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Monday, January 21, 2013
ARCHIVE / 2013 SAN DIEGO POWER BROKERS
THE BIG POWER LIST—Thirty-one years ago, I pitched San Diego Magazine, a freelance idea that became a powerbroker list
called “82 to Watch in 1982.” Later
editors at SDMag changed the name of the annual list to “50 to Watch.” Such lists are staples of city magazine
features and as ex-editor in chief of San
Francisco Magazine, SD Home/Garden
Lifestyles, PSA Magazine and, Exec.
Editor of San Diego Magazine, I have
a lot of experience. The other day I saw
an opportunity to come up with another new list. This time—just for fun.
Voice of San Diego newsblog recently surmised there are 20 or so power
brokers in San Diego, who have a tremendous influence on how this city is
brought up the subject but didn’t give us a list.
No one asked us, but after going
through a Rolodex’s worth of contacts here is Pillar to Post’s “Big List of San Diego Powerbrokers” (including
lieutenants if appropriate):
--Bob Filner, Mayor, Point: Vince
--Todd Gloria, President/City Council
--Susan Davis, Congresswoman, Old Guard, Democrat
--Scott Peters, Congressman, New Guard, Democrat
--Duncan Hunter, Congressman, Old Guard Republican, 2nd
--Christine Kehoe, State Senator
--Toni Atkins, Assemblywoman
--Bonnie Dumanis, District Attorney
--Gary Gallegos, SANDAG
--John Lee Evans, SD Unified School, Point: Scott Barnett
--Ann Moore, Port Commissioner
THE OLD GUARD.
--Malin Burnham, real estate, philanthropist,
--Ron Fowler, beverage industry, San Diego Padres
--Robert Payne, hotels,
--Bill Evans, hotels, 2nd generation
--Jack Goodall, restaurants
--Tom Sudberry, real estate
--Michael McKinnon, Sr., media
--Laura Duffy, US Attorney, Law enforcement --Robert Caplan, Real Property Law
--Jerry Sanders because he’s Jerry Sanders
--Keith Jones, parking facilities, 2nd generation
--Carol Wallace, SD Convention Center, Points: Phil Blair and Nikki Clay.
As world eyes focused on the horror in Mali, it reminds of
how dangerous being a war reporter can be.
Not often mentioned (until a University of North Carolina journalism
forum** attended by Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondents Chris Hedges
and David Zucchino) is how war zone reporting often becomes a personal
addiction. Both Hedges and Zucchino nodded
in agreement that they were hooked. As
we post this word is French journalist Yves Debay was killed on the job in
Last week a fascinating example of war coverage was
published on page one of the LA Times.
It’s a story by LAT’s David Zucchino about an Afghan warlord who is paid
handsomely to keep the Taliban at bay.
Zucchino’s report from Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan is riveting. Titled “America’s chief ally” [LA Times, Jan. 13, 2012], the posting is at
the following link:
She won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for her coverage 2004, for
her coverage of the siege of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.
Zucchino won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for a series titled
"Being Black in South Africa" and is a four-time Pulitzer finalist,
most recently for his reporting from Iraq in 2003. His books include The Myth
of the Welfare Queen (1997) and Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture
Jan Percival, a
former president of the SD Press Club, landed tickets to the Inauguration of
President Barack Obama. She’s been in DC
since Friday taking in the classy media museum aptly called Newseum on
Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Capital steps.
Jan, one of San Diego’s hardest working PR types, is sharing images of
her adventure as we speak here and on facebook.
THE RENO DISPATCH.
Our town’s prolific corresponded Jamie Reno has posted on his blog a
very moving piece regarding his special relationship with the ‘Nam era US.
Marines, who were the last to leave Saigon. His world exclusive can be linked
Dean Calbreath, who distinguished himself as a first rate newsman
in San Diego is now on staff of the 127-year-old San Diego Daily Transcript.
Dean was with the Union-Tribune
from 1997 to 2012. Recent Calbreath
story was on the delays at City Hall regarding finalizing an ambulance
FILNER FOR BREAKFAST.
Mayor Bob Filner headlines the SD
Press Club’s first of the year Newsmakers 2013 breakfast, 7:30 am Jan. 31, at
the downtown campus of the New School of Architecture and Design, 1249 F
Street, reports event chair Roger Showley (UT San Diego).
Moderated by Gene Cubbison of NBC7,
the tab is $10 for SD Press Club members and students and $15 for others. RSVP a must: email@example.com or 619-231-4340.
KOCH AS IN COOK.
The San Diego Business Journal has named Greg Koch of Stone Brewing
Co., Escondido, as its 2012 most admired CEO.
The craft beer guru was picked by the newspaper for its annual feature
from among 106 finalists.