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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SDSU sued over living wage

Elite security claims school balks at payment due to mandatory wage hikes

As storm clouds gather over the San Diego City Council's minimum-wage hike — with promises by U-T San Diego publisher and megamillionaire developer Douglas Manchester of an "ugly" referendum battle against the move – his ...

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 ...

Green and Made in the U.S.A.

Ex-prison labor king gets "Champion of Change" award

It's been a big day in Washington for two high-tech San Diego farmers. Pierre Sleiman and his son Pierre Sleiman, Jr., who run a North County outfit called Go Green Agriculture, have been fêted at ...

Doing the Doug Manchester dodge

Documents sought in bad debt case, ex-Padres exec says "no comment”

In March 2013, an electronic banking vendor won a $466,310 federal court judgment against a would-be bank bearing the name of U-T San Diego publisher and mega-millionaire real-estate developer Douglas Manchester. In March of this ...

Peters late, DeMaio reveals Reason

Disclosures show shifting personal finances of congressional combatants

Freshman Democratic congressman Scott Peters, locked in a tight re-election battle with former San Diego Republican city councilman Carl DeMaio, has been given another 30-day extension to file his personal financial disclosure report with the ...

UCSD cash speaks with loud Voice

$20,000 deal with nonprofit news site guarantees good coverage

UCSD, which has traditionally enjoyed red-carpet treatment from local media, has encountered a bit of turbulence of late. Word that the school has been the target of its own auditors' public safety critique, first noted ...

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 ...

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