In light of those technicalities, and the fact that enforcement of the lobbying regulations is strictly on the honor system, it's perhaps not surprising that many of the people who are listed on Inzunza's calendar as having met with him, including Cheetahs' Lance Malone, aren't registered with the city as lobbyists, even though quite a few seem to meet the definition as described by Inzunza's defense lawyer Michael Pancer and outlined on the city's website. Thus, Inzunza's surprise release of his entire calendar may soon put some of his erstwhile lunchmates on the hot seat.
Below are presented some of the more notable lunch, drink, and miscellaneous entertainment entries in the calendar of Councilman Ralph Inzunza from January 2002 through May of this year.
Sam Inzunza and Doreen Dominguez, Grant Grill
Bill Beck, Rainwaters, Noon-2PM
San Diego Union-Tribune, September 28, 2001:
"Bill Beck, a board member of the Victory Fund for gay and lesbian political candidates."
Aaron Feldman, Grant Grill, Noon-2pm
Aaron Feldman, developer, financier, port district tenant; vice president, Mexican Business Council of San Diego
Not a registered city lobbyist
San Diego Union-Tribune, April 30, 2003:
"Toyota has selected Aaron Feldman to open a dealership in the South Bay, but a spokesperson for the manufacturer said a site has not been selected."
Lance Malone, Chueys 11-11:45am. Cheetahs Strip Club. Not a registered city lobbyist
Mel Katz, Grant Grill, Noon-1:30pm
Mel Katz, co-owner Manpower franchise, library commissioner. Not a registered city lobbyist
Gary Shaw, La Gran Tapa, Noon-2PM
Gary Shaw, Publisher, San Diego Metropolitan. Not a registered city lobbyist
Larry Remer, Rainwaters, Noon-2pm
Larry Remer, Primacy Group, Political Consultant. Not a registered city lobbyist
Mike Inzunza, Marco Cortes, Miguel Vasquez, Golf, National City Golf Course, 9am-1pm
Mike Inzunza, brother of Ralph Inzunza, Educator, Publisher, Blurb magazine. Not a registered city lobbyist
San Diego Union-Tribune, May 17, 2002:
"Inzunza, a former teacher in the Sweetwater District, quit his job as an aide to County Supervisor Greg Cox last fall to launch the magazine [Blurb]. Inzunza spent the past six months working to raise money and put together what he believes is the first such magazine in the state, possibly the nation.
"The school district gave $40,000 to Inzunza last year to get the project rolling, but the rest of the cost of publishing — $6600 per issue for printing alone — has been contributed by several sponsors.
"On Tuesday the Chula Vista City Council pitched in $1000 from its Community Development Block Grant funds. 'I think it's important,' said Councilman Steve Padilla. 'I'm impressed with the work product and I'm excited about its potential.' "
Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2002:
"I was dating a girl in Tijuana, and after the third time of coming back at 4 in the morning, I said, 'This is way too hard,' said Michael Inzunza, 30, the San Diego editor of a magazine for high school students. His two brothers married Tijuana women after cross-border dating forays. 'You have to ask yourself: Is it worth it?'"
Marco Cortes. Former president, San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Public Relations. Cortes Communications, LLC. Not a registered city lobbyist
Union-Tribune, March 2, 2000:
"Three of the nine candidates running for a Chula Vista City Council seat next week have run afoul of local campaign finance laws, a city official said.
"Candidates J.R. Chantengco, Marco Polo Cortes, and John McCann violated local and state codes, said City Clerk Susan Bigelow.
"Bigelow informed the candidates of the mistakes and, as of yesterday, Chantengco and McCann had corrected their errors.
"Cortes violated state election law by failing to file a financial statement by the deadline, Feb. 24. He said he thought the deadline was a few days later, and he had fallen behind on organizing the paperwork needed to file the statement.
At the close of the business day yesterday, the city clerk's office still had not received his statement."
Noon-5pm, Larry Remer, Primacy Group, Political consultant. Not a city lobbyist
Los Angeles Times, October 27, 2002:
"[District Attorney candidate] Dumanis' character issues were brought up at a public forum during the primary race. A member of the audience posed an anonymous question asking whether any of the candidates had been treated for mental illness. Dumanis told the audience she had attempted suicide 16 years ago as a delayed reaction to her sister's murder.
"She believes Pfingst's campaign consultant, Larry Remer, planted the question because she says he tried to get reporters to write about the issue three weeks before. Remer denies it. And Pfingst says he hasn't been involved in any kind of campaigning other than addressing their professional differences and experience."
Peter Janopaul, Grant Grill, 10-2pm
Peter Janopaul, developer, gay activist, former port commissioner. Not a registered city lobbyist
San Diego Union-Tribune, January 11, 2002
"The maverick port commissioner Peter Janopaul volubly denies that he is the other commissioner said to be under investigation. Yesterday, the Cushman-led Port Commission blocked Janopaul's scheduled participation as Port representative in the board meeting of the North Embarcadero Alliance, a five-government agency planning the harbor front from the Embarcadero down to National City. (A hot, if useless lead for those who sniff for clues: Janopaul quickly caused a one-man schism within the Alliance with his losing battle to block Yehudi Gaffen's Gafcon Inc. as planning project manager. So who's on first?)"
Alan Viturbi (sic), Westgate, 8-10am
Alan Viterbi, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Environmental Solutions. President, San Diego Jewish Academy. Co-founder U.S. Public Technologies (Red Light Cameras). Not a registered city lobbyist
November 25, 2002, Private Equity Week:
"Clean Liquid Solutions Corp. of Dover, Del., raised $6.4 million from four accredited investors through a common stock offering. The company, engaged in recycling non-hazardous commercial waste, intends to use the proceeds from the offering for acquisition of other businesses. For more information, call Alan Viterbi, president and chief executive officer."
San Diego Union-Tribune, September 7, 2002:
"DEL MAR - One of the city's earliest mansions is being sold to a man who plans to restore it, saving it from the wrecking ball.