Lawyers’ feast

Irwin Jacobs
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A campaign committee backing a drive by Democratic Qualcomm co-founder and La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs and allies to counter the GOP’s effort to repeal the city’s new minimum-wage ordinance may have the longest name in local political history: “Hard Working San Diegans for Earned Sick Days and Minimum Wage; a Coalition of Community Non-Profits, Employee Organizations, Local Businesses, Faith-Based Organizations and Council President Todd Gloria.” …

The San Diego Association of Governments, the giant tax-funded bureaucracy that controls everything from airport planning to how wide freeways will get, is looking to lawyer up in a big way. According to an August 11 request for qualifications, the agency “believes there is a reasonable possibility of $13,800,000 of outside counsel services in all requested categories of law over the five-year period beginning approximately January 2015 and ending approximately December 2019.” … Freshman Democratic congressman Scott Peters, running against Republican ex–San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio for reelection, has been dumping municipal bonds from his sizable personal portfolio, a recent disclosure shows. On July 1, Peters sold Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation bonds, Los Angeles Unified School District bonds, and San Francisco revenue bonds, along with L.A. wastewater bonds. Each sale was valued between $500,001 and $1 million, according to the filing. …

GOP city councilman Mark Kersey is out with his semi-monthly “Kersey Report” bearing ostensibly inside tips and advice for constituents. Those looking for an explanation of Kersey’s positions on taxes, the need for a new football stadium, or hiking the minimum wage will be disappointed: “If someone is experiencing heat stroke, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. If you’re near a pool, be sure to keep a close eye on any children and don’t let them swim unattended. Constant supervision is important to keep kids safe.”

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If only Kersey had written: "If you have a toothache, see your dentist as soon as possible." Then we'd know he's really on top of things!

I liked these items. Irwin Jacobs needs a brand-expert to improve the name of his committee: he can start by getting rid of the City Council President's name -- a person who was recently mistakenly called "Gloria Todd" in the LA Times. Also, should I too dump bonds? Does Congressman Scott Peters know something I don't? And Councilman Mark Kersey's good advice might include: don't forget to look left, right, left when crossing a street. Also, never teach a 9-year-old Arizona girl to shoot an UZI. Better safe than sorry.

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