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Juan Vargas and the Remers go way back

San Diego convention center clock is ticking

Family fat cats Political bloodlines run deep in San Diego, as evidenced by an emailed fundraising pitch by congressman Juan Vargas on behalf of supervisorial hopeful Terra Lawson-Remer. “I am excited to invite you to ...

San Diego's auditor finds stolen water, mother supervising son, city cars parked in red zone

Labor unions back Lawson-Remer and Barrios

City corruption running rampant Water is no longer free for an unnamed San Diego business following an investigation by interim city auditor Kyle Elser. “An allegation that the City has provided water to a non-residential ...

San Diego Convention Center vote under-funded so far

Mayor candidates pulling in donations

Too poor to pass? With just two months left until California primary election day on March 3, fundraisers for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s convention center expansion and homeless tax boost still have plenty of ...

Union-Tribune back in TV business

Faulconer dinged for lack of candor

Faulconer’s unpublic records acts The city of San Diego’s handling of public records requests submitted during the reign of termed-out mayor Kevin Faulconer has been woefully deficient, a December 13 report by interim city auditor ...

SDSU getting costly cellular for its new stadium

Port of San Diego hires tireless palm-greasers

SDSU’s cellular super soak There will be state-of-the-art Internet at San Diego State’s new stadium, but don’t expect it to come cheap. SDSU, which is in the end-stages of wrapping up a lucrative deal with ...

Issa and DeMaio jostle for Hunter seat

Mike Levin aide jumps aboard gravy train

DeMaio’s prenuptial agreement Is it helpful to know the ropes around the House of Representatives to avoid disclosing your assets and income until the very last minute? Such seems the case with Darrell Issa, the ...

Cory Briggs' real estate

Brian Maienschein, now a friend to big labor

Million-dollar lawyering Attorney Cory Briggs, a perennial target of local developers who is taking on San Diego city attorney Mara Elliott in next year’s primary, owns at least a $2 million interest in rental property ...

Bradley Fikes (R.I.P.) spoke openly about San Diego media

San Diego State booster Ben Clay to investigate student death

Non-freedom of speech The surprise death of Union-Tribune biotech writer Bradley Fikes, at 62, brought forth a sentimental obituary in the paper, which labeled the scribe “part Dr. Dolittle, part Inspector Gadget,” and “a walking ...

Faulconer staff churning

Atkins money machine knows no bounds

The revolving door turns Another staffer for mayor Kevin Faulconer has quit the city to join the ever-growing special interest circuit of government persuaders. Felipe Monroig, who was the Republican mayor’s deputy chief of staff ...

L.A. Times and San Diego U-T sweat the online numbers

Pete Wilson allies pass away

Honey, I shrunk the subscriber goals As advertising and circulation falls at the San Diego Union-Tribune year over year, Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the U-T’s parent Los Angeles Times, is less optimistic than his ...

Fortistar helps Faulconer charity

Barona and Sycuan tribes feed San Diego politicians

Pay for praise San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer is gassing up his One San Diego charity operation, thanks to a $5000 contribution on September 27 from New York recycled methane maven and city lessee Mark ...