U-T CEO Threatens to Use Paper to Try to Disband Port

U-T CEO Threatens to Use Paper to Try to Disband Port

Photo by Scott Lewis

The 10th Avenue Marine Terminal

 

U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch threatened to use the newspaper he manages to push to dissolve the Unified Port of San Diego, an email given to Voice of San Diego Thursday by port Commissioner Scott Peters reveals.

The threat came as Lynch pressed Peters on his decision to vote for a long-term lease with Dole, which operates at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

Lynch and U-T San Diego publisher Doug Manchester made moving the cargo operations and replacing them with a sports complex at Tenth Avenue the newspaper’s No. 1 priority.

If Peters and his colleagues went forward with the Dole lease, and did not make provisions to change it if the U-T’s vision gained steam, Lynch said the port would face consequences.

“There should be a provision that the PORT of successor (if PORT is disbanded) should be able to move Dole to National City. Otherwise this will become a major issue in the campaigns and the UT will be forced to lead a campaign to disband the PORT,” Lynch said.

A version of the email had previously been released to Investigative Newsource and KPBS, which are taking a deep look into the machinations of the U-T’s new owners as they brashly try to force the city to remake the waterfront.

But the threat to disband the port was not in the email KPBS posted because that was an email forwarded to the port by Peters seeking advice. He’d truncated it to edit out the threat so as not to distract port staff.

Then, Investigative Newsource obtained the port’s copy of the email through a public records request. Voice of San Diego asked Peters for the full exchange and he provided it. Manchester and Lynch have had no luck so far in their push, but they keep trying.

In the email, Lynch threatened Peters that various groups like business, labor and the U.S. Navy (even one mayoral candidate) would be willing to disband the port if the port doesn’t cooperate.

Investigative Newsource’s Joanne Faryon asked DeMaio what he thought about all that in an interview and rundown of their research. DeMaio said categorically he does not support the U-T plan and wants to maximize cargo operations at the port area in question.

Lynch denied to the Daily Transcript’s Andy Keatts that he had ever said he made progress with a mayoral candidate on his vision for the port.

Lynch and Manchester claim to have the ears of local politicians.

“In the radio business, I would ask to meet with the mayor, but they would blow me off, and I’d get with some junior staffer three months later,” Lynch told a business group recently. “I’ve been in about six meetings with the mayor(s), and they’ve all been in my office — it’s an entirely different experience.”

Later yesterday, KPBS reported that Rep. Bob Filner, wants to see communications between the newspapermen and the man they endorse for mayor, DeMaio: “Filner says he believes Manchester and Lynch have a well-organized plan to take over the city government.”

Some of this post appeared in today’s Morning Report.

I’m Scott Lewis, the CEO of Voice of San Diego. Please contact me if you’d like at scott.lewis@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0527 and follow me on Twitter (it’s a blast!):

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Ken King
Ken King subscribermember

Great investigative reporting, VOSD! Where else would we have read this? Since the Peters/Bilbray race is one of the most competitive in the nation, the national press should pick up on this heavy-handed attempt by the owners of our only daily paper to wield political influence to blatantly.

Cycling Ken
Cycling Ken

Great investigative reporting, VOSD! Where else would we have read this? Since the Peters/Bilbray race is one of the most competitive in the nation, the national press should pick up on this heavy-handed attempt by the owners of our only daily paper to wield political influence to blatantly.

Joseph Malochee
Joseph Malochee subscriber

Exactly, sports will make papa doug / lynch truckloads of dough as the owners of the paper! I don't know why there is any debate about what they have to gain by their proposal...

papajoe
papajoe

Exactly, sports will make papa doug / lynch truckloads of dough as the owners of the paper! I don't know why there is any debate about what they have to gain by their proposal...

David Cohen
David Cohen subscriber

I guess this is just a conservative-leaning newspaper's version of the liberal-leaning NYT's "NYT CEO Threatens to Use Paper to Try to Turn Central Park into Low-Income Housing." LOL

fryefan
fryefan

I guess this is just a conservative-leaning newspaper's version of the liberal-leaning NYT's "NYT CEO Threatens to Use Paper to Try to Turn Central Park into Low-Income Housing." LOL

Thomas Theisen
Thomas Theisen subscribermember

As of 8am on Friday, there is still no mention of this story when I search "Lynch port Scott Peters". Is it possible that the UT is simply going to ignore this story on the premise that if it is not reported in the UT, then it did not happen? Should we email John Lynch a link to the story?

TomT
TomT

As of 8am on Friday, there is still no mention of this story when I search "Lynch port Scott Peters". Is it possible that the UT is simply going to ignore this story on the premise that if it is not reported in the UT, then it did not happen? Should we email John Lynch a link to the story?

Jim Neri
Jim Neri subscribermember

Do L&M really think that they can dissolve the Port with their paper? What century are they operating in? Kudos to Peters on his handling of Lynch's pointed question, letting it fly by but attaching a sticky note to it on the way lest he forget how the law works.

Jimmer
Jimmer

Do L&M really think that they can dissolve the Port with their paper? What century are they operating in? Kudos to Peters on his handling of Lynch's pointed question, letting it fly by but attaching a sticky note to it on the way lest he forget how the law works.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

I'm not for the stadium, but It is a good idea to consolidate the marine terminals. Both are largely underutilized and either one can easily handle the current and future loads. Also the Port has done at best a mediocre job of managing our best resource, our waterfront. Of course the CCC is far worse than the Port, we need than monkey off our backs as well..

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

I'm not for the stadium, but It is a good idea to consolidate the marine terminals. Both are largely underutilized and either one can easily handle the current and future loads. Also the Port has done at best a mediocre job of managing our best resource, our waterfront. Of course the CCC is far worse than the Port, we need than monkey off our backs as well..

Paul Pitt
Paul Pitt subscriber

It's always the taxpayers .. and there's gonna be some hum-dinger taxes on 1/1/13 -- BAD ... plus a "cliff" plus soaring food prices due to corn crop failed. Triple whammy (and maybe triple-triple). U-T does not care. They want a fat sports pages (and advertisers).

Doodleboip
Doodleboip

It's always the taxpayers .. and there's gonna be some hum-dinger taxes on 1/1/13 -- BAD ... plus a "cliff" plus soaring food prices due to corn crop failed. Triple whammy (and maybe triple-triple). U-T does not care. They want a fat sports pages (and advertisers).

Paul Pitt
Paul Pitt subscriber

Typical left wing news media. The port creates jobs, is clean, boosts the economy (and the Navy is cutting back). Sports only sells newspapers. The city is bankrupt and cannot sell bonds (and the U-T knows it). San Diego has to live with it's choices (not so good) .. San Diego is in for a struggle after the "cliff" on 1/1/13 and the port is a ONE very good thing. (get rid of the U-T, nobody reads it; it's only about 5 pages long these days). KEEP VOSD .. they reported honestly.

Doodleboip
Doodleboip

Typical left wing news media. The port creates jobs, is clean, boosts the economy (and the Navy is cutting back). Sports only sells newspapers. The city is bankrupt and cannot sell bonds (and the U-T knows it). San Diego has to live with it's choices (not so good) .. San Diego is in for a struggle after the "cliff" on 1/1/13 and the port is a ONE very good thing. (get rid of the U-T, nobody reads it; it's only about 5 pages long these days). KEEP VOSD .. they reported honestly.

Bob Hudson
Bob Hudson subscriber

Manchester has been gaming the system for longer than most of the other players have even been aware there was a game and he's always succeeded, so why would he not think he can do it again? I was always struck by a statement I read somewhere that Manchester had a negative net worth when he developed his first high-rise hotel along the San Diego bayfront: he was technically broke and an unknown then. Now he's got millions, a big mouthpiece and he knows that no matter who becomes the next Mayor, that person will get behind the constant campaign to keep the Chargers in town.

Bob Hudson
Bob Hudson

Manchester has been gaming the system for longer than most of the other players have even been aware there was a game and he's always succeeded, so why would he not think he can do it again? I was always struck by a statement I read somewhere that Manchester had a negative net worth when he developed his first high-rise hotel along the San Diego bayfront: he was technically broke and an unknown then. Now he's got millions, a big mouthpiece and he knows that no matter who becomes the next Mayor, that person will get behind the constant campaign to keep the Chargers in town.

John Ross
John Ross subscribermember

I predict that someone shall soon stop by to tell us that all newspapers do this. 3.2.1...

Volute
Volute

I predict that someone shall soon stop by to tell us that all newspapers do this. 3.2.1...

Don Wood
Don Wood subscriber

Good reminder that a vote for Carl DeMaio is a vote to make Doug Manchester mayor of San Diego.

Don Wood
Don Wood

Good reminder that a vote for Carl DeMaio is a vote to make Doug Manchester mayor of San Diego.

Thomas Morales
Thomas Morales subscriber

Sure, yet another example of our radical liberal drive-by media (the UT is media too, no?) Those who own/control/direct 'the media' work to server what they believe is their best interest (however myopic those may be); One thing is for sure and for certain, that some 95% of all the people who live in the these United States of America, that group with members who make 100,000 dollars or less each year in earned wage incomes, seems 'they' do not own/control/direct "the media." The truly wealthy - they hold so very much sway over all fields of power; and it is to them the failures or success in our shared human society and economy ultimately rest; for when such a small powerful special interest group hold such a disproportionally larger about of power it is at their feet that “the buck stops”

Tomas
Tomas

Sure, yet another example of our radical liberal drive-by media (the UT is media too, no?) Those who own/control/direct 'the media' work to server what they believe is their best interest (however myopic those may be); One thing is for sure and for certain, that some 95% of all the people who live in the these United States of America, that group with members who make 100,000 dollars or less each year in earned wage incomes, seems 'they' do not own/control/direct "the media." The truly wealthy - they hold so very much sway over all fields of power; and it is to them the failures or success in our shared human society and economy ultimately rest; for when such a small powerful special interest group hold such a disproportionally larger about of power it is at their feet that “the buck stops”

Thomas Theisen
Thomas Theisen subscribermember

Also tried searching the UT website for "Lynch port Scott Peters" and the most recent article was the Dole lease on Sept 18. Would love to have been a fly on the wall at the UT editorial meeting today.

TomT
TomT

Also tried searching the UT website for "Lynch port Scott Peters" and the most recent article was the Dole lease on Sept 18. Would love to have been a fly on the wall at the UT editorial meeting today.

Thomas Theisen
Thomas Theisen subscribermember

Just searched the UT site for "Lynch port Ron Roberts" and the most recent article was March 2012. Can the UT really not report this story? If a tree falls in the forest...

TomT
TomT

Just searched the UT site for "Lynch port Ron Roberts" and the most recent article was March 2012. Can the UT really not report this story? If a tree falls in the forest...

Rick Smith
Rick Smith subscriber

Dissolving the Port doesn't change a single one of the issues facing the UT's number priority; starting with the location stinks.

Tigershark
Tigershark

Dissolving the Port doesn't change a single one of the issues facing the UT's number priority; starting with the location stinks.

Dianne Parham
Dianne Parham subscriber

If they succeed, it will be the taxpayers that get stuck paying the bill for another stadium while Lynch and Manchester haul in the profits from their backdoor deals. It would be nice if people would wake up to their activities...it's not as if they are being subtle about it. Do you really want Manchester running the government more than he already is? The I-Newsource/KPBS investigation team has been running this story for two days....http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/sep/27/port-commissioner-u-t-coming-after-us/ ... good to see there are still some investigative reporters out there despite Manchester's efforts to chase or buy them off.

dialyn
dialyn

If they succeed, it will be the taxpayers that get stuck paying the bill for another stadium while Lynch and Manchester haul in the profits from their backdoor deals. It would be nice if people would wake up to their activities...it's not as if they are being subtle about it. Do you really want Manchester running the government more than he already is? The I-Newsource/KPBS investigation team has been running this story for two days....http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/sep/27/port-commissioner-u-t-coming-after-us/ ... good to see there are still some investigative reporters out there despite Manchester's efforts to chase or buy them off.

Marc Lepen
Marc Lepen subscriber

I dont know why the VOSD doesnt do this more often. This is obviously why DeMaio (DeLiar) can not be elected to the post of mayor, he is Manchester and Lynch's puppet he will do or say anything to get out from underneath that bus, but we all know the TRUTH and that is if DeMaio gets in the Marine terminal will go to Manchester and Lynch to do with what they want, this is why Filner should be elected and not DeMaio.

Marc
Marc

I dont know why the VOSD doesnt do this more often. This is obviously why DeMaio (DeLiar) can not be elected to the post of mayor, he is Manchester and Lynch's puppet he will do or say anything to get out from underneath that bus, but we all know the TRUTH and that is if DeMaio gets in the Marine terminal will go to Manchester and Lynch to do with what they want, this is why Filner should be elected and not DeMaio.

Terry Shewmaker
Terry Shewmaker subscriber

You said it, Bill: keep it coming, Voice! L&M may well deny it to the rooftops, but their cover's been blown. You really want to swing on the state, guys? You will LOSE.

thoughtfulbear
thoughtfulbear

You said it, Bill: keep it coming, Voice! L&M may well deny it to the rooftops, but their cover's been blown. You really want to swing on the state, guys? You will LOSE.

Ari Isaak
Ari Isaak subscriber

The preemptive shot across the bow was the "call out as obstructionist" comment. The Port is the primary "obstructionist". What Lynch doesn't realize is that even if the Port wasn't the lead agency on the regulatory issues this idea still won't get through. Manchester and Lynch have a lot of money, but not enough to make this happen.

SDMAPS
SDMAPS

The preemptive shot across the bow was the "call out as obstructionist" comment. The Port is the primary "obstructionist". What Lynch doesn't realize is that even if the Port wasn't the lead agency on the regulatory issues this idea still won't get through. Manchester and Lynch have a lot of money, but not enough to make this happen.

Bill Brittingham
Bill Brittingham subscriber

Great work VOSD! We'd have never known of this without you.