Michael Mullenniex 1:43 p.m., May 25
Union-Tribune Buyer Hires City Hall Lobbyist
The law firm of San Diego super-lobbyist Paul Robinson recently picked up three new clients, including the Grand Del Mar resort, developed and run by prospective Union-Tribune owner Doug Manchester.
According to a city lobbyist disclosure filing dated November 8, the firm of Hecht, Solberg, Robinson, Goldberg & Bagley is lobbying the city on behalf of The Grand Del Mar Resort L.P. regarding "Notices of violation and processing of entitlements to correct and bring legal."
The outcome sought is "entitlements," which in the development business usually means actions such as obtaining and revising rezonings and conditional use permits and related matters.
The firm's other new clients include the Old Town Academy & K-8 Charter School, which, according to the disclosure, is lobbying against "location of VA homeless and psychiatric clinic near the school," and former San Diego city councilwoman Gloria McColl Powell, who is lobbying regarding right-of-way issues in relation to real estate at 5072 Federal Blvd.
Republican and former Pete Wilson aide Robinson, widely regarded as one of the most well-connected lobbyists in the county, was appointed to the board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority last year by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Earlier this year, Robinson's firm was retained by Irwin Molasky during a dispute between the Las Vegas developer and a neighboring property owner over a site on which Molasky, a partner in the La Costa Resort when it was backed by Teamsters money in the 1960s, is building a new headquarters to be leased to the FBI.
Pictured: Paul Robinson