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

The cigarette smugglers among us

Porous duty-free enforcement allows quick turnaround

California's legalization of recreational marijuana may have taken some of the sizzle out of cross-border pot smuggling, but a recent report by the Government Accountability Office sheds new light on how tobacco tax evasion continues ...

SANDAG needs spin help

Applicants asked to “describe why it is important for SANDAG to have both public information and public involvement programs.”

Newly reconstituted by legislation sponsored by Democratic assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, the San Diego Association of Governments, blasted in the media for its lack of transparency, is seeking a spinmeister. “The Senior Public Outreach Officer ...

SDG&E pillow talk

Hedberg was found to have a “remote interest” in any business with the power company

A member of the board of the San Diego County Water Authority, married to a computer engineer for San Diego Gas and Electric, will have a little less voting to do, as a result of ...

Close encounter of the drone kind

The drone passed less than 100 feet below the airplane

The pilot of an Airbus passenger jet descending for an August landing at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field has reported a harrowing encounter with an unmanned aerial vehicle at 1200 feet. “The drone passed less than ...

Double-duty lobbyist

City hall influence-peddling

The lawyer representing San Diego city councilman Chris Cate in matters related to state attorney general Xavier Becerra’s investigation of Cate’s leak of a confidential memo to SoccerCity lobbyists has been doing a little city ...

Hotel barons circle convention-center board vacancy

Hepatitis politics and real estate battle loom over ill member replacement

Could one of San Diego's wealthy "hoteliers" make it to the board of the city-subsidized convention-center corporation? That is city hall's question of the hour as the controversy-prone administration of Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer continues ...

The fate of San Diego Sports Arena

Hockey players

Besides disposition of the stadium formerly known as Qualcomm, the fate of the San Diego Sports Arena, now called the Valley View Casino Center, hangs in the balance. As usual in the political netherworld of ...

Dallas oilman’s blessing

Friends of SDSU vs. SoccerCity

Friends of SDSU, a political committee set up to collect signatures for an initiative that would turn the city-owned site formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium over to San Diego State University, is preparing to do ...

Councilman Cate can use campaign cash for legal, PR costs

State watchdog greenlights defense money from reelection committee

Ever since Republican San Diego city councilman Chris Cate got into hot water over leaking a confidential city document to a lobbyist for SoccerCity, the controversial plan to privatize the former Qualcomm Stadium, city hall ...

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