Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Where Toni Atkins meets turf lobbyists

Horse racing cash greases Democrat’s political track

Atkins showed up at Del Mar this month “to see how the [Del Mar] track is maintained and prepared before and after each race."
Atkins showed up at Del Mar this month “to see how the [Del Mar] track is maintained and prepared before and after each race."

As horses have dropped dead at California tracks, some state politicos have been professing public concern regarding racing's public relations nightmare, including state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins.

“Senator Toni Atkins is a regular, studying the horses in the walking ring before each post at Del Mar.”

Atkins showed up at Del Mar this month “to see how the [Del Mar] track is maintained and prepared before and after each race, including horse and jockey safety,” Lizelda Lopez, an Atkins spokeswoman, was quoted as saying in a Union-Tribune dispatch of August 21.

Justin Fanslau, Atkins' former legislative director. Fanslau Public Affairs has so far been paid $30,000 to represent the track's interests.

Atkins and the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, whose staff paid a separate visit to Del Mar, "were interested in seeing what we had done in the way of safety measures in light of the terrible winter/spring season that had unfolded before us at Santa Anita,” Mac McBride, spokesman for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said.

“We showed them first-hand what we had put in place to enhance safety.”

Atkins is no stranger to Del Mar, Where the Turf Meets the Surf, per Bing Crosby. The track has long been where the powerful politico has met big money contributors from the horse racing business.

A fund called the Atkins Ballot Measure Committee collected a total of $17,640 on August 18 and September 4 of last year from the thoroughbred club, filings with the California Secretary of State's office show.

As reported last October, a separate racing group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, came up with $15,000 for the committee on August 27, 2018.

A separate fund to reelect Atkins in 2020 got $2145 from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 2017.

The Atkins ballot committee spent a major chunk of its 2018 bankroll to pay for a $300,000 contribution to last year's failed effort to fight off a recall drive against Orange County California Senate Democrat Josh Newman, who was subsequently replaced by Republican Ling Ling Chang.

$5000 of the cash went to San Diego State's University's ballot measure allowing the school to take over the former Qualcomm Stadium site from the city.

"The new President Pro Tempore of the Senate is a longtime fan of racing,” California horse racing industry lobbyist Robyn Black declared in a write-up in May of last year for California Thoroughbred magazine regarding the legislator. “Senator Toni Atkins is a regular, studying the horses in the walking ring before each post at Del Mar.”

Through the years, the San Diego Democrat has accepted free passes to Del Mar's July opening day, state disclosure records show, as well two free tickets to the turf club along with meals and parking valued at $190 on August 2, 2015, per her February 2016 personal financial disclosure statement.

Another link between Atkins and the track club is the Del Mar operator's Sacramento lobbyist, Fanslau Public Affairs, which has so far been paid $30,000 to represent the track's interests in the state capital during the current session, according to the firm's July 16, 2019 disclosure on file with the California Secretary of State.

The company's principal, Justin Fanslau, is Atkins' former legislative director. In addition to his advocacy work for the track, Fanslau surfaced last year as a key figure in a pitched state senate battle to block a giant project by Cadiz, Inc. to pump water from the Mojave desert for urban use.

As reported by the Desert Sun last August: "In June, the company hired a lobbying firm led by Greg Campbell, former chief of staff to Senate leader Toni Atkins, who can stop the bill from getting a vote in the Senate.

"Cadiz hired three more lobbying firms this week, including one led by Justin Fanslau, Atkins' former legislative director.”

According to the report, "Atkins received several campaign contributions from Cadiz and people linked to the company last year, including $4,400 from the company, $1,000 from a Cadiz employee, and $11,150 from more than a dozen employees of the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, which owns shares of Cadiz, state records show."

After the anti-Cadiz bill died in committee on the final day of the 2018 session, the newspaper reported, "supporters of the legislation pointed out that Senate leader Toni Atkins had the power to bring the bill to the Senate floor but didn't."

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

The Longview Manor estate built by Ralph Hurlburt

He designed dozens of distinctive houses from Point Loma to Kensington to La Mesa
Next Article

Morgan Freeman as an extraterrestrial diplomat

You know the aliens have seen The Shawshank Redemption
Atkins showed up at Del Mar this month “to see how the [Del Mar] track is maintained and prepared before and after each race."
Atkins showed up at Del Mar this month “to see how the [Del Mar] track is maintained and prepared before and after each race."

As horses have dropped dead at California tracks, some state politicos have been professing public concern regarding racing's public relations nightmare, including state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins.

“Senator Toni Atkins is a regular, studying the horses in the walking ring before each post at Del Mar.”

Atkins showed up at Del Mar this month “to see how the [Del Mar] track is maintained and prepared before and after each race, including horse and jockey safety,” Lizelda Lopez, an Atkins spokeswoman, was quoted as saying in a Union-Tribune dispatch of August 21.

Justin Fanslau, Atkins' former legislative director. Fanslau Public Affairs has so far been paid $30,000 to represent the track's interests.

Atkins and the office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, whose staff paid a separate visit to Del Mar, "were interested in seeing what we had done in the way of safety measures in light of the terrible winter/spring season that had unfolded before us at Santa Anita,” Mac McBride, spokesman for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said.

“We showed them first-hand what we had put in place to enhance safety.”

Atkins is no stranger to Del Mar, Where the Turf Meets the Surf, per Bing Crosby. The track has long been where the powerful politico has met big money contributors from the horse racing business.

A fund called the Atkins Ballot Measure Committee collected a total of $17,640 on August 18 and September 4 of last year from the thoroughbred club, filings with the California Secretary of State's office show.

As reported last October, a separate racing group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, came up with $15,000 for the committee on August 27, 2018.

A separate fund to reelect Atkins in 2020 got $2145 from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 2017.

The Atkins ballot committee spent a major chunk of its 2018 bankroll to pay for a $300,000 contribution to last year's failed effort to fight off a recall drive against Orange County California Senate Democrat Josh Newman, who was subsequently replaced by Republican Ling Ling Chang.

$5000 of the cash went to San Diego State's University's ballot measure allowing the school to take over the former Qualcomm Stadium site from the city.

"The new President Pro Tempore of the Senate is a longtime fan of racing,” California horse racing industry lobbyist Robyn Black declared in a write-up in May of last year for California Thoroughbred magazine regarding the legislator. “Senator Toni Atkins is a regular, studying the horses in the walking ring before each post at Del Mar.”

Through the years, the San Diego Democrat has accepted free passes to Del Mar's July opening day, state disclosure records show, as well two free tickets to the turf club along with meals and parking valued at $190 on August 2, 2015, per her February 2016 personal financial disclosure statement.

Another link between Atkins and the track club is the Del Mar operator's Sacramento lobbyist, Fanslau Public Affairs, which has so far been paid $30,000 to represent the track's interests in the state capital during the current session, according to the firm's July 16, 2019 disclosure on file with the California Secretary of State.

The company's principal, Justin Fanslau, is Atkins' former legislative director. In addition to his advocacy work for the track, Fanslau surfaced last year as a key figure in a pitched state senate battle to block a giant project by Cadiz, Inc. to pump water from the Mojave desert for urban use.

As reported by the Desert Sun last August: "In June, the company hired a lobbying firm led by Greg Campbell, former chief of staff to Senate leader Toni Atkins, who can stop the bill from getting a vote in the Senate.

"Cadiz hired three more lobbying firms this week, including one led by Justin Fanslau, Atkins' former legislative director.”

According to the report, "Atkins received several campaign contributions from Cadiz and people linked to the company last year, including $4,400 from the company, $1,000 from a Cadiz employee, and $11,150 from more than a dozen employees of the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, which owns shares of Cadiz, state records show."

After the anti-Cadiz bill died in committee on the final day of the 2018 session, the newspaper reported, "supporters of the legislation pointed out that Senate leader Toni Atkins had the power to bring the bill to the Senate floor but didn't."

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies, uncovered

Nudity does more to advance an actress’s career than it does the plot
Next Article

Giovanni Sgambati – an Italian Liszt

Wagner pushed for publication of Sgambati’s two piano quintets.
Comments
1

"As horses have dropped dead at California tracks...."

It looks bad when State Senator Toni Atkins' former legislative director becomes the paid lobbyist for Del Mar racing while she takes campaign money and perks from racing interests. But that sleaziness is trumped -- a perfect word -- when Atkins ex-chief of staff, also now a Sacramento lobbyist, manages to kill off legislation with which his ex-boss was involved. How many more Toni Atkins' proteges with insider knowledge are moving through the revolving door from government service to lucrative private lobbying? There oughta be a law.

Aug. 27, 2019

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close