Stallings bought another round of Neon stock she said was worth between $10,000 and $100,000 on November 26, 1999, when the shares were trading in the mid-20s. She finally unloaded those shares in January 23 of this year, the same day she resigned her city council seat as part of a plea bargain with state prosecutors. By then the stock had fallen to about $6 a share, the range in which it still languishes.
In addition to their burgeoning stock holdings, the supervisors reported getting numerous gifts of food, drink, entertainment, and lodging from those with business before the board. Roberts reported a $69 golfing date with contractor Jim Frager, one worth $103 from downtown parking magnate Scott Jones, and another valued at $70 from developer Dennis Moser. Attorney Michael Thorsnes picked up Roberts's $80 tab at the Trial Lawyers Dinner, and the Padres paid $86 for his tickets and a party on opening day. Roberts attended the Padres' Fourth of July game and picnic, thanks to the generosity of contractor Steve Roel ($120). The hotel-owning Evans family hosted him at their Holiday Party ($90). And developer Woody Brehm paid for him to go to the building industry's Sam Awards and installation dinners for a total of $216.
As in years past, Supervisor Pam Slater again depended on the local arts community for freebies to quench her thirst for culture, including one admission to the Mainly Mozart Festival dinner ($60); eight tickets to the North Coast Repertory Theatre ($232); six tickets to the Old Globe ($250); two tickets to the La Jolla Playhouse ($68); and four tickets to the San Diego Repertory Theatre ($88). Slater also picked up two free dinners worth $140 from La Jolla's Teresa Hixson, two more from lobbyist Bernie Rhinerson ($80), and another two from La Jolla's Richard Friedland ($70). The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center gave her two tickets to its annual dinner ($100), as did California State University at San Marcos ($70).
Slater, known for her trendy couture, also made sure to get her beauty sleep. In August, Slater, who lives in La Jolla, checked in for a free one-night stay worth $285 at downtown's Marriott Hotel and Marina. She included a note on her disclosure form explaining that the "hotel stay was prior to early-morning departure for distinguished visitors-at-sea period onboard aircraft carrier USS Stennis."
Supervisor Jacob reported fewer gifts than Slater but still managed to get out to the UCSD Cancer Center Association's "Swinging Cuisine Celebrity Chefs" event ($150) and the San Diego Domestic Violence Council's 11th Annual Anniversary Awards Gala ($50). She also went to the Rancho Santa Fe Association's "Early Delights" event ($74.95) and the East County Performing Arts Center's "Arabian Nights Gala" ($100). Like Slater, Jacob also logged time on the road, getting a gift of lodging at Julian's Orchard Hill Bed and Breakfast ($210). In February, she attended the Buick Invitational golf tournament ($175) and later went to the California Restaurant Association's Gold Medallion 2000 Awards Banquet and Auction ($85.28).
Another Padres opening-day attendee was supervisor Greg Cox ($86, including free parking). Cox and a companion also got in free to the preopening party of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on El Camino Real ($170), and he copped two tickets to the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's "Chamber Chomp" ($60). Cox also showed up at grand opening of downtown's Buca di Beppo, a send-up of a traditional New York Italian blue-collar restaurant ($53).
The Flannery Group, a lobbying firm, gave Cox two tickets worth $100 to the "Bravo dinner," and Cox Communications (no relation) picked up $85 worth of admissions to a luncheon and an SDSU alumni dinner. Other free dinners included those for the Deputy Sheriffs' Association ($80); Urban League ($96); Center for Children Foundation ($90); San Diego Merchants Association ($70); NCG Porter Novelli ($55); San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau ($50); McMillin Companies ($158); and the local Republican's Lincoln Club ($70).
SAIC, a major county data processing contractor, paid $101 to host Cox at a "Holiday Gala"; Sempra Energy gave him free tickets to a Zoological Society dinner ($180); and the San Diego Daily Transcript newspaper gave him two dinner tickets worth $200. In a bow to the world of culture, Cox attended San Diego Symphony's Summer Pops gratis ($110).
Supervisor Bill Horn, an avocado rancher, reported the fewest gifts. Fellow grower Singh and Sons gave him a holiday dinner ($65), and NAPP Systems of San Marcos paid for him to attend a "Chamber Dinner" ($50). He went to dinners for the Lincoln Club ($150); the Deputy Sheriffs' Association ($80); and the California Waterfowl Association ($50).
Finally, all five of the supervisors reported getting free parking passes at Lindbergh Field, each valued at $96, from the San Diego Unified Port District, which also threw in a free pocket calendar that all said was worth $15.