Tom Blair, the longtime columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune and former editor in chief of San Diego Magazine, has joined California Strategies LLC.

California Strategies specializes in public affairs, government relations and media relations. The business was founded by Bob White, a longtime aide to Pete Wilson, who served as California governor, senator and San Diego mayor.

In a statement, California Strategies said Blair will work with company principals Ben Haddad and Craig Benedetto “in nurturing and maintaining day-to-day contact with members of the media, providing communications insights for clients and when needed, quick response crisis communications.”