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The Tricky Intersection Of Politics And Philanthropy

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KPBS -- The worlds of politics and philanthropy collided earlier this summer when the San Diego City Council approved a controversial plan to revamp parts of Balboa Park. The man behind the plan is billionaire Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs. Some praised Jacobs for his involvement. Others blasted him for using his money to get what he wants. But Jacobs is certainly not the only philanthropist to weigh in on the city’s future.

Philanthropy has long played a role in shaping San Diego, whether the gifts come from everyday citizens or bigger donors. And recent talks about renovating Balboa Park have started a discussion about the role philanthropy plays in local government.(Full Story)

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