Don Bauder 8:42 p.m., May 23
Proposition D: How to Buy an Election
The group touting Proposition D, the so-called strong mayor initiative, have reported their donations and expenditures for the two months ended May 22. The election is June 8. The group is known as "San Diegans for Accountability at City Hall, Yes on D." For the year, more than $272,000 has been poured into this effort. (There is no organized opposition.) Here are some of the donors year to date: Ace Parking $5,000; Bridgepoint Education (see my column May 12 and blog item April 30) $16,000; Cox Communications (in donated air time) $38,920; Cricket Communications (Leap Wireless) $10,000; Irwin and Joan Jacobs $5,000 each; Oliver McMillan (real estate) $5,000; San Diego Association of Realtors $15,000; San Diego County Apartment Association $2,750; SeaWorld $1,500; Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek law firm $1,000; Sempra $10,000; Thomas Sudberry Jr. (real estate) $1,096; Sycuan Band (casino) $25,000, and Councilmember Carl DeMaio (slate mailer) $3,950.