Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Developers Bankrolling "Strong Mayor" Campaign
The League of Women Voters on its website (www.lwvsandiego.org) shows that real estate developers are throwing wads of money at the "Yes on D" campaign that would make the so-called strong mayor concept permanent. Among those associated with real estate giving $10,000 or more are Sudberry Properties, San Diego Association of Realtors, Corky McMillin Cos., Malin Burnham of Cushman Wakefield, and attorney/power broker John Davies. Those giving between $2,000 and $5,000 are Poseidon Resources, Lankford & Associates, San Diego Electrical Contractors, and R.E. Staite Engineering. Other big givers include Dealy Development, Gafcon, Shea Homes, Sentre Partners, H.G. Fenton, Joseph Wong (architect), Collins Development, La Jolla Development, Sickels Group and Terramar Retail Centers. The league says that in the five years of the strong mayor experiment, political accountability, responsiveness to citizen concerns, efficient management of the city, checks and balances, access, and openness have all deteriorated.