Advice from ex-political boss

Denise Moreno Ducheny
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Speaking of David Alvarez, his ex-boss in the office of former South Bay Democratic state senator Denise Ducheny is raking in some big bucks from border-related city-hall lobbying of her former employee. Falcon Strategies, L.L.C., run by Clarissa Reyes Falcon, was paid $5175 to lobby on behalf of Chelsea San Diego Holdings of Roseland, New Jersey, according to Falcon’s fourth-quarter 2012 disclosure report, filed January 22. The topic involved the proposed development of the “Outlets on the Border” project in San Ysidro, located off Camino de la Plaza. The outcome sought: “Reject approval…unless the project is modified to reflect less retail outlets.” Falcon lobbied Alvarez, along with two of his staffers, along with the mayor’s office. Then there was ECKO Metals, which paid $4086 for Falcon to lobby for a “metal recycling operation” and gain approval of a “structure on Commercial Avenue.” Alvarez and fellow Democrat Marti Emerald were lobbied by Falcon for that. And there was Brown Field International Business Park, which forked over $7000 in an effort to obtain “Certification of [environmental impact report] and required local permits to allow for the development of the Brown Field International Business Park.” For that, Falcon lobbied Alvarez and his aide Melina Meza, as well as mayoral aide Denise Garcia.

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Running a photograph of former State Senator Denise Ducheny in the context of a story about City Hall lobbying activities of her former employee Clarissa Reyes Falcon makes it seem as if Denise were making money from Falcon's operation. I don't find that explicit connection after several re-readings, so how is this fair?

Denise Ducheny is a lot of things, and her husband Al Ducheny is a lot more things, but this article isn't about her or him (which is a shame, because a profile of Al Ducheny would be a great read).

The headline and photo are misleading.

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