continued Pro sports? Yes, the city fell for the Chargers' and Padres' con games, and city finances are being drained as a result. Starr lets former councilmember Valerie Stallings off easy for accepting gifts from Padres majority owner John Moores. For example, Starr says Stallings invested in an initial public offering of a stock "recommended to her" by Moores. Actually, Moores put her on the exclusive friends-and-family list of a new issue of stock in a company he controlled. That means she got in at the offering price of $15 while others paid much more. It soared, and she made 267 percent in less than a month. When it hit $49.15, he told her to sell. That was within $1.10 of the all-time high.
Starr scolds Henderson for filing "nuisance" suits, although the author does say correctly that much of the blame for the ballpark's delay belongs with the Stallings/Moores investigation. The author is rough on Henderson but insists, "I saw him as a champion against the whole thing -- a gadfly, American-style activist, lonely crusader." It's clear in the book that Starr is no fan of government subsidies of pro sports; he fought against such subsidies in San Francisco.
All told, the chapter is bad, and there is a clear reason. He lists 28 news articles as sources; all but one were from the Los Angeles Times and the other from the Washington Post. The Times' San Diego reporter, Tony Perry, championed the ballpark. He insists otherwise but concedes, "I never thought the city was going to hell in a handbasket because of the sports deals." Indeed, he didn't write about the city's trip to financial hell until September 1 of this year.
"Starr relied on inaccurate and superficial reporting of the L.A. Times," says Henderson. Starr promises to make corrections in the next printing.