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Average San Diego citizens who have a hard time getting through to Mayor Jerry Sanders and the city council might be amazed at how easy it is for high-powered city lobbyists to get their feet in the door and well beyond — or at least make a lot of money trying. Take the case of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, a big law firm that doubles as an influence peddler for a host of high-spending developers, as well as the Port of San Diego. Among the Allen Matkins partners is John Davies, an intimate to former San Diego mayor and ex-governor Pete Wilson and a top GOP fund-raiser, whose latest public service was chairing the so-called citizens’ panel that boosted plans to further strengthen Jerry Sanders’s already considerable mayoral powers. During the first quarter of this year, the firm’s clients included Westfield Corporation, the giant Australian shopping mall operator that owns the Horton Plaza, UTC, and Mission Valley shopping malls. Westfield paid $114,000 for lobbying services related to unidentified “approval of land-use entitlements.” If contact with public officials is any measure, the money was well spent. Among those lobbied by Allen Matkins attorneys, according to the disclosure, were Sanders, his top aide Jay Goldstone, and city council members Kevin Faulconer, Toni Atkins, Tony Young, Brian Maienschein, Scott Peters, Jim Madaffer, Ben Hueso, and Donna Frye — in other words, the entire council.

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JF May 14, 2008 @ 3:53 p.m.

Pete Wilson... isn't he the guy who was monkeying with property tax rates to help out his Republican buddies when he got caught with his pants down by Prop 13? San Diego has been suffering financially ever since.

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jerome May 15, 2008 @ 3:28 p.m.

as a i am new resident in san diego i am constantly on the look out for personal integrity and professional ethics. i have found some in a few politicians that speak their mind even if it may be considered politically incorrect. as i see it the republican camp is sorely lacking in what i look for. who were their mothers? is it money?what leads them to trouble that eventually surfaces. as responsible citizens we need to trust our own truth and vote for who we feel have the best interest of out children's future rather than the best interest of their own pockets and power structure. i do have faith in the upcoming generation and somehow feel that faith will have have a positive effect on the present moment as change is enevetable >sp...and if we teach our children well, our children will teach as well also. that may sound like an old R&R lyric and it is csny...... neil young is teaching us to" live with war" who will teach us to live with contemptuos>sp...unethical political structure>>>>NO ONE!!!!!!!!!!

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