San Diego Political Blog: Haven't We Met before?

In response to requests I received for the names of people I alluded to in last week’s commentary Too many years of inbreeding I’m providing a list of mayor Kevin Faulconer’s recent appointees, plus a brief description of who they are. 

Many names will be familiar to those of you who have been following city affairs over the years.  For others, the people on this list may not ring a bell; like the city’s water and sewer pipes they tend to operate beneath the surface.  Their organizational interconnectedness and crossovers, however, are readily identifiable by one and all.

What might cause you to blink once or twice as you scan the list below is how Kevin Faulconer has surrounded himself with people whose affiliations are at odds with his campaign posture as a "moderate" Republican. 

(For those of you interested in crossovers, you'll find a good description of the city hall game of Chinese Checkers in this 2009 Reader story.  Be assured, the game is still being played.) 

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s leadership team 
* Stephen Puetz - Chief of Staff VP at Revolvis/a full-service Republican consulting firm. Campaign manager for Kevin Faulconer.  Political consultant for Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman, Carl DeMaio.  Staffed Faulconer in Council District 2 
* Jaymie Bradford -- Chief of Policy Staffed Carl DeMaio, Jerry Sanders, Todd Gloria.  Legislative advocate on SANDAG.  Internal communications for Building Industry Association.  SD Chamber of Commerce public policy committee 
* Felipe Monroig -- Chief of Community Engagement Attorney.  CEO for SD Taxpayers Assn.  Carl DeMaio’s chief of staff.  Worked for DeMaio’s Performance Institute 
* Matt Awbrey -- Chief of Communications Formerly staffed Fauconer D2.  SD Chamber of Commerce public policy committee 
* Craig Gustafson -- Press Secretary Former reporter at U-T San Diego 

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s transition team 
* Tony Young Former SD council president.  Former CEO at SD Red Cross.  Presumed new chief at Civic San Diego?
* Steve Cushman Businessman.  Chair, SD Chamber of Commerce. Chair, SD Convention Center.  Board of Downtown SD Partnership.  Chair at SD Port Commission.  SD Red Cross. Special assistant to former mayor Jerry Sanders 
Sharon Cloward Pres, SD Port Tenants Association.  Board, SD Convention Center Corp. Board SD Fleet Week Foundation.   One of several women accusing former mayor Bob Filner of harassment 
* Ronne Froman Rear Admiral U.S. Navy Ret.  CEO at SD Red Cross.  COO in mayor Jerry Sanders administration.  Senior VP General Atomics.  Married to Linden Blue/ co-owner of General Atomics (San Diego's largest defense contractor and developer of Predator drones).  Chief of business operations, SD Unified School District.   One of several women accusing former mayor Bob Filner of harassment
* Aimee Faucett Chief of staff for councilmembers Kevin Faulconer, Jim Madaffer.  Executive VP & COO of SD Regional Chamber of Commerce   
* Bill Geppert Former general manager Cox Communications.  Past chair SD Regional Chamber Commerce.  SD Regional Economic Development Corp.  Organized efforts for choosing Faulconer as Republican Party candidate 
* Kris Michell CEO Downtown SD Partnership.  Former chief of staff to mayors Golding and Sanders.  SD Regional Chamber of Commerce public policy committee.  Balboa Park Centennial board.  VP govt relations for SD Padres 
* Vince Mudd businessman.  SD regional Chamber of Commerce.  SD Regional Economic Development Corp.  Chair SD Red Cross.  Advisor to mayor Sanders 
* Bob Nelson Advertising, public affairs.  Melded consulting agency with public relations firm Porter Novelli – where Kevin Faulconer was VP.   SD Port Commission.  SD Convention Center Corp 
* Joseph D. Panetta CEO of trade association for biotech/life science industry.  SD regional Chamber of Commerce.  SD Regional Economic Development Corp 
* Faith Bautista Businesswoman.  CEO, Natl Asian American Coalition. Board of SD Regional Chamber of Commerce 
* Lani Lutar Former SD Taxpayers Assn.  Asian Business Association. Executive Director, Equinox Center 
* William D. Lynch Investment banking.  Chair of Republican Lincoln Club.  Executive committee SD Regional Airport 
* Jennifer Jacobs Public relations. Political consultant. Past director SD Lincoln Club.  Republican Party central committee.  Independent Super PAC for Carl DeMaio
*  Ure Kretowicz Developer.  Real estate investment.  CEO Cornerstone 
Communities.  Building Industry Assn-PAC.  SD Lincoln Club 
* Michael Zucchet Former city councilman.  General manager SD Municipal Employees Assn 
* Brian Marvel Pres. SD Police Officers Association 
* Nicole Murray-Ramirez Columnist for the LGBT Weekly.  Member of Human Rights Commission 
* Father Joe Carroll Founder, Father Joe’s Villages 
* Dan Hom Businessman.  Asian Business Association.  Political candidate for Chula Vista council seat 
* Tony Manolatos Former Faulconer aide.  Pres, By George Strategies.  Former U-T reporter 
* Sam Bedwell Administrator, SD American African Coalition 
* Adbur-Rahim Hameed CEO, National Black Contractors Association 
* Susan Jester Public relations.  Pres. Log Cabin Republicans.  AIDS Walk San Diego 
* Byeong Dae Kim Businessman.  Chair Korean-American Assn of SD.  Pres., Korean Chamber of Commerce 
* Pastor Rickey Laster New Assurance Baptist Church 
* Blanca Lopez Brown Teacher/businesswoman.  Political candidate for District 4 city council office 
* Kristen Victor Building consultant, founder of Sustainability Matters 
* Pastor Walter G. Wells Mt. Erie Baptist Church 
* Barbara Ybarra Public affairs consultant, Ybarra Company 
* Leslie Kilpatrick Pres. SD Association of Realtors

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