Everything goes back to the Mexican businessman’s battle with Sempra Energy.
Sempra won a war with other Fortune 500 companies to build a natural gas plant in Baja California, but the plant is hardly the cash cow everyone expected.
How a wealthy Mexican businessman lost his fight against one of San Diego’s most powerful companies.
Just when it looked like Azano was winning his war against Sempra Energy, the tables turned. As the feds closed in, Azano finally cracked.
San Diego-based Sempra Energy is one of the largest private energy companies in Mexico. But its biggest investment there has been dogged by corruption allegations for years.
Federal prosecutors have accused José Susumo Azano Matsura of illegally funneling more than a half-million dollars to San Diego political campaigns. That’s the least interesting part of his story.
Former Baja California Gov. Eugenio Elorduy Walther made a big decision that opened the door to Sempra Energy’s greatest victory in Mexico. He also had financial dealings with those close to Sempra.
At the state level, the push to give Californians more options for buying energy has pitted two of the Democratic Party’s largest coalitions against each other. But even though so-called community choice aggregation is a looming possibility in San Diego, the city has largely sidestepped the fight – for now.
San Diego is home to lots of small businesses and only two Fortune 500 companies. We pulled some key figures that illustrate the scope of the region’s business landscape.
In a wide-ranging new court filing, lawyers for Jose Susumo Azano Matsura blamed Sempra Energy for instigating criminal investigations against him and called the head of his private security detail the mastermind of the scheme to influence local politics.