Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
More Fat Cats Give Money So Mayor Can Select Own Auditor
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.