News Under the Radar

Carlsbad’s rainmaker for the right

“Matt [Hoskins] is in it for whatever Matt can get out of it. It’s not anything more than that.”

The victory of Roy Moore over Donald Trump–backed Luther Strange in last week’s bitterly fought Senate Republican primary in Alabama spelled good news for Republican fundraiser Matt Hoskins of Carlsbad. Thus far this year, his ...

Money gatherers

“The Reporter is expected to participate in station on-air fundraising activities...”

With the Union-Tribune in full attrition, having bid adieu to its mainstay business columnist Dan McSwain, San Diego’s nonprofit news sector is picking up the slack, but at the price of blurring the traditional line ...

Viral funding

Faulconer continues to gather cash for his inner-city charity fund

Beset by a hepatitis A epidemic spawned by sprawling homeless camps on downtown streets, mayor Kevin Faulconer continues to gather cash for his inner-city charity fund, but how much if any of the money will ...

Nathan tales

I Heart Nathan, devoted to bashing Nathan Fletcher

The entrance of GOP ex–district attorney Bonnie Dumanis into next year’s race for the District 4 seat on the county board of supervisors being vacated by Ron Roberts has coincided with the advent of a ...

Like councilman, like aide

Vivian Moreno follows Alvarez collecting developer, marijuana money

The hand-picked would-be successor to termed-out Eighth District San Diego city councilman David Alvarez, who is currently raising money for a county board of supervisors race in 2020, has been faring well in the big-money ...

SDSU’s climate inaction plan

Nick Stone and Rick Caruso drop money on local GOP

As San Diego State University sets out to acquire a big chunk of Mission Valley in the form of a bitterly fought Qualcomm Stadium takeover, many of the big toys it already owns are being ...

And now a message against SoccerCity

From U-T panelist Gary London, whose consulting firm got money from opponents

On February 3, the Union-Tribune’s business page asked, “Would a soccer stadium give the economy a boost?” Real estate consultant Gary London of the Union-Tribune’s EconoMeter panel of business experts replied: “It would be an ...

Humane Society hires big dog lobbyist

Wants to take over county's animal business

Critics say San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer — beset by legions of the downtown homeless and a bitter controversy over the future of Mission Valley’s Qualcomm Stadium — couldn’t get elected dog catcher these days. ...

A little bit country, a lot of lobbying

Issa crew members get a trip to SoundExchange

Two staffers for North County Republican congressman Darrell Issa — picking up heat from local Democrats who aspire to unseat him come next year — have been singing a happier tune in Nashville. The pair, ...

High balling

Hundreds of Golden 1 Center tickets go to city officials

Erin Donnette, legislative director for GOP state assemblyman Brian Maienschein, copped two free tickets to an April 9 Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets basketball game worth $401.66, thanks to telecommunications giant AT&T, according to the ...

DeMaio gasses up

Turning back governor Jerry Brown’s gasoline-tax hike

Ex-San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio, who got into the radio talk-show business following his defeat by Democratic incumbent Scott Peters in a bitter 2016 La Jolla congressional race, is out raising money to turn ...

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