News Under the Radar

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 ...

Inevitable: death and board fees

Local charities hoping for a fat payout from the newly enriched David C. Copley Foundation may be a bit disappointed by the non-profit’s recent report for 2013. After the November 2012 death of the onetime ...

Chilling in the lobby

Will the Saint Louis Rams move to Los Angeles? Will the Chargers stay or join them there? Will taxpayers ante up billions of dollars for a new stadium anywhere? So many questions and so few ...

Crowded art of influence

The lucrative business of peddling city hall influence has never been busier, according to a recently released tally of lobbyist activity by San Diego’s ethics commission. “During the 2013 calendar year, 69 lobbying firms and ...

Making lluvia 101

UCSD is looking for a new chief for its Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. “The Director will design, plan and execute a strategic vision for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies,” says a recent online job notice, ...

Here’s Hillary

Former first lady Hillary Clinton has a long-term relationship with San Diego. Back in the 1990s, when husband Bill was president, she spent leisure time with him hanging around with Democratic donor and Hotel del ...

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