Deputy District Attorney Robert Hickey’s case to become San Diego’s next city attorney has hinged heavily on his plans to fix the city’s system for prosecuting crimes.
It’s not a surprising angle: as a veteran prosecutor, that’s where he has the most experience.
But for a brief period 15 years ago, Hickey left the DA’s office for private practice and represented JMI Realty and the San Diego Padres in their attempts to ward off litigation in order to finish building Petco Park.
On one hand, it shows he’s had experience with the sorts of land-use issues with which the city attorney often deals. Indeed, Hickey makes a point of mentioning the experience at community forums to buttress his qualifications.
But with JMI now behind a November ballot initiative that the current city attorney says is illegal, it could mean a victorious Hickey would soon face off with his former client.
Former Padres owner and patriarch of JMI Realty John Moores also contributed $1,050 to Hickey’s campaign, the maximum contribution for a citywide race. His wife, Dianne Moores, also maxed out to Hickey. He’s the only candidate they’re supporting this election cycle. JMI isn’t exclusively supporting Hickey, though. The company’s senior VP of construction, James Chatfield, has donated $500 to one of his opponents, Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos.
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This is why the current system is so utterly corrupt. Because it's a web of self-interest and odious special interest relationships.
This is why an unlikely candidate like Donald Trump is bulldozing and totally destroying a decayed GOP which is even more malignant than the incompetent Democratic party.
2016 will go down in history as the year America threw out the 2-party system and started all over.
@Dean Plassaras I have to agree with this. At the local level, the candidates seem to represent either developers, the tourist industry or public unions. None seem to represent the interests of residents, although this is the fault of the residents being too passive, to some degree.