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— Ex-San Diego city manager Jack McGrory has been sued for divorce by Cheryl, his wife of nearly 20 years. McGrory's controversial relationship with the Padres, for whom he went to work as a lobbyist and all-around Mr. Fix-It after helping the Chargers get their ticket guarantee, plays a role in the case. "Respondent is 54 years old and currently employed as an executive vice president with Price Entities/Price Legacies," Cheryl said in an August declaration. "Respondent has been so employed since 1997, except for a one-year hiatus when he worked for the San Diego Padres. Prior thereto, Respondent was the city manager for the City of San Diego. Respondent receives a monthly salary of $41,034.16. Also I believe he receives bonuses, options, and other valuable perquisites from his employment." The couple, who live in La Jolla and have three children (their daughter is a sophomore at USC), will be splitting their wheels, according to Cheryl: "I am the primary driver of the 2004 BMW 325. Respondent has been the primary driver of the 2004 Lexus." According to a statement filed by McGrory, he anticipates an eventual agreement "concerning the division of mutual property." So far, though, according to the filing, the case is still on, with the next hearing set for April.

R.I.P., not They say you can't take it with you, but try telling that to Helen Copley, who not only evidently took her cash with her to the grave but is giving it away from there. According to campaign-disclosure forms recently filed by the California Republican Party, "Helen Copley" of the Union-Tribune Publishing Company contributed $15,000 on September 22 of last year. That was almost a month after the 81-year-old publishing dowager's death on August 25. The day before Copley made her contribution, son David, who now controls the newspaper chain, was listed as giving the same amount ... The campaign committee of late San Diego city councilman Charles Lewis, who died August 8 while under indictment in connection with the Cheetahs strip-club bribery scandal, turned over the bulk of its leftover cash, $6651, to San Diego State University's Campanile Foundation, whose chairman, local beer magnate Ron Fowler, was a big Lewis booster. (According to the county medical examiner, Lewis died of cirrhosis.) Among other charitable activities, Campanile boardmember Malin Burnham paid for the posh official residence of SDSU president Stephen Weber.

Crime pays Friends and relatives of William D. Lynch, the San Diego County airport authority boardmember, have been providing legal fees to Lynch's indicted board mate, San Diego city councilman and Cheetahs defendant Ralph Inzunza. Scott Himmelstein, a longtime Lynch business associate, gave $250, as did Lynch's son Michael and his wife Tiffany. Pardee Homes' VP John Osgood of San Marino also maxed out, along with Pardee's Elizabeth Fischer of Solana Beach. The Inzunza fund paid criminal defense attorney Mike Pancer a total of $5000 ... Cornerstone Strategies, that campaign-consulting outfit with close ties to ex-state senator Steve Peace, made a total of $124,287 from the assembly campaign of Lori Saldaña, which dropped its previous advisor, campaign veteran Larry Remer, after his federal indictment in August on corruption charges. But Remer wasn't left entirely out in the cold: in addition to his regular monthly $2500 stipend from assemblyman Juan Vargas, who is challenging fellow Democrat Bob Filner for Congress, Remer's PG Graphics picked up $9000 in late October from the Committee on Political Education of the San Diego Labor Council for campaign literature and "misc."

Out of hiding The moneymen behind that last-minute hit on San Diego mayoral candidate Donna Frye finally emerged early last week with the filing of the semiannual statement for the "Coalition to Keep San Diego Working," the committee that sponsored the mailing. Top givers: Mission Valley hotel magnate C. Terry Brown and wife Charlene, $43,000; the San Diego Building Industry Association PAC, $44,000; the San Diego Board of Realtors PAC, $25,000; and the San Diego Restaurant Association, $5000. All contributed around the last week of October. Frye backers have contended that the committee acted illegally by failing to disclose the identity of its contributors before the election; an ethics complaint is pending. Although April Boling, Mayor Dick Murphy's close friend and campaign treasurer, oversaw the finances of the coalition, many of its backers were loyalists of Murphy's other opponent, county supervisor Ron Roberts. Brown, for instance, in late October spent $62,875 for polling and radio spots on behalf of Roberts. Republican Brown also gave $25,000 to the local Democratic Central Committee, $23,004 of which was spent on a mailer for San Diego city councilman Scott Peters, another Brown favorite ... City attorney Mike Aguirre has collected some postelection spare change from out-of-town executives of CH2M Hill, the big Colorado-based civil engineering firm that has ongoing contracts with city hall. They include VP Thomas Peters of Laguna Beach, Southwest business development manager Margaret Ibison, and VP Gwendolyn Buchholz, both of a Denver suburb, who each gave $250 on November 19.

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