SeaWorld dodged a bullet earlier this week when the California legislature sidestepped a vote on a bill that would have outlawed orca whale shows. The company is no slouch when it comes to political donations, Lisa Halverstadt found, and their “tentacles of influence” extend from local business groups all the way up to the federal government.
• Animal rescuers from Sea World were caught on camera doing their wild rescue thing on Wednesday.
The Opera’s Options: San Diego Explained
The San Diego Opera is now approaching its two-week extension period recently granted by the board of directors, during which some major decisions have to be made. Scott Lewis and NBC San Diego’s Catherine Garcia pulled together what options the opera company has going forward, along with a guide to how the opera got here, in our most recent San Diego Explained.
Freeways Versus Transit
Jack Shu, president of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, wrote in asking why local governments are so focused on building more roads for more cars in an age when demand for mass transit is up. “Our region’s elected officials continue to support a ‘freeways-first’ Regional Transportation Plan,” Shu wrote. “Why isn’t our region adopting a ‘transit first’ policy when survey results show a majority of San Diegans want a working system?”
• Related: 30 years later, has light rail in San Diego and other cities been unambiguously successful? Not really.
Illegal Money Funneler Pleads Guilty
The case of foreign money illegally finding its way into the coffers of the political campaigns of Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner and Juan Vargas continues to unravel as a prominent car dealer pleaded guilty to charges involving the case yesterday. Marc Chase, who owns Symbolic Motor Cars in La Jolla “admitted to conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions with cash paid to him by a foreign businessman,” according to NBC San Diego.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Really? Getting a sea lion's head unstuck from a buoy fixture warrants special mention? I am grateful SeaWorld came to the aid of this creature, apparently with the assistance of the Navy and Coast Guard. But one would hope that this is business as usual for ANYone passing by a creature similarly held captive ... Oh right, SeaWorld DOES hold marine mammals captive. Lucky sea lion this time.
@Martha Sullivan Hi Martha. The fact that the situation was caught live on video was noteworthy, and since we were already discussing SeaWorld, I thought it fit in nicely. I would disagree that the general public should approach or try to assist a wild animal in distress. Probably best to let the pros handle that kind of situation.