News Under the Radar

Rainmaking 101

San Diego State University’s business school is seeking to hire a schmoozer-in-chief in the form of a full-time “events coordinator.” According to the job posting, “These events are done for the primary purpose of providing ...

Mayor’s Jumbotron debt

When Kevin Faulconer announced in January he was setting up a Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group, the Republican mayor insisted one thing was certain: there would be no tax money or city staff time spent on ...

ICE Air’s costly fares

The Department of Homeland Security’s ICE Air doesn’t fly to the North Pole, but it might just as well have for all the empty seats and wasted taxpayer money it has been responsible for. So ...

Mayoral aides turned lobbyists

During the eight-year reign of Republican San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders, his chief media gatekeeper Darren Pudgil was famous for tightly controlling access to the higher reaches of city hall. At the mayor’s news conferences, ...

Travel freebies for politicos include water tours and $4600 airfare

Mission to China

County supervisor Ron Roberts spent some quality time on the road last year, thanks to an arm of the Chinese government. According to his annual personal financial disclosure statement, filed March 20, Roberts was part ...

Big-ticket item: Revamping the City of San Diego's website

Proposal requests sought for new content management system

How much more will San Diego taxpayers be required to come up with for mayor Kevin Faulconer’s new PR-centric city website? The outcome hinges on responses to a recent request for proposals to provide the ...

Councilman Gloria's glorious gifts

Word last week that city councilman Todd Gloria is planning to run for the state Assembly seat being vacated by his termed-out fellow Democrat and speaker Toni Atkins marks the beginning of the end of ...

Faulconer’s personal retinue of PR people

Propaganda central

Chargers’ special counsel Mark Fabiani, who has been doing plenty of public outreach lately regarding the fate of professional football in San Diego, picked up $40,000 from the team in the first quarter of this ...

Deadly white whale infection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has concluded that SeaWorld Florida did not violate the federal Animal Welfare Act in the February 20 death of Nanuq, a beluga whale loaned by the Vancouver Aquarium to SeaWorld ...

Lawman and profiteer

San Diego sheriff Bill Gore mistakenly ferreted away more than $5 million of profits from commissaries at local jails, according to a recent audit by the county’s office of auditor and controller. “The Commissary allows ...

Approaching lunacy

It’s going to take some hefty cash for San Diego State University to finally find its way, judging by a new campus navigation project described at a recent board meeting of the school’s nonprofit Campanile ...

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