News Under the Radar

Lori’s loan

Saldaña needs your help with campaign debts

Democrat-turned-independent Lori Saldaña, who placed third in last month’s race for San Diego mayor, is looking for more campaign cash for a low-five-figure post-election personal payback. “I will formally close my campaign account at the ...

All the mayor’s moneyed friends

North County’s Issa has been active

A high-dollar charity blow-out “honoring” San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer three days before San Diego’s June 7 mayoral election drew a bevy of the city’s wealthiest politicos and special interests, according to a behested payment ...

Parsing Parsky’s billions

The California Hedge Clippers get to work

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident and Cayman Islands tax-haven figure Gerald Parsky, who in 2006 bitterly battled a new school in the wealthy enclave north of San Diego, is now in the crosshairs of a ...

Stadium crashers

“Jobs and Streets First!”

The political committee set up to defeat the Chargers drive to build a downtown, taxpayer-subsidized stadium and meeting complex finally has a name: “No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets First!” More interesting to local ...

Smartphones smuggled into prison

Can you hear me now?

Gone is the era when hacksaws were smuggled into prisons via cakes and other baked goods produced by wives and grandmothers. These days, the contraband items of choice are smartphones and the tiny subscriber identification ...

Really frequently flown

Pension-fund investment officer took five free trips

An already well-traveled San Diego city retirement fund executive has hit the road again in 2016, picking up luxury hotel, airfare, and food freebies from real estate investment funds doing business with the city. Last ...

Unpeaceful goings-on

Should we change the city primaries?

A non-profit founded by Democratic state senator Steve Peace has just registered to lobby in San Diego. The Independent Voter Project is pushing for a charter amendment to require the top two vote-getters in city ...

Waste a lot, want more

Things are moving slowly at the veterans’ homes

In July 2013, a new computer system was installed at the State of California’s veterans home in Chula Vista, and things quickly went awry. After repeated complaints from clinic staffers, the chief medical officer ran ...

Unethical S.D. politics, as usual

Architect Doug Austin has designs

Two years ago, Union-Tribune publisher, developer, and Republican kingpin Douglas Manchester put $356,000 into the campaign to make Kevin Faulconer mayor, and it didn’t take long for the political investment to pay off in a ...

Liberals spending

Saldaña’s bid got five-figured financial help

Former Democratic state assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, who has left the party and become an independent, came in third to mayor Kevin Faulconer and Democrat Ed Harris in this year’s race for San Diego mayor. The ...

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