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Faulconer’s wife pitches street closing for event in June

Gaslamp group gives stamp of approval for future first lady's business

With the mayoral election decided in favor of her husband, Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer, Katherine Stuart was busy at work last week, pitching yet another multi-block closure and private street party to the special-event ...

Party cash clashes in Sixth District council race

Rerun of big-money mayor's race — special interests dominate donating

The battle for San Diego's open Sixth District city-council seat is rapidly shaping up as a familiar big-money political party-dominated contest, with the two partisan candidates as well as the major independent running for the ...

Lobbyists pay tab for Issa aide's retreat

Republicans gathered to plot strategy at posh Maryland resort

It's been a busy week on the road for Darrell Issa, the North County GOP congressman who has set out for New Hampshire in quest of what many believe is his party's nomination for the ...

Unsafe border buses

A little-noticed report by the inspector general’s office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has found that software problems lasting almost a year, from September 2012 through August 2013, prevented U.S. state officials from ...

The O.C., DeMaio’s way

Ex–San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio, running for Congress against freshman Democrat Scott Peters, has lined up some big GOP stars for a giant Orange County cocktail reception and fundraising bash set for next month ...

Taxes, no death

San Diego County is out with a list of its top property taxpayers for fiscal year 2014 and, as usual, the “winner” is utility behemoth San Diego Gas & Electric, paying a handsome $87,007,049. Another ...

Subsidy proponent pledges big to SDSU sports building

"No better entertainment in San Diego" than university’s basketball, says Kings vice chairman

A chief backer of an elaborate new "basketball performance center" at San Diego State University — approved last month by state university trustees — is a partner in the Sacramento Kings. The professional basketball team ...

Dean in UCSD money "laundering" case to step down

Email discussed using mayoral candidate Fletcher to raise cash from billionaire Jacobs

UCSD dean of social sciences Jeffrey Elman, whose widely publicized email about using ex-assemblyman and mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher to raise money to pay for his own part-time professorship first came to light here in ...

Controversial "diversity" officer out at UCSD

Vice chancellor leaves quietly after only a year on the job

Linda S. Greene, the $250,000-a-year diversity vice chancellor hired in 2012 by UCSD after several racial incidents on campus, has quietly left that job and returned to her previous position as a professor of law ...

Yet another $450,000 man arrives at UCSD

New vice chancellor getting almost a half million dollars in first year, document shows

California taxpayers are footing the bill for yet another demi-millionaire over at the University of California San Diego, already home to a bevy of high six- and seven-figure administrators. Latest to join the ranks of ...

Pete Wilson maxes out late to Faulconer

L.A. money from Prop 187 champion and wife disclosed on election day

Their cash arrived the day before the election — traditional timing for controversial contributions that might otherwise become negative campaign fodder — but ex–San Diego mayor Pete Wilson and his wife Gayle came through for ...

Beachy PACs

GOP congressman Duncan Hunter is set to hit the road to Orange County for a fundraising “Laguna Beach Trip” this coming August 10 through 12 at the oceanfront Montage Hotel, according to an invitation posted ...

Kreep’s payback

Gary Kreep, the conservative superior court judge who San Diego liberals and local prosecutors love to hate, has been paying off a few campaign debts of late, according to a recently filed disclosure statement. The ...

Bailing out the last frontier

There’s been a lot of talk about the northern part of California breaking away from its nether regions to form one or more new states. Last September, before a standing-room-only crowd of 40, Modoc County ...

Jacobs partnership spends heavily for Kings subsidy

Battle over Sacramento basketball arena ballot has multiple ties to San Diego

The battle to build a subsidized arena for the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team has long been tied to San Diego. The team, bought last year by a big-money high-tech partnership including Qualcomm chairman Paul ...

Brass moves Marine Corps Times to back of the store

Newspaper banished from checkout stands at base exchanges after investigation of commandant

The venerable Marine Corps Times, for years a source of independent news both bad and good about the U.S. Marine Corps, is being evicted from its familiar newsstand at checkout stations and moved to the ...

Manchester puts last-minute money into race for mayor

Media champion of GOP's candidate kicks in additional $20,000

Business at U-T San Diego may not be as good as expected, according to a February 6 company memo, but its publisher, La Jolla real estate developer and hotel magnate Douglas Manchester, has come up ...

San Diego's Sacramento lobbyist to admit illegal gifting

Fifty California legislators, state and local officials to get warning letters

Two California daily newspapers (not the one in San Diego) are reporting that Kevin Sloat of the Sacramento-based Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates lobbying firm is about to cut a deal with the Fair Political ...

Restaurant lobby sets table for Faulconer

Food and hotel workers union goes with Alvarez

When it comes to picking up campaign tabs for San Diego's two mayoral candidates, the city's main restaurant lobby appears to favor Republican Kevin Faulconer over his Democratic city-council colleague David Alvarez. Latest contributions to ...

D.A. Dumanis rakes in $21,000 from used-car interests

"She just simply listened and said, ‘Talk to the legislature.’”

San Diego district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, under scrutiny in part as a result of a trove of campaign cash she got from employees of La Jolla luxury-car dealer Marc Chase in 2011, has accepted at ...

Triple bogey

Democratic freshman congressman Juan Vargas, who has found himself uncomfortably caught up in San Diego’s latest political-corruption scandal, has scheduled his latest big-money fundraiser, this one to feature House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. ...

Handout-getting 101

Money demands seem never to stop growing at San Diego State University, despite 2012’s voter approval of Jerry Brown’s massive state-tax increase. So the venerable institution — led by president Elliot Hirshman, who famously makes ...

Nude-industry lobbyist in current scandal scored $10k

Marco Polo Cortes got cash from "adult/nude" coalition and food-truck group

Who did Marco Polo Cortes lobby and when did he lobby them? That's the question making the rounds of San Diego city hall in the wake of the lobbyist's arrest on federal charges related to ...

Special-events fees and the mayoral hopeful’s wife

Katherine Stuart Faulconer has stake in negotiated city fees, pushed against invoice, emails show

Whether the city should impose a so-called “linkage fee” on new commercial development to subsidize low-income housing has been at the top of the list of controversies dominating the race for mayor between Kevin Faulconer ...

Military contractors target Barrio Logan plan

General Dynamics subsidiary and allies spend $729,000 to quash Alvarez-favored plan — deemed a jobs killer by Faulconer

Some of America's biggest military contractors are on a big-money warpath against the Barrio Logan community plan that has become a proxy battlefield for Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer and his Democratic colleague David Alvarez ...

Workers vote for union at Humphrey's

Hotel and concert complex owned by wealthy Faulconer and Dumanis backer faces off against Unite Here

The owner of Humphrey's by the Bay, the legendary music venue on Shelter Island and a big donor to Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer's campaign for San Diego mayor, is facing off against organized labor ...

Lerach raising Alvarez cash as Tierney runs Faulconer bid

Criminal allegations spotlight two big San Diego mayoral players

As it grows ever more intense, the big-cash battle for mayor of San Diego has taken some interesting turns on both sides. Once imprisoned ex-super lawyer Bill Lerach — put behind bars by the administration ...

Builders paying for cops' Faulconer campaign

Big money for both sides in mayor's race continues to arrive from far and wide

A well-financed campaign on behalf of Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer for mayor that is being waged by the San Diego Police Officers Association has been bankrolled not by the cops themselves, but by a ...

Political blind dates

A lot has been written about special interests getting in bed with the state legislature, figuratively speaking. Now a group of prominent women Democrats from San Diego has raised the bar with a “speed dating” ...

Like Hedgecock, unlike son

In January 1986, a month after quitting as San Diego mayor following his conviction in a campaign money laundering scandal, Roger Hedgecock was asked by the Evening Tribune his pick to win that year’s Super ...

D.A. Dumanis donor was cocaine felon

Executive at La Jolla luxury-car dealer among employees who gave district attorney's 2012 mayoral campaign $9000

As San Diego's latest money-laundering scandal continues to unwind, an initial spotlight has been drawn to Marc Chase, who lists himself as owner of Symbolic Motor Car Co. in La Jolla, a go-to luxury-car dealership ...

Car dealer Marc Chase led swinging, violent lifestyle, suit claims

Ex-fiancée of La Jolla luxury auto magnate makes shocking allegations

Allegations made in a September 2010 lawsuit against luxury car dealer Marc Chase — at the center of criminal charges that have enveloped city hall and district attorney Bonnie Dumanis — seem sure to fuel ...

Out-of-town money backs "out-of-town" hit

Lincoln Club hit piece blasts Alvarez over Sacramento fundraiser; Willie Brown gives him $1000

The battle over control of San Diego's city hall — being fought in large part by cash from unions versus corporate and real estate interests — is getting more vigorous. The city's GOP Lincoln Club ...

D.A. Dumanis at center of tangled cash web

Following the money in San Diego's byzantine border world of fast cars and big-money prosecutors

As San Diego's latest corruption scandal unfolds, it is casting fresh light on the well-monied political network of Republican district attorney Bonnie Dumanis and her consultant Jennifer Tierney. Tierney, a longtime confidante of the D.A., ...

Fast cars and faster times: Filner backer of interest

Symbolic name has long and colorful La Jolla big money history

Back in October 2012 we first reported here on a conspicuously large contribution made to "San Diegans in Support of Bob Filner for Mayor - 2012," an independent expenditure committee formed to support the Democratic ...

Conflicted interests

Last year wasn’t the best in the ethics department for the University of California San Diego. The nadir was reached with release of an email by the university after a public records act request. It ...

Portable parties

Officials of the San Diego port authority who remained close to home during the party season still managed to take advantage of many free opportunities to celebrate in style. On November 9, it was the ...

Christmas in Jerusalem

Following the lead of his boss, a staffer for freshman Democratic congressman Juan Vargas has jetted off to Israel, courtesy of the American Israel Education Foundation, a project of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, ...

Manchester and Wisdom face off in mayoral money race

U-T publisher antes up $90,000 for GOP as ex-DJ and financial manager from Rancho Santa Fe backs Democrat

It’s been a busy few days of disclosure by treasurers for the two candidates for mayor — as well as their big-money backers — as next month’s run-off election looms closer. Republican April Boling — ...

Salk stem-cell master says bye-bye to Barcelona

Messy patent battle looms over departure of biotech researcher

A big blow-up in Barcelona over biotech patents and research cash may bring a famous world master of stem-cell research back to La Jolla's Salk Institute full time, according to accounts in Spanish and science ...

Adam Sandler occupies Manchester’s Austin hotel site

Movie crew reportedly bivouacking on location of La Jolla real estate mogul’s stalled Texas hotel project

This was supposed to be the month that Douglas Manchester finally broke ground on his latest mega-money development, the $350 million Fairmont in Austin, Texas, according to an announcement back in October of last year ...

Qualcomm execs lining up for Faulconer

Big contributions and fundraising for GOP mayoral candidate by execs of company founded by billionaire Democrat

During last fall's primary election for San Diego mayor, Qualcomm took a lot of heat from the GOP Lincoln Club for backing Republican-turned-Democrat Nathan Fletcher for mayor. The volley of hit pieces against Qualcomm executive ...

Wealthy Silberman clan backs Alvarez

Cash to Faulconer's cause includes $15,000 from plastic-cup-maker

The son and daughter-in-law of Richard Silberman, the fallen San Diego financier who was once a powerful advisor to Democratic governor Jerry Brown, have cast their lot with Brown's fellow Democrat, city councilman David Alvarez, ...

Death of a news wire

At the beginning of the last century, the most powerful man in San Diego was E.W. Scripps, a bearded newspaper king who ruled a big chunk of the nation’s journalism and print opinion from the ...

Bankable Papa

A long legal battle between a disgruntled vendor and a proto-bank sponsored by real-estate guru and U-T publisher Douglas Manchester is about to have another round in court, this time in Houston, Texas. The extended ...

Blues flying high

The conservative Blue brothers, Linden and Neal of La Jolla, are well known for their backing of Republicans near and far. During the fall mayoral special election, Linden tossed in $5000 for San Diego County’s ...

Helen Copley foundation continues downward cash spiral

Proceeds of son's asset sales not listed on non-profit disclosure

The mystery of who will end up with millions of dollars in cash from the late David Copley’s estate continues, with the latest annual IRS filing of his mother’s foundation shedding no light. According to ...

Drone-maker draws a bead on mayoral Democrat

Pot foe and Predator's father aids GOP's Faulconer as labor council's Barrera reports raising $573,369 for Democrat Alvarez

La Jolla's Linden Blue, whose General Atomics makes the Predator drone along with other exotic military hardware for the world's armies, has given $1000 to Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer, who is running for San ...

Peters sets up fundraising committee with Arizona Democrat

Targeted by Koch brothers, La Jolla House freshman stages fundraiser with ex-aide to Gabby Giffords

La Jolla Democratic congressman Scott Peters and fellow House Democrat Ron Barber of Arizona, under fire by ads sponsored by the billionaire GOP Koch brothers of Wichita, Kansas, have set up a joint fundraising committee, ...

Hedgecock firm gives big to anti-Alvarez campaign

GOP Lincoln Club's committee gets major cash from ex-mayor; unions continue flood of Alvarez contributions

Fallen San Diego mayor Roger Hedgecock, who has long described himself as a "recovering politician," has suffered another relapse, judging by the $10,000 that his corporation — Worldwide Community Forum, Inc. — gave January 7 ...