The Jerry Sanders F-bomb saga made it all the way to the Sacramento Bee and I'm not convinced it's done spreading. So it's probably worth noting that Jerry Sanders has a pretty good point: so far this race ain't about the issues. The blame doesn't lie anywhere in particular, since for every fluff media story you can find a substantive one that everyone ignored and you can probably find a fluffy press release from the Mayor's office. For every substance-less maneuver by Steve Francis, you can find a substantive issue that Mayor Sanders would presumably rather not discuss (crumbling infrastructure, reductions in city services, catastrophic fire, Sunroad, Sunrise, City Charter, etc.).
If Sanders is frustrated by a perceived political superficiality in San Diego, I'm happy to welcome him to the party. But I'd also note that he's waking up in a bed he helped make. The Sanders years have done little to assuage the sense of distrust held validly by many in this city. His development plans have disrupted the development of neighborhoods, his backroom dealings and cronyism have fanned the flames of cynicism, and his transparent attempts to consolidate power undermine his credibility as a noble or honest broker.
He may be frustrated by the recent superficiality, petty behavior and lack of engagement around town, but if he's going to start throwing around the blame, he should remember to check the mirror too.