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Critic of mayor alleges Chargers trip to Denver violated campaign law

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Thursday, June 3

    ESCONDIDO — An Escondido citizen has filed a complaint against Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler with California’s political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission.
    Robroy Fawcett, a critic of the mayor, alleged in his May 21 complaint that Pfeiler did not correctly report gifts from the Chargers when she took a trip in November with the team to watch it play the Broncos.
    The city was trying to persuade the Chargers to build a stadium in Escondido at the time, but Pfeiler said she was invited by the Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation, not the Chargers.
    She said she went as mayor and a former foundation board member to promote the new $925 million Palomar Medical Center West on Citracado Parkway to Chargers owner Dean Spanos.
    She flew to Denver in a Chargers’ plane and rode the team’s bus to a hotel, where the Chargers held a room for her and everyone on the trip. She watched the game in a luxury box and had dinner with Spanos and his wife. Spanos paid for the dinner.
    When she returned to Escondido, the city reimbursed the foundation for the hotel and airfare. She also disclosed in her economic interest statement that the foundation gave her a $375 seat at the game and transportation from the airport to the hotel. She further reported that the Spanoses paid $95 for her dinner.
    Fawcett said that Pfeiler’s gifts actually all came from the Chargers, and she should have reported them as such. Those gifts, if attributed entirely to the football team, would have exceeded the Fair Political Practices regulation of $420 per source.
    Pfeiler said she reported her gifts as accurately as possible.
    “I didn’t go to Denver to bring the Chargers to Escondido,” she said. “This was a continuing opportunity to let them know about Escondido.”
    The commission’s executive director, Roman Porter, said he received the complaint last week, and the commission will decide within 14 days whether to investigate.
    If Pfeiler violated rules, she could be fined up to $5,000 for each infraction, Porter said.
  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Please don't let this turn into a repeat of those *******s who constantly sued the city to delay petco park
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Particularly in this economic climate, Charger fans who support a new stadium are in the vast minority.

    Pass the marijuana initiative on Nov.2, get your state back onto something of an even keel, & get the billionaire Spanos family to make a REAL financial commitment ... then you MAY see a new stadium.

    Otherwise, it's the Q for a few more years & then say adios to the Chargers, San Diego. Too bad the local fans will have to pay the price for a few ignorant politicians & a greedy family.

    Maybe Spanos will use his personally financed Swift boats to move the team.
  4. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005

    Yup. Bruce Henderson and his cohorts only succeeded in adding $250 million to the cost of PetCo.
  5. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Not to mention crippling the Padres chances of putting together a better team as they handed out expensive extensions to Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko while planning on moving into the new stadium in 2002.
  6. Boltergeist

    Boltergeist BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Don't forget key allies Aguirre and Donna "just say no to everything" Frye (except for the labor unions / pension agenda she backs that is ironically at the epicenter of San Diego's fiscal crisis)
  7. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2006
    While I support passing a marijuana initiative it will not do anything for CA's finances and any new revenues it generates will just be new spending by the idiots that run this state (and they'll spend a couple thousand percent above actual revenues).

    Spanos doesn't have to do chiat just because he has money and I'd be nervous too with the political circus that is San Diego.
  8. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    Not to mention the problems in the expansion plans of the Convention Center.

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