The University of San Diego has a real-life controversy on its hands… It’s not like the fake manufactured crises that its well-heeled financial backers like to generate… In better times they call them debates, institutes or forums, and spend copious amounts of cash on them hoping that the great policy conclusions that emerge will reflect positively on the University. This time around USD’s marvelously wealthy groupies are throwing cash at stopping something from happening at the school.
It seems as though USD Pride, a student organization, has organized a Drag Show on campus, wherein boys will dress up as girls and vice versa. It started out as a bit of harmless fun designed to heighten awareness, yada, yada, yada. Now thanks to an article on the California Catholic Daily website (owned by the Reader’s Jim Holman), the angry alumni are circling the wagons, passing out petitions and yearning for the good old days when men were men except when they dressed up as women to sneak into the San Diego College for Women (true fact). The minions at the Daily website are screaming about “Perversion at its highest level” and saying mean things like “USD stands for Undeniable Satanic Destruction”. The drag show will take place tonight at the University Center, Forums B/C. 7 – 9 p.m. There is no cover charge.
San Diego City Council Blues…. The Land Use and Housing Committee (2 pm today) will, once again, hear requests from local citizens to take action on the Property Value Protection Ordinance, which would create a registry to track every property that receives a notice of default, the first step in the foreclosure process. Potentially such an ordinance would give the City an opportunity to assess damages when foreclosed properties are neglected. Given that Lorie Zapf chairs the committee, the measure will be tabled. Again. The bankers say “Thanks, Lorie, we love it when the taxpayers clean up our messes.”
Speaking of messes… It seems that Todd Gloria no longer qualifies as a Progressive Democrat. Empower San Diego’s political arm has declined to endorse Council District Three’s lone candidate, Todd Gloria. The Progressive San Diego website points out Gloria’s sellout votes on the Convention Center, among other things as cause for their disappointment in him. We think that calling him the Democratic answer to Kevin Falconer, on the City Council (i.e., always willing to stand up for a photo opportunity), is also a good description of his political leanings as of late.
The Hoteliers Hijacking, cont…. For those of you who might not have been following the sordid sage of Our Fair City’s latest giveaway, here’s a little background. Back on October 10th, Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Carl DeMaio put forth a motion altering the City’s municipal code that’s kept most of the details of the dealings regarding the local hotel tax free from public input or accountability. Now a bunch of hotel owners are secretly making tax policy and deciding where they’d like the money spent.
Someday (we hope) a grand jury will lift the veil on the connections between the rooms tax, the expansion of the Convention Center and the handoff of booking and marketing conventions to the hotelier controlled San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau. And then this story can be added to the collection of tales of woe wherein the taxpayers got screwed and our City got dubbed ‘Enron by the Sea’, or, as we like to call it, America’s Finest Tourist Plantation..