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Georgette Gomez makes money from gays and work

Georgette Gomez, a former San Diego City Council member, collected $3,000 from the Barona Band of Mission Indians on March 21.

The Dem-on-Dem race is expensive

Serious special-interest funds continue to pour into the Democratic-vs.-Democrat 80th District special election race to replace resigned Assembly Democrat Lorena Gonzalez April 5. Georgette Gomeza former member of the San Diego City Council, recovered $3,000 from the Barona Mission Indian Band on March 21. Other donors included Equality California PAC ($4,900, March 21), the LGBT Caucus Leadership Fund ($4,900, March 18), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 569 PAC ($4,900, March 19 ) and local California Optometric Assoc PAC $4,900, March 14).

Grinning Georgette Gomez wins a generous group of donors.

A separate pro-Gomez fund, calling itself “Nurses and Educators for Georgette Gomez for Assembly 2022, sponsored by labor organizations,” received even larger sums, including $20,000 from the Lesbian Caucus Leadership Fund , gay, bisexual and transgender on March 18 and $100,000 Million More Voters sponsored by the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO on March 10.

(The money behind the gay steering committee, a Jan. 26 filing, includes $25,000 from the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California PAC, received Sept. 14 last year, and $8,000 from the giant Verizon mobile phone on the same day.) The State of California Council of Service Employees political committee donated $85,000 to the pro-Gomez committee on March 9, and the PACE of California School Employees Association donated $50,000, also March 9. Committee expenses included $77,500 for a “TV ad” on March 17. $22,608.58 for a sender the day before and $15,000 for a ballot on March 15.

Meanwhile, Gomez’s opponent David Alvarezanother former San Diego City Council member, received $3,500 from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation on March 21, as well as $1,500 from the federal PAC from Caterpillar, Inc. The day before, Ben Badiee of Badiee Development, Inc. came up with $4,900. The La Jolla-based developer recently jostled for new industrial space in the state capital, Sacramento, this city business diary reported on January 28 this year.

“I just see Sacramento was not on the map for institutional investors,” Badiee told the publication of the $250 million in projects he is looking to launch there. “Badiee Development has already started work on its first project, called Metro Air Park Logistics Center I,” according to the account. “This project consists of two industrial buildings of 183,000 and 125,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by August.” On March 17, Alvarez received money from the Barona Band of Mission Indians ($3,000), California Credit Union League PAC ($2,500), DoorDash, Inc. ($4,900), and California Permanente. Medical Groups CAP ($2,000).

Silver Marks Spot Marks

An independent campaign fund promoting Jordan Marksone of the principal assistants of San Diego Assessor Ernest Dronenberg, receives a lot of money from traditional Republican funding sources. Lawyer Marks prepares to fight with former San Diego City Council Democrat Barbara Bry to replace the departing Dronenberg.

Jordan Marks: going from assistant to evaluator?

At the top of the list of pro-Marks donors is the financier David Malcolm, of which La Playa LLC paid $5,000 on March 16 to San Diegans for tax fairness in support of Jordan Marks for Assessor 2022. In April 2003, Malcolm pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge relating to his acceptance of a monthly fee of $20,000 from San Diego. Duke Energy, tenant of the Unified Port District, while dealing with the company as Harbor Commissioner. Collecting more than a quarter of a million dollars in fines and costs, Malcolm served 80 days of a 120-day sentence under a work leave program. He later asked a judge to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor and then dismiss the case entirely, restoring his voting privilege. Malcolm was a longtime donor to charities run by the late Father Joe Carrollwho, on February 24, 2010, Union-Tribune the dispatch praised his benefactor’s sharp operating style. “You’re not going anywhere if you don’t push the limits… He’s very opportunistic. It’s in his nature. He is looking for bargains.

Another insider donor to the pro-Marks cause is a lawyer Brian Selzer of downtown law and real estate lobbying firm Seltzer, Caplan, which found $5,000 on March 4. Marks has also raised money for his personally controlled campaign committee, with donors such as Gabriel Matthew of Lakeside’s Christian Brothers Emergency Building Services ($1,800, March 22), real estate mogul Sumeet Parek of HP Investors ($1,000, March 21), former La Mesa Planning Commissioner Robert Dugan ($1000, March 18), developer John C. Raymond des Compagnies Raymond, ($1,800, March 17), lawyer Kenneth Lounsbery by Lounsbery Ferguson ($1,800, March 17), Philippe Teyssier of Atomic Investments ($1,300, March 16) and developer Michael Furby of Marathon Construction Corp. ($1,000, March 13). No 2022 fundraising disclosure for Bry has been posted online by the county. According to a Jan. 25 filing covering 2021, his election committee raised $156,610 and had $113,631 in cash in the bank on Dec. 31. Donors included a lawyer Cory Briggs ($250, December 21), Daniel Bradbury from Equilibrium, Inc. ($900, Nov. 24), Geoffrey Berg from the Inland Industries group ($900, November 5), John Kratzer from JMI Realty ($1,800, Dec. 31), and Gregorio Gallicot from controversial troop phone provider BBG Communications ($1,800, Oct. 11).

—Matt Potter


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