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Stories by Matt Potter

How about let’s make an Ebola bomb?

Vaccine researchers flush with cash; control of product distribution unclear

As the West's war of nerves with the Russian Federation heats up, Africa’s latest Ebola outbreak is being viewed as both an ominous foreboding and welcome opportunity by San Diego's growing military-biotech establishment. Escaping media ...

Ex-Clinton aide to lobby for nude clubs

Can he avoid fate of previous adult-entertainment influence-peddlers?

Proprietors of San Diego’s adult-entertainment establishments, prosaically known as strip joints, have been persistent about returning to the good old days of the business, when customers could reach out and feel the merchandise. That was ...

Sheriff’s dept. mismanages inmates’ cash

County audit blasts lax prisoner fund-handling at jails

Has San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore been playing fast and loose with cash held for inmates at the county's seven detention facilities, including East Mesa, Facility 8, George Bailey, Las Colinas, South Bay, Vista, ...

A Copley by any other name

Its new website suggests that the David C. Copley Foundation, formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation, may be about to flex some new-found financial muscle, thanks to major asset sales ...

Buzzing up

KPBS is giving itself a big pat on the back for what it calls its “exclusive coverage of the San Diego Mayor Bob Filner story.” A glossy pamphlet put out by the station, which is ...

Silver bullets

Sheriff Bill Gore, re-elected with no opposition this June, is now sitting on a fat campaign war chest of $59,339, according to his latest disclosure report. Private prison proprietor Corrections Corporation of America, looking to ...

Cole cash

Councilwoman’s legal debt could be bailed by city-hall lobbyists

It has cost San Diego city councilwoman Myrtle Cole at least $24,878 in legal fees to ward off a defamation lawsuit by disgruntled former challenger Dwayne Crenshaw, and the District 4 Democrat has turned to ...

THC-green pastures for ex-Sanders staffers

Spawn of former GOP mayor do the medical marijuana pitch

While San Diego ex-mayor Jerry Sanders lobbies for a border railroad and against minimum-wage hikes, records show some of his former staffers have taken to peddling influence for the city's mushrooming marijuana business; another is ...

Anti-wage boost group spends $114,000

"Ugly" campaign against minimum wage promised by U-T San Diego

"Expect hardball," a U-T San Diego editorial promised this week about an anticipated referendum campaign by the paper's publisher and his political allies against the city council's vote to hike the minimum wage. "It can ...

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.

It's been a big day in Washington for two high-tech San Diego farmers. Pierre Sleiman, Jr., who runs a North County outfit called Go Green Agriculture with his father Pierre Sleiman, has 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 ...

Horton’s dowry

Readers of the U-T San Diego editorial page may still be wondering about the connection between GOP ex-assemblywoman Shirley Horton and U-T editorial writer-in-chief Bill Osborne, but there’s no doubt Horton sank some heavy personal ...

Cashing in the chips

It was back to the heartland for La Jolla–based Qualcomm last month — back, at least, to the Heartland Values political action committee “created to help ensure that the common sense, conservative values that served ...

UCSD's almost-million-dollar man

Fall of cancer institute, sex case mars tenure of pay-boosted hospital chief

Someone at UCSD just got a $21,600 raise, and it wasn't chancellor Pradeep Khosla. The school's top-dollar pay boost belongs to Paul Viviano, whose title is associate vice chancellor and health systems chief executive officer ...

Manchester’s size-matters debate rivets Texans

All eyes on Austin as promised September mega groundbreaking approaches

This past May, the development arm of Douglas Manchester got some good news from the media arm of the mega-millionaire La Jollan. "Construction on the 1,054-room Fairmont Austin, which will be linked to the Austin ...

Diary of a Young influence-peddler

Democrat picks up lucrative GOP Lincoln Club clients

Back in January 2013, Democratic city councilman Tony Young resigned his seat in the midst of his term to take command of the regional Red Cross, after rumors circulated that he actually wanted to work ...

Violent crime and bad records plague UCSD

Audit finds safety and security jeopardized, risking fines from feds

Increasing crime on UCSD's sprawling campus is dangerously under-policed and inadequately monitored, placing its students and faculty at growing risk for life-threatening incidents, not to mention stiff financial penalties from the federal government, based on ...

SDSU’s self-report draws a blank

It took almost two weeks, but KPBS, the public broadcast operation owned and run by San Diego State University finally got around to reporting on a state audit blasting the school for mishandling its sexual ...

Standup guy

What does it take to be a TV anchor in San Diego these days? Judging from a recent job notice by Tribune Company, owner of Fox affiliate KSWB, 1970s parody Ron Burgundy might still make ...

Fountain of traffic

A May announcement in U-T San Diego by Charley Marchesano, project management chief of the county’s Department of General Services, that Qualcomm would be staging an exclusive party for 5000 at the county’s new bayside ...

Harry Reid's anti-Koch PAC hits town

DeMaio-Peters clash is target of Democrat-funded television ad buys

It appears increasingly that San Diego's 52nd District battle between Republican Carl DeMaio and freshman Democratic congressman Scott Peters may become ground zero in a TV proxy war between Democratic senate majority leader Harry Reid ...

Faulconer moves to privatize city email archive

A few details of city’s troubled electronic records finally emerge

One of the first official actions taken by incoming San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer earlier this year was to pledge to keep all city emails around for the indefinite future. Now the Republican mayor, a ...

DeMaio gets campaign fund payback

Congressional hopeful cashes out of his Reform San Diego movement

There's an old saying among longtime political insiders: campaign committees can be a lot kinder than slot machines. They sometimes pay off as hoped for. So it is now for Carl DeMaio, the ex–San Diego ...

Dinosaur Democrat

The more things seem to change in San Diego politics, the more they really stay the same. That might be the motto of Alex Roth, newly named communications director of the reelection bid of Democratic ...

Billionaires on TV

Speaking of Scott Peters, more TV backing for him funded by Wall Street hedge-fund operator James Simons is in the pipeline. Disclosure records made public by NBC television affiliate KNSD show that the so-called House ...

Ghosts of taxpayers past

San Diego county district attorney Bonnie Dumanis easily dispatched the inept campaign of challenger Bob Brewer, a sometime defense lawyer who inexplicably shied from talking about restoration of the office’s long-dormant ethics division. Dumanis is ...

Faulconer campaign gurus back e-cigs & billboards

Political insiders open lobbying shop for CBS Outdoor and Lorillard Tobacco

A nexus of hardened political consultants who played a key role in the February victory of Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer is seeking what could be an even bigger payoff in the form of a newly ...

Political mansion’s historic tale of woe

Ex-owner of Fort Lauderdale's China White nightclub seeks Point Loma manse delisting.

The sprawling former estate of a fallen San Diego savings and loan kingpin may soon lose its historic designation in a city council action sought by John Cahalin, ex-proprietor of a once-infamous Fort Lauderdale nightclub ...

In search of the perfect buzz

Despite calls for moderation, UCSD’s Sun God Festival turns deadly

Based on the legend built by real estate mogul Douglas Manchester's U-T San Diego in cahoots with UCSD’s PR department, the university is a happy, well-heeled place, full of high-tech researchers spinning off reams of ...

Cops and jobbers

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is looking for a new executive director for San Diego’s much-maligned police review board. Two years ago the body, officially known as the Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices, came in for ...

Global chair warming

The social medium known as Twitter has exposed the annual “Golden Fleece” awards dinner run by the downtown lobbying group calling itself the San Diego County Taxpayers Association to new online fame. The most recent ...

Brown out

It’s election year, which explains why Democratic governor Jerry Brown has been spotted down in San Diego signing the state budget and personally picking up checks for his campaign. Brown is up against Republican ex–Wall ...

Issa’s house of cards and freebies

Public relations honcho takes off on Philly junket

Up on Capitol Hill, Frederick Hill, whose official title is deputy staff director for communications and strategy of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is best known as Darrell Issa's megaphone-in-chief. His LinkedIn profile ...

In Memphis, Faulconer hails GOP machine’s victory

Manchester money's ground game discussed at Southern soiree

He's no Johnny Cash, but San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer was off to Memphis last month to reveal the strategy of his victory to a Republican Party establishment seeking votes from an increasingly fragmented and ...

Nasty super-rich battle looms in Peters-DeMaio race

Mega-millionaire Kimmel reaps sizable profits from political hits

Connoisseurs of San Diego politics who revel in high-dollar distortions, trumped-up attacks, misleading statistics, and all manner of election-time TV commercial casuistry will be enjoying a record season come this fall. Others will need to ...

Faulconer’s wife: master of cops and conventions

Gaslamp BIO party’s security force tries to block videography

It was the culmination of a year of elaborate planning at city hall and a major source of income to Katherine Stuart, wife of mayor Kevin Faulconer. And word was out to private security forces ...

Electrifying dinners

Eating has been good for state legislators who stay on the good side of San Diego–based utility giant Sempra Energy, according to the firm’s latest lobbyist disclosure filing. At Sacramento’s Downtown & Vine, Sempra played ...

Cup of politics

GOP House majority leader Eric Cantor’s defeat at the hands of a Tea Party insurgent has stirred the political pot in Washington. Not so much in San Diego, where the only donor to his political ...

Capital news

A pair of unnamed little birds had a rough plane trip from Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport to San Diego last December, according to an official “animal incident report” recently released by the U.S. Department ...

Audit calls out sexual harassment at SDSU

Will state-owned TV station report on university’s own laxity?

Last summer, the scandal surrounding San Diego's then–mayor Bob Filner made sexual harassment a heated topic of discussion on local and national news media, including KPBS, the public broadcast operation owned and operated by San ...

Papa Doug digs Obama’s pond scum

Editorial reveals publisher’s role in federally subsidized algae-to-energy scheme

Beating up on big government spending is a full-time occupation at U-T San Diego, owned by mega-millionaire Republican real estate developer Douglas Manchester. Obamacare, minimum-wage hikes, and the Barrio Logan community plan are a few ...

Eshoo won't be eschewed by Qualcomm

Hidden money to Ripon and No Labels unmasked in latest report

2013 was a bruising political year for Qualcomm, Inc., the cell-phone chip-maker cofounded by La Jolla Democratic billionaire Irwin Jacobs. With his son Paul, then the company's chief executive, they put the firm's big-money chips ...

Cash comingling, ethics lapses at SDSU

State audit finds lack of disclosure and honesty training risks fraud

An audit of San Diego State University by state investigators has discovered big gaps in the way the hallowed institution tracks and discloses conflicts-of-interests, ethics training, and cash donations. According to the report to the ...

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