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Stories by Matt Potter

Let them eat French Charolaise steak

An aide to San Diego House Democratic Sara Jacobs took off on a free trip to Cyprus courtesy of the United Nations Foundation, as the controversial non-profit faced new questions regarding corporate sponsorship of its ...

October 25, 2021
Gloria’s claims of tackling homelessness seen as cringey

Talking Todd’s debacle Democratic San Diego mayor Todd Gloria’s first comic video turn on behalf of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, an economic development association that sometimes dabbles in partisan politics, went viral for all ...

October 20, 2021
Son of L.A. councilman indicted in USC scandal backed Gloria's mayoral campaign

An ex-state Assembly Democrat who last year kicked in $1150 to help onetime colleague Todd Gloria get elected mayor is the latest player in the University of Southern California's long-running admission bribery scandals. Plagued by ...

October 18, 2021
The Copley family and the Nixons, Dr. Seuss, San Diego Magazine

Dear Dick: The San Diego Union, Evening Tribune, and Nixon: A Romance in Letters Nixon to Copley: “The ride down and back in your spic-and-span new plane, the superb dinner which you hosted jointly with ...

October 16, 2021
Mike Pompeo stops at University Club

Faulconer’s leavings Mike Pompeo, who served as Secretary of State under President Donald Trump, is bringing his proto-presidential fundraising campaign to San Diego. “We invite you to an incredibly unique opportunity to join Secretary Mike ...

October 13, 2021
Barbara Bry readies run for San Diego County Assessor

Barbara Bry, who lost out to fellow Democrat Todd Gloria in her bid to become San Diego mayor last year, has filed a campaign statement with the county Registrar of Voters to run for County ...

October 9, 2021
Union-Tribune begs advertisers to use its Spanish edition

Soon-Shiong’s hat-passing scheme San Diego Union-Tribune en Español, a free weekly broadsheet, has long struggled to gain traction after its predecessors, Hoy, and for years before that Enlace, were shot down by corporate economizers. The ...

October 6, 2021
Love fest for Oklahoma's Stephanie Bice and Sara Jacobs in San Diego

A controversial House Republican from Oklahoma has toured San Diego with Democratic colleague Sara Jacobs, courtesy of a Washington-based think tank criticized by a Harvard University ethics fellow for its ties to Big Oil. According ...

October 4, 2021
Scott Peters squeezes money from Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb

Hueso’s big officeholder binge With his tenure as a California state senator winding down, Democrat Ben Hueso has gone on a luxury dining spree with the dwindling cash in his Officeholder Account 2018. State filings ...

September 29, 2021
Audit hits Donovan state prison for shoddy tuberculosis care, loose injectable handling

The 3,786 or so inmates at California’s Donovan Correctional Facility on Otay Mesa, a half mile from the Mexico–United States border, are getting generally so-so medical care, says a new audit by the state’s Office ...

September 27, 2021
Why did Faulconer get so much cash from farmers and oilmen?

Kevin’s big cash crash After a third-place finish as Gavin Newsom’s would-be replacement in last week’s recall contest, uncertain money-raising prospects loom ahead for ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer. Up to now, the Point Loma ...

September 22, 2021
Waste and Covid-19 missteps plague CoreCivic's border lockup

Auditors from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General say their snap visit to the Otay Mesa Detention Center - run by private prison contractor CoreCivic for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency ...

September 20, 2021
San Diego City Clerk attacked in re-tweet

Incompetence, not hackers, to blame? It’s been a tough year for San Diego city clerk Elizabeth Maland on the computer front. As revealed here on June 14, a legal disagreement between the clerk’s office and ...

September 15, 2021
Secret audit findings hit Navy's hyped 3D printing boom

San Diego Navy labs and bases that employ so-called 3D printing technology – used to churn out everything from aircraft parts to teeth – are at high risk of hacker attacks, says a heavily redacted ...

September 13, 2021
Maybe Ed Asner didn’t help Peter Navarro

The Ed and Peter show Though it went unmentioned in last week’s coverage of his passing by the latest incarnation of the Union-Tribune, Ed Asner played various roles in San Diego politics. The Los Angeles ...

September 8, 2021
Country fans at the Renegade, fireworks fanatics, the troubles of apartment ownership

San Diegans at the Renegade explain country music The Renegade does not hide behind that generic tyranny of the latest urban middle-class version of good taste. The tavern is in-your-face like Willie Nelson with his ...

September 5, 2021
Gloria barely escapes fine for donation reporting

Gloria’s Colma casino cash When he was mayor of San Diego, Republican Kevin Faulconer was slapped with a $4000 fine by the city’s ethics commission (ultimately paid by his campaign committee) for failing to disclose ...

September 1, 2021
Rendon vs. Atkins on mandatory Capitol shots

Depending on whose ox is vaxxed It’s Democrat versus Democrat in Sacramento’s latest battle over whether to mandate vaccinations for employees, at least in the state capitol. After state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon ordered lower ...

August 25, 2021
San Diego County wants social equity in pot regs

UCSD’s moonlighting abuse It’s an open secret that some already richly paid UCSD academic staffers have been taking advantage of lax enforcement of the school’s limits on overtime, moonlighting, and other off-the-job activity to make ...

August 18, 2021
San Diego lobbyists got record $5.5 million in 2020

The year of the big Covid-19 shutdown was San Diego city hall's most lucrative year for behind-the-scenes influence peddling. "In 2020, a total of 57 lobbying firms and 61 organization lobbyists registered a total of ...

August 16, 2021
Nancy Worlie cleans house at KPBS

Adela’s changing of the guard When San Diego State president Adela de la Torre took charge back in August of 2018, some questioned her $441,504 salary, while others wondered how much change the campus’s first ...

August 11, 2021
Allen Glick and the killing of Tamara Rand

Allen Glick, a key figure in San Diego's bloodiest and arguably most famous Mafia hit, has died, his passing marked by a paid Union-Tribune obituary making no reference to its subject's colorful and deadly past ...

August 6, 2021
San Diego showers money on homeless

Seven-figure overrun San Diego city officials have gotten a splash of cold water over their handling of last year’s showers-for-the-homeless program, called Operation Shelter to Home, in a July 21 report by City Auditor Andy ...

August 4, 2021
Escondido's hidden gems of influence

Huell Howser, the folksy host of public television's California's Gold, who died in 2014, may be spinning in his grave, but a top North County politico wants to emulate him on YouTube, courtesy of a ...

August 2, 2021
Carlsbad flower fields, Mission Bay, Coronado bridge

God’s Dirt “It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s pretty high-risk because they’re very, very, very, very perishable. When the flowers are bloomed, you have to pick ’em. And you have to sell ’em. Otherwise you ...

August 1, 2021
Indicted Trump donor funded Doug Manchester hotel

Papa Doug’s benefactor Tom Barrack, a top Donald Trump’s presidential money-raiser indicted last week for failing to register as a foreign agent, has many ties to San Diego, not the least of which is his ...

July 28, 2021
Belmont Park coaster company pays Newsom’s fixer

Political roller coaster The San Diego Coaster Company, which runs the city-owned Giant Dipper roller coaster and related Belmont Park amusements, paid $12,000 to Sacramento-based Axiom Advisors in the first three months of 2021. The ...

July 21, 2021
Father Joe Carroll: death of a transactional cleric

A Last Hurrah of sorts comes tomorrow morning, July 20, at St. Rita's Catholic Church with a funeral Mass to be presided over by San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy. Father Joe Carroll, long a key ...

July 19, 2021
Faulconer political brain zaps Trump, leaves top GOP job

Jason Cabel Roe, the onetime political eyes, ears, and, some say, brain of GOP San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, is out as executive director of Michigan's Republican Party. "I resigned my position as executive director ...

July 14, 2021
New Faulconer money from California garment makers

Faulconer’s China connection Some well-heeled members of the made-in-China clothing crowd are coming out for Republican ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s bid to become governor. Among them is Gerard Guez, chairman of the board at ...

July 14, 2021
Sherley Anne Williams' coolness toward outsiders, James Hubbell sees San Diego as forgotten city

Raised Not to Hope Too Hard Sherley Anne Williams built her career celebrating the ways black folks talked and acted. School-wise, street-smart, and quick-tongued, she reserved her deepest antipathy for those outside the African-American experience ...

July 10, 2021
The importance of Jason Hughes

Tale of two mayors In the tainted annals of the Jason Hughes city hall real estate scandal, before Kevin Faulconer there was Bob Filner. Hughes, a wealthy Rancho Santa Fe resident, spread his campaign cash ...

July 7, 2021
Sara Jacobs stock sell-off could be as much as $2.8 million

As the stock market reaches near record highs, wealthy House Democrat Sara Jacobs of San Diego unloaded a raft of personal shareholdings, some potentially controversial, per a May 28 Periodic Transaction Report filed with the ...

July 6, 2021
Jack Kemp and the fugitive, U.S. Grant's son, Seals ambivalent about Jesse Ventura

Kemp and the Fugitive Fotomat also gave Graham a political base. One of the first beneficiaries was Jack Kemp. On May 23, 1968, the San Diego Union reported that Kemp had “joined Fotomat Corp., La ...

July 5, 2021
Lorena Gonzalez's big June fundraising push

As San Diego survivors of the pandemic head back to the beach this June, their elected representatives in Sacramento rush to hit up political donors for campaign cash, some of it controversial. Take Assembly Democrat ...

June 29, 2021
Faulconer preps for race against John Cox and Caitlyn Jenner

Bettering and rebuilding Ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer already relies on three statewide political committees to fund his hopes of becoming governor, either through this year’s recall of incumbent Gavin Newsom or 2022’s regular race ...

June 23, 2021
As New York actress dies, San Diego's e-scooter barons lobby up

The frenzy of electric scooters filling the streets of San Diego has begun to grow anew as the state lifts its last anti-pandemic strictures. Burgeoning too are local lobbyists lining up downtown to grease political ...

June 21, 2021
San Diego new county counsel Lonnie Eldridge from Reagan country

Lonnie, not Ronnie, from Simi The city attorney of Simi Valley, home to the Ronald Reagan presidential library, is making a shift to distinctly more left-leaning terrain via his appointment by the San Diego County ...

June 16, 2021
San Diego website meltdown preceded by vendor spat, email shows

The intrigue surrounding the City of San Diego's abrupt switch to a new campaign finance disclosure website has deepened with the partial rejection by city officials of a request for public records that might shed ...

June 14, 2021
Third aircraft carrier not wonderful for everyone in San Diego

Naval housing crunch Hours-long commutes, a painful childcare backlog, and an ever-growing lack of housing are some of the problems bedeviling San Diego-based Navy families these days, says a new report to Congress by the ...

June 9, 2021
Ben Hueso figures Mike Schaefer is vulnerable

Lorena’s put-down California senate Democrat Ben Hueso, who last year lost his bid for county supervisor to Nora Vargas, is busy collecting cash for a 2022 campaign against incumbent Mike Schaefer for the state Board ...

June 2, 2021
Four months later, Bry changes financial disclosure report

Back on February 23, La Jolla serial entrepreneur and Union-Tribune columnist Neil Senturia slammed down the phone on a reporter when asked about his wife's role in Deckard Technologies. According to a September 2019 report ...

June 1, 2021
Thomas Mann's translator John Woods, St. Augustine High's principal John Aherne

Professor Horrdendo Discovers on Page 23 That I've Called an Orange a Tangerine “Then there were a couple of older gentlemen here in California, one an ophthalmologist in Santa Monica and the other a retired ...

May 31, 2021
Julian and Tierrasanta under scrutiny

Refund check’s in the mail County auditors have not let the Covid-19 pandemic deter them from rooting out a bevy of “unallowable expenses” by non-profit groups awarded taxpayer cash by county supervisors through the so-called ...

May 26, 2021
9-11 reactions: San Diegans on street, counter-terror contractors, Black Muslims

In Case They Attack “I’ve been melancholy. It made me very sad. Deep-down sad. I realized immediately that our lives would never be the same again. “We’ve never had war on our shores. And I’ve ...

May 24, 2021
San Diego crashes its own campaign disclosure website

The city of San Diego's online campaign disclosure system, at one time a stellar model of electronic reporting, now appears to have lost a key vendor and been down for weeks without any public announcement, ...

May 21, 2021
Lorena Gonzalez and Shirley Weber – money suck queens

Mean tweets about Nathan San Diego Assembly Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, the putative front-runner in the California Secretary of State race until Shirley Weber’s appointment to the post by Gavin Newsom, has gone quiet on fundraising. ...

May 19, 2021
Cunningham manse owner kicks in $3000 for latest GOP House accused

Monday's guilty plea by ex-Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg to sex trafficking and a bevy of other felony counts has reportedly ratcheted up the heat on his partner in partying, Republican congressman Matt Gaetz. ...

May 18, 2021
Will Horton Plaza's office complex foreshadow the city's homeless housing?

A prefab unit in every backyard The Los Angeles real estate financiers currently remaking downtown’s failed Horton Plaza shopping mall into a high-tech office hub have put another building bullseye on San Diego, based on ...

May 12, 2021
Padres player scandals, city council caves to John Moores, farm manager Russ Nixon tells history

The Evil I Do Not Intend Dravecky raised some eyebrows that month when he appeared with Eric Show and Mark Thurmond at a John Birch Society booth at the Del Mar Fair. Back home in ...

May 8, 2021

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