Douglas "Papa Doug" Manchester
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The meaning of last week's shake-up at Douglas Manchester's U-T San Diego, in which honcho Mike Hodges departed to head an internet design and marketing outfit, leaving editor Jeff Light to become president and chief operating officer as well as to continue as editor, is still being parsed by local politicos and media types.

So far, no one has been announced to take over Light's editorial duties, which would appear to give him more than enough to do at the print-cum-website bought by Manchester back in 2011 from vulture investment company Platinum Equity of Beverly Hills.

Malin Burnham

Malin Burnham

The longer Light continues in his dual role, some speculate, the likelier the highly politicized operation may be ultimately unloaded or donated to a non-profit corporation being set up by Point Loma real estate mogul and yachtsman Malin Burnham.

Meanwhile, the peripatetic real estate mogul and Republican powerhouse Manchester has put out word in Austin, Texas, that he's looking for a new hand around his executive offices there to meet and greet the flocks of Texas VIPs he frequently plays host to.

According to a job notice in Austin’s Business Journal, the new executive assistant will project "a professional image for continual positive impact with staff, government officials, and high level visitors and callers."

In addition, the staffer will act "as [a] conduit of information and liaison between…general project staff, public relations groups, Papa Doug Manchester, Douglas Manchester, Bob Petrossian and project vendors."

Manchester has long been a fan of Texas and a backer of its Republican political causes, including the putative presidential plans of departing governor Rick Perry.

Among his other Texas-centric politicking, two years ago the publisher threw a fundraising lunch at the U-T's Headliners Club for the Texas Land Commission bid of George Prescott Bush, eldest son of ex-Florida governor and current presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

“Salary will start at $5,000 month / $60,000 per year with full benefits and opportunity for growth," says the executive assistant advertisement by Manchester Texas Financial Group.

"Manchester Texas Financial Group, LLC (MTFG) manages all Texas-based holdings in commercial real estate and hotel development for Manchester Financial Group, its Parent Company," says the notice, which adds that, "the company's first local project in Austin is a luxury convention center hotel known as The Fairmont Austin."

Manchester's planned Austin hotel

Manchester's planned Austin hotel

The hotel finally broke ground after years of hype and delay late last year after it was announced that L.A.'s Colony Capital, run by distressed lending king Thomas Barrack, whose motto is "befriend the bewildered," had agreed to fund the deal. A subsequently recorded document showed that Manchester borrowed $295 million from Colony.

Other tasks for the assistant will include performing "the basic set-up and troubleshooting as necessary of any audio visual equipment, online meeting systems or other technology as needed for meetings" and "using Internet for information and research."

Besides having an "Associates Degree (A.S., A.A.S., etc.) in business or a related field of real estate development," the new employee is expected to be "intuitively supportive, knowing what is needed beforehand and acting to make it happen before being directed," and to have the "ability to maintain confidentiality of work items and sensitive conversations….

"A strong proficiency in the use of computer systems and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and others," is also sought.

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dwbat Jan. 23, 2015 @ 5:13 p.m.

RE: "Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and others" This demonstrates the dated approach to business old "Papa" has. There's no mention of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo,, Google Chrome, Photoshop, etc. Who uses Internet Explorer anymore? I'm surprised they are not looking for IBM Selectric typewriter and Xeroxing skills! As Bugs Bunny used to say: "What a mo-roon!"


Visduh Jan. 23, 2015 @ 5:59 p.m.

They want a world-class mouthpiece/receptionist/Girl Friday/nerd to do all/be all/assist all for a miserable $5K a month? Maybe that's what they pay in Texas, or maybe not. Not that a $60K a year income is really bad. But what is Texas paying its grads of the UT these days? Maybe we now know why Dougie loves puttin' on his cowboy hat so much.


Bvavsvavev Jan. 25, 2015 @ 1:50 p.m.

Visduh $5k per month with Only an AA is not bad. Most that graduate with a BA don't even earn that. And in Austin with its low cost of living Id say not a bad deal to be a lackey/gofer for Manchester!!


AlexClarke Jan. 24, 2015 @ 7:12 a.m.

Manchester is typical of many wealthy employers who have no regard for the people who work for him. Low wages and low/no benefits is his mantra. He loves Texas because the he can pay peanuts. It is amazing that he relies on taxpayers to help support his minimum wage workers and that the taxpayer is stupid enough to think that this is fine.


Dennis Jan. 24, 2015 @ 3:07 p.m.

Actually $60k sounds like a pretty good salary for what sounds like a secretary/receptionist.


dwbat Jan. 25, 2015 @ 3:08 p.m.

Since the person will have to put up with "Papa" and his arrogant Texas friends, the money will sure be earned! I wouldn't take that job for $120,000.


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