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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Latest Articles

Faulconer funder nails top airport spot

Hotel mogul and major GOP donor re-upped by mayor

What a difference a year can make in San Diego's uniquely rough-and-tumble brand of municipal politics. In March of last year, then-mayor Bob Filner — a longtime critic of what he said were sweetheart Mission ...

U-T San Diego key backer in "jobs tax" defeat

Media operation owned by developer gave more than $42,000 of ad space

The battle over the City of San Diego's so-called linkage fee on commercial development to pay for subsidized housing ended with a whimper last month. San Diego Chamber of Commerce honcho and ex-GOP mayor Jerry ...

$80,000 fine in Filner and Dumanis cash case

City ethics commission settles out with La Jolla luxury car dealer

The San Diego city ethics commission has reached a stipulated agreement with La Jolla luxury car dealer Marc Chase to fork over a hefty penalty in the political-money-laundering case involving a Mexican national, GOP district ...

Manure stench plagues anti-Fletcher donor

Escondido developer with San Diego lobbyist opens front against neighbors

Could a political contribution by any other name smell sweeter to San Diego Republicans? That seems to be one of two persistent questions for Los Angeles developer Michael Schlesinger, who has been battling nearby residents ...

Champagne and free BMWs

UCSD wants to build a costly new biology building, but the state hasn’t yet given it the cash, so University of California regents have said it’s okay for the school to start working on a ...

Grabby god of sun

The recently released University of California report on the “campus climate” at UCSD warns students to be on the lookout for mashers at the upcoming Sun God festival. The document relates that 94 of those ...

Bersin’s bungling?

The Customs and Border Protection department’s Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia — to which San Diego Border Patrol sector trainees are regularly dispatched for a high-tech education in all manner of shooting, ...

San Diego unions violated campaign finance law

Labor council and Oceanside firefighters' PAC didn't disclose campaign cash

Two San Diego County–based labor groups are up for charges at this month's meeting of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. One of the cases dates back to 2010, according to the allegations, when the ...

Qualcomm-linked foundation pays for Davis travel

Well-traveled House Democrat and staffer take mid-winter Florida junket

San Diego House Democrat Susan Davis, infamous for years of free world travel, thanks to various lobbyist-related groups, stuck closer to home in her latest gratis mid-winter foray from the nation's capital. A travel-disclosure form ...