San Diego Financial disclosure statements for city and county public servants were due Monday of this week, and as usual they revealed that many local officials are not above accepting free meals and other gratuities. Take San Diego chief of police William Lansdowne, who reports getting banquet fees paid by the National Conflict Resolution Center, a "non-profit dispute resolution provider" ($150); the Union of Pan Asian Communities, a "human care services provider" ($200); the Chicano Federation, a "service provider for the Chicano Community" ($200); the Gaslamp Quarter Association, which "promotes business" in the Gaslamp Quarter ($100); and Friends of Balboa Park, "preserving Balboa Park for future generations" ($55). San Diego fire chief Tracy Jarman reported two tickets to the San Diego Business Journal's October "recognition dinner" held in her honor ($180). She also got two tickets, which she valued at $60, from city councilman Kevin Faulconer to watch a Padres playoff game in the Petco Park city box, as well as admission to the Family Justice Center gala held on the USS Midway ($150).
James Dunford, the medical director for San Diego's Emergency Medical Services, who also is employed as a professor of clinical medicine and surgery at UCSD's med school, bagged a bunch of freebies as well. From the San Diego Medical Services Enterprise, which describes itself as "a public/private partnership between the City of San Diego and Rural/Metro Ambulance Corporation," providing "9-1-1 medical response" for the city and county, Dunford got two tickets to the opera in February worth $260. He also enjoyed a January dinner worth $75 paid for by ZOLL Medical Corporation of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
ZOLL makes heart defibrillators and other devices used in emergency resuscitation, including the ResQPOD, an "impedance threshold device" soon to be tested in San Diego County as part of a federally funded research trial conducted by UCSD for the Seattle, Washington-based Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. ResQPODs are intended to boost survival rates among cardiac-arrest patients by enhancing the effect of chest compressions during CPR. E-mails retrieved from the City under the California Public Records Act have revealed that an extensive effort by Dunford to persuade Mayor Jerry Sanders to allow deployment of similar devices on San Diego emergency rigs as part of the ROC trial here was rebuffed last fall.
Other medically related companies kicking in for Dunford included Cubist Pharmaceuticals with a $50 meal; Genentech with a $50 dinner lecture; Philips Medical Systems with a $20 business lunch; Merck & Co. with a $50 dinner lecture; Novo Nordisk with a $40 meal; "ESP BioPharma" with a $50 meal; and Eli Lilly with a $60 dinner lecture. In addition, city hall lobbyist Adrian Kwiatkowski gave Dunford a $50 "ticket to attend President Carter lecture," and Kwiatkowski's company, the Monger Company, chipped in with a $40 ticket to a "lunch with the editors" sponsored by KPBS.
Besides his dual role as the city's medical director and a UCSD professor, Dunford also served as a "medical expert consultant" for NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company of San Francisco, receiving between $1001 and $10,000; he made the same range consulting for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Oakland.