All the Influence Money Can Buy

Former city development director Marcela Escobar-Eck, let go along with colleague and land-use chief Jim Waring during 2007’s Sunroad Montgomery Field building fiasco, is now plying the lobbying trade. Her October 19 filing as principal of Atlantis Group LLC disclosed that Escobar-Eck has been raising campaign funds for councilmembers David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer. Then, on October 30, Escobar-Eck reported that she had begun lobbying for McMillin-NTC regarding the firm’s controversial fourth implementation agreement with the city to redevelop the Naval Training Center property on Point Loma…That long tussle over city-granted kayaking rights at La Jolla Shores has resulted in two more jobs. Veteran lobbyist Janay Kruger found a client in La Jolla Kayak on September 26. Earlier that month, Kruger’s fellow La Jolla influence peddler Richard Ledford disclosed working on behalf of OEX Dive and Kayak…Trash-handling giant Republic Services, which owns Allied Waste and is said to have its eyes on taking over the city’s solid waste operations, gave $15,000 to the recently qualified city pension ballot measure backed by city councilman Carl DeMaio and Mayor Jerry Sanders…The state Republican party paid $21,000 on August 4 to stage a fund-raising bash at the Grand Del Mar Resort, owned by Doug Manchester, the La Jolla hotel mogul who has expressed an interest in buying the Union-Tribune from Beverly Hills–based Platinum Equity.

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