New Faulconer Money from California Apparel Manufacturers

Some well-heeled members of the Made-in-China clothing crowd are running for former San Diego Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer to run for governor.

Gérard Guez, the king of denim, finances the future of Faulconer.

Faulconer’s Chinese Connection

Some well-heeled members of the Made-in-China clothing crowd come out for former San Diego Republican mayor Kevin Fauconerto become governor. Among them is Gerard Guez, chairman of the board of Sunrise Brands of Vernon, who donated $5,000 for Faulconer’s 2021 campaign committee on June 28. the company’s website. “Today, while Sunrise Brands remains a denim powerhouse, our product line includes casual bottoms, sweaters, pullovers, activewear, outerwear, bags and other style accessories. of life.” According to an online Dun and Bradstreet profile, “Its products are manufactured by third parties, primarily in China.”

According to a June 12 report of the Miami HeraldGuez and his wife, Jacqueline Rose own a condo in the Arte Surfside residential tower in North Miami-Dade. This is the same building where Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump are renting while their new mansion on nearby Indian Creek Island is under construction. Also among Faulconer rag trade donors, Joseph and Aliza Simsolo, owners of YS Garments, also known as Next Level Apparel, offered a total of $10,000 for the former mayor on July 7. “At Next Level Apparel, we respect the rights of every individual and care for the environment. In addition to being free of sweatshops and child labor, we take social responsibility to the next level in everything we do. Meanwhile, back home in San Diego, Morgan Dene Oliver, a developer buddy of the mayor, donated $7,500 on June 25 to Faulconer’s 2022 election committee. Oliver’s behind-the-scenes lobbying of the mayor on behalf of the ultimately failed Soccer City development in Mission Valley included intimate office luncheons and a lavish bayside wedding venue in August 2015 for the mayor’s chief of staff. Etienne Puetz.

Down at Mission Bay

As the city’s Mission Bay Park struggles to reappear in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, some self-inflicted damage to the wellbeing of the lucrative hotel and tourist magnet is called out in an assessment performance of June 29 carried out by the office of the municipal auditor. “The Real Estate Assets Department is understaffed.” according to a summary of the report. “They lost a key employee who manages Mission Bay leases in March 2020. This position was removed from the FY 2021 budget. Site visits have not been completed in the past year due to this as well as due to COVID-19. »

The document adds that “due to Assembly Bill 1486, which was signed into law in October 2019, there is now a requirement based on this Assembly Bill that all lease renewals must be subject to state review. This adds additional responsibilities to the management of Mission Bay leases. Regular monitoring is necessary, according to the audit, “to ensure compliance with rental conditions and to ensure that the property is properly maintained”. To make matters worse, the audit team discovered that an unnamed member of the Mission Bay Committee Oversight Committee/Mission Bay Improvement Fund “is currently serving more than eight consecutive years in violation of language in the [Municipal Code].”

Lobbyist Brooks Ellison is happy to work both ways.

Taxation of road journeys

Pushing a mammoth $160 billion public transportation plan, to be paid for in part by $34 billion from a so-called road tax on drivers through 2050, the Association of San Diego Governments has spent more $150,000 in lobbying fees in the first quarter of the year. The funds went to Sacramento influence peddling firm, Ellison Wilson Advocacy, LLC, run by Brooks Ellison. Since the start of the current legislative session, the company has received $308,793 of the money from the San Diego agency, according to an April 26 disclosure report. “Brooks is the managing partner of Ellison Wilson Advocacy and was called to the California bar in 1986. He began his lobbying career in 1986 with former senator Bob Wilson“, notes the website of the lobbyist. Wilson was the only Democrat among three San Diego pols, including the Republican mayor Pierre Wilson and member of the House of the GOP Bob Wilson, have the same surname. Chance was widely believed to have boosted his performance among ignorant Republican voters. Other Ellison Wilson clients include the California Tow Truck Association and the Western States Trucking Association, which skeptics fear will cause conflicts with SANDAG’s role as the region’s primary transportation arbiter.

—Matt Potter


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