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Matt Potter

Matt Potter
Matt Potter has been a staff writer and editor at the San Diego Reader since 1989. He reports on politics and local institutions such as the Union-Tribune, UCSD, SDSU, and the City and County of San Diego.

He is the author of the weekly Under the Radar column.

Besides breaking the Cheetahs corruption story a year before the FBI raided the offices of the San Diego city council, he has written extensively on governance, medical ethics, and human experimentation issues at the University of California San Diego.

Some notable Potter stories:

June 1, 1989:The Egg Women (Mayor O'Connor, Joan Kroc, Helen Copley, and the Faberge eggs)

April, 25, 1991 Mayor Moves to Create Death Valley-like Wasteland in Point Loma (O'Connor house landscaping)

June 20, 1991: A Son by Any Other Name (Helen Copley's adoption of son David revealed)

Aug. 8, 1996: Welcome, GOP Delegates to San Diego, City of Shame

May 22, 1997: La Jolla Gentlemen and the Party Boy (secrets of Andrew Cunanan, gay serial killer)

Oct. 25, 2001: Did Bin Laden's Brother Lead a Secret Life in San Diego?

Nov. 29, 2001: Did Casey Gwinn Try to Get Don Bauder Fired? (City Attorney vs. tough reporter)

July 31, 2003: Fun with Ralph (Inzunza's eating companions at Dobson's)

Articles by Matt Potter

Dirty Birds proprietor cuts $500 deal with ethics commission

Stacey Fulhorst, the recently retired Executive Director of the city's ethics commission, ended her seventeen-year tenure in office with a whimper in the form of a $500 settlement with city council candidate Noli Zosa, a ...

November 20, 2020
Mayor's PR man Matt Awbrey turns up on pro Prop E team

Growing heights of influence Southwest Strategies, the connected San Diego lobbying shop that frequently showers political money on candidates of all stripes, was paid $17,000 for its influence-peddling on behalf of ASM Global, per a ...

November 18, 2020
Sports Arena redeveloper delinquent on $190 million loan

A unit of the Toronto investment behemoth that bankrolled the demise of San Diego's Midway area height limit in the form of this month's successful Measure E is falling short on mortgage payments to retire ...

November 16, 2020
UCSD entertains species bending, the automated house, an app to find gun bearers

My Gender Is Bunny Cárdenas is spending more than 15 consecutive days living in Second Life. “My contract with myself was to be in Second Life for 365 hours [wearing the headset], except when I ...

November 16, 2020
UCSD's Rady hotspot for abuse

Rady’s budget wreck Taxpayer-financed revelry among UCSD employees is way down in the wake of covid-19 restrictions, but university auditors have been discovering a host of irregularities regarding travel, food, and entertainment binges of previous ...

November 11, 2020
Six-figure salaries marked Faulconer’s costly patronage

While city council Democrats are bickering in public over which of them will become the next council president, a quieter transition is about to occur regarding who will run the city under the stewardship of ...

November 10, 2020
Lakeside's 7-foot man, 1969's first MLB Padres, San Diego State football scandal

Lakeside's Big Man There are roughly six million boys between the ages of 16 and 18 living in the United States. There are approximately 26,400 high schools and close to that number of starting centers ...

November 7, 2020
AM-PM magnates with Trump ties give big to Hueso cause

The wife of one of Donald Trump's most stalwart California backers is channeling last-minute cash into a so-called independent expenditure committee aiding state senate Democrat Ben Hueso's bid for San Diego county supervisor. Susana Chandi, ...

November 2, 2020
Charger Corey Liuget gives $1000 to Barbara Bry

Doped-up donor An ex-San Diego Chargers defensive tackle with a history of doping has given $1000 to San Diego city councilwoman Barbara Bry’s mayoral campaign. Corey Liuget, a 2011 first-round Chargers pick, is currently on ...

October 28, 2020
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