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Trump’s local ambassadors

Douglas Manchester and Ric Grennell have longtime San Diego ties

Two Californians on president Donald Trump’s list of administration nominees submitted to the Senate this week for confirmation have longtime San Diego ties. Most famous is ex–Union-Tribune publisher Douglas Manchester, whose 2017 nomination by Trump ...

Faulconer takes care of the humble business

City seeks to rent trailer-borne mobile shower units

It’s been a downward trip for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer from touting a new taxpayer-subsidized NFL stadium to taking care of the humble business of cleaning up downtown’s homeless hepatitis epidemic, as evidenced by ...

Democrat dad’s cram school

Winward is “transforming how students master the ACT and SAT”

Super-rich Democratic congressman Scott Peters of La Jolla, who has touted his efforts to lower federal student loan rates, has invested between $15,000 to $50,000 of his own money in a La Jolla start-up called ...

Mark Marney, deputy director of golf, took trip courtesy of Toro

Watching iconic grass grow

With the turn of the new year, most talk of grass around San Diego city hall tends to concern the cannabis variety, but last summer Mark Marney, deputy director of golf, took a different kind ...

Investigative reporter quietly leaves town

Vacant news holes

Union-Tribune investigative reporter James DeHaven, touted by the U-T as “part of a team that uncovered billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s secret purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal” when he went to work at the San Diego ...

No sign of financing for Broadway-Navy project

High and dry

The new year has dawned with no sign of long-promised financing for ex–Union-Tribune owner Douglas Manchester’s $650 million Broadway-Navy project downtown. Back in October, Berkadia Hotels and Hospitality Group, a mortgage broker co-owned by Warren ...

Footballers and bankers for San Diego State

Brian Sipe, SDSU alumnus, kicks in $10,000

Professional football legend Brian Sipe, who played for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League from 1974 to 1983 before two seasons in the upstart United States Football League, has kicked in $10,000 to ...

Annual jackpot will go to mayor Kevin Faulconer

Loose change

As is traditional, San Diego taxpayers will be anteing up mightily in the coming year for fees paid to city councilmembers who sit through the board meetings of a bevy of local government agencies. The ...

Union-Tribune to fold its operation into the Los Angeles Times?

Out of the money

The Union-Tribune, which faced declining circulation and a shrinkage in its newsroom in 2017, continues to draw closer to its big northern sister, the Los Angeles Times and its satellites. Both papers, owned by Chicago-based ...

Perpetual spin machine

Kevin Faulconer has added another member to his public relations team

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, struggling to right his political boat after the departure of the Chargers and the downtown hepatitis outbreak, has acquired another member for his public relations team. Marketing consultant and graphic ...

Chinese bicycle torture

The outfit that is seeking “permission to initiate bike sharing within City limits”

Another San Diego influence-peddler has entered the fray over the controversial case for so-called dockless bike rentals, picking up a Beijing-based client by the name of ofo (lower case intentional). The outfit is seeking “permission ...

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