continued A possible third is Clair W. Burgener, listed as "UCSD Board of Regen." [sic]. He's on the list of parking-card holders because, Lucero explained, "he's the only regent who lives in San Diego."
But a call to UCSD University Communications revealed two things: Burgener hasn't been a regent for over a year now, and five current members of the governor-appointed U.C. Board of Regents live in San Diego. But regents John Davies, Peter Preuss, Tom Sayles, Gerald Parsky, and Padres owner John Moores are all absent from the list.
Twenty foreign consulates, representing countries such as Bahrain, Finland, and Costa Rica, are on the port district's parking-card list. Only Mexico has a professional consul. The rest are Americans who have been given "honorary" consulates. Lucero says the port gives them parking cards "as a courtesy."
Representing El Salvador is David Porter, former owner of the customs brokerage house Porter International Incorporated. During a phone interview, Porter's wife Kathleen, who said Porter was in bed sick, called the position honorary, "though we still get calls." She acknowledged having a parking card from the airport but said, "It's buried someplace, and we never use it."
John Norton, the Swedish consul -- whose consulate, along with Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, and Finland, is one of five that are listed in the phone book -- said, "I leave my car at the airport all the time, and I usually don't use the pass. Sometimes I use it for official business only. If I've got a consul general or an ambassador coming, I might use my card when I pick them up. Long term, say I'm going to Sweden on official business, then I'll use the pass. It's one of the very few things that the city, or the port, or any of the governments do for the posts."
Listed among the port district employees with parking cards is lobbyist Ben Clay, who lobbies for other clients as well. Asked about his parking card, Diana Lucero responded, "Ben Clay is our Sacramento lobbyist, and we give him a pass as a courtesy and also because it saves the port money. He can charge expenses to the port, so if he didn't have a pass, the port would end up paying for his parking anyway."