Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

THC-green pastures for ex-Sanders staffers

Spawn of former GOP mayor do the medical marijuana pitch

Rachel Laing and Kimberly Hale Miller
Rachel Laing and Kimberly Hale Miller

While San Diego ex-mayor Jerry Sanders lobbies for a border railroad and against minimum-wage hikes, records show some of his former staffers have taken to peddling influence for the city's mushrooming marijuana business; another is pitching for a big-time Los Angeles developer.

The latter lobbyist is Rachel Laing, the ex-Sanders media handler who left the then-mayor's employ at city hall to sign up as director of communications with Public Policy Strategies, a lobbying shop run by Tom Shepard. He is the political guru who guided Sanders and a host of other Republicans, including Susan Golding, into city office.

Laing's colleagues at Public Policy were Phil Rath, another ex-Sanders aide, and Kimberly Hale Miller, once married to top Sanders media chief Darren Pudgil.

Shepard helped mastermind the failed effort backed by Democratic Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs to elect Nathan Fletcher as Sanders's successor.

Shepard went on to become Bob Filner's personal political guru and briefly gloried as one of the new mayor's biggest grossing fundraisers, throwing a well-attended party at his downtown office in January 2013 that attracted fellow high-dollar lobbyists Marcela Escobar-Eck and Paul Robinson.

But Shepard's ride on the Democratic gravy train came to an abrupt end with Filner's resignation last year due to a sexual harassment scandal, and Public Policy staffers quickly deserted ship to set up their own influence-peddling shops.

Rath and Miller founded Rath Miller, LLC. “We approach public affairs initiatives with campaign tactics, using direct advocacy, situational intelligence and targeted public outreach to influence decision-makers,” the company’s website announced.

Among initial clients were paramedic contract seeker American Medical Response Ambulance Services, real estate behemoth Vulcan Materials, and the American Progressive Bag Alliance of Washington, D.C.

Now, a new client has signed on.

According to the firm's lobbying disclosure amendment, dated August 1, Rath Miller is working for RD Strategies, which the document says specializes in "advocacy for safe and responsible access to medical marijuana, regulatory compliance and consulting."

Topics of Rath Miller lobbying for RD are listed as three conditional-use permit approvals for "medical marijuana cooperative" premises located at 3487 Kurtz, 3455 Camino del Rio South, and 3895 Pacific Highway.

Meanwhile, former Sanders aide and Shepard veteran Rachel Laing, who herself has lobbied on behalf of the pot industry, has found a new client in the form of Kilroy Realty Corp., the giant L.A.-based developer fighting a controversial battle to build One Paseo, a 1.4-million-square-foot mixed-use project at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.

City lobbying records show Kilroy has retained the services of multiple San Diego influence-peddlers in its take-no-prisoners quest for One Paseo, and is a sponsor of "Politifest," an upcoming pre-election gathering run by the Voice of San Diego non-profit news-and-opinion site.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Angry Pete's Pizza brings Detroit to Kensington

Thick crust and caramelized cheese will make you forget about round pies
Next Article

Morgan Freeman as an extraterrestrial diplomat

You know the aliens have seen The Shawshank Redemption
Rachel Laing and Kimberly Hale Miller
Rachel Laing and Kimberly Hale Miller

While San Diego ex-mayor Jerry Sanders lobbies for a border railroad and against minimum-wage hikes, records show some of his former staffers have taken to peddling influence for the city's mushrooming marijuana business; another is pitching for a big-time Los Angeles developer.

The latter lobbyist is Rachel Laing, the ex-Sanders media handler who left the then-mayor's employ at city hall to sign up as director of communications with Public Policy Strategies, a lobbying shop run by Tom Shepard. He is the political guru who guided Sanders and a host of other Republicans, including Susan Golding, into city office.

Laing's colleagues at Public Policy were Phil Rath, another ex-Sanders aide, and Kimberly Hale Miller, once married to top Sanders media chief Darren Pudgil.

Shepard helped mastermind the failed effort backed by Democratic Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs to elect Nathan Fletcher as Sanders's successor.

Shepard went on to become Bob Filner's personal political guru and briefly gloried as one of the new mayor's biggest grossing fundraisers, throwing a well-attended party at his downtown office in January 2013 that attracted fellow high-dollar lobbyists Marcela Escobar-Eck and Paul Robinson.

But Shepard's ride on the Democratic gravy train came to an abrupt end with Filner's resignation last year due to a sexual harassment scandal, and Public Policy staffers quickly deserted ship to set up their own influence-peddling shops.

Rath and Miller founded Rath Miller, LLC. “We approach public affairs initiatives with campaign tactics, using direct advocacy, situational intelligence and targeted public outreach to influence decision-makers,” the company’s website announced.

Among initial clients were paramedic contract seeker American Medical Response Ambulance Services, real estate behemoth Vulcan Materials, and the American Progressive Bag Alliance of Washington, D.C.

Now, a new client has signed on.

According to the firm's lobbying disclosure amendment, dated August 1, Rath Miller is working for RD Strategies, which the document says specializes in "advocacy for safe and responsible access to medical marijuana, regulatory compliance and consulting."

Topics of Rath Miller lobbying for RD are listed as three conditional-use permit approvals for "medical marijuana cooperative" premises located at 3487 Kurtz, 3455 Camino del Rio South, and 3895 Pacific Highway.

Meanwhile, former Sanders aide and Shepard veteran Rachel Laing, who herself has lobbied on behalf of the pot industry, has found a new client in the form of Kilroy Realty Corp., the giant L.A.-based developer fighting a controversial battle to build One Paseo, a 1.4-million-square-foot mixed-use project at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.

City lobbying records show Kilroy has retained the services of multiple San Diego influence-peddlers in its take-no-prisoners quest for One Paseo, and is a sponsor of "Politifest," an upcoming pre-election gathering run by the Voice of San Diego non-profit news-and-opinion site.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Discovery of priest’s letters reveals tension between church, locals

Culture Clash
Next Article

North River Farms foes face lawsuit heat

If activists take Measure L off ballot, they would no longer face mounting legal fees
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close