Let us count the Bob Filners.

There’s the one who raises hell, gets arrested, quarrels with his colleagues and generally drives people crazy. This Filner’s reputation is that of a hothead who never met a tirade he couldn’t unleash.

Then there’s the other Filner, the smooth operator who’s kept his job as a local congressman since 1992 by meeting the needs of his constituents. Even though the district is mostly made up of Latinos, a prominent Latino opponent failed to beat him not once but three times.

Our profile of Filner, who represents much of the south part of the county along with all of sparsely populated Imperial County, reveals the contradictions of one of the most liberal representatives in the House.

In other news:

  • He hasn’t been replaced by Jay Leno, so things sure could be worse for Superior Court Judge John Einhorn. But he certainly can’t be thrilled by being boycotted by county prosecutors, who have refused to allow him to take new criminal cases for months.

    District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has declined to say why her office is boycotting Einhorn. She’s only sent this message to the public: Trust me.

    What gives her the right to boycott a judge in the first place? As we explain, it turns out that attorneys on both sides of cases get a “freebie” — a single chance to reject a judge without a specific reason. But they use it at their peril because the next judge could be even worse.

  • In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we looked back at our 2009 interview with Richard Lawrence, a local activist who worked with King in the 1960s.
  • We’ve got another timely story in our archives for this stormy week: a look back at a rainy late January week in 1916 that turned San Diego upside down, leaving death and destruction. We talked to a local “cowboy poet” who remembers growing up and hearing his elders talk about the catastrophic flood. And we recalled infamous rainmaker Charles Hatfield, whom locals wanted to lynch for causing the deluge. He, in turn, wanted his $10,000 fee. He never got it.
  • Speaking of history, we’re about to reach a landmark of our own. Next month, voiceofsandiego.org will turn five years old.

    We’ve come far: we have more staff members and contributors than ever before, more news and perspective to offer you every day, and more financial support to keep us at work. Please take a couple hours on Feb. 3 to meet us, celebrate and fight me over the hor d’oeuvres. (That’s my pig in a blanket. Mine! And step away from the crudités!)

    More details are here.


  • Solana Beach’s Martin Garrick is expected to ascend to the top GOP leadership post in the state assembly. (NCT)
  • The Wild Animal Park plans to expand by the summer, adding four new areas to its “Journey Into Africa” section. The NCT writes: “Park officials hope the new exhibits will bring in more visitors and help it offset a combined loss of $21.6 million in 2008 for the park and San Diego Zoo.”
  • The chief spokesman for the Chargers offered the U-T this quote about the prospects that city voters will support a new stadium in the wake of Sunday’s loss: “By the time there is a vote, yesterday’s game will be somewhat forgotten. These things tend to stick around.”
  • Before Sunday’s Chargers game, The Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark, N.J., took a lengthy look at San Diego’s efforts to keep the Chargers in town by building a new stadium.
  • The story suggests that San Diego may have more than its share of fair-weather fans: “Sun and surf beckon every day here, and Mother Nature may be why Chargers fans don’t share the lunacy of East Coast diehards. The Chargers’ average home attendance (67,543) ranked 18th in the NFL this season, and they filled the stadium to an average of 94.7 percent capacity — 24th best in the league.”

“Sun and surf beckon every day”? Wow. How did the Convention & Visitors Bureau get a writing gig at a newspaper in New Jersey? Nice work!


Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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