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Forget the deficit, local government agencies continue to lavish tax dollars on representatives in Washington, D.C., to lobby for even more taxpayer cash. In the second quarter of this year, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority paid $40,000 to McBee Strategic Consulting to advocate its interests, including “legislative issues, Aviation Reauthorization bills, and Executive Branch actions.” The port district anted up $20,000 to Alcalde & Fay to lobby about the “National Marine Highway Program.” The City of San Diego spent $50,000 on Patton Boggs to deal with “High Speed Rail program implementation” and “border port of entry infrastructure.” The San Diego State University Research Foundation paid Carpi, Clay & Smith $50,000 to lobby about the National Defense Authorization Act and language training centers. The San Diego County Water Authority paid the Carpi firm $30,000 to lobby about “Colorado River; Salton Sea; seawater desalination.” Blank Rome Government Relations got $40,000 from the San Diego Association of Governments to handle “work related to transportation appropriations, project funding, and reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs.”

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The biggest spender of all was San Diego County, which plunked down $80,000 to Van Scoyoc Associates. Issues included “Flood control generally”; “Workforce investment generally”; and “Native American land management generally.” As reported here last October, Van Scoyoc has close ties to La Jolla–founded defense contractor SAIC, which in 2008 was awarded $4.4 million of earmarks for “battlefield sensor netting and bioterrorism detection systems,” due to the efforts of Florida GOP congressman C.W. “Bill” Young of Florida. SAIC gave Young’s campaign $20,500…. Majestic Realty’s Ed Roski, whose plan to build a football stadium in the City of Industry has triggered panic among San Diego sports buffs and chamber-of-commerce types, contributed a cool $411,350 to state politicos during the first half of this year. Recipients included the state Democratic Party ($100,000); state Democratic senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg ($3900); and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s officeholder account ($10,000). Last Tuesday, Schwarzenegger named Majestic vice president Fran Inman to the California Transportation Commission, which plays a key role in allotting state and federal funds for freeway and other transportation improvements. The appointment requires confirmation by the state senate.

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Forget the deficit, local government agencies continue to lavish tax dollars on representatives in Washington, D.C., to lobby for even more taxpayer cash. In the second quarter of this year, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority paid $40,000 to McBee Strategic Consulting to advocate its interests, including “legislative issues, Aviation Reauthorization bills, and Executive Branch actions.” The port district anted up $20,000 to Alcalde & Fay to lobby about the “National Marine Highway Program.” The City of San Diego spent $50,000 on Patton Boggs to deal with “High Speed Rail program implementation” and “border port of entry infrastructure.” The San Diego State University Research Foundation paid Carpi, Clay & Smith $50,000 to lobby about the National Defense Authorization Act and language training centers. The San Diego County Water Authority paid the Carpi firm $30,000 to lobby about “Colorado River; Salton Sea; seawater desalination.” Blank Rome Government Relations got $40,000 from the San Diego Association of Governments to handle “work related to transportation appropriations, project funding, and reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs.”

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The biggest spender of all was San Diego County, which plunked down $80,000 to Van Scoyoc Associates. Issues included “Flood control generally”; “Workforce investment generally”; and “Native American land management generally.” As reported here last October, Van Scoyoc has close ties to La Jolla–founded defense contractor SAIC, which in 2008 was awarded $4.4 million of earmarks for “battlefield sensor netting and bioterrorism detection systems,” due to the efforts of Florida GOP congressman C.W. “Bill” Young of Florida. SAIC gave Young’s campaign $20,500…. Majestic Realty’s Ed Roski, whose plan to build a football stadium in the City of Industry has triggered panic among San Diego sports buffs and chamber-of-commerce types, contributed a cool $411,350 to state politicos during the first half of this year. Recipients included the state Democratic Party ($100,000); state Democratic senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg ($3900); and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s officeholder account ($10,000). Last Tuesday, Schwarzenegger named Majestic vice president Fran Inman to the California Transportation Commission, which plays a key role in allotting state and federal funds for freeway and other transportation improvements. The appointment requires confirmation by the state senate.

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-- Ola Moola --

Oh to get paid really big, and to be in, on the jig;

I've wondered why all these folks wear a business suit, guess it's required, to gain access to all that loot.

I'd love to be an insider, on a Billion dollar deal, I would then help all my Buds to make money, that wouldn't squeal.

Of course, I'd also have to spread some of it 'round, because I realize, "what goes around comes around"!

How does one get invited to "that" Party, I really do not know, if any of you Readers are "well connected", give me the, "say so"...

I wonder what it's like living large, with a huge house, bigger than a barge;

to have lots of fine folks from our high society, to gather big headlines and attend every party,

I know me (+ my good buds) would be smiling and would not act funny, since it was all paid for, will ample amounts of our public money!

When asked by the Reader's press, to explain our Public's mess,

I would know to give them that same old spiel, "I have no knowledge of any such deal";

and if they asked me about doing any Public good service now, Sure, I would say, (thinking to myself), "like a bull services a cow"!

Oh, to be an insider, on the Public take, no money worries, and every things going jake.

The only problem I can see, is that if someone squeals on me,

then I might get very bad PR and threatened with jail, but if that did happen, my good buds would just post my bail,

so then I'd just have to lay low until they gave me the "say so"...

If things got really bad, I'd make sure, I looked sad,

if I'm ever threatened with standing trial, an appeal to the Court, my buds would file;

for "poor" me it would be

just a very expensive, well rehearsed Big public show, for where all the skeletons are buried, my buds all know...

So to all the well connected, I know when it comes to the Public "WA$TE", there is Big Money for us all, so please consider giving me a taste!

And If that is not meant to be, I will just have to "work" for free,

by staying on the computer, at home and just working on another poem,

but I'll keep an ear out, for my ringing phone, in case anyone, wants to throw me a bone...

July 29, 2010

This is just my opinion, but the biggest local government giveaway to "lobbyists" (in the form of developers as redevelopment agency clients) will be the $6 billion Tax Increment CAP increase to $9 billion, if it hasn't already been approved...

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