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|30th Mayor of San Diego|
May 3, 1983 – December 5, 1985
|Preceded by||William E. Cleator, Sr. (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Ed Struiksma (acting)|
|Born||Roger Allan Hedgecock
May 2, 1946
|Residence||San Diego, California|
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Barbara
Hastings Law School
|Profession||Radio Talk Show Host, Politician|
Roger Allan Hedgecock (born May 2, 1946) is a Republican talk radio host and former mayor of San Diego, California. His show is syndicated by Radio America. Hedgecock still resides in San Diego. He is married to Cindy Hedgecock, and they have two sons, James and Christopher.
Early life 
Hedgecock was born in Compton, California. When Hedgecock was ten years old, his family moved to the Loma Portal section of San Diego. His father was unable to work because of illness. The family faced tough times, and the younger Hedgecock worked various jobs in his youth. Since his youth, he has been an avid surfer.
He graduated from the Roman Catholic-affiliated St. Augustine High School. He received a bachelor's degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968 and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1971. He practiced law and became city attorney for Del Mar in 1974.
Hedgecock first became active in politics at an early age, having volunteered to work in U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater's 1964 Presidential campaign. In 1976, he was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and served until 1983, having become the youngest person to have served as a county supervisor in San Diego. In 1983 he was elected mayor of San Diego. Although San Diego municipal elections are "non-partisan" (i.e., party affiliation is not listed on the ballot), Hedgecock ran as a "progressive" Republican. He campaigned to stop the "Los Angelization" of San Diego, a term in San Diego politics synonymous with the uncontrolled urban and suburban development, overcrowding and pollution of Los Angeles.
In 1985 he was forced from office, after a second trial found him guilty of one count of conspiracy and twelve counts of perjury, related to the alleged failure to report all campaign contributions. Since California, like most states, does not allow convicted felons to hold elected office, Hedgecock was forced to resign on December 5. His first trial had ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury after the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction. However, two of the 12 jurors in the first trial submitted sworn statements that the jury bailiff, Al Burroughs, provided them alcohol and tried to pressure them into finding Hedgecock guilty. State prosecutors then conducted an investigation into the possibility of criminal jury tampering. As part of the investigation, Burroughs admitted trying to influence the verdict. Under California Superior Court rules, any attempt on a bailiff's part to influence a verdict is "serious misconduct" that can be grounds for reversal. However, prosecutors refused to release the transcripts of their investigation interviews to Hedgecock's attorneys.
An appellate court in San Diego ruled in 1988, that the judge that presided over the second trial " -- who had announced from the bench that he believed Hedgecock was guilty -- was wrong to block release of" those transcripts to the defendant. Nevertheless, Hedgecock was still denied access to those documents for two more years until he appealed to the California Supreme Court, which ordered the transcripts released. In that appeal, the Supreme court threw out the 12 perjury convictions and set aside the remaining conspiracy charge pending a hearing on Hedgcock's motion for a jury trial on grounds of jury tampering.
The defense finally obtained the transcripts in October 1990. The next month, Hedgecock reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in return for no jail time or retrial. As part of the deal, a judge reduced the felony to a misdemeanor and dismissed the case on December 31,
Radio and Television 
With the controversy ending his political career, Hedgecock became a talk show host four days after resigning. Despite having been a moderate Republican as a County Supervisor and Mayor, as a talk show host and practicing Roman Catholic, he moved rightward by taking conservative stances on most political, economic, and social issues, especially opposition to illegal immigration, abortion, homosexuality, and equal rights under the law for homosexuals, even though he courted the gay/lesbian vote during his campaigns for County Supervisor and Mayor of San Diego, and in October 2011 endorsed fellow Republican and San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, an openly gay member of the San Diego City Council. He frequently speaks against environmental extremism, despite having been a spokesman, in his early career, for the Sierra Club. His ratings were initially fueled by his campaign contribution controversy, but he still remains a popular commentator among conservatives. He has done simulcasts with talk hosts from other areas of the country, such as Lars Larson of AM 750 KXL in Portland, Oregon, and often does transatlantic simulcasts with James Whale on the British station, talkSPORT, and was also, until October 2007, a frequent guest host for the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show.
Hedgecock's weekday radio show began in 1985 on San Diego's KSDO and later moved to AM 600 KOGO.
As of Wednesday, January 23, 2008, he expanded his show to four hours, so that the program started at 3 p.m. and ended at 7 p.m. Pacific time. The fourth hour was later dropped and the program now runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time..
Hedgecock also has a television show, The Roger Hedgecock Show, on San Diego's U-T TV weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon (Pacific time). It is carried on Cox television channel 114 and is streamed live on the internet at www.utsandiego.com/tv. Beginning in November 2007, Hedgecock hosted a nationally syndicated radio talk show on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon Pacific Time; flagship station is AM 600 KOGO.
On January 5, 2009, his show began being syndicated nationwide by the Radio America network. Originally, the plan was for the fourth hour of the show to continue only on KOGO and continue discussion of topics relevant to the local San Diego/southern California audience, but KOGO later decided to drop the fourth hour altogether, thus bringing to an end the "Community Forum" that had been his focus since the show's inception in 1986.
In November 2011, it was announced that Hedgeock would be leaving KOGO for radio station AM 760 KFMB, San Diego's CBS radio and TV network affiliate. His weekday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific time broadcast debuted there on Monday, January 2, 2012. The show includes topics and discussion relevant to the San Diego/southern California audience.
Other endeavors 
In his early years, entrepreneur Hedgecock tried his hand at music concert promotions. One notable co-production of his was the 1969 Mother's Day concert at Aztec Bowl (now the site of Viejas Arena, SDSU). Performers included Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, and Santana. In the naive months before the infamous Altamont Free Concert, security was provided by the local Hells Angels motorcycle club, to whom Hedgecock paid a signing bonus of a case of Jack Daniel's.
He also works as a lobbyist, authored books, and has a career on the lecture circuit.
Hedgecock formerly owned a restaurant in downtown San Diego named Roger's on Fifth. It is now called George's on Fifth or G5.
Hedgecock has appeared at several Tea Party events.
In 1986 he formed a band with well-known San Diego journalist Thomas K. Arnold called the Arnold-Hedgecock Experience. (Arnold was a writer for The Reader, San Diego Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications; in the early 1980s he also engineered 1960s pop star Gary Puckett's comeback.) They recorded a cover of "Louie, Louie" and donated proceeds to St. Vincent de Paul, a local charity; they played several concerts around town, including opening for the Kingsmen in Oceanside in front of 10,000 people.
- San Diego City Beat, Jan. 21, 2004
- Horstman, Barry (January 12, 1986). "Mayor's Race in San Diego Shaping Up as 3-Way Battle". Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- Abrahamson, Alan (February 2, 1992). "Bailiff's Bias in Hedgecock Trial Disclosed". Los Angeles Times.
- "Kicks: San Diego's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine". Thomas K. Arnold, Publisher. 1980 interview with Roger Hedgcock.
- Horstman, Barry (October 5, 1986). "Hedgecock : Enjoying Life Beyond Politics Despite a Lingering Legal Cloud". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2012.
- Roger Hedgecock's website
- DeMaio Critics Bash Recent Endorsements, Refusal to Debate
- Hedgecock out at KOGO, in at KFMB...
William E. Cleator, Sr.
|Mayor of San Diego, California