The “non-campaign” of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for the Mayor’s office continues unabated. Last week she refused to join in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate at Poltifest. This week she’s cancelled a speech at San Diego City College during Constitution Week, faced with the potential for hostile questioning from students upset with her lack of action and interest in a domestic violence case that resulted in the brutal on-campus murder of student Diana Gonzalez last year. A promised investigation into what may have gone wrong in that case has resulted in exactly nothing happening.
From a KPBS story about this case last year:
SAN DIEGO — October is Domestic Violence Month. San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis highlighted the problem this week. But she did so amid mounting questions about why her office didn’t press charges against a man suspected of murdering the wife he had previously brutalized. The victim tapped into the very resources Dumanis touted…. …her estranged husband kidnapped her from San Diego City College. For three days, he held her captive. She said he raped her. He threatened to kill her. And he choked her until she passed out…
…Immediately, following the attack, Gonzalez reported the alleged abduction to San Diego police. The 19-year-old told a detective Perez had battered her 20 other times. Based on her injuries and her story, the detective determined Gonzalez had been a victim of kidnapping, assault, rape, false imprisonment, spousal abuse and criminal threats. Perez was arrested. The police department submitted the case to the district attorney’s office. Gonzalez also filed for a restraining order against Perez…
…But the district attorney’s office did not press charges. Perez was released. And authorities now believe he went back to San Diego City College for Gonzalez a second time last Tuesday. This time she died violently.
While candidate Carl DeMaio, who also declined to debate last Saturday, seems intent on pursuing a strategy that involves only meeting with Certain Types of people (those who agree with him), Dumanis appears to be staking her political future on a campaign that seemingly involves meeting as few actual voters as possible. Unless they have cash.
Her public appearances for the coming month include fundraisers, cocktail fundraisers and more fundraisers, including one this Thursday (September 22) in the 4500 block of Del Monte Avenue, overlooking Ocean Beach. The suggested minimum donation for all these events is a mere $150. No word on whether there will be drug testing at the OB event.
“Bonnie Dumanis is the closest option to extend the Sanders years.”
The Dumanis non-campaign is, in part, dictated by ongoing and very vocal opposition to her practices as District Attorney regarding medical marijuana co-ops (actively prosecuting) and domestic violence towards women (alleged indifference). Opponents aligned with both causes have vowed to actively campaign against her Mayoral bid, including setting up a Facebook page called Not Dumanis. Then there are the people, including family members and her ex-husband Jonah Shacknai, who have found the DA’s investigation into the “suicide by gymnastics while bound nude” of Rebecca Zahau at the Spreckles mansion in Coronado lacking.
The Dumanis non-campaign is also predicated on her extensive political connections throughout the San Diego power structure—and, no doubt, her knowledge of political and legal scandals that lie hidden deep within “case closed, decline to prosecute” files within her office. Just this week her campaign trotted out the amazing “news” that local zillionaire Irwin Jacobs was endorsing her Mayoral bid, even though it was obvious from reviewing the campaign donations declared for the first quarter of this electoral season that he was fully committed. And then there are the numerous Democrats that have endorsed Dumanis, even though the Party actually has a credible candidate in this supposedly non-partisan election for the first time in two decades.
As Lucas O’Connor, writing in Two Cathedrals, put it succinctly:
Bonnie Dumanis is the closest option to extend the Sanders years. The Sanders years have failed to address the budget crisis, failed to “solve” pensions, failed to come up with a model to connect philanthropists with communities, removed layers of accountability from municipal services, and directly instigated the statewide death of redevelopment corporations in the hopes of building a Chargers stadium. The only people with an interest in perpetuating this are those who benefit from the legacy power structure at City Hall — insiders with personal relationships downtown. So supporting a moderate Republican is a pay-to-play access move, ensuring that City Hall stays open to a few, select Democrats willing to promote Republican policy. It’s a nonpartisan problem, but a systemic one.
So the upshot of this is that Dumanis is obviously hoping that the sheeple will follow their “leaders” who have endorsed her so she doesn’t have to bother dirtying her hands with ordinary voters. Be warned, Ms. Dumanis: 2012 will be a year of the activism here in San Diego–you can run, but you can’t hide.