Juan Vargas at San Diego's Golden Hall, November 5, 2002
  • Juan Vargas at San Diego's Golden Hall, November 5, 2002
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What You Do To Get Ahead

Juan Vargas’s lobbyist love-fest

Vargas has continually hit up industry lobbyists for campaign cash, although he runs virtually unopposed in a safe Democratic district. State disclosure records show Vargas has transferred much of the money he has raised to the campaigns of fellow assembly Democrats.

By Matt Potter, Feb. 26, 2004 | Read full article

They bought $100,000 foreign sports cars by the dozens. They bought a limousine company. They had three jets. They owned several elegant homes. They shelled out ridiculously high sums for racehorses.

Captain Money and the Golden Girl

An anarchist fleeces the rich.

Dominelli, the officer-in-charge, even had an officer's title: "Captain Money." Hoover's children named him that because he lavished so much money on them. Fantasizing about spit and polish and brute force, he would frequently chide Hoover, "You'd never make it in the Marines."

By Don Bauder, June 2, 2005 | Read full article

Can you find the big secret in this casino?

Reservation’s reservations.

On June 1, 2011, eight tribal members were disenrolled by the band’s executive committee, a six-person elected governing body that rules the tribe. A year later, 154 more members were taken off the roll, losing their per capita, health benefits, and housing. In early 2013, two more were cut; these last members are children.

By Siobhan Braun, June 5, 2013 | Read full article

Leavin' On a Jet Plane

Tax dollars fund airport blitzkrieg. The stealth campaign that spends your money to buy your vote.

CEO Thella Bowens proudly pointed to the poll's key finding: that public support for building a new airport jumped from 42 to 49 percent after the authority distributed more than a million glossy newspaper inserts headlined, "Fly into the Future."

By Matt Potter, Feb. 24, 2005 | Read full article

San Diego State's growing contempt for undergrads

“We have pulled resources out of undergraduate education in order to build expensive, elite PhD programs that cater to very few students proportionately."

By Joe Deegan, March 27, 2013 | Read full article

Bad Blood?

UCSD's secret experimentations south of I-8.

A small Illinois biotech company cuts a deal with UCSD. The university agrees to test a substitute for human blood on comatose patients — victims of gunshots and car crashes — without the patients' consent.

By Matt Potter, July 28, 2005 | Read full article

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