Amid the hepatitis epidemic, Mayor Faulconer has hired seasoned PR people, including Kris Michell (left) 
and Greg Block (right).
  • Amid the hepatitis epidemic, Mayor Faulconer has hired seasoned PR people, including Kris Michell (left) and Greg Block (right).
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San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, besieged by critics who blame him for mishandling the city’s epidemic of hepatitis among the homeless, has gone on a public relations hiring binge. Last month he snapped up ex-SDSU flack Greg Block, and last week he hired Kris Michell, vice president for public relations for the Padres in 1998, touting a public subsidy for the baseball team that has cost taxpayers over $13 million in annual debt payments.

Before the mayor picked Michell to be his senior advisor on homelessness coordination, she ran the Downtown San Diego Partnership, which lobbies for various business interests. A champion, like Faulconer, of the now-defeated downtown stadium for the Chargers, Michell was paid $220,000 during 2015, according to federal disclosure records.

In addition to her work among the homeless, a September 28 announcement by city chief operating officer Scott Chadwick stated, “Kris will manage the departments of Special Events, Corporate Sponsorships, Commission for Arts and Culture, and Civic San Diego. This position will report directly to me.”

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Cassander Oct. 11, 2017 @ 4 p.m.

So Kris Michell left the helm of the Downtown Partnership simply out of the goodness of her heart to help a friend? Giving up over $200,000 a year in a cushy position to take a pay-cut and endless flak as Kev-boy's flack?

More like a rat from a sinking ship: after years of delay tactics, Cory Briggs' lawsuit on behalf of SanDOG to take down the Business Improvement Districts is finally set for trial and likely to win.

No doubt she thought it'd be better to leave now than get canned next February.

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Visduh Oct. 11, 2017 @ 4:38 p.m.

Kev will look for spinmeisters to solve all his political problems. What he really needs to do is, well, DO something real. But it's all talk, and once in a long while, a half-measure that avails little or nothing. The promises he made in both election campaigns have fallen by the wayside. The city gets progressively worse off, and he smiles.

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JustWondering Oct. 11, 2017 @ 10:15 p.m.

Do nothing councilman and do nothing mayor. No surprises, no leadership, and most of all no imagination. Just keeps on wasting taxpayer dollars on PR HACKS hoping somebody will do something to improve the do nothing image.

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eastlaker Oct. 12, 2017 @ 12:05 p.m.

So is there a chance we will really find out what goes on with the books at Civic San Diego?

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