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A Party of Contrasts – Notes From the Annual Summer BBQ

Just seventy-two hours after announcing his resignation as Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner attended the club’s Annual Summer BBQ. The circumstances were quite different from last year when he attended midway between his hard fought primary and general election campaigns. Club members Judi Curry and the folks who run the San Diegans for a Progressive Future had slightly different takes on his visit. Judi writing for her OB Rag column noted: “In talking about the Mayor, most of us were very surprised to see him attending the meeting. In a way it was very sad and was bitter-sweet, because we were all aware of what “could have been” if things had worked out differently… There is a lot of hope, a lot of skepticism, a lot of discontent by the members of this group. The uncertainty of what is to come is stressful.” San Diegans for a Progressive Future’s Facebook page wrote: “We were there and many, both men & woman clamored to have their photo taken with Bob and everyone was happy to …

Bob Filner Failed, Not Democratic Ideology

Mayor Bob Filner’s story is a mix of extremes: professional and social triumph combined with self- admitted personal failure. Considering the nature of the accusations, Filner’s personal problems will more than likely overshadow any success he has achieved politically, thereby bringing his political career to an end. In recent days, the Republican Party has attempted to capitalize on this disturbing and pathetic story. On 2 August 2013, the online site for “The Hill” quoted a joint statement by five official Republican committees as follows: “Democrats hypocrisy is appalling, and with their silence, they are sanctioning the actions of Bob Filner and Anthony Weiner and numerous others who have assaulted, harassed, and preyed on women.” Such a criticism is clearly an opportunistic attack by the Republican Party, who is still recovering from the trouncing it received during the 2012 election. This trouncing was due in no small part to its anti-abortion and anti-contraception stances. Despite its self-serving motivation, however, the Republican Party has actually raised a valid question as to why the Democratic Party has allowed …

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What position should women take in the call for Mayor Bob Filner to resign?

What is in our best interests?   With the debate raging around us, it’s hard to figure out a logical position on this civic mess the Mayor is in. Two high profile progressive activists – whom I personally have very high regard for and who have very high regard for each other – sat down virtually last week to express very different points of view, which generally represent the range of views of the women in their very tight group of progressive activists. Anne H. As a member of several women’s organizations, I along with many other women have agonized over the issue of whether or not to urge Mayor Bob Filner to resign. On the one hand, he has supported and promoted women’s issues and civil rights for the past 50 years. His voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives has consistently been 100% in support of legislation important to women and children. During the past seven months, Mayor Filner has encouraged a closer relationship with Mexico, established pedestrians’ rights in Balboa Park’s …

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How You Can Support Bob Filner, America’s Finest Mayor

Last November we helped elect the most progressive mayor in San Diego history. Within just a few months Bob Filner has demonstrated that he deserves the title of America’s Finest Mayor. He supports the needs of regular working people, not the interests of the elite. He fights for civil rights for Californians, against unjust Federal law enforcement. He is empowering neighborhoods, not just the downtown district. He’s been chosen to represent the U.S. in the group Border Mayors to strengthen the whole region, north and south of the border. But helping to get Bob elected is not enough, we have to do more. When the mayor stands up to the powerful interests who have run this city for the last 50 years, the Mayor is constantly attacked. Not by the people who elected him, but by the special interest groups who wanted their lackey, their pawn, to be Mayor. These groups actively try to hamper his policy decisions at every turn. We must push back and be heard. Show that we have Bob’s back. For …

Jun 15 – Montfield Point Marine Association Annual Scholarship Banquet

The Montford Point Marine Association, San Diego Chapter 12 invite you to their Annual Scholarship Banquet Keynote Speaker Honorable Mayor Bob Filner Featuring Cocktails, lunch, prizes and Scholars! Donations $50 per person in advance or $55 per person at the door Must RSVP by June 3, 2013 When Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 11:30am – 3:30pm Where Crowne Plaza North, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego CA 92108 Points of contact Dr William Woods, Banquet Chairperson & Chapter Vice President (949) 939-1623 or bllywds@yahoo.com Robert Lewis, Chapter President (858) 353-4687 or namvet1968@att.net Melvin Chestnut, Awards Chairperson (619) 829-1064 or cnut47go@yahoo.com

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Dr Gin’s Economic Outlook for San Diego, and a Packed Agenda at May 2013 Meeting

Here’s a writeup of the May 2013 meeting, and it’s not the only one. Recently renewed member Judi Curry has a great writeup on the OB Rag. Dr Alan Gin provided a comprehensive overview of the national and local economic outlook. (Download Dr Gin’s Point Loma DC presentation slides.) San Diego lost over 70,000 jobs in the recent downturn, with construction hit particularly hard. The last 12 months has seen 30,000 new jobs created and we’re on track to add a similar number this year, but many of these jobs are low-paid. Six of the ten main categories of jobs in the region have salaries of around $20,000 per year! The most telling chart showed that although productivity of workers has increased steadily over the last 10 years this has not led to an increase in wages for the 99%, but profits have gone to tremendous growth of income for the top 1%. Ryan Trabuco, President of the Clairemont Town Council, introduced himself (more details here) and thanked the club for recently welcoming him to the …