Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Irwin Jacobs, Sycuan, and Viejas Backing Brown Tax Hike
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's bid to convince California voters to raise taxes in the Golden State has found three more financial angels in San Diego county.
La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs chipped in $5,000 on February 15, according to a February 18 disclosure with the California secretary of state's office filed by Brown's committee, "Californians to Protect Schools, Universities, and Public Safety."
The Qualcomm founder, whose local causes include the news department at San Diego State University's KPBS public broadcasting operation and his controversial Balboa Park traffic and parking makeover, is a longtime contributor to the Democratic party and its candidates.
Jacobs was joined by two of the county's major casino operators, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Sycuan Citizens for Good Government kicked in $100,000 and the Viejas Tribal Government gave $25,000, both this past Saturday, February 18.
As reported yesterday by the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Brown has said he wants to shake up state gambling regulation, but has yet to reveal any details.
If qualified for the ballot and passed by voters, the governor's measure would hike the state sales tax and increase income taxes for California's highest earners.
Pictured: Irwin Jacobs
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