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La Jolla hedge-fund mavens are after (former) Qualcomm Stadium

Jerry Sanders (center) cronies Rachel Laing (left) and Darren Pudgil (right) on the SoccerCity team with 
Mayor Faulconer
Jerry Sanders (center) cronies Rachel Laing (left) and Darren Pudgil (right) on the SoccerCity team with Mayor Faulconer

The election isn’t until next year, but the group of La Jolla hedge-fund mavens seeking to privatize the former Qualcomm Stadium and its grounds have already anted-up $3.4 million for a not-so-motley assortment of local political spinmeisters.

An October 10 disclosure filing with the San Diego city clerk is populated by a bevy of ex-staffers for Republican mayor Jerry Sanders, who now runs the local chamber of commerce and is a power behind San Diego mayor and SoccerCity champion Kevin Faulconer. Old Sanders hands include ex–public relations chief Darren Pudgil, getting a total of $56,400. His former second-in-command, Rachel Laing, pulled down $10,091, the documents say, and Republican pollster Competitive Edge Research got $193,552.

California Strategies, where staffer Craig Benedetto is enmeshed in a controversy over the leak of a confidential legal memo by GOP city councilman Chris Cate to the SoccerCity forces, picked up a total of $52,843 through September 30.

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Jerry Sanders (center) cronies Rachel Laing (left) and Darren Pudgil (right) on the SoccerCity team with 
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Jerry Sanders (center) cronies Rachel Laing (left) and Darren Pudgil (right) on the SoccerCity team with Mayor Faulconer

The election isn’t until next year, but the group of La Jolla hedge-fund mavens seeking to privatize the former Qualcomm Stadium and its grounds have already anted-up $3.4 million for a not-so-motley assortment of local political spinmeisters.

An October 10 disclosure filing with the San Diego city clerk is populated by a bevy of ex-staffers for Republican mayor Jerry Sanders, who now runs the local chamber of commerce and is a power behind San Diego mayor and SoccerCity champion Kevin Faulconer. Old Sanders hands include ex–public relations chief Darren Pudgil, getting a total of $56,400. His former second-in-command, Rachel Laing, pulled down $10,091, the documents say, and Republican pollster Competitive Edge Research got $193,552.

California Strategies, where staffer Craig Benedetto is enmeshed in a controversy over the leak of a confidential legal memo by GOP city councilman Chris Cate to the SoccerCity forces, picked up a total of $52,843 through September 30.

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This headline was most misleading; the narrative has to do with the stadium, not Qualcomm. Let's be careful going forward to avoid those sloppy references to the stadium as "Qualcomm". In the near future there will be plenty of things to report that have to do with the corporation and not the woebegone stadium that formerly bore that name.

Oct. 25, 2017

well, it is the "former" Qualcomm stadium.

Oct. 27, 2017

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