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In its “40 Under 40” annual feature, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine described Faucett as “especially successful at fund-raising” for the San Diego Family Justice Center and the nonprofit Alpha Project. In the article, Madaffer lauded Faucett: “I rely on Aimee completely for managing legislation, budget, policy, media, community outreach, personnel and day-to-day operations.” That was in 2003. In her Kroll interview, she was asked who was on Madaffer’s policy staff. According to a summary of the interview, she “jokingly responded that councilmember Madaffer ‘was his own policy advisor.’ ” Despite being the butt of the joke, Madaffer again praised her when he left the council last December.

Faucett has done well. In the last six years, her annual salary has ranged from $88,002 in 2005 to $109,144 in 2008. This year she’ll draw $98,010. Her statement of economic interests, filed last January, shows her to have holdings in five stocks valued between $10,001 and $100,000 and three stocks valued between $2000 and $10,000. Her spouse works for Colliers International in commercial real estate.

JAMIE FOX-RICE

Chief of staff for Todd Gloria

Before her appointment — an award for managing Gloria’s winning campaign — Fox-Rice was the deputy chief of staff for Ralph Inzunza, press secretary for Donna Frye’s mayoral campaign, and director of communications for Councilmember Kevin Faulconer. She is described on the District 3 webpage as having “extensive experience in City Hall and with local political campaigns.” She does improv comedy, has bachelor’s degrees in consumer sciences and English and a master’s in comparative literature, and is a lecturer for the Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at San Diego State University. Students seem to love her. Here’s one especially enjoyable blurb from 2005: “Jamie is a really cool professor. You have to invest time into your assignments, but they are not difficult. Her assignments are things that you will use often in your life. Her class is very interactive and you get to meet everyone. She is from back East so she has a good sense of humor.” Her spouse is a vice president at the Amerland Group, consultants in the affordable housing industry, as well as a partner in Elevate, a public relations firm.

JIMMIE SLACK

Chief of staff for Tony Young

After Councilmember Charles Lewis died in 2004, while awaiting trial in the Strippergate scandal, his chief of staff, Tony Young, won a special election for the council seat. Jimmie Slack became Young’s chief. Slack received a degree in public administration at San Diego State, then served county supervisor Leon Williams for 12 years as a legislative assistant and chief of staff. When Williams left the County, Slack became the program manager for Refugee Employment Services, helping new immigrants navigate job opportunities. He also worked as a project manager for ACS State and Local Solutions. On his statement of economic interests, Slack listed no investments or real estate holdings.

JAYMIE BRADFORD

Chief of staff for Carl DeMaio

DeMaio chose Bradford for his chief, as he communicated to me, because of her knowledge and experience. She is his chief advisor on policy issues. She has a degree in political science from UCSD and spent three years as the internal communications coordinator for the Building Industry Association. She was the link between the association and the government. In 2002, she joined Madaffer’s staff as a policy advisor, working under chief Aimee Faucett. In 2006, she became Madaffer’s Land Use and Housing Committee consultant. One of Bradford’s interests was in developing the ballpark. Bradford served Mayor Sanders as a policy advisor beginning in July 2006 and as director of council affairs from July 2007 until she became DeMaio’s chief. Her statement of economic interests lists no investments or holdings.

STEVEN HADLEY

Chief of staff for Donna Frye

Among the more nonpolitical backgrounds is Hadley’s: a degree in ministerial studies, 17 years as a pastor, and a law degree from California Western. Hadley has been on Frye’s staff since 2001 and her chief since 2004. He has declared himself a candidate for Frye’s seat. The Union-Tribune reports that he is a “recent transplant from San Marcos” to Clairemont, which is in District 6. He owns two annuities, each valued at between $10,001 and $100,000. His spouse is a medical staff coordinator at Scripps, earning between $10,001 and $100,000.

XEMA JACOBSON

Chief of staff for Marti Emerald

A poly sci grad from San Diego State, Jacobson first worked for Congressman Jim Bates in the 1980s. In 1988, when Bates was accused of sexually harassing women on his staff, she denied having seen Bates harass anyone. He later lost his seat. In 1992, Jacobson ran for the Chula Vista City Council and received the endorsement of labor groups. Though she lost, she was soon hired as business manager for the local Building and Construction Trades Council, where she administered labor agreements and monitored public works projects. She was picked by Governor Gray Davis to be an executive member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which took over the responsibility of operating Lindbergh Field from the Port of San Diego. She was paid $139,500 per year. By her fourth and final year, she was receiving $171,648. During her tenure, she oversaw studies on alternative sites for the airport; the authority’s recommendation to move the airport to Miramar was defeated at the polls in 2006.

In one minor tempest, Jacobson was found by the Union-Tribune to have flown first-class to an aviation conference in Hawaii, charging the airport authority $2493 for her seat, while Councilmember Tony Young, who was also on the airport authority board, flew coach on the same plane for $546. Last year, Jacobson was given an airport parking pass valued at $300. Also in 2008, she provided “campaign management consultant services” to Marti Emerald, earning between $10,001 and $100,000. Her spouse received between $10,001 and $100,000 working for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

ANA MOLINA-RODRIGUEZ

Chief of staff for Ben Hueso

Molina-Rodriguez is something of a mystery woman. There is no bio of her on Councilmember Hueso’s webpage. Little has been written about her in the Union-Tribune. In 2004, Diane Bell reported that Molina-Rodriguez had given birth to a child and in 2007, that Clint Eastwood had visited Hueso’s office, which Molina-Rodriguez said “made everybody’s day.” She is a Latina and a graduate of Sweetwater High School. She has been quoted as saying that her former boss, Ralph Inzunza, liked to call everyone “buddy.” In 2005, she made $101,982 as Hueso’s chief. Her spouse is the owner of Rod’s Rooter plumbing.

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aardvark Sept. 2, 2009 @ 7:40 p.m.

No wonder councilmembers claim they are underpaid. Their chief of staffs "earn" more than they do!

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 7, 2009 @ 4:09 p.m.

You want to know about the Chief of Staff of any clowncil member, how they got their job andf their qualifications? All you need to know is this= It is cronyism plain and simple.

These people do NOT get hired because they are rocket scientists, or are good at errands and tasks, or helping the public solve muni problems, no, they are useless and don't really care too much about the average, basic citizen or taxpayer. They get "appointed" to these jobs because they are "connected". That is how gov employment works. The more the job pays, the more cronyism anbd nepotism there is in filling it. It's like trying to get in to meet with your elected "representative", or the Mayor, or the Chief of police-it is not happening for the average person with the average problem. The people getting in are Big Business and Public Unions.

Try this-seriously-try calling up ANY of the above (Mayor, Polcie Chief, Council Member), tell them you're a citizen and taxpayer, tell them you have a problem, a serious problem, and then see how fast you get shut down when you request 5 minutes of face time. Yes, just 5 minutes, see how far you get.

I have done this, numerous times, and you won't get past "hello".

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