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

Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Caucus fronts effort for Todd Gloria

Cops, realtors, government employees contribute to LGBT fund

Yet another torrent of special interest money, produced by unions and corporations lobbying the California legislature, is making its way to San Diego on behalf of Assembly Democrat Todd Gloria, seeking to replace termed-out Republican ...

Best Reader stories from 2005

Slab City, Eleanor Widmer, UCSD and polyheme, J. David scandal, Reader writers write about school and about Mom

Salvation Mountain The Slabs are Slab City, three miles east of Niland, between the sultry Salton Sea and the Chocolate Mountains. Years ago the concrete slabs supported the barracks of Camp Dunlap, where General George ...

Yes on C and gun owners use Facebook for campaigning

Sara Jacobs exceeds $500K

Facing Facebook While tourist industry advocates of San Diego’s Measure C, the proposition to hike hotel taxes for expansion of the convention center and homeless relief, inch towards a multi-million-dollar funding goal, Michael McConnell is ...

Todd Gloria gets hand slapped

Scott Sherman's donor jilted

Gloria’s staff fly for free Assemblyman Todd Gloria’s 2020 reelection fund, which drew a lawsuit from a critic who pointed out that the Democrat was running for San Diego mayor, not the Assembly, has quietly ...

Local destroyers Howard and Pinckney unprepared for shooting war

Pentagon audit: “Ship will not be able to conduct gunnery support”

An audit by the Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has concluded that the Navy's Arleigh-Burke class of destroyers, including two San Diego-based warships, has been unprepared for battle due in part to repeated training lapses ...

Best Reader stories from 2001

9-11 reactions, Casey Gwinn vs. Don Bauder, people of color setting in San Diego, those who married rich, San Diego 100 years ago

How San Diegans reacted to 9-11 “Where were you when the World Trade Center was hit?” “At home.” “And you happened to have the TV on?” “No, my little sister called. She woke me up ...

Kevin Faulconer's homeless California roadshow

New committee advances termed-out San Diego mayor's publicity tours

Old California politicians never die; they just set up ballot measure committees and start raising more campaign cash from special interests. Such appears to be the story of termed-out San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, who ...

Faulconer uses Facebook

Vivian Moreno, Corey Briggs, Sara Jacobs – how they spend their money

Cheap enough for Facebook Backers of San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed hotel tax hike to expand the downtown convention center and pay for homeless relief programs are courting Democrats on Facebook. “Democrats, labor ...

Santa Monica's Left Hook comes to San Diego politics

Out-of-town opposition research firm paid $2500; cable TV buy totals $138,740

San Diego Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his strange bedfellows in the form of big labor Democrats appear to be counting on more than a few left-right jabs from out of town to put their ...

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