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Bonnie Dumanis collects for a “community crime prevention event”

Cash behind bars

As some wait for the other shoe to drop in the federal case against José Susumo Azano Matsura, the Mexican national and sometime Coronado Cays resident charged with heavy-duty campaign finance violations, one of the ...

Our pension system’s investment officer jetted off to Amsterdam

Tripping for pensions

San Diego city workers who are slowly saving up for post-retirement dream trips to Europe may now experience the same vicariously through the travels of their pension system’s investment officer Jamie Hamrick. According to an ...

The state of the U-T and Tribune Publishing

Wall Street says thumbs down

Taking a cue from the late New York mayor Ed Koch, a loyal newspaper reader might ask, “How is the San Diego Union-Tribune doing?” More to the point, how is the financial condition of the ...

Chargers stadium “satisfaction survey” will cost taxpayers

But the City of San Diego will not say how much

There have been a few changes in San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s plan to run a public opinion survey before his proposed January vote on a new Chargers stadium in Mission Valley. A revised request ...

Dr. Paul Aisen and USC contersue UCSD over claims of denied access

Flack-wielding flacks

UCSD’s war with the University of Southern California over the future of a national Alzheimer’s research program is costing taxpayers plenty in legal fees. Besides lots of lawyers, the state-funded school has also deployed its ...

Juan Vargas’s July pay drop

Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, who has a safe seat, continues to pay off old debts from his days in the California state senate. An August 6 filing covering the period of last month shows his ...

Toni’s Native American retreat

Democratic Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and entourage stopped by the Barona Casino for free food and drink at the Italian Cucina there this spring, the tribe’s disclosure shows. Atkins got a meal worth $29.20 on ...

Bob White strikes it rich

California Strategies and Advocacy, founded by Bob White, the nattily attired top aide to Pete Wilson during the latter’s rise from San Diego Assemblyman to mayor of the city and then on to the United ...

Kevin and Tony’s business model

Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer has picked up yet another contribution to his One San Diego non-profit corporation from a well-heeled donor with business at city hall. In a July 28 filing with the city clerk’s ...

When pensions fly

That well-traveled investment officer at the San Diego city pension fund has been at it again. This time Jamie Hamrick flew off to Boston from May 20 to 21 courtesy of Long Wharf Real Estate ...

Homeless library patrons must park their gear at the door

City librarian Misty Jones had a thorny problem for city attorney Jan Goldsmith: how much gear can homeless readers take in from the cold? “Some library patrons have asked to bring all of their belongings, ...

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