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Lobbyist and ex-Tribune reporter Al Ziegaus and his Southwest Strategies have gone to bat for Walmart in the company’s all-out war against San Diego city hall. According to recent filings, Ziegaus and sidekick Clint Carney were paid $3000 in the third quarter of this year to lobby city council members Todd Gloria and Sherri Lightner as well as Humberto Peraza, a staffer for Ben Hueso. The disclosure says that on July 29, Southwest staffers A. Christopher Wahl and Janine Pairis raised $2700 for Hueso’s brother Felipe’s ultimately failed city council bid.

Bridgepoint Education, the controversial online-learning outfit based here, has just leased 193,000 square feet of office space in a new eight-story building to be built at Aaron Feldman’s Sunroad Centrum office park in Kearny Mesa near Montgomery Field. According to a filing with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, the initial term of the lease, occupancy to begin by January 31, 2013, is 12 years, with two 5-year renewal options. According to the disclosure document, “[T]he monthly base rent over the initial term of the Lease increases from $604,000 to $823,000 during the twelfth year.”

Bridgepoint already leases 248,000 square feet in Sunroad’s 11-story building in the Centrum project, the filing says. That’s the structure that had to be cut down to legal height after a long struggle between then–city attorney Mike Aguirre and Sunroad over its potential danger to planes landing at Montgomery Field.

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Founder Dec. 8, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m.

Our City Council is trying to protect small business from a Big Business.

I wish they would protect our Residential Neighborhoods from Small Business's encroachment/Blight.

It's very clear who our Councilmembers feel are their most important supporters!


jcsuperstar Dec. 17, 2010 @ 3:30 p.m.

The clipboard militia they have hired to gather referendum petitions are largely misleading the people who are signing them. I have noted that with the exception of the Kearney Mesa Walmart location, they are not mentioning it being about Walmart or the bigbox Council decision.

About a mile west of there, I noted the claims at two grocery-centered malls. At the Von's at Clairemont Square, the line was they were collecting signatures to save the local schools. Target in the Balboa & Genessee shopping center had the guy saying it was to sign to help the city solve the unemployment crisis. I confronted that individual and made him publicly reveal the truth behind his petition. Might have impacted perhaps a half dozen potential signers.

Regardless of how you feel about the overall issue, we should agree that this outright misrepresentation for folks' compromising their signatures is wrong and should be unwelcomed in our community. Please challenge these people on the issue in civilly approrpiate ways and get the word out regarding this blatant activity.


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