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Earlier this week, we told you about Rep. Bob Filner’s two decades in Washington, D.C., a time of accomplishment — especially in regard to veterans and his constituents — that was also marked by the congressman’s difficulty getting along with others.
What do partisans on both sides of the ideological aisle think of him? We’ve compiled ratings from a variety of political organizations from the AFL-CIO, American Conservative Union and others.
There’s no surprise here. Liberals think he’s just peachy (he got a 100 percent score from the progressive Americans for Democratic Action organization) while the conservative group Club for Growth is unenthused, giving him a lifetime score of nine out of 100. Another tidbit: he missed a third of votes in 2011-2012, and his career record of absenteeism is several percentage points higher than the average.
Want to know even more about the Democratic mayoral candidate? We’ve compiled links to 11 stories about his congressional career from news outlets like Roll Call, ESPN (yes, ESPN, thanks to Filner’s bid to help a local athlete), the U-T San Diego and more.
New Look for the S.D. Art Fair
The Arts Report, our weekly look at all things artistic and cultural, focuses on the annual San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, which has moved from the bayfront to Balboa Park and starts up this week.
“The event is taking a major turn away from being a glitzy destination fair in a hotel, and toward displaying facets of San Diego’s artistic identity,” our Kelly Bennett reports. Among other things, it will have sections devoted to contemporary art, contemporary furniture and product design, midcentury and modern art, plus booths for solo artists.
In other arts news, a local bearded boy has done good (and won a Tony), and there are some quirky, gory and romantic plays on tap here. (Remember the book about mental illness called “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”? One of the plays, a comedy by Steve Martin, features a man who may wish he had such problems.)
And the two mayoral candidates, who have a mind-bending marathon of some 20 debates scheduled, will meet this week to talk innovation and creativity.
Bye, Fact Check TV. Long Live, the Weekly Facts!
Presto change-o: Fact Check TV, our weekly segment on NBC San Diego, has a new name and a new focus. It will be called The Weekly Facts and focus on our fact checks and overall news coverage.
Check the latest edition, which features a look at a claim about the U-T San Diego and offers a couple of amusing photos from San Diego’s past.
Meanwhile, VOSD Radio still has the same name, but a new co-host: our Will Carless. Listen to him talk about school bonds and the mayor’s race in the latest edition.
In other VOSD news, the most popular story of the week pondered the mystery of the possibly missing coyotes in Tecolote Canyon. One thing is clear: It wasn’t Colonel Mustard in the rec room with a flatiron. But could it have been the secretive federal agency that’s killed thousands of wild animals locally in recent years?
The Idea Tournament will be a big part of our second annual Politifest event later this month, and we’ll be posting several more proposed ideas in the next few days.
You can see the first batch here or click through to them individually. Check back for more in the coming days.
They tackle career academies, a new utility, reducing waste, syncing traffic lights, free bus passes, redeveloping a pier, more on public utilities, IDs for the homeless, auctioning stadiums and renewable energy options.
A few notes:
• Once we’ve posted submitted ideas, VOSD members will vote on the best ideas. On Sept. 19, we’ll announce six contenders.
• At Politifest on Sept. 29, each of the six finalists will have five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel. The panel will rate the ideas and two finalists advance.
• The crowd at Politifest will vote on a winner.
• The winner will receive an “idea-inspired” trophy custom-designed by former City Councilwoman Donna Frye. VOSD CEO Scott Lewis will also write about the winner’s idea. Check out last year’s winner, Christopher Yanov here.
Quick News Hits
• A Washington Post columnist offers “10 Inviolable Rules for Dealing with the Sharks on Wall Street” and draws inspiration from our coverage of the now infamous Poway school bond deal.
Meanwhile, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer says he’s not in favor of a ban on the kinds of risky bonds that Poway adopted, but he’s OK with limiting them.
• Local journalist Justin Hudnall wrote the definitive story about the now-infamous late-night water gun fight at Balboa Park. In a spoken-word performance in San Diego’s South Park neighborhood, Hudnall scorched the local media for what he called sensational coverage. You can watch him here.
• As we reported earlier this year, the San Diego Museum of Man, which has struggled lately, is focusing more on things other than bones and mummies. But some topics, like inhumanity, are perennial.
As KPBS reports, a somber new exhibit looks at “Instruments of Torture,” featuring the Rack, an Iron Maiden and more, all from an Italian museum. Unlike a 2000 exhibit with a similar theme, this one has more of an educational component.
I remember going to the previous torture exhibit and looking at a non-functional guillotine sitting in front of the museum. A couple about to be married at a chapel near it were none too amused. “We didn’t want to be upstaged by the Inquisition,” one told the U-T. The museum ultimately put a tarp over the thing.
Honestly, I think it would be awesome to get hitched in front of a guillotine. Maybe that’s why I’m still single.