U-T gushes over Faulconer event

Influence-seekers gather for a “Neighborhood Experience”

The mayor’s One San Diego nonprofit held a showcase of “cultural, artistic, entrepreneurial, and culinary diversity,” thanks in large part to sponsors that do business with the city.
  • The mayor’s One San Diego nonprofit held a showcase of “cultural, artistic, entrepreneurial, and culinary diversity,” thanks in large part to sponsors that do business with the city.

When is a city-hall-lobbying special interest referred to as a “brand”? When the Union-Tribune covers it, per the paper’s write-up last week of San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer’s One San Diego and its annual “Neighborhood Experience” on the Broadway Pier downtown, backed by an impressive array of the city’s highest-spending influence-seekers.

“This event showcases San Diego’s unique cultural, artistic, entrepreneurial, and culinary diversity,” says One San Diego’s website, listing as sponsors a roster of registered lobbyists, including Sempra Energy, SDG&E, Pardee Homes, Westfield, Rick Engineering, and AT&T. Avoiding use of the “L” word, the U-T story calls the group “some of the most recognizable brands in San Diego.”

The story goes on to quote ex-U-T reporter and current Faulconer flack Craig Gustafson as saying the mayor “is proud of his efforts to raise money that give so much back to the community,” with Gustafson omitting mention of the lobbyists’ financing of Faulconer’s annually televised Thanksgiving turkey giveaways to burnish his image in poorer parts of town.


With wags casting renderings of a giant new real estate development on the site of Mission Valley’s Qualcomm Stadium as a vision akin to the horrors of Alphaville, the 1965 sci-fi film noir by France’s Jean-Luc Godard about a repressive state, promoters of the contentious San Diego project are taking measures to protect its newly hewn name, Soccer City, for future commercial use.

On January 31, an outfit by the name of MLS SD Soccer Pursuit, L.L.C, filed with the federal trademark office to claim Soccer City for “management and administration of sports, entertainment, restaurant, and bar facilities and surrounding offices, hotels, residential, and parking structures.”

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If we had even a remotely competent IRS or state Attorney General, 1 San Diego would be revealed as the scam and slush fund it is.

There's still only one tax return posted (for 2014), and despite all the evidence of how it's run, the mayor and his cronies are claiming that it's a public charity not a private foundation. Might want to ask then why only the mayor's personal friends are members on the board.

But worst of all, this return shows that almost all the money they did spend ($48,000) was on "professional fees and other payments to independent contractors" and the rest on rent and a website. In other words, their only activity was self-promotion.

The only turkey being served by 1 San Diego is Fowlconer, and it's being served 24/7/365.

Setting aside misgivings about Mayor Kevin Faulconer's supporters/lobbyists being billed as "brands" and his slush fund as a "charity," if San Diego became known as "Soccer City" instead of "America's Finest City," I would be a happier citizen. But hat's off to commenter Cassander for that succinct takedown of Mayor Sunny and his money-making creation, One San Diego.

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