They’ve already dumped a total of at least $2,891,599 into a contentious bid to privatize the city’s Qualcomm Stadium and surrounding property with a campaign committee called “GOAL: San Diegans for a River Park, School Funding, Soccer, and a Tax-Free Stadium.” Now La Jolla hedge-fund maven Mike Stone and his SoccerCity partners have set up another political fund to spend even more big money for the benefit of county politicos.
The new committee, filed June 20, called “GOAL: Soccer Fans Moving San Diego Forward,” is run by SoccerCity honcho Nick Stone. Its objective: “To support candidates and issues that advance the vision of the San Diego soccer community through independent expenditures.”
Meanwhile, another familiar city-hall lobbyist has signed on with well-moneyed local developer forces Sudberry Properties and H.G. Fenton Co. allied against SoccerCity. Tony Young, the Democratic ex–city councilman who for a brief time headed the local Red Cross before a mysteriously unceremonious departure, reveals in a June 12 disclosure filing that his Civic Link Strategies is now working for “Public Land, Public Vote,” backed by Fenton and Sudberry.
Young’s other interest-peddling clients include San Francisco’s Airbnb, which seeks city council “support for Short Term Rental Ordinance.”