The position of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, based in San Diego, has long been a political football. Whether the job was held by Alan Bersin, an L.A. lawyer swept into town on his wealthy wife’s coattails, aided by healthy campaign contributions to President Bill Clinton, or by Carol Lam, ousted by the Bush administration’s Justice Department in an ideological coup, campaign cash has ruled. So it comes as little surprise that newly empowered Democrats have already introduced big money into the method for choosing the next occupant of the office. San Diego lawyer Candace Carroll has been named chairwoman of Senator Barbara Boxer’s judicial and U.S. attorney screening committee. According to the website CampaignMoney.com, during the 2008 election cycle Carroll gave a total of $87,500 to 64 Democratic and liberal campaign funds, including $28,500 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; $5000 to the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund; and $2000 to Friends of Barbara Boxer. … Stockton, California, the hometown of Chargers owner Alex Spanos, has been designated the nation’s “most miserable city” by Forbes magazine, in part because of all the houses that have been built there. “Stockton was ground zero for the housing boom and now the subsequent bust,” notes Forbes, citing the city’s predicted unemployment rate this year of 13.3 percent. Because of urban sprawl and congestion spawned in large part by developer Spanos, the city is also a difficult place in which to get around.