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Saldaña’s bid got five-figured financial help

Lori Saldaña and Andy Wong
Lori Saldaña and Andy Wong

Former Democratic state assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, who has left the party and become an independent, came in third to mayor Kevin Faulconer and Democrat Ed Harris in this year’s race for San Diego mayor. The big-money forces behind Republican Faulconer, including the Washington DC–based American Petroleum Institute, vastly outspent his opponents. But Saldana’s bid did get some five-figure financial help from a San Francisco liberal group, a recent disclosure filing shows.

PowerPAC.org Voter Fund, founded and run by political consultant Andy Wong, spent $24,997 on a direct mail drive here. Wong is also on the board of PowerPAC+, formed in 2012 “to build the political power of America’s multiracial majority,” according to its website.

Among the group’s financial angels have been San Francisco civil rights attorney Steve Phillips, with $30,000, and the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee, with $14,100, state filings show.

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Former Democratic state assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, who has left the party and become an independent, came in third to mayor Kevin Faulconer and Democrat Ed Harris in this year’s race for San Diego mayor. The big-money forces behind Republican Faulconer, including the Washington DC–based American Petroleum Institute, vastly outspent his opponents. But Saldana’s bid did get some five-figure financial help from a San Francisco liberal group, a recent disclosure filing shows.

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Still more money probably than the SD Democratic Party paid to support Ed Harris. Francine Busby had one job to do: keep Harris alive past the primary so he could catch the draft down ticket in November. No other local race was as in question or as important.

So now rather than have a chance at a Dem mayor in a Dem majority city in a Dem favored presidential election, Busby ensured that the Lincoln Club's puppet will keep pushing through the pro-developer and pro-hotelier interests at the expense of the people for at least another four and a half years.

Progressives better get used to failure if her and her advisors are allowed to stay.

June 29, 2016

No Lifeguard Mayors! Much as I love our lifeguards as a class, the idea of lifeguard Ed Harris at City Hall is ludicrous. Has anyone asked him about his idea for shooing seals off the sand they've colonized at the La Jolla beach once called the "Children's Pool"? He wants to move boulders around on the beach several times a year to disorient the pinnipeds. Being a temporary fill-in city councilmember does not a mayor make.

Independent Lori Saldana is intelligent, wise enough to step away from the County Democratic organization headed by Francine Busby, has served in the California Assembly and is ready to work as mayor of her hometown.

June 30, 2016

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