News Under the Radar

SANDAG needs spin help

Applicants asked to “describe why it is important for SANDAG to have both public information and public involvement programs.”

Newly reconstituted by legislation sponsored by Democratic assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, the San Diego Association of Governments, blasted in the media for its lack of transparency, is seeking a spinmeister. “The Senior Public Outreach Officer ...

SDG&E pillow talk

Hedberg was found to have a “remote interest” in any business with the power company

A member of the board of the San Diego County Water Authority, married to a computer engineer for San Diego Gas and Electric, will have a little less voting to do, as a result of ...

Close encounter of the drone kind

The drone passed less than 100 feet below the airplane

The pilot of an Airbus passenger jet descending for an August landing at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field has reported a harrowing encounter with an unmanned aerial vehicle at 1200 feet. “The drone passed less than ...

Double-duty lobbyist

City hall influence-peddling

The lawyer representing San Diego city councilman Chris Cate in matters related to state attorney general Xavier Becerra’s investigation of Cate’s leak of a confidential memo to SoccerCity lobbyists has been doing a little city ...

The fate of San Diego Sports Arena

Hockey players

Besides disposition of the stadium formerly known as Qualcomm, the fate of the San Diego Sports Arena, now called the Valley View Casino Center, hangs in the balance. As usual in the political netherworld of ...

Dallas oilman’s blessing

Friends of SDSU vs. SoccerCity

Friends of SDSU, a political committee set up to collect signatures for an initiative that would turn the city-owned site formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium over to San Diego State University, is preparing to do ...

Solar-powered pot

Continues to be a significant cash generator for local lobbyists

The fight over what San Diego’s marijuana regulations will ultimately look like when pot goes legal in California next year continues to be a significant cash generator for local lobbyists, as evidenced by Lani Lutar’s ...


It isn’t the first time Sempra has anted up for a Roberts cause

Termed-out Republican San Diego County supervisor Ron Roberts continues to rake in so-called behests to charity on his behalf by big-money special interests. Latest to tithe is utility giant Sempra Energy, currently fighting locals who ...

Big lobbyist is watching

Verizon pushes Smart Cities

Verizon Wireless has paid the San Diego lobbying firm of MJE Marketing Services $30,000 to push for “approval of a public-private partnership for implementation of Verizon’s Smart Cities and Communities programs,” according to an October ...

Boling for airport dollars

Big-money history dates back to Faulconer’s February 2014 election as mayor

The lobbying shop founded by San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer’s top political guru is again at the center of conflict-of-interest questions, this time regarding ace GOP campaign treasurer and onetime city-council candidate April Boling. ...

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