News Under the Radar

Union-Tribune hearts Faulconer

Gala comes three days before the June 7 primary

Whether by coincidence or not, a lavish high-society fundraising bash for the USO has been turned into a well-timed campaign tribute to San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, thanks to his longtime patron, Republican kingpin Doug ...

Coronado’s Clintonian legacy

Bill is doing the heavy lifting here

Hillary Clinton has been conspicuously absent from San Diego’s hustings during the weeks leading up to the California primary. Instead, her husband, former president Bill Clinton, is doing the heavy lifting here. His latest trip ...

Lobbying loyalties

Corps of them haunt city hall

The corps of lobbyists haunting San Diego’s city hall didn’t pull down quite as much money in 2015 as they did the year before. An accounting by the city’s ethics commission reveals that registered influence-peddlers ...

Toni and Todd’s whale grease

Seeing SeaWorld for free

SeaWorld, besieged by animal-rights proponents who have forced a radical change in course for San Diego’s venerable whale emporium, remains popular as a free ticket destination for California lawmakers and staffers. As controversy over captive ...

Suite spots

Lots of cutting-edge activity for the 2016 San Diego elections

The GOP Lincoln Club, backing Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer’s reelection bid this June, has spent $278,672 for the cause, through April 23, according to an April 27 disclosure report. Expenses include “slate mail” worth $257,147 ...

Death times

Go to work or go free?

Yet another try to hurry up executions on California’s death row has drawn $12,500 from the San Diego Police Officers Association’s political action committee. In addition to hastening their demise, the measure would put death-row ...

Wells Fargo turkeys

Currying mayoral favor

A political contribution is a terrible thing to waste, judging from a recent disclosure by Kevin Faulconer revealing that giant Wells Fargo bank has deposited $5000 in the Republican mayor’s name with the United Negro ...

Working both ends

Ballot measures square off

The business of ballot measures is booming in San Diego, though some big-money donors are still waiting for their payoffs in more ways than one. A controversial measure authored by attorney Cory Briggs to raise ...

Valley soccer fever

SDSU expansion depends on pro sports

Who will actually determine the fate of a much-talked-about plan to expand San Diego State University onto the Mission Valley land currently occupied by Qualcomm Stadium? Judging from last month’s minutes of the school’s Campanile ...

Leisure class Issa

Staffer stops included a private tour of UK parliament

A staffer for North County Republican congressman Darrell Issa has again ventured away from Washington and “met with European leaders in London and Brussels concerning policy issues affecting commerce and innovation in the U.S,” according ...

Mr. Deputy’s wild ride

Buckle up. Or use a van.

A prisoner hurt in a crash involving a speeding sheriff’s vehicle has filed a complaint with the county’s Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board alleging that two deputies failed to fasten his seatbelt before taking off ...

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