestations are just distractions.  "Would have, could have, should have" -- what a spiel.  

      Ed Price
      Ed Price

      @Bit-watcher  I suppose the Democrats always fall for a lawyer; remember Clinton lecturing us on the subtle variations of the meaning of the word "is?"

      Bit-watcher subscriber

      @Ed Price 

      Oh, yes, that was very much in my memory.  As far as leaving the country with an extremely long-lasting joke, Clinton has done a good job, though I don't think he intended to. 

      Greg Chick
      Greg Chick subscriber

      Allegations aside, and I do not condone male rudeness, I have met Filner and was looking forward to working with him as mayor in achieving sustainable actions and policies.  While I do not agree with his long past of obstructing PEX piping as I am Pro PEX and a plumber, I still like where he was going as mayor.  So, I have had to put not one, but two things aside to support him and all things are separate in abilities to achieve things.  To me, comparing Filner to Clinton is a complement to Filner, all falts aside.  As a leader, both have qualities I respect.  Let us be objective and not so judgmental, a good politician is just that.  If you want clergy running a city or a country your crazy, if youy want a politician running a church, same goes.  A guitarist should not be playing the drums.  

      ZachW subscriber

      As is often the case in politics, one side is rarely squeaky clean. I'd like to know if these accusations about bugging his office, forming a recall committee, and making up psychological evals before any of this stuff even happened are true. Goldsmith is dirty, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that

      ZachW subscriber

      I don't defend Filner's sexual compulsion that he couldn't control, but he is spot-on when he says this :

      "That all came to an end when Faulconer came in. As I say, back to normalcy. Their normal, their normalcy where there’s no debate, there’s no controversy. I mean, that’s what they like. I saw it as a crime against the citizens of San Diego the way they had been operating for decades. And I won on that platform so I think the people were with me."

      Bit-watcher subscriber


      Just because we are against Filner doesn't  mean we don't like the way SD has been run for decades.  Enron-by-the-sea, anyone?  Why is it a comic opera downtown?

      George Bacon
      George Bacon

      I have been making the same point about giving the city(and county?) part ownership in the Chargers in exchange for handing over the land and contributing to the cost of building a new stadium. Although I have been arguing that if the NFL as a whole refused to allow it, that the policy could be challenged in court as anti-competitive. The restriction exists solely to allow the NFL teams more leverage in negotiations with cities. Filner had some other ideas that were downright kooky though, like moving the airport to El Centro and schlepping passengers there and back by then-need-to-be-built-out rail and trains.  

      Kaye Kelley
      Kaye Kelley

      Its sad that Mr. Filners long record of service has been forgotten because of his last year in office. Let us try to remember the good he had done and let the chips fall where they may where his lawsuits are concerned.

      I hope one day Filner will apologize for his conduct...only then will the public forgive him . It is the only way he can re-create himself back into the advocate &  public servant he once was.

      Bit-watcher subscriber

      @Kaye Kelley

      It should be important to note that Dems had noted Filner's record of inappropriate behavior towards women in DC. I suppose that's a part of his service? 

      His participation in a union demonstration and disruptive public gathering in Old Town is now off the radar.  He was hauled away in cuffs, but escaped arrest or being charged with anything.  Incitement?

      Welton Jones
      Welton Jones

      Very good work, Ms Halverstadt. Congratulations. I look forward to the next installment.

      Desde la Logan
      Desde la Logan subscriber

      I call BS on his comments regarding the temporary emergency homeless shelter. Barrio Logan never wanted the shelter sited here and we demanded its removal. Ever since it was placed here the amount of homeless people within this economically marginalized community has increased.

      Desde la Logan
      Desde la Logan subscriber

      We asked for other communities, not just Barrio Logan, to share housing the homeless tent. We did our fair share while others did not. Why should a community burdened with enough hardships as it is have to deal with this while other communities do nothing?

      La Playa Heritage
      La Playa Heritage subscribermember

      @Desde la Logan Yes many Barrio Logan neighbors  advocated against Homeless Tents.   And the Poor and Homeless in general.  

      However, over the last 20 years, many journalist have confirmed that there IS a lower crime rate during the Winter Tent Operations, versus No Tent in Barrio Logan.  VOSD please investigate the Crime Rate Increases. 

      Yes the nearby Elementary and Monarch schools had good relationships with the Alpha Project's running on the Downtown Tent near the MTS Station in Barrio Logan.  

      Since the Homeless Tents were taken down forever, Homelessness in downtown and Barrio Logan increased dramatically. So have the number of Homeless San Diegans who have died on public property.  

      The plan to end Veterans Homelessness including keeping up the Barrio Logan and Veterans tents, until the homeless problem was solved, and the Tents dismantled.  

      The May 2013 Emergency Shelter Crisis allow the Mayor to house the Homeless in Public buildings without the need for CEQA or Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Amendments.

      On December 8, 2015 the City of San Jose used their Homeless Emergency Shelter Crisis to house their Homeless in City Libraries, and Community Centers.  This declaration also allows Churches and Non-Profits to House the Homeless during Inclement Weather. 

      Leadership and Cash is required to end Veterans Homelessness. 

      $42 million Cash from the Successor Agency ROPS-10 is available.  All that is needed is Leadership from Mayor Faulconer. 

      La Playa Heritage
      La Playa Heritage subscribermember

      @Desde la Logan Agreed.  Barrio Logan, East Village, and the Midway have done way more than their fair share.  There are Mentally Ill San Diegans from all over. The Neil Good Day Center (NGDC) was suppose to be replicated in every City Council District.  In June 2016 Mayor Faulconer is closing the NGDC Caltrans property at 17th and Imperial to allow the Downtown Partnership's Clean and Safe Program and the Police HOT team to replace the Homeless, creating even more of a mess downtown. 

      A great solution for Barrio Logan would be Leadership from Mayor Faulconer to open up the Old Library at 9th and E Street for Homeless San Diegans.  Problem solved. 

      Bob Gardner
      Bob Gardner subscriber

      Tis a shame to give this man, who belongs in jail in my opinion, any public forum.  And no, I didn't bother to read the article after I saw who it was about.

      Bit-watcher subscriber

      @ZachW @Bob Gardner

      That Filner was mayor of our city is a sad event, and a blot on our history.  I agree with Bob Gardner, that paying Filner *any* attention is demeaning to the residents and especially voters of San Diego.  

      ZachW subscriber

      @Bit-watcher, suggesting news outlets should only report on things or people who are pleasant is just plain stupid. I mean no offense to you or Mr Gardner, but you both seem clueless as to what journalism is. It's not filtering topics out because people find them unpleasant.

      Bit-watcher subscriber


      I've found that attempts at mind-reading, as you have attempted here, are not uncommon in comments sections.  They usually fail, as you have here. 

      Calling this tawdry fellow news is the issue I have with this piece. 

      ZachW subscriber

      @Bob Gardner: Your comment is absurd. like Filner or not, he was our mayor and involved in a huge news story that got national attention. To suggest an interview with him is not newsworthy is ridiculous. Even more so since you admit you didn't even read it

      Bit-watcher subscriber

      @Geoff Page

      LOL!!!  I agree. How anyone can compare would be a marvel, simply a marvel.

      If this piece, Filner's bloviating on himself, were intended as humor, then it would be more acceptable to me and likely many San Diegans. 

      That reminds me, that VOSD could use a really good satire column -- something actually funny, and not just mean-spiritedness masquerading as "humor".

      Geoff Page
      Geoff Page subscribermember

      @Bob Gardner A truly unintelligent comment, why did you bother to hit the keys?