News Under the Radar

Baby Doug goes Democrat

U-T publisher Douglas Manchester, the wealthy real estate and hotel mogul from La Jolla, put up at least $356,000 to help elect mayor Kevin Faulconer earlier this year. Now Manchester’s son Douglas, working for his ...

Industrial gas and political cash

San Diego–based utility behemoth Sempra Energy has turned to its loyal executives to support some of its political campaign giving. A federally registered campaign fund called the Sempra Energy Employees Political Action Committee has raised ...

A Copley by any other name

Its new website suggests that the David C. Copley Foundation, formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation, may be about to flex some new-found financial muscle, thanks to major asset sales ...

Buzzing up

KPBS is giving itself a big pat on the back for what it calls its “exclusive coverage of the San Diego Mayor Bob Filner story.” A glossy pamphlet put out by the station, which is ...

Silver bullets

Sheriff Bill Gore, re-elected with no opposition this June, is now sitting on a fat campaign war chest of $59,339, according to his latest disclosure report. Private prison proprietor Corrections Corporation of America, looking to ...

Park it here

This spring, Duncan Solutions, a parking-meter provider from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, paid the CrisCom Company of Chatsworth, California, $5000 to lobby the City of San Diego regarding procurement of its wares. Earlier this year the city ...

Stone deaf

After the wildfires in San Diego this past May, some hearing-impaired viewers of television station KGTV complained to the Federal Communications Commission that the broadcaster’s so-called closed captioning didn’t work very well. The station provided ...

Juan’s campaign laundry

Freshman Democratic congressman Juan Vargas has many political mouths to feed. In addition to tending this year’s campaign fund, Vargas has been raising cash for his 2010 California senate election committee, which still owes about ...

Pit bully

Jan Combative GOP San Diego city attorney Jan Goldsmith has long been a fan of the corporate and real-estate lobbying group that calls itself the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Last year he dressed up ...

Horton’s dowry

Readers of the U-T San Diego editorial page may still be wondering about the connection between GOP ex-assemblywoman Shirley Horton and U-T editorial writer-in-chief Bill Osborne, but there’s no doubt Horton sank some heavy personal ...

Cashing in the chips

It was back to the heartland for La Jolla–based Qualcomm last month — back, at least, to the Heartland Values political action committee “created to help ensure that the common sense, conservative values that served ...

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