AEG greases mayor's palm

So do Sunroad and mayor's mom

Valley View Casino Center
  • Valley View Casino Center
  • Image by Gateman1997/Creative Commons

San Diego cash arena As word percolates that AEG Management, the Los Angeles-based operator of San Diego’s city-owned Valley View Casino Center (formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena), is lobbying for a lucrative five-to seven-year lease extension, a conveniently-timed contribution by the company to mayor Kevin Faulconer’s One San Diego charity has turned up. AEG gave $5000 to the mayor’s charitable non-profit on March 2, per an April 10 disclosure report filed by the mayor with the city clerk’s office. Other special interests tithing $5000 to the Faulconer fund last month included Sunroad Asset Management, enmeshed in a 2013 pay-to-play scandal during the era of fallen Democratic mayor Bob Filner. Developer H.G. Fenton, Suffolk Construction, Padres L.P., Monarch Group, and Soapy Joe’s Carwash of El Cajon, run by Lorens Attisha, each kicked in the same.

Among other $5000 contributors was the mayor’s mother Kay Faulconer Boger, formerly a Ventura county consultant employed for the last six months as interim vice president of instruction in the continuing education program of the San Diego Community College District, per her LinkedIn profile. The biggest donor was Arkansas retail giant Walmart, with $15,000 on March 20. Campaign finance records show AEG executives have given a total of $3500 to Faulconer’s mayoral campaigns in 2014 and 2016.

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Interesting links, Matt. The first goes to a Google search of Voice of San Diego. It brings up interesting stuff but that's an unusual way to do it. The last link is dead except for those who don't mind exposing themselves to a data aggregator. Aren't Reader readers too smart to use LinkedIn or Fecebook?

All in all, another example of your remarkable diligence, and I'm sure our fine Mayor is also grateful. Thanks Matt.

I see the Council on Dec. 4 is set to approve the renaming of Valley View Casino Center to Pechanga Arena San Diego, with signage rights.

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