Early look at Wild Animal Park, troubled elephants come to the zoo, China’s panda hunter and pandas end up in San Diego, the morality of SeaWorld’s dolphins
Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
Late filings show that more real estate developers and others wanting favors from the City of San Diego are dumping money into Propositions A, B and C. Proposition C is the dangerous one: it permits the mayor to name the auditor who will audit the mayor. On May 28, Vulcan Materials gave $10,000 to the Prop C campaign. Vulcan has 230 acres of sand and gravel pits in Mission Valley. Vulcan and Sudberry Properties want to convert the pits into a planned community with more than 4,000 residences. Among others who have just filed, giving money so the fox can guard the henhouse, are utility Sempra Energy, $10,000; New Majority California PAC (political action committee), connected with the Republican Party, $15,000; Lodging Industry PAC, $20,000; Restaurant and Beverage Industry PAC,$20,000, and Liquid Investments, an alcohol distribution company run by Ron Fowler, $10,000. The establishment fat cats wanting the mayor to appoint his own auditor have now given more than $250,000, compared with $30,000 for opponents. This is still more proof that San Diego practices the cashocracy form of government: only money matters.