Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Doug Manchester Lobbyist Also Employed by Las Vegas Developer Backing DeMaio
A high-powered contract lobbyist for the Grand del Mar, the North City mega-resort operated by U-T San Diego publisher Doug Manchester, continued to lobby the office of San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders and city development officials on behalf of the development during the first quarter of this year.
That's only one of several revelations to be found in the latest lobbyist disclosure filing by the downtown law firm of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley, home of San Diego super-lobbyist Paul Robinson, who, in addition to his role as one of the region's most prominent lobbyists, sits on the board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
According to the April 19 document, posted online by the San Diego city clerk's office, Hecht Solberg also lobbied on behalf of the Molasky Group of Companies, controlled by Irwin Molasky (pictured), the legendary Las Vegas builder with ties to the late mobster Moe Dalitz; Molasky is in the process of developing a new headquarters for the FBI on Vista Sorrento Parkway here.
As we reported last June, Molasky, now in his 80s and suffering from Waldenström’s Disease, an illness with no cure, has pushed hard to begin work on the building, for which he has a $223 million leasing deal from the federal government.
The FBI held a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility in October, in which city councilman Carl DeMaio, currently running for mayor, played a prominent role.
According to the most recently available information posted online by the city clerk, Molasky employees and family members have given the DeMaio campaign at least $2,000.
The most recent contribution came on January 3 of this year from Irwin Molasky's daughter Beth, an executive in the family-run firm.
Hecht Solberg's April disclosure says the law and lobbying firm received $2000 from Molasky during the first three months of this year to engage in "negotiations and discussions" with city officials for "approval of development" for the "property on Vista Sorrento Parkway...as an FBI facility."
Robinson and associate Neil S. Hyytinen reportedly lobbied five city officials on the FBI project's behalf during the year's first quarter: developmental services director Kelly Broughton; his staffer Cecilia Gallardo; mayoral aide David Graham; DeMaio chief of staff Felipe Monroig; and John Ly, another DeMaio staffer.
Hecht Solberg's work for Manchester's Grand Del Mar Resort, LLP, consisted of handling "notices of violation and processing of entitlements to correct and bring legal [development] at The Grand Del Mar Resort," the disclosure says. The firm received $1000 for its work, according to the disclosure.
The filing says that Robinson lobbied Graham of the mayor's office and Robert Vacchi, director of the city's neighborhood code compliance division of development services.
As we reported in January, the Manchester-owned hotel and golf course has had a long history of zoning, environmental, and land use disputes with San Diego and federal regulators.
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