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Lester Bangs Memorial Reading Oct 21, 2014 Grossmont faculty and alumni writers, along with special guests, read their original works of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in tribute to “America’s Greatest Rock Critic.” In Room 220 of Building 26. 54 other events on Tuesday, October 21
Fall Arts
Epic San Diego Museum of Art exhibition promises a textbook lesson in the evolution of modern works
Kevin Faulconer’s likely to tack left on sustainability
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
With few specifics on who they were looking for, officers held the wrong man at gunpoint
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays


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Last Blog on Earth | News 10.20.2014 31 hours 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 5 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 9 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 15 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 20 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 25 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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Last Blog on Earth | News 09.24.2014 27 days ago

Ambulance selection on hold, yet again

State officials say county must control contract bid

- By Joshua Emerson Smith

After being on hold for more than two years, the city of San Diego’s competitive-bidding process for 911 ambulance service looks like it’s headed for yet another delay.

In August, state officials declined to approve the city’s formal request for proposals (RFP), saying county officials must perform the process, according to a memo released by the city Tuesday.

Expecting to send its 911 service out to bid this September, the city extended its contract with ambulance provider Rural / Metro through June 30. However, entering into a new contract by next summer now looks increasingly unlikely.

At a minimum, the state’s decision will delay the ambulance RFP by “a matter of months,” Scott Chadwick, San Diego's chief operating officer, wrote in the memo. “In a worst case scenario, the state’s decision could impact the city’s ability to determine how its paramedic services will be provided and under what financial terms.”

Based on a 2010 appellate decision concerning Butte County, state officials have taken a hard stance on which entities can issue RFPs for ambulance service. In San Diego’s case, the state Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has said that only the county-run local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA) can issue the RFP.

With the city's support, the county appealed the state's decision on Aug. 29. The state’s Commission on Emergency Medical Services will make the final determination. No date has been set for a hearing.

Craig Gustafson, spokesperson for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, issued this statement to CityBeat:

“Mayor Faulconer strongly believes that a spirited competition for the City’s ambulance contract can lead to better response times for San Diego neighborhoods and lower costs for taxpayers. He urges state authorities to reconsider their decision so that the City can put its contract up for competitive bid and allow San Diegans to decide which provider can best serve San Diegans in the future.”

In 2011, following allegations that Rural / Metro embezzled more than $17 million from the city, officials dramatically restructured the ambulance provider's contract and prepared a competitive-bidding process.

By 2012, then-Mayor Jerry Sanders’ staff had completed an RFP document but never released it. Then, when Mayor Bob Filner took over, he further delayed the process to consider allowing the San Diego Fire Department to bid.

If the county takes over the process, it’s unclear if a new RFP document will need to be drafted.

Write to joshuas@sdcitybeat.com and follow him on twitter @jemersmith.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 09.23.2014 28 days ago

San Diego City Council calls on mayor to release Climate Action Plan

Fight against climate change inches forward

- By Joshua Emerson Smith

Council Republicans called it “unfeasible” and “meaningless," but on Monday, the Democratic-controlled City San Diego Council passed a resolution telling Mayor Kevin Faulconer to cough up a draft of the city’s Climate Action Plan, which activists have said is long overdue.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 09.20.2014 31 days ago

Carl DeMaio staffer deletes Twitter account

Tweets included troubling comments about women, religion and race

- By Kelly Davis

Beware what you post on social media, especially if you plan to get a job in politics. And if you're a candidate, make damn sure your staff's vetted the social-media accounts of anyone you're planning to hire. Carl DeMaio's campaign, and the guy hired to be DeMaio's regional political director for his bid for congressional (DeMaio's trying to unseat incumbent Rep. Scott Peters in the 52nd District) learned that the hard way.

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Last Blog on Earth | News 09.12.2014 39 days ago

Lawsuit filed in the death of Bernard Victorianne

Attorneys argue that staff was 'deliberatively indifferent' toward inmate

- By Kelly Davis
Attorneys for the family of a man who died in a San Diego County jail two years ago filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in federal court today. Among other points, the lawsuit argues that jail staff were "deliberatively indifferent" to the medical needs of Bernard Victorianne, a 28-year-old African-American man who was found dead in his cell on Sept. 19, 2012, the result of a meth overdose.

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