David Dodd 2:33 a.m., May 19
Todd Gloria, staffer, hotelier and spouse signed nomination paper for judge who ruled against Filner
Taylor backers with stake in hotel moguls' legal attack on San Diego mayor include Evans Hotels’ chief financial officer Robert H. Gleason and spouse
Superior Court Judge Timothy B. Taylor - who yesterday ruled that GOP hotel magnates could expedite their lawsuit against Bob Filner - has benefited from key political backing by several of the major players arrayed against the Democratic San Diego mayor.
Councilman Todd Gloria and his council representative, Dion Akers, signed a nomination paper on behalf of Taylor, filed February 24, 2012, according to election records of the San Diego county Registrar of Voters.
Gloria, a second-term council Democrat heavily backed by Republican business interests, has repeatedly voiced support for the hoteliers’ legal battle to force Filner to sign a city-funded, $30 million a year contract negotiated by Republican ex-mayor Jerry Sanders.
Other signatures on Taylor's nominating petition include those of Robert H. Gleason, chief financial officer of Evans Hotels, and his spouse, Marc Matys, who reside in Kensington.
The board features a host of the most powerful names of local inn-keeping, including chairman C. Terry Brown, long a funding pillar of the county Republican party, and Bill Evans, whose family got its start leasing city owned hotel land on Mission Bay, and remains the biggest operator of public leasehold hotels, including the still contentious Bahia Hotel deal.
The February 2012 nominating petition and related filings were made on behalf of Taylor's successful bid to qualify for last June's ballot by the judge's political consultant, Jennifer Tierney, a longtime political operative for Gloria and GOP District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, along with a host of others.
As reported here last month, Dumanis has been raising cash to pay off her campaign debts to Tierney's Gemini Group resulting from her failed bid for mayor last year.
A big chunk of the cash for Dumanis came from donors tied to Evans Hotels, a key player in the lawsuit against Filner. Jan Goldsmith, the GOP city attorney, also contributed to the D.A:
Debts paid included $14,000 to the Gemini Group, Dumanis's political consultant during her failed bid.
Other well-heeled Dumanis donors included lobbyist Craig Benedetto on November 30 ($500); Anne Evans, chairman of Evans Hotels on December 1 ($500); Grace Cherashore, president and CEO of Evans Hotels on December 1 ($500); and Robert H. Gleason, CFO of Evans Properties on December 1 ($500).
We left a message with Taylor’s court to talk to the judge this morning. This afternoon an aide said that the judge was not immediately available for comment.