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Justin DeCesare collects

Contributors’ cell game

Republican-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher, whose failed mayoral bid was backed by billionaire Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, has endorsed Justin DeCesare’s bid for the seventh district city-council seat held by GOP incumbent Scott Sherman. A former real ...

City hall child slavery act?

No precedent for lowering San Diego’s voting age

Should San Diego lower the city’s voting age from 18 to 16? Not such a great idea, opines deputy city attorney Sharon Spivak, a onetime Union-Tribune city hall reporter, in a response to a request ...

Will Faulconer’s political chums clash over Airbnb?

Look for the Union label

Sometimes labels can be tricky things to find, especially inside political underwear. When home-stay booking firm Airbnb retained the services of the Sacramento super-lobbying outfit California Strategies, run by ex–Pete Wilson aide Bob White, it ...

Fundraising work is never done

Drinks, politics, and Scott Peters

Douglas Manchester may be out as a Republican media baron, but the fundraising work of Democrat Scott Peters, who last year beat back GOP ex-city councilman Carl DeMaio in one of the region’s nastiest congressional ...

Disappointed Rick Perry donors

Young wives club

Now that former Texas governor Rick Perry has dropped out of the Republican presidential derby, some San Diego–linked big-money donors to his cause will have a bit more than loose change to devote to other ...

Juan Vargas passes the contribution hat again

Leadership amok

Democratic congressman Juan Vargas has been passing his campaign-contribution hat again. An invitation circulated to Washington lobbyists for an hourlong 8:30 a.m. September 18 breakfast event at Johnny’s Half Shell on North Capitol Street Northwest ...

Joan Kroc gets the Hollywood treatment

Her big fat Faberge film

With Dean Spanos and the rest of his extended Chargers-owning family possibly poised to pull the plug on San Diego, the eccentric history of another super-rich local team owner is about to get the Hollywood ...

Party like you're in the city council skybox

Political lubrication

There was a wild and crazy time this spring in the city council’s luxury skybox at downtown’s Petco Park, judging from the ballpark suite’s official second-quarter attendance sheet filed with the city clerk. On April ...

Will self-driving cars and delivery drones take your job?

Publisher’s perils

Forty-eight hours before Union-Tribune and L.A. Times Democratic publisher Austin Beutner was fired last week, the U-T was out with a prescient Labor Day editorial entitled “The foreboding future of work.” Said the paper’s opinion ...

Two Qualcomm billionaires give big to Democrats

Lawyers in love

Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs and wife Joan, big-money backers of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, have kicked off the La Jolla giving to the U.S. Senate campaign of California Democratic attorney general Kamala Harris with $1000 ...

Congressman Scott Peters did a lot of buying and selling in July

Peters' picks

This July, not long before world stock markets headed south last month, La Jolla Democratic congressman Scott Peters did a lot of buying. According to a disclosure filing with the House ethics commission, from July ...

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