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Big-money donors win if Darrell Issa prevails

Speakers cash

As Republican congressman Darrell Issa closes in on a possible run for the Speaker of the House to replace resigned John Boehner, some of his big-money donors stand to win big if he prevails. Through ...

Nathan Fletcher makes a comeback

Old Irwin’s network

Republican-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher, a favorite of SDSU’s KPBS public broadcasting outfit — whose gadget-filled “newsroom of the future” was paid for with $2.9 million from La Jolla billionaire and Fletcher backer Irwin Jacobs — is ...

SDSU has been under-reporting campus crime

San Diego State University’s lying stats

San Diego State University, rattled by a wave of sexual assaults and other violent incidents, has been under-reporting campus crime, says a September 28 audit by the California State University system. “The process to tabulate ...

Eli Broad continues to give

Broadly speaking

Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, said to be interested in buying the L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune from embattled Tribune Publishing of Chicago, continues to give big to members of the Democratic Party. Latest ...

Port Commissioner rents yacht berth from Marriot while voting on hotel’s lease

Conflict of interest? Not at all.

Does a San Diego port commissioner’s rental of a luxury yacht berth at the downtown Marriott marina pose a conflict of interest for him when voting on extending the giant hotel’s lease with the port? ...

All fired up at UCSD

Dorm fires and fraudulent wire-transfer requests cause concern

There haven’t been any deaths yet, but multiple fires in the dorms and residence facilities of UCSD have been dangerous and costly. So says the school’s annual fire-safety report released last week, which includes among ...

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 ...

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