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Councilman, staffer, and hotel mogul signed nominating petition for judge who ruled against mayor in hotel tax case

Councilman, staffer, and hotel mogul signed nominating petition for judge who ruled against mayor in hotel tax case | California Politics | Scoop.it
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San Diego's great red light camera rebellion

San Diego's great red light camera rebellion | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Jacobs says he is bowing out of Balboa Park makeover

Jacobs says he is bowing out of Balboa Park makeover | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Mayor's protocol officer is daughter of Gregory Canyon solid waste magnate

Mayor's protocol officer is daughter of Gregory Canyon solid waste magnate | California Politics | Scoop.it
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U.S. Geological Survey chief quits, may head Scripps Institution of Oceanography

U.S. Geological Survey chief quits, may head Scripps Institution of Oceanography | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Closed door regents meetings preceded departure of Haymet from the Scripps job

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Big city Dem mayor denies Earth Day permit; intrigue and political fallout ensues

An ex-Democratic congressman, now mayor of San Diego, is suddenly making it difficult to stage spring's annual Earth Day in Balboa Park.
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San Diego mayor takes to L.A. public radio to blast Obama and Congress

San Diego mayor takes to L.A. public radio to blast Obama and Congress | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Democrat calls out former colleagues

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Far-out online holiday greetings from America's politicians

This year's burgeoning Internet use by politicians didn't stop with the November elections. December has inspired an online deluge of holiday greetings from politicos from coast to coast. Here are a few of the best.
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Nathan Fletcher, the ex-Republican Assemblyman turned independent during his unsuccessful bid to become San Diego mayor this year, tops our list. 

 

We profiled Fletcher last spring, noting conflations in his family resume

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Ex-Solyndra lobbyist gave last minute money to Vargas

Ex-Solyndra lobbyist gave last minute money to Vargas | California Politics | Scoop.it
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New congressional Democrat reports last minute money

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Predator maker's radioactive soil contamination level remains unknown

Predator maker's radioactive soil contamination level remains unknown | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Deep inside the Filner transition

Deep inside the Filner transition | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Audit blasts Sanders for city maintenance meltdown

Audit blasts Sanders for city maintenance meltdown | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Drone royalty

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Predator maker and GOP financier Linden Blue reportedly to tie the knot with well-traveled ex-rear admiral

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Day after Jacobs speaks, Plaza de Panama lobbying deal with Shepard ends

Day after Jacobs speaks, Plaza de Panama lobbying deal with Shepard ends | California Politics | Scoop.it
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San Diego's richest man winds down costly lobbying effort for Balboa Park road and parking garage after judge rulies city council illegally adopted his plan

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After backing industry-favored timber tax, Fletcher reaped big contributions

After backing industry-favored timber tax, Fletcher reaped big contributions | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Lobbyists, lawyers, GOP newspaper, and citizens Tweet about Balboa Park road plan's demise (with images, tweets) · sdmattpotter

Big news in San Diego this week: The city's richest man, billionaire Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, announced he was pulling out of his deal to make over historic Balboa Park with new roads and a huge parking garage.
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Balboa Park controversy's Jacobs backs lavish Edwardian-themed KPBS funder

Balboa Park controversy's Jacobs backs lavish Edwardian-themed KPBS funder | California Politics | Scoop.it
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U.S. Geological Survey chief quits, may head Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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New York hits Qualcomm with political money disclosure suit

New York hits Qualcomm with political money disclosure suit | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Billion-dollar political backers sued by New York pension fund seeking transparency

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Tale of a stealthy super PAC

Tale of a stealthy super PAC | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Tea Party PAC funnels tribal gambling money to liberal Democrat

 

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Ex-GOP legislator marks change of life at Bruce Springsteen concert

Ex-California Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher changed his partisan stripes from Republican to independent in the middle of a bid for San Diego mayor, but came in third.
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Nice Springsteen seats for departing California Assemblyman

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Oligarch at sea

Oligarch at sea | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Inside story of a Russian oligarch whose yacht is tied up in San Diego

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Coyote hunts and Burning Man showers up for fair board backing

Coyote hunts and Burning Man showers up for fair board backing | California Politics | Scoop.it
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Jerry Brown's Del Mar appointees party in style

Jerry Brown's Del Mar appointees party in style | California Politics | Scoop.it
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The Rise and Fall of the Copley Press

The Rise and Fall of the Copley Press | California Politics | Scoop.it

In the wake of David Copley's death at 60, revisiting the ghosts of Richard Nixon and Jim Copley

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