John R. Lamb


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However, if we’re to judge by past election results, one thing we can all agree on is the desire to be fully informed when elected officials make critical decisions. Seems logical, right? more

Nov 8, 2017 11:04 AM Spin Cycle


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Last week, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan issued a reasonless statement that she had passed the criminal investigation into Councilmember Chris Cate’s leak of a confidential city memo to the state Attorney General. more

Oct 25, 2017 10:59 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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That fading light we see in the distance is San Diego Councilmember Chris Cate’s dimming prospects of being a contender in the 2020 mayoral sweepstakes. more

Oct 11, 2017 11:10 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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Last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer let it be known how he feels about people checking rear-view mirrors to critique San Diego’s slow-to-develop approach to tackling the worst Hepatitis A outbreak in modern history. more

Sep 27, 2017 11:53 AM Spin Cycle 3 Comments


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Now a Monday through Friday oasis of assistance and empathy for San Diego’s downtrodden, the office faces an uncertain future. Grant funding for the office—a converted study room on the Central Library’s third floor—runs out at the end of the month. more

Sep 12, 2017 6:02 PM Spin Cycle


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Last week, San Diego political leaders were high-fiving over the pulling of an old-time plaque from downtown’s Horton Plaza Park honoring the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. more

Aug 23, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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In this tensed-up world, it’s somewhat comforting to know that even white supremacists sometimes disagree on tactics. more

Aug 16, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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Behold, the public records request. Without it, San Diegans might still be in the dark about the San Diego Association of Government’s shenanigans, secret SoccerCity shindigs and city pension pooch-screwing. more

Aug 9, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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I’m in the race,” Kersey said emphatically. “Sacramento impacts our daily lives, and we need people up in Sacramento who have proven records of bipartisan problem-solving. And that’s what I’ve done on the City Council for the last five years.” more

Aug 2, 2017 10:20 AM Spin Cycle


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The race to replace termed-out county Supervisor Ron Roberts could be the political boxing match of 2018. more

Jul 25, 2017 5:03 PM Spin Cycle


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As San Diego preps once again to become the center of the pop-culture universe and whisks its homeless off downtown sidewalks, Spin Cycle would like to turn readers’ attention to the “comic” portion of Comic-Con. more

Jul 18, 2017 4:57 PM Spin Cycle


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Fletcher—the former Republican State Assemblyman who dabbled in independence before becoming a Democrat—sent out an email Tuesday morning announcing his intentions. more

Jul 12, 2017 9:00 AM Spin Cycle


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Not since the Ross Perot presidential-run days of the ‘90s has the word “interesting” peppered our local political lexicon. more

Jun 28, 2017 9:33 AM Spin Cycle


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His dream of a special election this year on life support, Mayor Kevin Faulconer probably didn’t need to hear what someone shouted during last week’s commencement ceremony from the Dalai Lama at UC San Diego. more

Jun 21, 2017 10:27 AM Spin Cycle


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Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s foray into force fizzled because: a.) he seems ill-suited for strong-arm tactics, or; b.) labor rules the minds of the San Diego City Council Democratic majority? more

Jun 13, 2017 5:35 PM Spin Cycle 1 Comments


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Immediately after the meeting, Mayor Faulconer dropped the pleasantries and unsheathed his veto sword. more

Jun 7, 2017 8:48 AM Spin Cycle


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So while you’re missing out on the self-congratulatory coziness of the Goldens—with its feel-good blend of alcohol, rubber chicken and cut-glass trophies—keep in mind attending the Spinnies costs you nothing. more

May 31, 2017 11:13 AM Spin Cycle


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Just a few days after dropping his bombshell resignation from the San Diego Port Commission, Bob Nelson had his personal trainer in mind while pondering breakfast options at Hob Nob Hill in Bankers Hill. more

May 24, 2017 11:18 AM Spin Cycle 1 Comments

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The headline in the San Diego Union-Tribune last week seemed more fitting for a salacious tabloid or TMZ than the normally staid local mainstream daily. more

May 16, 2017 6:26 PM Spin Cycle


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For a group of veteran elected leaders tapped to pick San Diego County’s next top prosecutor, the Board of Supervisors opted for defense mode. more

May 10, 2017 10:35 AM Spin Cycle

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