Broken Promises

When then–Superior Court judge Dick Murphy was running for mayor in the fall of 2000, he made ethics his number-one campaign theme. It seemed like the perfect antidote to the Valerie Stallings influence-buying scandal and conveniently forced Murphy’s opponent, county supervisor Ron Roberts — a self-proclaimed friend of Padres owner John Moores, whose gifts to Stallings had ignited fierce controversy.

In the end, Murphy and Roberts vied for office with dueling plans for a city ethics commission. Murphy trumped Roberts by calling for subpoena power in his version and narrowly carried the election after it emerged that Roberts had repeatedly traveled gratis on a corporate jet belonging to Moores.

Once in office, however, Murphy began to backtrack from some of his more ambitious ethical promises. Although he moved early to set up the ethics commission itself, he discarded his original vow to support a lifetime prohibition on lobbying by former city employees, including city council and mayoral staff. That move was widely seen as a concession to John Kern, an ex–newspaper reporter and Murphy’s longtime political advisor who is now his chief of staff.

Prior to Murphy’s election, Kern had built a prosperous political consulting business, to which he is expected to return following his service to the mayor at city hall. A lifetime ban on influence-peddling might potentially have cost Kern millions of dollars. During an April meeting to adopt the mayor’s ethics ordinance, the lobbying prohibition was watered down to just one year on a 5-4 council vote, with Murphy casting the deciding vote, even though his own appointees to the ethics commission had recommended the lifetime ban.

Murphy also argued vehemently against the commission’s recommendation that the mayor and council be explicitly barred from soliciting campaign contributions from members of city boards and commissions, most of whom are appointed by the mayor and ratified by a majority vote of the council. According to a March 13, 2002, legal opinion from the city attorney, "State law...generally precludes the solicitation of campaign contributions from City employees and City Officers," including "board and commission members who are public officials subject to the [state] Political Reform Act and required to file annual statements of economic interest."

The mayor, however, argued against giving the ethics commission the ability to enforce and expand the state prohibition against solicitations, and he carried the day on a 7-2 vote, which came as no surprise to many old-time city hall watchers. Members of the city’s 60 or so boards and commissions have long been lucrative fundraising targets for mayors and councilmembers.

Charles Walker, executive director of the ethics commission, says the commissioners still think that city officials should be subject to a lifetime ban on lobbying and maintain hope that the council will ultimately reconsider its position.

"The ordinance as it was adopted by the council is the law in the city, and we have a one-year cooling-off period with regard to the revolving door. The ethics commission has an ad hoc subcommittee that’s still exploring ways to go back to the council regarding the lifetime ban revolving-door stuff. We don’t know when we’ll go back to them."

Walker adds that Murphy "didn’t foreclose us from coming back. The big concern that most of [the council] had was the lifetime ban as we had originally proposed it. We needed to make it clearer, to come up with more hypothetical examples, more ways to sell it to the council. As it was written, it left a lot of ambiguity."

As for the commission’s proposed prohibition on contribution soliciting from appointees, Walker says it was dead on arrival at the council. "They made it clear that they didn’t agree with our position. We filed a brief that basically says that we believe that the stance they’re taking goes against state law. They disagree. There’s not going to be an effort to go back, because we don’t think we’re close on that." Murphy’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.

One recent Murphy appointee, who declined to be identified by name, said he had been consistently refused appointment to a seat on one of the city’s more coveted advisory panels until he broke down and contributed to Murphy’s campaign fund. The appointee said that he had not been explicitly solicited by Murphy or his aides but wrote a check after seeing that others who had received appointments had contributed to the mayor. He subsequently received an appointment.

Not every mayoral appointee has given money to the Murphy campaign, but enough have to make an interesting list. Below is a reverse chronological record of appointees who have also been Murphy financial backers, based on official campaign finance-disclosure records. Biographies and other descriptive material are quoted directly from the mayoral news releases announcing each appointment. Contribution records for the first half of 2002 will not be available until next month.

July 15, 2002

HOUSING COMMISSION

The duties of the Commission include investigating and improving dwelling conditions in the City of San Diego. The Housing Commission also reviews and makes recommendations on all matters before the Housing Authority.

Tyler Cramer is a director, officer, and principal at the law firm of Olmstead, Cramer & Pizzuto. He specializes in real estate and commercial matters. Cramer is a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and current member and past chair of the Business Roundtable for Education. He received a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford University and juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Cramer gave $100 on June 3, 1999, and $250 on August 23, 2000.

June 27, 2002

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION

The Commission’s duties include advising the Mayor and Council on matters which impact both the technology industry and the City’s research and scientific institutions in order to help ensure that our region will continue to attract and incubate growth and investment.

Craig Andrews is a partner and vice chairman at the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Andrews is a past member of the San Diego Biotechnology/ Biomedical Corporate Partnership Forum and past chair of the San Diego Business and Technology Group. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of California Los Angeles and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.

Andrews contributed $250 on May 18, 1999, and again on June 1, 2000. Christine Andrews of the same address gave $250 on May 18, 1999, and again on June 1, 2000.

June 13, 2002

HISTORICAL RESOURCES BOARD

The Board shall advise the Mayor and City Council relating to the identification, protection, retention and preservation of historical sites in the City.

John Brooks is a partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP. He is a past member of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and the current editor of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report. Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a juris doctorate from Stanford Law School.

John T. Brooks contributed $250 on January 20, 2000, and again on April 28, 2000. His father, John W. Brooks, also a lawyer at Luce, Forward, gave $250 on October 6, 1999, and again on April 28, 2000. Elizabeth Brooks, of the same address as John W. Brooks, also gave $250 on April 28, 2000.

Gary Edwards is an attorney in private practice specializing in criminal law and is a past deputy district attorney. Edwards received his bachelor’s in history from the University of Southern California and his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego.

Edwards contributed $125 on June 16, 1999; $125 on September 30, 1999; and $250 on April 26, 2000.

Otto Emme, a San Diego Historical Society member, is a licensed real estate agent and a property manager and owner of more than 70 apartment units citywide. He is an officer with the California Army National Guard and current chair of the Pacific Beach Community Planning Committee. Emme is also a current member of the Pacific Beach Historical Society.

Emme contributed $125 on June 29, 2000.

June 4, 2002

SOLID WASTE LOCAL ENFORCEMENT AGENCY HEARING PANEL

The independent Hearing Panel is required by state law to hear appeals from solid waste decisions the enforcement agency makes regarding inspections, permitting, and enforcement activities.

Pennie McLaughlin Carlos, a current member of the Hearing Panel, is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Southern District of California. Carlos serves on the executive committee for the American Heart Association and is a lecturer for the California Public Defender Association. She graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University and received her juris doctorate from Boston University, School of Law.

Carlos gave $100 on May 17, 1999, and $250 on June 9, 2000. Marc Carlos of the same address gave $150 on June 28, 2000, and $125 on September 19, 2000.

May 23, 2002

MAYOR APPOINTS FORD TO SENIOR AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD

Mayor Dick Murphy today announced the appointment of John Patrick Ford to the Senior Affairs Advisory Board. The Board advises the City Council on issues impacting the elderly community including transportation, housing and home security.

John Patrick Ford is chairman of Community ElderCare of San Diego. Ford is also a retired certified public accountant and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. His community involvement includes past service on the St. Paul’s Retirement Home Foundation Board and as chair of San Diegans Inc. Cultural Task Force. He is an advisory director for the San Diego Opera and Friends of UCSD Library. Ford is a graduate of Willis College of Business, Los Angeles.

Ford contributed $250 on November 12, 1999, and again on May 22, 2000. Carolyn Ford of the same address contributed $250 on May 22, 2000.

May 16, 2002

MAYOR APPOINTS THREE TO CENTRE CITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BOARD

The CCDC Board provides redevelopment services, and makes recommendations concerning redevelopment plans and projects.

Victor Vilaplana, named the Best Lawyer in America, is an attorney at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, where he handles insolvency matters, particularly complicated business bankruptcies, and international transactions. Vilaplana served on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on City Finance and is a member of the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as trustee and counsel for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Vilaplana received his bachelor’s degree in history from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, and his juris doctorate from Stanford University.

Vilaplana contributed a total of $500 on July 26, 2000.

Julie Dillon has served on the Board since 1999 and currently is the vice chair. Dillon is the president and owner of a land development, building, consulting, and investment company. She developed several residential land projects, a commercial building, and affordable housing units. Dillon is a member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the Urban Land Institute. Formerly, Dillon served on the California Transportation Commission Airspace Advisory Committee and was president of the Building Industry Association. Dillon has a bachelor’s in business administration from San Diego State University.

Dillon contributed $250 on May 24, 2000.

April 25, 2002

MAYOR ANNOUNCES PARK AND RECREATION BOARD APPOINTMENTS

The duties of the Park and Recreation Board include advising the City Council, through the City Manager, on public policy matters relating to the acquisition, development, maintenance and operation of parks, beaches, playgrounds and recreational activities.

Norman Greene is the co-publisher and chief executive officer of the San Diego Jewish Press Heritage newspaper. For eight years, Greene was president of Alvarado Estates and concurrently served two years as president of Adat Ami Synagogue. He has also worked to build the Israel Tennis Centers Association to help socialize both Arab and Israeli youth. Greene is the recipient of two Congressional "good citizens" awards for his community service endeavors.

Greene contributed $100 on June 3, 1999, and $375 on March 3, 2000. Roberta Greene of the same address gave $375 on March 3, 2000.

Robert Ottilie is an attorney at his own law firm, which he began in 1985. Ottilie has served on the San Diego Civil Service Commission and the Governmental Efficiency Committee. He is currently a director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and a member of the City of San Diego Citizens Water Advisory Committee. He received his bachelor’s in economics from Stanford University and his juris doctorate from the University of Iowa.

Ottilie contributed $250 on September 27, 1999, and again on August 28, 2000. His wife, Sharon Spivak, a lawyer with Gray, Cary, gave $250 on September 21, 1999, and again on August 31, 2000.

Daniel Mazzella is a member of the board and works as in-house counsel for Zenith Insurance. He currently chairs the Balboa Park Advisory Committee. He has a bachelor’s in political science from Syracuse University and a juris doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Mazzella contributed $250 on February 17, 2000, and again on September 19, 2000. Margaret Mazzella of the same address gave $250 on February 21, 2000.

April 11, 2002

MAYOR ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO OLD TOWN SAN DIEGO PLANNED DISTRICT DESIGN REVIEW BOARD

The duties of the board include advising the planning director on architectural design for development projects in Old Town.

Cynthia Furlong is the community relations director for Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town. Furlong is also a board member of the Historic Old Town Community Foundation and of the Boosters of Old Town San Diego. She is a San Diego State Historic Park board member and has served on the San Diego Historical Resources Site Board.

Furlong contributed $250 on April 17, 1999, and again on June 1, 2000. Timothy Furlong of the same address gave $250 on April 17, 1999.

April 3, 2002

MAYOR ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BOARD APPOINTMENTS

The International Affairs Board promotes economic cooperation, friendly relations, and better understanding between peoples and communities of the United States of America and of foreign nations.

Ernest Mike Choi serves on the Mayor’s Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Board. Choi, a native-born Korean, served many years in the Korean Navy before becoming a U.S. citizen in 1972. He organized the Korean Chamber of Commerce in San Diego as well as the Korean War Veteran Association of Korea. Currently Choi serves as the Lt. Governor Elect for the Kiwanis International Division 21.

Choi gave $100 on December 7, 1999, and again on January 12, 2000, and April 18, 2000.

Stan Chu, a member of the Mayor’s Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Board, is the owner of O’Hungry’s Restaurant in Old Town and a partner with TVC Enterprises Co. Chu serves as a board member on the San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans and the San Diego Chinese Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from San Diego State University, where he also attended graduate school for multicultural studies.

Chu contributed $250 on May 6, 1999, and again on May 17, 1999. Xingli Chu of the same address gave $250 on June 8, 2000.

Joseph Darby is a law professor, specializing in international business, at the University of San Diego. Darby has also lectured at various universities in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and South Africa. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a master’s and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a juris doctorate from Fordham University, School of Law.

Darby gave $250 on July 26, 1999, and again on May 8, 2000. Ursula Darby of the same address gave $100 on January 29, 2000.

Dr. Maryann Rosenthal is a licensed clinical and consulting psychologist at Psychiatric Health Systems Inc. and at Alvarado Parkway Institute. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from National University and a master’s in psychology from United States International University. Dr. Rosenthal also earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from California Institute for Human Science.

Rosenthal gave $250 on June 17, 1999. Joseph Rosenthal of the same address gave a total of $500 on June 29, 2000.

Anthony Samson is a San Diego deputy district attorney, working in the fraud division of the D.A.’s office for 25 years. Samson also teaches real estate law at the University of San Diego. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of California Riverside and a juris doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles, School of Law.

Samson gave $250 on July 26, 1999; $100 on June 14, 2000; and $150 on August 30, 2000.

March 22, 2002

MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITY PUBLIC UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION

The City Public Utilities Advisory Commission will provide advice and recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager on matters related to public utilities operations which impact ratepayers and residents of the City of San Diego. These operations may include water, wastewater, or other utilities. The Commission will also review department operations and planned expenditures and assist in promoting public awareness and outreach efforts to ensure that resources are responsibly managed.

Robert Coffin, an attorney, serves as a board member for the Center for the Environment, which has undertaken water-quality issues in many areas of the United States. He was a seminar participant in the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar 2001 Environmental Law Conference, which focused on water resources in rural California. Coffin received a bachelor’s in economics from Benedictine College Atkinson and a juris doctorate from Washington University.

Coffin gave $125 on June 17, 1999, and again on October 29, 1999.

March 1, 2002

MAYOR NAMES FOUR TO HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

The Human Relations Commission prepares and distributes educational material relating to prejudice and discrimination and recommends ways of eliminating discrimination. The commission also processes complaints and provides a written report of its activities to the Mayor and Council.

Robert Blumberg is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Spectragraphics Corporation and SMS Technologies. Blumberg serves as the director for the Anti-Defamation League, San Diego Region, and previously served as a board member of the Congregation Beth Israel. He received a degree in chemical engineering from MIT and a master’s from Harvard Business School. Robert Blumberg will replace Mary Laquita Robbins.

Blumberg gave $250 on April 30, 1999, and again on April 6, 2000.

February 13, 2002

Mayor Reappoints Five to Qualcomm Stadium Advisory Board

The Qualcomm Stadium Advisory Board conducts public meetings to provide a forum on stadium operations and receives public input on stadium issues. The members serve as liaisons between the public, Qualcomm Stadium tenants, contractors, and the City, and provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

Simon Coleman is the chairman and CEO of NetGram Inc., as well as an accomplished attorney and certified public accountant. A current member of the Stadium Advisory Board, he also served on the San Diego Stadium Authority Board from 1986 to 1989. Coleman has a bachelor’s and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Coleman contributed $250 on April 10, 1999, and again on May 17, 2000.

January 17, 2002

Mayor Appoints Three To Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission

Daniel Salas has run his own legal practice, focusing on commercial and real property litigation, for over two decades. He also dealt with title insurance claims analysis and litigation, bankruptcy law, and large-scale commercial litigation. Salas received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a juris doctorate from the Stanford University Law School. Salas will replace John Rivera.

Salas contributed $250 on October 6, 1999; $150 on June 29, 2000; and $150 on September 19, 2000.

January 10, 2002

Mayor Announces Balboa Park Committee Appointments

The Balboa Park Committee advises the Park and Recreation Board, Mayor, City Council, and City Manager on policy issues relating to the acquisition, development, maintenance and operation of Balboa Park.

Dan Mazzella is a member of the Park and Recreation Board and an in-house counsel for Zenith Insurance. As one of the 40 members of the City Working Group regarding the proposed zoo expansion, he drafted significant portions of the final report ultimately adopted by the group. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University and a juris doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Mazzella will serve as the committee chair.

Mazzella contributed $250 on February 17, 2000, and again on September 19, 2000. Margaret Mazzella of the same address gave $250 on February 21, 2000.

November 14, 2001

Commission For Arts And Culture

The duties of the commission include advising the Mayor and Council on projects and programs designed to promote public art throughout the neighborhoods of the City of San Diego, developing policies to involve artists in selected Capital Improvement Projects, and encouraging the private sector to include public art in private developments.

Claire Anderson is a real estate broker with CSA Enterprises. As secretary of the Balboa Theatre Arts & Education Fund Board of Directors, she is currently working on the restoration of the Historic Balboa Theatre. Anderson is a member of the San Diego Historical Society, Symphony Stars, and Performing Arts League. She has a B.A. in Design and Psychology from Wayne State University.

Anderson contributed $100 on April 29, 1999; $150 on June 17, 1999; and $250 on May 12, 2000.

October 23, 2001

Mayor Announces San Diego Transit Board Nominations

The seven-member Board oversees the day-to-day policies and operations of the San Diego Transit.

Thomas Lancaster Retired engineer with Qualcomm in the OmniTRACS division. Lancaster’s career began in the aerospace industry at Bendix, where he participated in the Presidential Interchange Commission and worked in the Department of Transportation in the Urban Mass Transit Administration (UMTA). Later, he worked at Rohr in the Transportation Division and at Cubic Corporation in the Transit Fare Collection Division, where his early marketing efforts secured the fare-collection contract for the New York City Transit Authority. He holds a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from DePauw University and a master’s from Stanford University. Lancaster replaces Jacqueline Vines, who resigned.

Lancaster contributed $250 on April 22, 2000. Marilyn Lancaster of the same address gave $250 on June 3, 1999, and again on April 22, 2000.

October 16, 2001

Mayor Announces Senior Affairs Advisory Board Appointments

The Board advises the City Council on issues impacting the elderly community including transportation, housing, and home security.

Dr. Paul Thomas Retired Physician Anesthesiologist; member of the American Medical Association and the San Diego Medical Society since 1963. The 38-year San Diego resident was past president of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and past president of the College Area Community Council and the Alvarado Estates Community Association. Dr. Thomas received a B.A. from the University of Denver and his M.D. from the University of Colorado.

Thomas gave $250 on June 3, 1999, and again on June 12, 2000. Gwendolyn Thomas of the same address gave $250 on June 12, 2000.

October 3, 2001

Mayor Appoints TWO to Local Enforcement Agency Hearing Panel

Pennie McLaughlin Carlos is Assistant United States Attorney with the Southern District of California. Prior to her service at the Office of the United States Attorney, she served as a Senior Trial Attorney for the San Diego County Public Defender. In addition, Carlos serves on the Executive Committee for the American Heart Association and is a lecturer for the California Public Defender Association. As a professional triathlete, she twice finished the Hawaiian Ironman in the Elite Group. Carlos graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University and received her juris doctorate from Boston University, School of Law.

Carlos gave $100 on May 17, 1999, and $250 on June 9, 2000. Marc Carlos of the same address gave $150 on June 28, 2000, and $125 on September 19, 2000.

September 21, 2001

Mayor Murphy Appoints TWO to Retirement Board

The board determines the conditions under which city employees are admitted to the benefits of the retirement system and controls administration and investment of retirement funds.

Richard Vortmann, a member of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on City Finance, is the Vice President of General Dynamics and President of National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO). He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Roundtable and the Business and Economic Development Council of San Diego. He has served in various financial-management positions with Kaiser Industries Corporation. Vortmann earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Vortmann gave $250 on June 7, 1999, and again on August 2, 2000. Jocelyn Vortmann of the same address contributed $250 on February 18, 2000, and again on August 2, 2000.

August 3, 2001

MAYOR ANNOUNCES PARK AND RECREATION BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Dan Mazzella, attorney, is a member of the Legislative Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association and an in-house counsel for Zenith Insurance. Mazzella is also a certified legal specialist for Workers’ Compensation. As one of the 40 members of the City Working Group regarding the proposed zoo expansion, he drafted significant portions of the final report, which was ultimately adopted by the group. Mazzella has a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Mazzella contributed $250 on February 17, 2000, and again on September 19, 2000. Margaret Mazzella of the same address gave $250 on February 21, 2000.

March 2, 2001

MAYOR MURPHY APPOINTS VETERANS ADVISORY BOARD

"The distinguished members of this panel will help me and my staff best serve the veteran community of San Diego," said Mayor Murphy. "We look forward to frequent, thoughtful dialogue on veteran affairs."

Kenneth Golden President of Kenneth H. Golden Co; Pilot in WWII & Korean conflict.

Golden contributed $250 on April 28, 1999, and again on April 10, 2000. Frances Golden of the same address gave $250 on August 2, 2000.

Riley Mixson Admiral (retired); president, R.D.M. Associates; board member of Rolls-Royce North American holdings, and flew 256 Vietnam combat missions.

Mixson gave $100 on November 1, 1999, and $200 on April 11, 2000.

Dr. John Reppart Colonel, USAF (retired); retired Air Force doctor.

Reppart gave $100 on July 26, 1999; $100 on January 25, 2000; and $250 on March 16, 2000.

February 16, 2001

MAYOR MURPHY APPOINTS CITIZEN’S ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD

Mayor Dick Murphy today announced appointments to the newly formed Citizen’s Environmental Advisory Board (CEAB). In his inaugural address in December, Mayor Murphy announced the creation of six new mayoral citizen advisory boards, including an Environmental Advisory Board.

Nancy Acevedo Retired deputy Park and Recreation Director, City of San Diego, Park Development and Open Space Division; vice president of Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation; and board member of both I Love a Clean San Diego County, Inc., and the San Diego Archaeological Center.

Acevedo gave $125 on June 3, 1999; $250 on April 6, 2000; and $125 on September 28, 2000.

CITY ETHICS COMMISSION

Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor from a pool of nominees nominated by the Council and City Attorney and confirmed by Council. A Commissioner’s four-year term begins July 1 and ends on June 30.

Dorothy Leonard, Commission Chair. Former vice chair of the City of San Diego Elections, Campaign & Governmental Ethics Advisory Board from 1992 to 1994. Former chair of the San Diego City Planning Commission and president of the California State PTA. Member of the San Diego Unified School District Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC) for Proposition MM, the $1.5 billion bond measure. Former director of program services for the March of Dimes San Diego, and leader in the creation and development of Mission Trails Regional Park. Graduate of San Diego State University. Leonard is a registered Republican. Her current term on the Ethics Commission expires June 30, 2005.

Leonard gave $250 on June 3, 1999, and again on May 10, 2000.

Albert Gaynor Commission vice-chair. Retired attorney with more than 12 years of public service and more than 25 years in the practice of law. Served on the ethics committee of the town of Mamaroneck, New York, and was elected to the Board of Trustees of Larchmont, New York. Former chief of the Criminal Division in the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Served as past president of the Conservative Order for Good Government (COGG). Graduate of New York University School of Law. Gaynor is a registered Republican. His current term on the ethics commission expires June 30, 2003.

Gaynor gave $242 on January 26, 2000.

April Riel Certified Public Accountant with the forensic accounting firm of RGL Gallagher. Former investigative accountant in the fraud division in the office of the San Diego District Attorney; performed over 100 financial investigations pertaining to cases involving embezzlements, grand theft, real estate, and investment scams. Current member of the San Diego Filipino Accountants Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the California Financial Crimes Investigators Association. Graduate of San Diego State University with a master’s degree in public administration. Riel is a registered Republican. Her current term on the Ethics Commission expires June 30, 2005.

Riel gave $200 on June 14, 2000.

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