San Diego The former minister of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church has been put on trial by the national Presbyterian Church for allegedly committing "sexual abuse" and "misuse of his office and position" in connection with his involvement with two female staff members. Donald McCullough, who served at the Solana Beach church between 1980 and 1994 before leaving to become president of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, quit that job last week , as the church trial neared a verdict, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The alleged liaisons reportedly happened while McCullough was the popular pastor of the church. Nine years ago, in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, McCullough blasted proposed liberalization of church dogma to allow sex outside of marriage. "McCullough agrees the report is a radical departure from traditional Christian morality and says Presbyterians would overwhelmingly reject it," the paper reported in April 1991. "He criticizes it for saying nothing about Christian marriage as a covenant in which husband and wife promise fidelity to each other just as God pledged fidelity to them. But the 'most damning' part of the report for McCullough is its call for Presbyterians to 'enter into dialogue with Scripture,' the implication being that scriptural teachings on sex are modifiable by human experience."... Larry and Jimmy Flynt, the controversial smut peddlers who founded Hustler magazine, have told the Cincinnati Enquirer they will soon bring their act to San Diego. The Flynts made their announcement as Larry broke ground last week on a 7200-square-foot Hustler "superstore" in a Cincinnati suburb. The flashy retail establishment will carry dirty videos and sex toys, along with Hustler-labeled designer clothing. In addition to San Diego, Flynt said the chain will soon expand to Chicago, New York, and South Beach, Florida.
It's not quite in the same league as Padres owner John Moores's $20 million pledge last week to help pay for construction of the UCSD cancer center, but the University of Colorado is happy enough. According to a report in the Rocky Mountain News last week, Moores's brother Anthony, identified by the paper as a "former substitute teacher" and a 1977 CU grad, is donating $1.1 million to the school's graduate fellowship fund. "Our hope is that by specifying this as a challenge grant, other donors, whether alumni or corporate, will step forward with similar contributions for graduate fellowships," Anthony was quoted as saying. The paper added that Anthony "co-founded" JMI Equity, John Moores's venture-capital company, in 1991 ... Entertainment Weekly reports that those anti-Al Gore TV spots funded by secret San Diego donors and featuring a parody of the Jeopardy! TV show created by ex-Pete Wilson insider George Gorton have been yanked off the air after Jeopardy! producers threatened to sue.
Streetfighters in the Lobby
Science Applications International, the multibillion-dollar La Jolla high-tech consulting firm, has gone to war with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, another big-money government-consulting outfit, over the name of a street in Tysons Corner, Virginia. According to a report in the Washington Post, the battle started after SAIC convinced county supervisors to change the name of the street leading to its new 14-story building in a Tysons Corner office park from Goodridge Drive to SAIC Drive. Trouble is, Booz-Allen shares the same street, and Booz-Allen execs became infuriated when they noticed the change. "I would have thought someone would have brought this to our attention," chief executive Ralph Shradertold the Post. "We're private in our ownership and our demeanor. We just have a granite sign outside with our address. It's not a very comforting feeling knowing that we have to direct clients down that street [named SAIC] to our place. I would never try to pull off something like this." To undo the change, Booz-Allen is mounting a counter-lobbying drive ... Another big federal contractor from La Jolla, General Atomics, has hired Washington's Rooney Group International to lobby on "legislation containing funds for development of synthetic aperture radar for tactical airborne reconnaissance tasks," says Political Finance & Lobby Reporter.
Contributor: Matt Potter