News Under the Radar

High-pressure sales job

How to get students to attend UCSD? Get the professors to work the phones. That’s according to a memo last month by executive vice chancellor Suresh Subramani. “Research indicates that faculty interaction is a key ...

No sewer sleeping

San Diego is looking for a few good watchdogs to monitor its sewers. “The City needs enhanced security guard services at its various water and wastewater critical infrastructure sites located throughout San Diego County on ...

War is a junket

San Diego Unified Port District commissioner Garry Bonelli is looking to go on a spring junket to Israel and Jordan, but before making his reservations the retired two-star admiral checked in with the state’s Fair ...

Ticket fix

Over at San Diego–based utility giant Sempra Energy, the lobbyists’ handouts were more sizable than those at Barona. Miguel Martinez, field deputy for Democratic assemblyman John Perez, got two admissions to a December 28 event ...

Culinary institute for Democrats

Democratic governor Jerry Brown, on an apparent easy course to reelection this year, last week bagged a $10,000 campaign contribution from San Diego’s Qualcomm, founded by billionaire Barack Obama–backer Irwin Jacobs. Not much more surprising ...

Water and the mother’s milk of politics

As drought ravages California and other parts of the West, the political giving habits of the state’s private water merchants and brokers are coming under increasing scrutiny. One is La Jolla–based Pico Holdings on Ivanhoe ...

Cowboy Doug

2013 was a very good year, politically speaking, for La Jolla developer and U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester, who saw his top nemesis, Democratic ex-mayor Bob Filner, vanquished in a sexual harassment scandal. Then, ...

Meaty matter

While Brian Bilbray hung out at the club, back on the real Capitol Hill, staffers for House freshman Democrat Juan Vargas were meeting with lobbyists for the government of Mexico regarding “Country of Origin Labeling.” ...

The grand old party that never ends

Republican ex-congressman Brian Bilbray, defeated by Democrat Scott Peters in November 2012, is still entertaining constituents in the nation’s capital, according to his most recent campaign disclosure statement, dated this January 31. In October of ...

Hands out

How many fundraisers can a university use? An army, more or less, at least based on the latest job announcement from UC San Diego Health Sciences. “The current needs for campaign recruitment include four seasoned ...

Unsafe border buses

A little-noticed report by the inspector general’s office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has found that software problems lasting almost a year, from September 2012 through August 2013, prevented U.S. state officials from ...