Out of the Mouths of Babes

— According to an e-mail from Lorena Gonzalez, political director for the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, the council's robo-call attacking school board candidate Michael McSweeney as a right-wing extremist and touting the reelection of nominal Democrat incumbent Katherine Nakamura, a big backer of ex-superintendent Alan Bersin, "was done by an actual child in the our San Diego's Public School -- not an Actor using a child's voice. As an AFTRA member, she is a little miffed that she is being misidentified." Gonzalez did not respond to a request for further details as to the identity and age of the child or whether as a member of the actors union she was paid union scale for voicing the call.... Developer Doug Manchester isn't the only one who's been giving big bucks to the GOP's Lincoln Club. On October 13, the day Manchester Resorts chipped in $50,000, Mountain West Properties of Chula Vista gave $10,000 and the Yokohl Ranch Co. contributed $4000. Mountain West is run by Chula Vista developer Jim Pieri, and Yokohl is a subsidiary of the Central Valley's powerful JG Boswell Co., which also is the developer of the mammoth Eastlake project in Chula Vista. That same day, the club gave $70,000 to promote Props B and C, the so-called San Diego city hall reform measures sponsored by Mayor Jerry Sanders. But that hasn't been their only expenditure this campaign season. On October 17, they anted up $10,000 for the Coalition to Preserve the Economy, the group favoring the airport move to Miramar. The same day the club also spent $7245 on a poll in support of Cheryl Cox for Chula Vista mayor.

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