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

Times and a digital ad man from Carlsbad ad help Nika Soon-Shiong deliver L.A. parting gift

Do cop audits loom for newly elected Los Angeles city controller?

Adriel Hampton has helped hundreds of campaigns with their technology needs.
Adriel Hampton has helped hundreds of campaigns with their technology needs.

Though the future of the L.A. Times and its sister San Diego Union-Tribune remains clouded by the announced closing of its longtime printing plant, the Times and owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, along with his daughter Nika, can now boast a big political win with the election of Kenneth Mejia to the office of L.A. controller.

"Ricci Sergienko, a co-founder of the People’s City Council, a left-wing activist group that has supported Mejia, said it has high hopes for him," notes a lengthy November 11 Times account of Meijia's lopsided victory.

Sponsored
Sponsored

"The group has gained a following for its progressive outlook, and it also routinely attacks City Hall politicians and the Los Angeles Police Department on Twitter.

“'The expectation is that Kenneth is going to go in and audit LAPD and continue to do the role of educating the public,' Sergienko said. 'If there’s any veering away from what our expectations are, we are not going to be afraid to call it out.'"

Mejia beat L.A. councilman Paul Koretz by 61%-to-39%, the account says, adding: "His victory is the latest win for L.A. leftist activists, a powerful force in local elections who have pushed for big changes to City Hall’s approach to policing and homelessness."

"Some, including [Paul] Koretz, have drawn attention to Mejia’s past inflammatory remarks and actions — such as holding an oversized, photoshopped image of Hillary Clinton behind bars wearing an orange prison jumpsuit — and called Mejia’s views on issues such as policing extreme."

Though the Times story didn't mention it, Democrat Koretz, who was Mejia's opponent, accused the paper during the race of acting “as if it were run by the Mejia campaign itself," per a quote that appeared in a September 18 dispatch by Politico highlighting Nika Soon-Shiong's alleged influence over Times news and editorial stances.

“People are just scratching their heads about their editorial board and how they can come to these decisions,” Koretz went on to tell Politico. “I have never seen an election where the newspaper is the story.”

"Though Nika Soon-Shiong in recent weeks publicly announced plans to leave Los Angeles to pursue a doctorate at Oxford University," the story continued, "questions persist over where the line should be drawn—if at all—between the Soon-Shiong family’s interests and the editorial product of the Times.

Per the Times story, Mejia's election is "especially a big milestone for Filipino Americans, the city’s largest Asian American community, who are also celebrating Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta’s election. Bonta was appointed in 2021 by Gov. Gavin Newsom and ran for his first full term in office this year."

A few San Diego County residents contributed to Mejia's campaign, notably Adriel Hampton of Carlsbad, with $500 on October 27. Hampton runs a digital advertising agency "dedicated to supporting progressive causes," according to his Wikipedia profile.

"Adriel (he/him) has the skills of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the heart of a Berkeley activist," says Hampton's profile on the company's website.

"He’s been a popular speaker and podcaster on 'Gov 2.0, a pizza delivery man, a roofer, and still considers himself first a writer. Adriel has helped hundreds of campaigns with their technology needs, co-founded one of the left’s most popular Facebook pages, and has written more than a hundred thousand tweets. Adriel is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an unofficial write-in candidate for Carlsbad Mayor."

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

San Diegans who stay on the I-5

Stories Tim Brookes wrote for the Reader
Adriel Hampton has helped hundreds of campaigns with their technology needs.
Adriel Hampton has helped hundreds of campaigns with their technology needs.

Though the future of the L.A. Times and its sister San Diego Union-Tribune remains clouded by the announced closing of its longtime printing plant, the Times and owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, along with his daughter Nika, can now boast a big political win with the election of Kenneth Mejia to the office of L.A. controller.

"Ricci Sergienko, a co-founder of the People’s City Council, a left-wing activist group that has supported Mejia, said it has high hopes for him," notes a lengthy November 11 Times account of Meijia's lopsided victory.

Sponsored
Sponsored

"The group has gained a following for its progressive outlook, and it also routinely attacks City Hall politicians and the Los Angeles Police Department on Twitter.

“'The expectation is that Kenneth is going to go in and audit LAPD and continue to do the role of educating the public,' Sergienko said. 'If there’s any veering away from what our expectations are, we are not going to be afraid to call it out.'"

Mejia beat L.A. councilman Paul Koretz by 61%-to-39%, the account says, adding: "His victory is the latest win for L.A. leftist activists, a powerful force in local elections who have pushed for big changes to City Hall’s approach to policing and homelessness."

"Some, including [Paul] Koretz, have drawn attention to Mejia’s past inflammatory remarks and actions — such as holding an oversized, photoshopped image of Hillary Clinton behind bars wearing an orange prison jumpsuit — and called Mejia’s views on issues such as policing extreme."

Though the Times story didn't mention it, Democrat Koretz, who was Mejia's opponent, accused the paper during the race of acting “as if it were run by the Mejia campaign itself," per a quote that appeared in a September 18 dispatch by Politico highlighting Nika Soon-Shiong's alleged influence over Times news and editorial stances.

“People are just scratching their heads about their editorial board and how they can come to these decisions,” Koretz went on to tell Politico. “I have never seen an election where the newspaper is the story.”

"Though Nika Soon-Shiong in recent weeks publicly announced plans to leave Los Angeles to pursue a doctorate at Oxford University," the story continued, "questions persist over where the line should be drawn—if at all—between the Soon-Shiong family’s interests and the editorial product of the Times.

Per the Times story, Mejia's election is "especially a big milestone for Filipino Americans, the city’s largest Asian American community, who are also celebrating Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta’s election. Bonta was appointed in 2021 by Gov. Gavin Newsom and ran for his first full term in office this year."

A few San Diego County residents contributed to Mejia's campaign, notably Adriel Hampton of Carlsbad, with $500 on October 27. Hampton runs a digital advertising agency "dedicated to supporting progressive causes," according to his Wikipedia profile.

"Adriel (he/him) has the skills of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the heart of a Berkeley activist," says Hampton's profile on the company's website.

"He’s been a popular speaker and podcaster on 'Gov 2.0, a pizza delivery man, a roofer, and still considers himself first a writer. Adriel has helped hundreds of campaigns with their technology needs, co-founded one of the left’s most popular Facebook pages, and has written more than a hundred thousand tweets. Adriel is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an unofficial write-in candidate for Carlsbad Mayor."

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

Mayor Pete Wilson's team of aides

Paul Krueger's favorite stories he wrote for the Reader
Next Article

37K sidewalk repairs needed in San Diego

Should take about 20 years
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it 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 Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week 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 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