The Starting Line— It Just Might be Raining on Carl DeMaio’s Parade Come Saturday

A group of activists have announced plans to protest City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio’s plans to march (entry #81) in Saturday’s Gay Pride parade. A Facebook page entitled “Turn Your Back on Carl DeMaio” has attracted over 300  commitments to join in the event as of 8 am today.  The announcement says:

Carl DeMaio has turned his back on the LGBT community; it’s our turn to Turn Our Backs on him. This Saturday as Carl’s contingent passes by, Turn Your Back to him. Let’s give photographers, videographers, and the media something to talk about: The fact that we won’t support someone who won’t support us!

Large Poster Sign graphics and flyers are currently being made. Final renditions will be put up for a vote for favorite(s) to be printed. If you would like to donate to get these materials printed and ready for the Pride Parade this Saturday or have Slogan Ideas, contact Jase at We love community support! Thank You!

They go on to quote the March 16th issue of LGBT Weekly on DeMaio, saying:

“DeMaio has made a pact with the devil in pursuit of power, a pact made because of his desire to be mayor of America’s Finest City. DeMaio so desperately wants to be mayor that he has made deals with anti-LGBT organizations and people who support his candidacy for mayor, while also supporting groups whose main purpose is to fight against LGBT equality.”

Free champagne offered to DeMaio supporters… Over at, publisher Johnathan Hale (who just happens to be the City Councilman’s significant other), published a “Letter to the Community” inviting would-be supporters in for a champagne reception, asking them to join Carl and other supporters in the Pride Parade. Hale asserts that DeMaio’s hasn’t sold out the Gay Community by accepting monies from Proposition 8 supporters and says San Diegans should be proud of his ‘historic’ campaign for San Diego mayor.

One movie, two plot lines…. Tonight marks the opening of the latest Batman film and there are two stories, one stupid and the other great to tell besides the box-office records that (early reviews are good) most likely will be set.

Story one involves none other than Rush Limbaugh, the bloatovated radio host whose stock and trade involves as few real facts as possible. Yesterday’s Rush rant consisted of spinning a dark tale of conspiracy regarding the villain in the new Gotham City saga, who just happens to be named – drum roll, please – Bane, which sounds like Bain, the company that GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s been in hot water over lately. And we know what that means, don’t we? It’s got to be as obvious as the nose on your face that this has to be an Obama conspiracy. Here’s the Rush-bot:

So, anyway, this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there’s now a discussion out there as to whether or not this is purposeful and whether or not it will influence voters. It’s gonna have a lot of people. This movie, the audience is gonna be huge. A lot of people are gonna see the movie, and it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd, and they’re gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie, “Oh, yeah, I know who that is.” (laughing) There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.

Of course the truth is that the “Bane” character first emerged in a 1993 comic-book and appeared in an earlier “Batman & Robin.” His role in the new film, “The Dark Knight Rises”, was announced early in 2011, back when Mitt Romney was one of a flock of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.

Story number two involves Craig Newmark, the internet entrepreneur best known for founding Craigslist and a gaggle of internet heavies including WordPress, Imgur, Cheezburger Network, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They’ve joined together to launch the Internet Defense League, a new organization intended to protect the open Web. Spearheaded by Fight for the Future and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, they’re putting together an Internet “bat signal” of sorts.

When threats to Internet freedom emerge, i.e., objectionable legislation, the League will send supporters a snippet of code that can be added to websites to alert people of the need for action. The group will formally launch next week as Congress returns. Three pieces of questionable legislation are already making their way through the grist mill. “Think of it like the Internet’s Emergency Broadcast System, or its bat signal,” the group said on its website.

Another City privatization effort fails…San Diego’s Managed Competition Independent Review Board is expected to tell Mayor Sanders today Miramar Landfill should continue to be run by city employees rather than a private company.  Last year the Mayor announced that he intended to sell the landfill operations; large waste management companies showed interest until it became clear that the US Navy, owner of the property wanted nothing to do with the deal, citing environmental and liability concerns. A posted request earlier this year for companies to take over management of day-to-day operations at the landfill did not bring in any legitimate offers, leaving city employees as the winners by default.

Tweet of the day: Referring to yesterday’s request by Police Chief Bill Lansdowne for $66 million to rebuild the SDPD over the next five years:

Rachel Laing ‏@RachelLaing – The city’s 911 system is 25 years old, COBOL-based, and prone to failure. Not to terrify you…

On This Day:  In 1982 the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level in 1981. (The official rate for 2010 was 15.1%)  In 1984 Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice-President. In 1995 Elvis Presley’s former doctor Dr. George Nichopoulous, lost his medical license for excesses connected with prescribing addictive drugs.

Eat Fresh! Today’s Farmer’s Markets: Carmel Valley (Canyon Crest Academy 5951 Village Center Loop Road) 3:30 – 7:00 pm, Chula Vista(Downtown, Center St. & Third Ave.) 3 –7 pm, Linda Vista  (6900 Linda Vista Road Between Comstock & Ulric) 2 – 7 pm, North Park (CVSPharmacy parking lot 3151 University & 32nd St.) 3 – 7 pm, Oceanside Market & Faire (Pier View Way & Coast Hwy. 101) 9 am – 1 pm,Oceanside Sunset (Tremont & Pier View Way) 5 –9 pm, San Carlos (Pershing Middle School 8204 San Carlos Drive) 4 – 7 pm, SDSU Farmers’ Market (Campanile Walkway btw Hepner Hall & Love Library) 10 – 3 pm, University Town Center  (Genesee Ave. at UTC Westfield Shopping Plaza) 3 – 7 pm.

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Doug Porter

Doug Porter was active in the early days of the alternative press in San Diego, contributing to the OB Liberator, the print version of the OB Rag, the San Diego Door, and the San Diego Street Journal. He went on to have a 35 year career in the Hospitality business and decided to go back into raising hell when he retired. He's won awards for 'Daily Reporting and Writing: Opinion/Editorial' from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Doug is a cancer survivor (sans vocal chords) and lives in North Park.
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  1. avatarVickie says

    Shame on Carl DeMaio- his Union Busting is Disgusting!

    What I really wanna know is: Who is Johnathan Hale, aka John Wyckoff, aka Johnathan Hackett?

    R.I.P Michael Portantino.

    • avatarAndy Cohen says

      Some have flinched at questions looking into Hale’s background, saying that a candidate’s significant other should be mostly off limits. After all, they’re not the ones running for office. Ordinarily I would agree to an extent. For example, it’s helpful to know that Mindy Fletcher worked for the Bush Administration and has ties to Karl Rove, as it helps us better understand her husband’s stand on some positions.

      In this case, it’s been documented that Hale has a highly questionable and suspect history, and San Diegans have a right to know about it. After all, should DeMaio be elected mayor, Hale will have his ear and without question have a strong influence on DeMaio. San Diego has a right to know who their potential next mayor associates with. It goes directly to the character of the man himself.

      • avatarVickie says

        How many couples do you know where only one of the pair does cocaine on a regular basis?

  2. avatardoug porter says

    Hale’s “Letter” at SDGLN Says: “Please join Carl and myself for a champagne reception right before the San Diego Pride Parade! ”
    Of course, champagne is an ingredient in Mimosas. I’m sure they don’t mean to be misrepresenting anything here; they wouldn’t do anything like that, would they?

  3. avatarGoatskull says

    “Carl DeMaio has turned his back on the LGBT community; it’s our turn to Turn Our Backs on him.”

    I am no fan of Carl DeMaio in anyway shape or form, but how exactly has he turned his back on the LGBT community? Probably a dumb question but just humor me. Is it because he’s a Republican (a greedy one at that)? Beyond the issue of legal same sex marriage and not being discriminated against for being gay, gender preference otherwise has nothing to do with political leanings.

    • avatardoug porter says

      he is taking money from – and made political promises to- rich people who funded the yes on 8 campaign. I’d call that pretty much selling out your side.

  4. avatarJohn Thurston says

    There seems to be conflict in the LGBT community over Carl Deamio’s legitimacy as being a supporter of the community or a evil traitor. Well here is your chance to set aside all the bitter bickering and put him to the real test.
    Come checkout his Champagne reception offer, and here is why to join him in a peaceful gesture and to determine his worthiness.
    This has three possible outcomes:
    1. He serves some cheap ass junk like Andre or Cooks, therefore he is not a self respecting gay man.

    2. Since he claims to be fiscally responsible he might serve a reasonably good and mid-priced bubbly like Kobel, a Cava from Spain, or an Italian Prosecco.

    3. He lavishes on entertainment like a tasteful gay man should and serves decent real French Champagne like Veuve Cliquot, Dom Perignon, or Cristal like a good wealthy Republican should.

    Depending on you own level of sophistication and ability to draw inferences, then vote accordingly…
    And SIMMAH DOWN now, will ya all?
    Andre? NO WAY!
    Cristal? ALL THE WAY!