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Faulconer’s mid-summer S.F. daydream

“One of California’s rising stars...”

GOP San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has generally sworn off seeking higher office anytime soon, is popping up August 15 to sing his own praises at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. “He has ...

Now they tell us

San Diego stories of Democrat opposition-research

Word that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian emissary last year in an effort to find negative information on Hillary Clinton has the New York Times digging up San Diego–linked stories of opposition research ...

San Diego’s on for Ossoff

Most expensive House race in history

Georgia Republicans handily beat back an attempt by Democratic documentarian Jon Ossoff to wrest that state’s Sixth District congressional seat from the GOP’s Karen Handel. The victory was in part due to pro-Handel television commercials ...

Engaging fake news

Want to be a “Political Digital Account Coordinator”?

An opening for “Political Digital Account Coordinator” is being advertised online by downtown San Diego’s Bask Digital Media. “You will work with our Campaign Directors and Account Managers to brainstorm engaging content, write copy for ...

Faulconer’s blowout

SDG&E forked over $4000

It took more than five months, but the identity of a major city-hall special interest that provided some of the scratch to help pay for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s January 12 State of the ...

Ed Fletcher III spends the Fourth in prison

“He heard not only the shots but a woman’s scream.”

The morning after Independence Day, readers of the Union-Tribune were treated to a heart-warming front-page feature and three-minute video about an influential local family’s 92nd annual reunion at their oceanfront retreat in Del Mar. “For ...

Mission Valley money

“GOAL: Soccer Fans Moving San Diego Forward”

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 ...

City hall’s mystery fraud

Who’s committing the crimes?

The odds of discovering who is committing crimes against the taxpayers at San Diego’s city hall often seem tilted against the citizenry, as demonstrated by a June 26 fraud-hotline report by city auditor Eduardo Luna. ...

La Jolla’s unsaintly mogul

Douglas Manchester, low-budget Tinseltown player

He had nothing to do with the surprise Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea, but ex–Union-Tribune owner and San Diego Republican kingpin Douglas Manchester, awaiting senate confirmation as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the Bahamas, has long ...

UCSD’s big bang-bang theory

San Diego police testing gunshot detection on campus

Those scary noises heard around the University of California San Diego last week were just the first shots in another advance of the surveillance state, according to a June 15 memo meant to reassure campus ...

Champagne wishes and SoccerCity dreams

Local Dems out-raise Republicans

The Point Loma bay-front mansion where Stephen Puetz was married in August 2015, thanks to the largesse of owner Morgan Dene Oliver, has just been sold, according to an announcement by brokers Brett Dickinson and ...

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