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Stories by Matt Potter

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
MCRD gets bad Covid review

Covid complaints A March 31 audit that reviewed San Diego’s Marine Corps Recruit Depot as well as facilities of the nation’s other services, has found that military training leaders largely botched their response to the ...

May 5, 2021
Sara Jacobs extends House District 53's foreign junketing

In January, she succeeded Susan Davis, one of the top free foreign travelers in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now fellow Democrat Sara Jacobs has wasted no time taking her first gratis international journey, courtesy ...

May 3, 2021
Where the Faulconer governor money is coming from

Making Kevin great again Big money Donald Trump donors continue to kick in for ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s bid for California governor. The latest contributions include $32,400 on April 9 from “Aluminum Treating Co, ...

April 28, 2021
Ex-Charger set for $1.35 million city payout in police brutality case

In a little-noticed move, the San Diego city council is set to pay former San Diego Chargers defensive back Michael C. Lee $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Lee charging that he sustained ...

April 26, 2021
Toni Atkins ramps up lieutenant governor run

Johnnie on the run Johnnie Perkins, the former trash company executive and lobbyist who became San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer’s chief of environmental services, has landed on his feet in Washington state — but ...

April 21, 2021
Disclosure-shy developers draw hand-slap ethics fine

As a torrent of cash from out-of-town developers gushed into the campaign coffers of a San Diego ballot proposition ostensibly meant to boost low-cost housing with a property tax hike, proponents delayed disclosing to the ...

April 19, 2021
Over 85 percent of fentanyl seizures at San Diego border

Border Patrol’s fentanyl follies The U. S. Border Patrol is sitting on a vast horde of deadly illegal drugs collected over two decades, creating significant risks to the safety and security of the agency’s sprawling ...

April 14, 2021
Infamous Las Vegas name behind $1500 in Gloria post-election cash

San Diego and Las Vegas have had a long, wild history together. Besides the mobbed-up Moe Dalitz's La Costa resorts, San Diego County has played host to marginal figures who became Vegas notables, including Dalitz ...

April 12, 2021
San Diego's 36 storm drain tunnels add to border woes

Human flood detection Since the border between the U.S. and Mexico is once again an immigration battleground, the war to staunch the flow of undocumented crossers from Mexico to San Diego is being fought in ...

April 7, 2021
County taxpayers may foot bill for Lawson-Remer's ex-Faulconer aide

Whether Democrat or Republican, San Diego politicos are infamous for taking care of each other at local taxpayers' expense. Freshman San Diego County supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, widely billed as a liberal Democrat, furnishes the latest ...

April 6, 2021
Union-Tribune's new voice from the north is Soon-Shiong's daughter

While staffers nervously speculate whether Union-Tribune owner Patrick Soon-Shiong will block the purchase of Chicago-based Tribune Publishing by hedge fund Alden Capital, the usually muted billionaire has unleashed his fury against American racism. Thursday's rebuke ...

April 5, 2021
Sara Jacobs and her Tetra Tech stock

Fraud on the House A controversial radioactive waste cleanup and rainforest restoration contractor accused by the U.S. government of faking soil tests and related fraud at San Francisco’s Treasure Island Navy base has turned up ...

March 31, 2021
Exec’s talk fuels more rumors of Union-Tribune's doom

A widely anticipated "all hands" California Times staff meeting on Thursday failed to produce any good news other than a declaration by president Chris Argentieri that the Los Angeles Times was closer to the end ...

March 29, 2021
A chip off Faulconer’s donor

A Bakersfield-based potato magnate has kicked in $32,400 to the putative California gubernatorial campaign of ex-San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, bringing fresh attention to domestic violence allegations bought against his partner and fellow San Joaquin ...

March 25, 2021
Fletcher family pathos, how Sol Price founded Costco, mafioso Alan Glick

What Happened? A Pioneer Family's Tragedy While Beatrice and Eric were talking about packing up and going home, the phone rang. It was Dan Bridge, his father’s old friend and a childhood friend of Walter ...

March 21, 2021
As San Diego county dodged minimum wage, elderly suffered

Should San Diegans who provide home care services to the elderly and others get at least the minimum wage? So posits an audit by California State Auditor Elaine Howle, which charges officials here with ignoring ...

March 18, 2021
Inside gay killer Andrew Cunanan: Bishop's School, older friends, Gay Pride parade

Schoolboy charm A 1988 graduate thought she recalled Cunanan going up to one of her male friends, grabbing one of his pectorals, and saying something like, "Oooh, very nice. You've been working out. Give me ...

March 13, 2021
Michael Moore not tough on SanDiego350 founder?

Bashing Michael Moore Another anti-climate change lobbying outfit has set up shop in San Diego. According to its March 1 registration with the city clerk, SanDiego350 “is an inclusive volunteer institution building a movement to ...

March 10, 2021
Look out, Union-Tribune. Alden Global Capital may be just around the corner.

Will a lawsuit spawned in San Diego by the wheeling and dealings of Patrick Soon-Shiong ultimately force the Los Angeles billionaire to divest himself of the San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as the L.A. Times ...

March 9, 2021
Chargers loot city money, QB Stan Humphries gets another concussion, Chargers players 20-30 years later

How Alex Spanos Made Off with the Police Building Fund “Yeah, that’s right, they’re going to steal the money for Alex’s Chargers training field from the cops’ pueblo land fund. A big chunk of their ...

March 6, 2021
Lobbyist deletes Bry-tied anti-short term rental client

One of the shortest lobbying gigs in San Diego city hall's history has ended less than two weeks after it formally began, amidst intrigue about ex-councilwoman Barbara Bry's role in one of her wealthy husband's ...

March 5, 2021
Union-Tribune’s Californian Local targets Temecula

A proposal to sell the Tribune Publishing chain, formerly known as Tronc, to controversial hedge fund Alden Capital Management has spawned a morass of bad online times for Patrick Soon-Shiong, owner of the Los Angeles ...

March 1, 2021

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