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A raft of high-powered San Diego lawyers are hosting a campaign fundraiser tomorrow evening for District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who is running for mayor. An invitation for the cocktail bash, to be held at the law offices of Casey Gerry on Laurel Street between 5:30 and 7:30, is soliciting contributions of from $150 to the $500 individual limit, $1000 for married couples.

Among big-name hosts of the event is Lynne Heidel, whose law firm, Schwartz Heidel Sullivan, LLP, is one of the city's most ubiquitous lobbying outfits, described on its website as, "A specialty law firm focused on the areas of zoning and planning, land use and environmental regulation, real property, municipal, local government, education and employment law, including the conduct of litigation and administrative hearings in these areas."

Robin Munro Madaffer, wife of ex-city councilman Jim Madaffer, is also a partner in the firm.

According to its most recent disclosure report, filed April 29, Schwartz Heidel clients include the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego (which paid $3000 regarding "St. Paul's Cathedral parking lot condemnation"); Kilroy Realty; downtown and Mission Valley developer Oliver McMillan ($7000); Protea Holdings ($11,000); Scripps Health ($30,000); Hillel of San Diego; and Westfield, LLC (owner of Horton Plaza and other local malls).

Others backing Dumanis at the event include Vince Bartolotta, David Casey, and Fred Schenk, brother of ex-Democratic congresswoman and Jerry Brown staffer Lynn Schenk, who has also endorsed the D.A.

Here is the invitation:


The Schwartz Heidel Sullivan lobbyist filing:


Heidel's web page:


Dumanis Kick-off Invitation


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monaghan June 20, 2011 @ 12:48 p.m.

Am I mis-reading or are you saying that alleged Democrat Lynn Schenk has endorsed Republican Bonnie Dumanis in the coming race for Mayor?

That sure doesn't seem very loyal of Schenk. The County Democratic Party occasionally has honored her at the Whatever-They-Call-the-Former-Jefferson-Jackson Day annual dinner.


monaghan June 20, 2011 @ 1:52 p.m.

It's all there on the invitation which I shoulda clicked on: not only Lynn Shenk, but Elaine and Murray Galinson too! Sharper than a serpent's tooth....


historymatters June 20, 2011 @ 3:54 p.m.

thank you Matt!!! This woman is about as bad as any human being can get and unless we address our election fraud here in SD she will win this race.


Twister June 21, 2011 @ 1 p.m.

A reasonably reliable guide to decision-making about voting or buying is the noise-level, especially in advertizing, and, of course, following the money.

If a candidate is heavily-financed, particularly by large contributions, people associated with the power structure, major businesses, and organizations, that should be a strong hint about for whom NOT to vote. The amount of advertizing is another guide to who is bamboozling you, as well as who is getting the most news exposure.

I'm not saying you're a dum anus if you don't consider these guidelines, but it's just one way for the busy junior executive to avoid getting into the habit of selling his or her soul to the devil, as it were. Same for those of us who are not pyramid-climbing, anus-kissers.


Twister June 21, 2011 @ 1:11 p.m.

And oh, yes, it would be a great public service if the Reader would provide continuous box-scores on actual performance (as opposed to promises, promises, promises) and a continuously (or periodically) updated list of the candidates, associates and supporters, not to mention with whom they had been associated in the past (e.g., staff for, say, Mayor/Senator Wilson, etc.)


monaghan June 21, 2011 @ 3:38 p.m.

Nice imagery, Twister, and marginal spelling too. Where are the Reader Language Police?


Visduh June 21, 2011 @ 9:08 p.m.

It's been almost eight hours, and the administrator hasn't removed any of Twister's comments. Can we assume they are not deemed "profane", libelous, or abusive?


Gail Powell June 21, 2011 @ 9:47 p.m.

Follow @BonnieDumanis on Twitter. I post the most reprehensible comments on her stupid pictures and clumsy campaign propaganda and she never blocks me! I think that crazy, corrupt DA is desperate for followers and fans. It's kind of pathetic. BTW, the reason Lynn Schneck and the Galinsons are supporting Dumanis can be summed up in one word: JEWISH!


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