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David Copley Retains High-Priced Downtown Influence Peddler

It wasn’t so long ago that David Copley enjoyed free rein at city hall, easily convincing the City’s Planning Department to allow him to combine a cluster of adjacent houses on La Jolla’s Virginia Way into a sprawling residential complex and party venue he called Fox Hole, a takeoff on Fox Hill, his mother Helen’s historic estate on Country Club Drive. A quick call by Herb Klein, then editor in chief of Copley’s Union-Tribune, to whoever was mayor was all that was necessary. But May 3 will mark the second anniversary of Copley’s sale of the U-T to Beverly Hills–based Platinum Equity, forcing the onetime newspaper magnate, now retired at 59, to seek power and influence elsewhere. According to a City lobbying disclosure filed December 30, he’s found it in lawyer Paul Robinson, a high-priced downtown influence peddler who has been retained by Copley Press, Inc., to attain “entitlement and development of the property” located north of Nautilus Street and west of Via Valverde in La Jolla, the approximate neighborhood of Fox Hill.

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It wasn’t so long ago that David Copley enjoyed free rein at city hall, easily convincing the City’s Planning Department to allow him to combine a cluster of adjacent houses on La Jolla’s Virginia Way into a sprawling residential complex and party venue he called Fox Hole, a takeoff on Fox Hill, his mother Helen’s historic estate on Country Club Drive. A quick call by Herb Klein, then editor in chief of Copley’s Union-Tribune, to whoever was mayor was all that was necessary. But May 3 will mark the second anniversary of Copley’s sale of the U-T to Beverly Hills–based Platinum Equity, forcing the onetime newspaper magnate, now retired at 59, to seek power and influence elsewhere. According to a City lobbying disclosure filed December 30, he’s found it in lawyer Paul Robinson, a high-priced downtown influence peddler who has been retained by Copley Press, Inc., to attain “entitlement and development of the property” located north of Nautilus Street and west of Via Valverde in La Jolla, the approximate neighborhood of Fox Hill.

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But May 3 will mark the second anniversary of Copley’s sale of the U-T to Beverly Hills–based Platinum Equity, forcing the onetime newspaper magnate, now retired at 59, to seek power and influence elsewhere. According to a City lobbying disclosure filed

1) Newspaper Magnate= Funny #1

2) Now "reitred" at age 59= Funny's #2-100!!!!

Copley never put in an honest days work in his life. He is a trust fund baby with a silver spoon, who has accomplished nothing on his own.

Everything he has accomplished is related directly to his trust fund status.

March 2, 2011

Copley pays well for expert services. How else could someone with three alcohol related charges not go to prison?

March 3, 2011

Fox Hole? That's a scream, and I won't pursue the double/triple/quadruple entendre there! The guy comes off as a pitiful blob of protoplasm. He's 59 years old? Already? Who'd a thunk it? Yeah, he sold off nearly everything he owned at fire sale prices without thinking of the full implication of his surrender of power and influence. So, now he has to pay money for influence in San Diego? Gosh, how the mighty have fallen.

Somebody ought to write a novel about him, one that would once again prove that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. And then there should be a movie made of that novel. But what to call the book or the movie? Who would play David? Who would play his mother? Who would play Herb Klein? What an exercise it all would be.

March 5, 2011

I used to watch him pig-out at Gustaf Anders in La Jolla. He was a jolly guy. His mommy just never demanded he become a responsible citizen.

A book or movie, what is the story line or plot? His life is just not that interesting.

March 15, 2011

Such haters.

It would sure suck to be a trusafarian wouldn't it?

March 6, 2011

LOL..Hi David! Nice of you to post with us....

BTW, I think it is "trustafarian".

March 7, 2011

I'm not David but I may as well be.

March 7, 2011

We can be brutal, but "haters"??? Come on.

March 10, 2011

That comment is typical of those whose only defense to logic and fact that doesn't suit them is to label the opposition as engaging in "hate" or "hate speech" or something similar. I am profoundly disappointed in David. He was dealt by fate one of the best hands possible in the game of life, and squandered the advantages. Instead of making all those Copley Press papers into better papers, with emphasis on the chain's flagship, the U-T, he allowed them to sink farther, and then sold them off. Instead of building on his legacy, is dismantling it as fast as he can. Yes, disappointing and a disgrace.

March 12, 2011

I'd like to know the identity of the person who died so David could get a new heart. He or she must've have been someone totally evil. David effed the retirees out of their health insurance and is living high on the hog with more money than he could ever spend in his miserable existence. Jim and Helen will surely spank him when he passes on. David singlehandedly financially ruined hundreds of lives and I hope he rots in hell.

April 11, 2011

Hey, there! Ya ever thought about bein' a campaign manager? I just might be needin' one in the near future if you're lookin'.

April 12, 2011

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