In a new investigative report, Liam Dillon reveals how ongoing investigations into towing companies could point to the largest effort by an industry to illegally influence local campaigns in more than a decade.
Dillon talked to a former driver for a towing company who confirms a political donation he made was reimbursed by his boss — an illegal act if true.
“Local and state regulators are now investigating whether thousands of dollars in contributions from the towing industry were illegally laundered to the campaigns of five high-profile San Diego politicians over the past six years. In one case, a tow company owner has already admitted to laundering cash to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ failed 2012 mayoral bid,” Dillon reports.
Back to School
It’s the first day of school for 110,000 San Diego Unified students. (Many charters started several days ago, thus this isn’t the entire enrollment total). Trustee John Lee Evans took the opportunity to get on Twitter for the first time to promise that “Vision 2020 will continue to bring big changes to our schools for the next 5 yrs.” Last year, our Mario Koran explored Vision 2020 and how a new special agreement for La Jolla’s schools may have unveiled its vulnerability.
The Convention Center Study Faux Pas
I had some fun with last week’s NBC Fact Check segment exploring the big flub in the report that the mayor said was so persuasive, he’s going to keep trying to do what the city has failed to do for the last several years: expand the Convention Center. I was also on NBC’s Politically Speaking talking about the study and the Chargers.
Speaking of the Chargers: The Big Bogus Deadline Is Coming
This is the week of the big deadline the city gave the Chargers to get on board with the mayor’s plan for a vote in January. It’s a deadline nobody has ever thought they would actually meet.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
A Chargers ticket rep called me a few months ago trying to sell season tickets. I asked him point blank if current season ticket holder seniority would apply to season tickets for the Chargers in Los Angeles. He said yes current season ticket holders would have seating priority in Los Angeles but made it clear no decision had been made on the potential relocation.
It's very likely most new season ticket purchases are from people trying to gain priority seating in LA.