News Under the Radar

Owner of the U-T not buying Us Weekly after all

Pension gap

The peculiarly named Chicago-based company that owns the Union-Tribune has had some financial fessing up to do before next month’s shareholders’ meeting. “The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC Retirement Plan is currently underfunded,” admits a March ...

Veterans foundation Three Wise Men goes Headstrong

Small big money world

Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat Nathan Fletcher, widely spoken of as a Fourth District candidate for San Diego county supervisor, has regularly promoted a nonprofit he set up in September 2014. “The Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation stands ...

Tronc’s typos

Owner of U-T wants to buy Us Weekly?

Word that Chicago-based tronc, owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, wants to get into the celebrity news business by buying supermarket glossy Us Weekly from Rolling Stone publisher Wenner Media for $90 million, has not ...

Sempra’s water failure

Conflict of interest for the San Diego power monopoly

Locked in mortal combat with a group seeking to dismantle its longstanding San Diego power monopoly, giant Sempra Energy and its subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric have been busy lining up the services of ...

The Chargers biggest contribution to San Diego was “leaving”

Jason Roe’s Fabiani flail

Proving that old grudges die hard in San Diego politics, Jason Cabel Roe, the high-dollar political consultant known among insiders as Kevin Faulconer’s brain, is still gunning for the recently departed Chargers. “Already playing more ...

Droning on

San Diegans for Safe Drones has something to say

San Diego, already famous for the killer Predator drones made by General Atomics at its Poway plant, is becoming the center of a struggle between a group calling itself San Diegans for Safe Drones and ...

Torrey Pines gliderport, take two

A specialty in the hang-gliding business is a must

After a false start last summer, the city has launched another attempt to find an operator for its sometimes controversial 6.74-acre Torrey Pines Gliderport on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean adjacent to UCSD. Arrests ...

U-T gushes over Faulconer event

Influence-seekers gather for a “Neighborhood Experience”

When is a city-hall-lobbying special interest referred to as a “brand”? When the Union-Tribune covers it, per the paper’s write-up last week of San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s One San Diego and its annual “Neighborhood ...

Well-heeled tie

A couple of $400,000 men

The long reign of San Diego State University president Elliot Hirshman as the highest compensated president of the California State University system has ended, barely. First known as the $400,000 man and blasted by governor ...

Secret slacker ethics

The city’s ethics committee takes a break

As an unprecedented wave of political intrigue and big money sweeps the corridors of power at San Diego city hall, the city’s ethics committee — chaired by ex-FBI agent Clyde Fuller — has decided to ...

Lobbyists in Mission Valley land rush

Stadium payoffs

The controversial plan by a stealthy group of La Jolla money men known as FS Investors to replace city-owned Qualcomm Stadium with a soccer venue and high-end commercial and housing development is turning into a ...

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