Republican mayor Kevin Faulconer has picked up yet another contribution to his One San Diego non-profit corporation from a well-heeled donor with business at city hall. In a July 28 filing with the city clerk’s office, the mayor reveals the charity, of which his wife Katherine is honorary chairwoman, got $15,000 from Cox Communications, the giant cable company covering about half of the city. Previous contributors to the non-profit have included utility giant SDG&E, whose parent Sempra Energy has been lobbying heavily against utility rate regulation measures.
A July 31 disclosure filing says Sempra spent $66,276 battling a city council rate reform resolution in the second quarter of the year. Other special interest donors to the Faulconer fund include Pardee Homes, Vulcan Materials, and Petco Park tenant Padres L.P., each with $5000.
Meanwhile, ex-city councilman Tony Young, president of One San Diego, continues to prosper as a lobbyist. The July 30 financial disclosure report for his firm Civic Link Strategies, says the outfit received $15,000 from SDG&E to battle the city council rate resolution. It also got $15,000 from shopping mall developer Westfield Corporation to muster “support for an economic development strategy relating to Horton Plaza and [University Town Center].”
In addition, Young’s firm was paid $5000 by San Francisco’s Zirx, a start-up specializing in on-demand personal transportation. According to Young’s filing, he worked on behalf of “implementation of Zirx business model in city limits.”