K. Mennem 7:17 p.m., June 17
How Lobbyist Tried to Sway Pat Kruer
The Los Angeles Times today (July 9) tells how Los Angeles area lobbyist Susan McCabe aggressively tried to get San Diegan Pat Kruer, a longtime member of the California Coastal Commission, to vote in favor of the waterfront redevelopment project. Kruer abstained from the vote because of his brother's involvement in the planned project, and the pane rejected the first phase by 5-5. In trying to sway Kruer, McCabe talked of "spoon feeding" Kruer talking points. She referred to the five opponents of the measure as "the toxic five." She wrote her staff saying that Kruer "is looking for responses from us to give him ammunition to help us," says the Times. But Kruer told the Times he was "offended by the tone of these e-mails," and that, "I never told anyone I would recommend a yes vote on the project."