Amanda Habel 8:46 p.m., Sept. 2
Francis Says Lobbyists Control City Hall, Blasts Special Interests
Entrepreneur Steve Francis, in throwing his hat in the mayoral race today (Jan. 15), showed that he understands the cancers eating away at the City. "For too long lobbyists have controlled City Hall and the politicians have turned a deaf ear to the voices of everyday San Diegans," said Francis, pledging not to accept contributions from special interests. He promised to tap "the best ideas of all political parties." His statement provides hope: as head of a very good think tank, he has access to a polling organization. His pollsters must have picked up an indication that the San Diego public realizes how it is being manipulated by the establishment.