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Though new district lines aren't officially cast in stone, GOP ex-San Diego city councilman Brian Maienschein has raised $43,600 in the first half of this year for a 77th district Assembly campaign, according to his campaign filing.

Many donors, including 6 members of the Feuerstein family, operators of Mira Mesa Shopping Center; La Jolla developer Thomas Sudberry; and contractor Matthew Reno are familiar from Maienschein's city council days.

In the past, Maienschein had been talked about for the 75th seat being vacated by the GOP's Nathan Fletcher, who has announced his run for mayor of San Diego. The current 77th district seat is held by Republican Brian Jones.

One hurdle Maienschein may face is explaining the $25,306 annual city council retirement pension he started collecting in 2009 at age 39, according to a report published last October by the Union-Tribune.

Faced by questions about the city's deteriorating financial condition during his tenure, he ran unsuccessfully for city attorney after being termed out of his council seat.

The California Redistricting Commission approved its version of district maps on Friday, but legal challenges are expected. The commission must sign off on final maps by August 15 and send them to the secretary of state. If not, the matter goes to the state Supreme Court.

Maienschein's Linkedin page currently lists his occupation as Commissioner of Plan to End Chronic Homelessness at United Way of San Diego.

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barryjantz Aug. 2, 2011 @ 9:42 a.m.

The final proposed district lines for the new 77th Assembly District largely include the area now represented by Fletcher. Maienschein indeed plans a run for the open seat, not against Jones. Just FYI.

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SoCalifornian Aug. 2, 2011 @ 10:15 a.m.

I hear Dustin Steiner is running for 77th seat, also. I look forward to hearing more from him.

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monaghan Aug. 3, 2011 @ 12:18 p.m.

I hope Brian Maienschein will run and win an Assembly seat in whatever district it turns out he's living in. He was a good City Councilman who attended personally to the needs of affected constituents after a devastating wildfire in his jurisdiction. He is intelligent, personable and genuine -- a rare combination among his peers.

It's incredible that we pay such large pensions to local politicians, but it beats me why Maienschein in particular should have to "explain" a City pension that was legally accrued during his time in office.

Brian Maienschein also would make a good County Supervisor because he's worked on problems facing our large homeless population and he's dealt with the terrible effects of wildfires on residents. Long-entrenched present Supervisors have been criticized for refusing to fund a County fire authority -- we are the only county in the State without one -- or to provide adequate services to the poor.

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