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Wednesday, July 22,2015
Spin Cycle

The nomination of Bob Ottilie

Ethics Commission spat goes public

By John R. Lamb
He is a mayor who is all smiles publicly. But the latest City Hall fracas facing Kevin Faulconer likely has evoked a private frowny face or two.
Wednesday, July 8,2015
Spin Cycle

If Mayor Faulconer were Superman…

Our metropolis as seen by a political man of steel

By John R. Lamb
Hey everybody! How’s that for an entrance? Beats the leotard off last year’s zip-line arrival, eh? Yeah, that harness left a few marks, if you know what I mean. Plus I had to share the spotlight with then-City Council President Todd Gloria.
Tuesday, June 23,2015
Spin Cycle

Activist lawyer offers Plan B for stadium, center expansion

Cory Briggs: Raise TOT, put two initiatives on primary ballot

By John R. Lamb
It's become clear that local political leaders have hit a wall in their dealings with the San Diego Chargers on a new stadium. 
Wednesday, June 10,2015
Spin Cycle

Break out the pea shooters!

Amid stadium talks, mayoral political ops suit up

By John R. Lamb
On Monday, as this city hurtles toward another election cycle in 2016, Mayor Kevin Faulconer laid out a game plan that would have city voters weigh in on a still-to-be-negotiated stadium plan for the San Diego Chargers by Dec. 15 of this year.
Wednesday, May 27,2015
Spin Cycle

'It’s go time' for Mayor Faulconer

Decision time arriving on Chargers stadium

By John R. Lamb
A local sports-radio commentator recently asked—rhetorically—when Mayor Kevin Faulconer planned to put on his “big-boy pants” in the fight to keep the San Diego Chargers from leaving town.
Wednesday, May 13,2015
Spin Cycle

Set your politicians on 'Stun!'

Convention Center expansion woes prompt privatization talk

By John R. Lamb
Public officials who claim to be “shocked” at anything these days should come equipped with a large grain of salt. The most recent example? Last week’s City Council review of next year’s proposed budget for the San Diego Convention Center Corp. had everything.
Wednesday, April 29,2015
Spin Cycle

Political May daze

A nightmare scenario breweth for Faulconer

By John R. Lamb

Establishing shot: A picture-postcard day in the cultural heart of the city, Balboa Park. (Take that, Rob Quigley!) The new “living room,” to be precise, in the ever-evolving Plaza de Panama.

Wednesday, April 15,2015
Spin Cycle

No guts, no Gloria

You can almost hear the helium hissing out of the local Democratic Party’s 2016 balloon

By John R. Lamb
When termed-out San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria announced his decision last week to seek the seat of outgoing state Assemblymember Toni Atkins, rather than wage battle to be San Diego’s mayor, you could almost hear the helium hissing out of the local Democratic Party’s 2016 balloon.
Wednesday, April 1,2015
Spin Cycle

Teeth are bared in Chargers fight

Stadium foes are smiling, snarling

By John R. Lamb
In every political drama, there comes the shark-jumping moment. In the escalating Charger’s stadium war of words, the media battleship U-T San Diego may have produced it last weekend with an article that posed the question: “Did Mark Fabiani jinx the Chargers-Raiders stadium plan for Carson?” 
Wednesday, March 18,2015
Spin Cycle

Kevin Faulconer is winging it

Mayor’s PR machine is no match for the Chargers

By John R. Lamb
On the keep-the-Chargers-from-bolting front, it’s gotten so bad for Mayor Kevin Faulconer that even Republican-friendly KUSI is stirring it up.