By Bob Dorn/Special the SDFP
The Ayn Randians in the leadership of The Reader can usually be counted on to keep the San Diego diocese safe for local conservatives, relying on snark to make clear they belong to neither party, nor to the city’s rulers, and especially not to the rest of the city’s readership. Last week, though, the weekly wetted down the dynamite in a piece of work from their fearless, bright and always readable Don Bauder. The story, a failure by UT-San Diego’s chief executive officer, John Lynch, to pay $23,332 worth of property taxes on a house he owns here, was relegated to page 50, and pared to just three long paragraphs. Two of those were dedicated to Lynch’s own explanation of how it came to be he’d failed to pay.
Here’s the final two-thirds of the Bauder story that appeared in The Reader’s briefs section called News Ticker last Thursday, not far from the advertisements for Botox, breast enhancements and dental implants:
“Says Lynch, ‘My tax accountant informed me that my first estate tax payment was received late in 2011. I don’t know why. They (sic) cashed the check and placed (it) in a suspense account. The second installment was paid on time but also placed in a suspense account. The problem is that due to computer problems, they never informed us. A few weeks ago my tax account received a bill for $4,400 or so for penalties. We protested.
“’In light of all, I paid the penalty amount today (according to the story, that would have been Nov. 06) and will be released (sic) from the suspense account.’ Lynch says he was not living in the house for a year (presumably 2011); he was renting it out and living downtown. ‘The accounting was not handled well by both my advisors and the Treasurer (presumably of San Diego County).’”
Now, normally, a truly tough guy like Bauder would have asked if Lynch keeps a close eye on his own accounts. He would have asked to speak to the accountant to find out if notifications of the delinquency arrived, just the way the notification of the late penalty did. He would have called the county Treasurer to find out if there were computer problems, and why Lynch’s protest failed to get him off the hook.
But then, when you’re Doug Manchester’s gunslinger you probably don’t have to answer questions like that. It’s a wonder that Lynch said (sounds more like the response was written) even that much to Bauder.