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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.30.2014 25 days ago

What Donna Frye said at yesterday's anti-Carl DeMaio press conference--with video!

- By Kelly Davis

During his tenure on the San Diego City Council, rarely did Carl DeMaio not have his laptop open during council meetings. Was he taking notes? Being eco-friendly by not printing up docket material? Maybe. But it was pretty well-known that he was also working on personal business. Staffers would even take covert cellphone photos of DeMaio's laptop screen. But no one would talk about it on the record—until yesterday, when former Councilmember Donna Frye brought it up at a press conference during which she urged voters to pick incumbent Rep. Scott Peters over DeMaio for the 52nd District congressional seat. Frye mentioned it in response to U-T San Diego reporter Mark Walker asking her to expand on a comment she'd made about DeMaio exhibiting "behavior unbecoming of a public servant."

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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.28.2014 26 days ago

Gag rule proposed by Civic San Diego board chair

Latest move in the fight over redevelopment 2.0

- By Joshua Emerson Smith

The war among Civic San Diego’s board of directors continues. On one side, there are those who want elected officials to closely regulate the city-owned nonprofit. On the other, there are those vying for as much autonomy as possible.

The most recent salvo came from board Chair Cynthia Morgan, who last week proposed a gag rule for board members.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.24.2014 30 days ago

Former DeMaio deputy campaign manager says Todd Bosnich was not fired for plagiarism

- By Kelly Davis
To swat down allegations that he sexually harassed former staffer Todd Bosnich, Carl DeMaio has insisted that Bosnich is retaliating after being fired for plagiarizing a May 12 report on congressional pensions

Bosnich has countered that he was fired because he confronted DeMaio on his inappropriate behavior and refused to accept $50,000 in hush money.

Earlier this week, Alison Rentschler, who worked as DeMaio's deputy campaign manager for several weeks this past spring—before leaving to work for the San Diego County Republican Party—sent CityBeat a statement, saying that Bosnich "is an honest and trustworthy person" who wasn't fired for plagiarism. CityBeat gave the DeMaio campaign a day-and-a-half to respond, but received no comment. Here's Rentschler's full statement:

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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.21.2014 33 days ago

Carl DeMaio campaign submitted fake letters to the editor

- By Kelly Davis
Carl DeMaio's bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Peters was, not too long ago, described by national media as historic, with DeMaio vying to be the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress. But instead, his campaign is fast devolving into a sad spectacle.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.20.2014 34 days ago

Offensive email from Carl DeMaio targets Scott Peters' campaign staffer

- By Kelly Davis
Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio wants voters to know that he's down with the whole women's rights thing: access to birth control, equal pay, etc. But, behind the scenes, if you're a woman he disagrees with, you could be the subject of ridicule.

On Jan. 22, DeMaio sent an email to two members of his staff, campaign spokesperson Dave McCulloch and then-policy director Todd Bosnich (Bosnich has accused DeMaio of sexually harassing him and trying to buy his silence). The email's subject line is "Kate Lyon" and includes a photo of an overweight woman wearing a bra and eating what looks to be a Twinkie chicken nugget. (The woman in the photo is not Lyon.) Based on the email's metadata, it appears to be authentic.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.16.2014 38 days ago

Todd Bosnich didn't go to CNN or police with harassment allegations against Carl DeMaio

- By Kelly Davis
In a CNN story last week about allegations that he'd sexually harassed Todd Bosnich, his former policy director, Carl DeMaio claimed that the "troubled" young man had gone to the media as retribution for being fired.  

But, save for a June 2 interview with KFMB's Mike Slater that never aired, Bosnich didn't go to the media. It was CNN who contacted Bosnich about the alleged sexual harassment, said his attorney, Bibi Fell.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.13.2014 42 days ago

DeMaio accuser: 'It would have been much easier... just to remain silent'

Listen to Todd Bosnich's June interview with KFMB's Mike Slater

- By Kelly Davis

On June 2, the day before the primary election, Todd Bosnich recorded an interview with Mike Slater, a talk-show host on conservative radio station KFMB. Bosnich is the former policy director for Carl DeMaio's congressional campaign and has alleged that DeMaio sexually harassed him. In an interview that aired Friday on CNN, Bosnich said that when he told campaign manager Tommy Knepper about DeMaio's behavior, he was offered $50,000 and a job with the San Diego County Republican Party in exchange for his silence. He rejected the alleged offer. 

Last week, Slater told Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis that the interview never aired because Bosnich wasn't able to provide "further proof" of his allegations against DeMaio. CityBeat obtained a copy of the interview, which you can listen to here.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.06.2014 48 days ago

Carl DeMaio's claim that Scott Peters supports Medicare cuts undermines his own platform

Not to mention that it's being used by every other GOP congressional candidate

- By Kelly Davis
A press release from Carl DeMaio's congressional campaign this morning criticized incumbent Rep. Scott Peters for voting in support of more than $700 billion in cuts to Medicare. The release is vague on details, saying only that Peters "has repeatedly supported the implementation of H.R. 3590." 

H.R. 3590 is the Affordable Care Act (the press release strategically fails to say so). Peters wasn't in office when the ACA become law in 2010. And while he does support the law's continued roll-out, he says on his website that the the ACA's still "a work in progress." He's voted in favor of some ACA-related legislation like the "Keep Your Health Plan Act" and a bill to extend the open-enrollment period. Peters also co-sponsored a bill to repeal the ACA's medical-device excise tax

So, does the ACA include $700 billion in cuts to Medicare? Republicans say yes and have used it repeatedly to attack Democratic opponents. In February, and July, and September—and back in 2012multiple times—Politifact examined the claim, finding it, each time, to be "half true" (or, in the case of Paul Ryan's version, "mostly false") and seriously in need of context. 

"Some political talking points just never die," wrote Politifact Deputy Editor Louis Jacobson in September. 

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Last Blog on Earth | News 09.30.2014 54 days ago

How San Diego's using technology to solve homelessness

Data helps providers to assess need and target services

- By Kelly Davis
It's been almost a decade since San Diego set a goal to end chronic homelessness, but two vital components in that effort are now in place: a coordinated assessment tool that will help determine what kind of housing and services a person needs and a software system that will allow homeless-services providers to share information in real-time and move people into beds as soon as they become available. 

It's all part of a larger federal initiative called 25 Cities that emphasizes better coordination among service providers and using data to help target those services. As a first step, over the last few months, volunteers in San Diego have surveyed more than 2,200 unsheltered homeless folks and are using that information to not only match up people with housing, but also determine where there might be gaps in services. (A HUD analysis conducted last year, for instance, suggested San Diego has too many short-term beds and not enough permanent housing units.) Since August, 112 people, 44 of them vets, have been placed in permanent housing, paid for with federal vouchers; others have been hooked up with case managers who'll help them find appropriate housing. 

"This is a very data-driven initiative," says Michael McConnell, the 25 Cities San Diego team leader, "looking at who the people are and what their needs are."

McConnell is also part of Funders Together to End Homelessness, a group of philanthropists who, on Tuesday, announced a grant of $200,000 to continue 25 Cities San Diego's work. McConnell says a next step will be using data from the surveys to determine roughly how many people need to be housed each month to meet the goal of ending homelessness. 

"We're going start using that in the next 100-days phase," he says, "really drilling down on what we need to do."

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Last Blog on Earth | News 09.26.2014 58 days ago

San Diego homelessness services providers get on the same (virtual) page

Region-wide software program should make it easier to put people in beds

- By Kelly Davis
A year ago, when I interviewed Kelly Knight, homeless outreach coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership's Clean & Safe program, she lamented the fact that there was no central database she could use to help connect clients with beds. Providers like Knight will tell you that if someone's willing to accept help—especially someone who's chronically homeless—it's important to get them hooked up with shelter right away. Here's an excerpt from that story:

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