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The campaign to pass Proposition Z, a $2.8 billion bond measure put on the ballot by the San Diego Unified school district, has collected $266,075 through September 30.

A good chunk of the money has come from firms with a stake in public school construction projects, but the biggest donor was Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs of La Jolla; he and his wife Joan kicked in a total of $80,000 on September 29.

The Jacobs donation marks yet another big money contribution during what is shaping as the busiest political season yet for the controversial Democrat, who has given $2 million to support the re-election of president Barack Obama while at the same time endorsing GOP city councilman Carl DeMaio's bid to become mayor of San Diego.

According to its most recent disclosure statement, filed October 5 and posted online by the county registrar of voters, the "Save Our Neighborhood Schools - Yes on Z " committee spent $174,573, and ended the reporting period with $106,140.

Besides Jacobs and his wife Joan, donors included contractor Gafcon, Inc., with $5,000 on September 19; Mike Kooyman of PCM3 ($5,000, August 29); CSDA Architects of San Francisco ($5,000, September 18); and PJHM Architects of San Clemente ($10,000, August 31).

Gafcon also loaned the Yes on Z committee $15,000.

On the other side of the issue from Jacobs is R.B. "Buzz" Woolley, founder of the Jacobs-backed Voice of San Diego online news site.

Woolley gave $10,000 to oppose Prop Z on September 13, according to the No on Z committee's disclosure filing. He was joined by the San Diego County Apartment Association PAC, with $5,000 on September 28, and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association PAC, with $2,000 on September 11.

As reported here earlier today, a firm run by Woolley's fellow charter school advocate Rod Dammeyer - who last year teamed with Jacobs in a failed attempt to remake the school board by adding appointed members - contributed $3,350 to the Taxpayers Association PAC on August 29.

As of the September 30 reporting deadline, the No no Z forces had raised $17,000, and had unpaid bills of $20,000, with $16,985 of cash on hand.

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Visduh Oct. 9, 2012 @ 6:01 p.m.

I have another idea. Jacobs seems to have more loot than he knows what to do with. So, why doesn't he come up with a billion (yes, with a "b") and just donate it to the school district? If this additional funding for the district is such a darned good idea, then, well, he ought to put his money (literally) where his mouth (not so literally, but you get the drift) is.

I have another idea: Irwin, stay out of politics! You are tarnishing whatever legacy you hoped to leave and looking like a doddering fool.


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 9, 2012 @ 6:04 p.m.

I have another idea. Jacobs seems to have more loot than he knows what to do with. So, why doesn't he come up with a billion (yes, with a "b") and just donate it to the school district?

Because BillionAIRES don't put their OWN money where their mouth is, not when they can get the little guy making $20K-$40K per year to cover it.

And if a bond measure that BIG passes in this environment then something is very wrong. SDUSD should be able to pour $50 million into this bond and it should still fail by 10-15 points.


monaghan Oct. 9, 2012 @ 7:58 p.m.

Even though esteemed billionaire Dr. Irwn Jacobs is supporting a local tax increase via San Diego Unified's Prop Z (Z as in end of the line?) I would imagine that the common man who has suffered wage stagnation, if not outright job loss, will vote NO on Z. Ditto for the ordinary woman head of household too. No on Z.

Who but a mega-bucks Democrat (except when he's not and supporting De Maio ) whose head has been turned by somebody, would support such a measure, to be administered by the likes of School Board majority John Lee Evans, Richard Barrera and Shelia Jackson?

These are the same folks who scammed every voter for the previous school bond Prop S by instituting a Project Labor Agreement for all construction AFTER the bond passed. These are the same people who gave away $20 million of that Prop S bond to help build the politically loaded Central Library on the pretext of a school's being part of the premises -- a still unchartered undesigned charter school. These are the people who gave out teacher raises two years in advance, then rescinded the raises and laid off all the workers, then re-hired everybody, for the time being anyway.

Let's just say there is some truth to the adage that a fool and his money are soon parted.

Meanwhile, the politics of this city are getting curiouser and curiouser. But one thing is pretty certain: the big boys from both political parties are throwing their weight around, trying to influence outcomes. We'll see if the people tolerate it.


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