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The law firm of the brother of one-term Democratic congresswoman Lynn Schenk — a close friend of governor Jerry Brown and a member of the controversial bullet train’s board of directors — is giving big cash to a California ballot bid that would raise the cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. On June 2, disclosures show, Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield, gave $25,000 to a committee calling itself “Your Neighbors for Patient Safety.” The group has qualified a measure for November’s ballot that would boost the current $250,000 limit on the damages to about $1.1 million and link the amount of future increase to inflation. Opponents, including the California Medical Association and California Hospital Association, have vowed to weigh in with their own high-dollar campaign against the measure. Brown appointed Casey, Gerry partner Frederick Schenk to the Del Mar fair board in 2011 and last week gave him another term, lasting until January 2018. ...

The Washington DC lobbying firm currently retained by the City of San Diego has been handing out major political money, according to a recent report by the Center for Responsive Politics. Patton Boggs, LLP, which recently merged with Squire Sanders to create the mega-influence-peddling outfit of Squire Patton Boggs, has been responsible for the majority of the $13 million in combined federal contributions made by the two firms since 1989, the center’s analysis found. About two thirds of the cash went to Democrats. “The top recipient of the donations? Hillary Rodham Clinton, at $311,976. Barack Obama is second at $288,759, then Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), $186,250. Portman also is first overall among current senators. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) leads sitting House members, clocking in with $85,945.” New San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, has recently put the city’s lobbying contracts up for grabs.

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monaghan June 11, 2014 @ 11:21 p.m.

How old is that photo of one-time Congresswoman Lynn Schenk? Maybe we should have had a picture of her brother, since it was his firm giving out money to raise the medical malpractice cap and he's the one on the Del Mar Fair Board.

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FreedomPlease June 13, 2014 @ 8:21 a.m.

LIKE: SafeZone(s) would be a very cheap program to get Vets slpg in vehicles in safe secure place overnight using current industrial/commercial St.s 8p-5a, w/ "military showers" & "footlockers" for helping homeless Vets! THEY DESERVE BETTER, We Already Paid for These ST.s!! Use them for the needy, rather than Ms. Faukners(Mayors' wife) {$200k annual salary} profit making business, which she uses many times FOR FREE!!! SHAME SD, SHAME!!!

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Burwell June 13, 2014 @ 10:31 a.m.

Schenck should get her teeth fixed. There are many dentists who advertise in the Reader who could help her out. She could save money with one of the specials.

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