Blog of San Diego was conceived by Pat Flannery at Election Central, Golden Hall, San
Diego, California on election night November 2, 2004. Walking the floor
of Golden Hall that evening it occurred to him that the political
process was only dimly understood by most San Diegans.
The people in that great hall that night were
either recent campaign workers now seeking jobs in government or
hardened political professionals making business contacts for the next
round of elections.
The media folks were enjoying a target-rich environment. Brandishing microphones
and notebooks they took turns interviewing eager smile-frozen politicians.
As the newly-elected office holders gazed at the big board,
admiring their winning margins, you could see them being quietly surrounded by their new best friends, the clammy-fingered hard core
lobbyists who would haunt their every waking hour for the next four
years and introduce them to the real world of politics - the
behind-the-scenes money and deal-making.
Meanwhile the folks at home were being treated to a torrent of platitudes
pouring from important-looking newspaper columnists alongside preening TV anchors. San Diegans could go to sleep
that night knowing that they
lived in the Finest City in the Greatest Country in the history of
Why would anybody want to spoil that illusion? Why introduce reality?
As you read Blog of San Diego's supporting documents and watch selected video
clips from City Hall, you realize that things are not always as the
mainstream media report them.
Much is going on behind the scenes that gets edited out for the sake of
"journalistic balance". Thus, the so-called "media" gets to
decide what people know and what they may never know.
The need for "Unfiltered News based
Source Documents", without intermediation, is stronger
and more urgent
than ever. Read the source documents I provide and learn
how your government really works. More
importantly, become involved. San Diego is your city.