A federal prosecutor Friday morning gave the first clue to the biggest unanswered question in the campaign finance scandal that rocked San Diego politics this week: What did the wealthy Mexican national who allegedly conspired to illegally funnel $500,000 to San Diego elections want?
The foreign national, believed to be Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, wanted to develop San Diego’s bayfront and turn the city into “Miami West,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Perry said in court.
Azano talked about the plan with a candidate, believed to be Bob Filner, prosecutors allege. Filner told Azano the city didn’t have jurisdiction over the bayfront, but he would try to hold up the massive Navy Broadway complex development so Azano could gain control of the project, prosecutors said. (Neither Azano nor Filner has been named in the federal complaints, but enough information was provided to identify them both.)
Prosecutors didn’t indicate when the request was made. Filner has not been accused of any wrongdoing, nor has Azano been charged with any crimes as part of the scandal.