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Poop deck

For virus expert Don Mosier, who also serves as a city father of beachy Del Mar, it was a smelly, if not costly circumstance. “A sewer back-up on May 25, 2014 in the City of ...

Demos’ dough

Besides Scott Peters, just who has been getting major cash from Democratic fat cats in La Jolla’s 92037 zip code during the election cycle recently concluded? According to Political Money Line’s database, once-imprisoned former super ...

Forecast: politics, as usual

Is San Diego’s new “climate action plan” about to be transformed into an expensive political football, costing taxpayers a bundle for high-salaried patronage positions to tout the wonders of mayor Kevin Faulconer and the city ...

Innovative spending

UCSD, otherwise known as a university, is looking to become a high-dollar wheeler-dealer in the world of high technology. The tax-funded school is seeking an associate vice chancellor for “innovative alliances.” The new hire will ...

Combat stress

Back in March 2010, Rebecca Moores cut a deal with husband John Moores to end their marriage without revealing too much about the ex–San Diego Padres owner’s high-dollar finances and extra-curricular affairs. Before their agreement ...

Blow out

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, whose reelection fate has been hanging in the balance, celebrated a bit prematurely with fellow Democrats at a crowded bash hosted September 16 by the Barona Indian gambling tribe. With the $112.17 ...

The family Falic

Another easy winner in last week’s elections, Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, got some last-minute money from three Florida “homemakers.” Debbie, Gila, and Jana Falic each chipped in $2600 on October 30, as did Jerome Falic, ...

Yakety kayak

It’s time again for the city to hand out contracts for kayak tour operations at tony La Jolla Shores, and lobbyists aren’t far behind. First on the water is Bartell & Associates, where staffer Adrian ...

Sempra’s Brown-in

San Diego–based Sempra Energy, on whose board sits Kathleen Brown, sister of newly reelected governor Jerry Brown and Brown ex-aide Lynn Schenk, has been taking good care of another high-ranking Brown official, according to a ...

Qualcomm in the House

Qualcomm, the cell-phone-chip-making giant founded by Barack Obama-backing La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs, continued to send its campaign dollars to Republican candidates during this year’s mid-term elections. Recent recipients include Texas senator John Cornyn with ...

Toilet to lobbyists

Formerly known as toilet-to-tap, the ongoing initiative by GOP mayor Kevin Faulconer to turn the city’s sewage water into a drinkable liquid has become a major moneymaker for local lobbyists. “An initial 15-million gallon per ...

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