The former owner and publisher of the Union-Tribune, longtime Republican donor David Copley, has come through with a $1000 donation to the assembly campaign of Democrat Toni Atkins. Copley’s occupation is listed as retired. Atkins also got $250 from Barbara Bry, cofounder of the ill-fated online publication San Diego News Network; $100 from school-board candidate Scott Barnett; and $1500 from former port commissioner Laurie Black. Ex–San Diego mayor Dick Murphy kicked in $100. But the really big money came from out of town. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, which runs the Cache Creek Casino near Sacramento, gave $2000; utility PG&E gave a total of $5150; Verizon gave $1000; Cricket Communications gave $2000; and AT&T gave $3900.
Meanwhile, Democratic assembly candidate and San Diego city councilman Ben Hueso got $1000 from Arizona-based trash hauler Republic Services, which has expressed interest in taking over the City’s Miramar dump. Sunroad Asset Management, builder of the controversial overheight office tower near Montgomery Field, kicked in $3900.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman may be having problems explaining the illegal status of her former maid, but some wealthy San Diegans have been coming through for her, including the law firm of Caufield & James LLP, with $2500, and attorney Christopher Garrett, also $2500. Another local for Whitman: La Jolla hotel maven Anne Evans, $1000. The Western Growers Political Action Committee, with a La Jolla address, gave $25,900, and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation also contributed $25,900. Whitman’s Democratic foe Jerry Brown received $10,000 from Qualcomm.