Red meat

Donovan’s Steak and Chop House, the San Diego–based chain of meat eateries, is prepared to admit that it failed to disclose its political contributions by not filing a so-called major donor report as required by state law, according to a stipulation agreement posted on the FPPC website. The $27,101 of inadequately reported contributions, all of which were made in 2008, included $5400 to the San Diego Restaurant and Beverage Political Action Committee and a total of $4901 to the county’s Republican Party. Donovan’s, which has restaurants in San Diego, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City, is run by Chargers booster Dan Shea, who long has advocated a new taxpayer-financed stadium for the team. The company has agreed to pay a $2230 fine to the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission to settle the matter, to be taken up by the commission at its next meeting on May 13. … San Diego City Council members continue to use free tickets to baseball games at Petco Park to curry favor with constituents. On April 17, Councilman Ben Hueso gave 2 admissions to the Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Council; on April 14, Marti Emerald handed out 26 tickets to the Crawford High School baseball team.

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Well, cross Donovan's off of my "try before I die" list. If the owner, as the story alleged, is in the FPPC's Bad Books for not reportig something he needed to report? To me, that smells like bad ethics.

The money that Mr. Shea will pony up to the FPPC might smooth over their ruffled feathers there, but as far as I know, such ethical violations leave a mark thet will take years to erase--if that.

Yet another corrupted day in Paradise Lost!


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