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Strict rules for officials' Chargers/Papres game tickets

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Strict rules enacted for officials' game tickets

    2:00 a.m. July 7, 2009

    SAN DIEGO: Elected officials have strict new rules on how they can use and distribute the free tickets the city of San Diego receives for Chargers and Padres games.

    The City Council approved a new policy yesterday that makes it harder for elected officials — mayor, City Council members and the city attorney — to use the tickets for free. The city has a 52-seat box at Qualcomm Stadium and a 26-seat suite at Petco Park. Critics have long considered the tickets a perk at taxpayer expense.

    The officials can still use the tickets if they reimburse the city for face value, treat the ticket as taxable income or use it for a public purpose. Officials also can give the tickets to nonprofit organizations or to individuals, such as rewards for city employees or local students.

    Ticket coordinators will be designated by the elected officials to distribute the tickets. The city also must list on its Web site within 30 days of distribution who used the tickets and for what public purpose.

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