Matt Potter

Matt Potter
Matt Potter has been a staff writer and editor at the San Diego Reader since 1989. He reports on politics and local institutions such as the Union-Tribune, UCSD, SDSU, and the City and County of San Diego. He is the author of the weekly Under the Radar column. Besides breaking the Cheetahs corruption story a year before the FBI raided the offices of the San Diego city council, he has written extensively on governance, medical ethics, and human experimentation issues at the University of California San Diego.

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Welfare cheaters

San Diego County officials have been playing fast and loose with the so-called Electronic Benefit Transfer cards used by welfare recipients to buy food and other essentials, according to a July audit. In addition to ...

Influence 101

UCSD is searching for someone expert in the gentle art of political schmoozing to promote the giant taxpayer-funded institution with federal officials in Washington. Reporting to vice chancellor for research Sandra Brown, the new hire ...

Lawyers’ feast

A campaign committee backing a drive by Democratic Qualcomm co-founder and La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs and allies to counter the GOP’s effort to repeal the city’s new minimum-wage ordinance may have the longest name ...

KPBS takes fresh bite of sex story

State-owned broadcaster offers new spin on campus violence and harassment

The clock began ticking June 24 with the release of a state audit blasting San Diego State University and sister institutions for failing to deal with increased incidents of campus sexual harassment and violence. The ...

Audit notes sex incidents at downtown lockup

Metropolitan Correctional Center gets pass from prison-rape reviewer

Some San Diego County jails may be under the gun, but an auditor for the U.S. Justice Department has found that downtown's Metropolitan Correctional Center is in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, despite ...

Senator Hueso busted for DUI, paper reports

DeMaio masturbation witness arrested in south Sacramento

San Diego state senator Ben Hueso was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in south Sacramento on Friday, according to the Sacramento Bee. Citing the Sacramento County jail website, the paper is reporting ...

Still swinging in his 70s

Ex-Wilson chief Bob White ranks high among influence-peddlers

He's into his 70s now, but San Diego's Bob White, onetime chief aide and political intimate of Republican mayor (and later United States senator and California governor) Pete Wilson, is still near the peak of ...

Brian’s revenge

Mindy Fletcher, ex–White House press aide to president George Bush and wife of failed Republican-turned-Democratic San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher, has gone into business with Corinne Clark, an ex-staffer for Brian Bilbray, a Republican ...

Thanks for the dough, $hamu!

SeaWorld gives $25,000 to re-elect Jerry Brown

SeaWorld's stock may be down on Wall Street, but it definitely appears to be up with Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. After repeated battering by animal-rights advocates over the issue of orca captivity, the marine-animal emporium ...

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