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Henderson adds that scrutiny of those seeking to take over the Padres is also needed to make sure that the franchise is free from any criminal taint. “There are lots of reasons why you need to know who you are doing transactions with. They could be convicted felons.

“If somebody comes in and says, ‘I’d like to do a transaction with the City, but, by the way, I won’t tell you who I represent; you can just do the transaction in my name, although I’m not really the person who is responsible for all this,’ charter Section 225 in effect says, ‘No, you can’t do that.’ ”

Henderson says that the argument made by Padres vice president Pothier that the baseball team would continue to be owned by Padres L.P. doesn’t wash. “The essence of 225 is that you know who the economic interests are that you are dealing with. So if the owners of an entity are changing, you need to know that.

“Just the fact that the entity hasn’t changed, if you think about it, doesn’t really answer the question of who is the City doing business with.

“Is their money dirty, or do you have reason to believe it’s dirty? Is it drug money? You don’t want to do business with people who have drug money.

“But more than that, even if it’s clean money, it’s very important for you to know who’s involved. Councilmembers need to know, are any of these people contributors to their campaigns. That way, if there is an appearance of impropriety, they can address it right up front.

“Secrecy is power. The fact is that Major League Baseball may very well over the years have developed a policy that they want to provide confidentiality so that people really don’t know who owns baseball teams.

“They say it’s just the Padres. If you allow them to get away with that, you never know that local powerbrokers who are influencing legislation at the local, state, and national level have interests that they are pursuing. That’s what corporations and partnerships are often used for, to hide the real economic interests that are involved.

“Obviously those people with economic interests would like to keep things secret. They’d like to be able to stand in front of the council and say, ‘I’m just a concerned citizen, I have no economic interest whatsoever, I just want good government.’

“In fact, that’s the last thing they want, many of them. They want some special decision that will help them economically, and the public be damned. That happens all the time when you don’t have full disclosure.”

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monaghan March 25, 2009 @ 12:22 p.m.

Ohmigod, Bruce Henderson is baaack. Now that he's no longer working in the City Attorney's office under Mike Aguirre, he's delivering opinions again on Padres' issues for Matt Potter. I don't know if I'm glad or appalled....

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JustWondering March 25, 2009 @ 12:49 p.m.

I for one can't understand the reason for NOT disclosing who owners are and their percentage of ownership. Public money has been and is being used to make Petco Park available for use in one form or another. Public financing of the bonds that built Petco Park will be paid for years to come. Non-disclosure, if nothing else, gives the impression somebody has something to hide. In addition, when the Padres Executive Counsel and VP Katherine K. Pothier, works to develop novel interpretations of the law, just to keep ownership information under wraps, ALARM BELLS should be ringing loudly at City Hall.

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paul March 25, 2009 @ 2:40 p.m.

Matt, did the city ever apply Section 225 to Padres L.P. in the first place? My guess is that they probably didn't, or that if they did, the ownership was made up largely of other Delaware companies and that their ownership was not disclosed. I wonder how much of the Padres Valerie Stallings owns? (tongue firmly in cheek)

My understanding is that the city routinely does major business with Delaware companies and rarely invokes Section 225.

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rbrocker March 25, 2009 @ 3:50 p.m.

Paul

According to earlier stories from I believe MLB.com, The Mooreses reportedly own 90 percent of the team. Because of community property laws in California, Becky Moores shares 50 percent of that asset. Their daughter, Jennifer, owns five percent and the other five percent is owned by Glenn Doshay, a San Diego businessman

Strange thing is, when Alderson came about it was reported he would be a minority owner as well, of course he could have sold his share back.

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SanDiegoParrothead March 25, 2009 @ 4:19 p.m.

For those who would like to directly contact the crooks, er people, involved ...

Katherine K. Pothier kpothier@padres.com Tim Moore tcmoore@sandiego.gov Brock Ladewig bladewig@sandiego.gov

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Joe Poutous March 25, 2009 @ 6:48 p.m.

Monaghan, I had the same reaction to the news that Bruce is back.

Darn Bruce Henderson to heck. -Joe

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Fred Williams March 26, 2009 @ 12:57 a.m.

Tiki and Monaghan,

Are you forgetting that just about everything Bruce Henderson predicted came true?

He was vilified, practically run out of town for telling the truth...and you STILL want to blame him for what happened?

Please, direct your anger toward the owners of the Chargers and Padres, and the city staff and elected officials. They're the ones who lied to us, ripped off the city for hundreds of millions of dollars, and are now living in luxury because people like you refused to listen to Henderson.

Why do you think the city is bankrupt? It's precisely because of the deals Henderson opposed. For you to now ridicule him shows a complete lack of class or intelligence.

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JustWondering March 26, 2009 @ 10:57 a.m.

Have to second Fred on that one. While Bruce was a city councilman he did begin the processes that led to a waiver on secondary sewage treatment require by the EPA... Scientist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography still have their doubts on the usefulness of these treatment processes today. His lead save the taxpayers of San Diego BILLIONS in unnecessary costs.

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monaghan March 27, 2009 @ 2:25 p.m.

Fred, darling, do not misunderstand: I appreciate Bruce and most of his work, but enough already. Really. And much more interestingly, cooldude, what names for the stadium are you hearing?

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa March 29, 2009 @ 1:49 p.m.

Why do I get the feeling that every time our city fathers have to deal with the Chargers and Padres that they're hopelessly overmatched. To paraphrase Dr. Evil, why must we be lead by freaking morons?

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SunnyGirl March 29, 2009 @ 1:54 p.m.

Why does it matter who owns the Padres?

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Joe Poutous March 30, 2009 @ 12:13 p.m.

Fred, you had me all the way up to the point that you called me a classless moron.

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SurfPuppy619 March 30, 2009 @ 12:14 p.m.

Classless moron is a term of endearment here :)

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SurfPuppy619 March 30, 2009 @ 12:19 p.m.

Tim Moore, City ballpark administrator, says the City hasn’t yet decided whether it will invoke Section 225 and ask for that information.

I hereby nominate Tim Moore, City Ballpark admin, as bonehead of the year.

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SurfPuppy619 March 30, 2009 @ 12:27 p.m.

Obviously those people with economic interests would like to keep things secret. They’d like to be able to stand in front of the council and say, ‘I’m just a concerned citizen, I have no economic interest whatsoever, I just want good government.’

“In fact, that’s the last thing they want, many of them. They want some special decision that will help them economically, and the public be damned. That happens all the time when you don’t have full disclosure.”

This is the exact same scenario that resulted in the federal corruption trial of Las Veags mob man Michael Galardi, Councilmen Ralph Inzunza and Michael Zucchet, lobbyist Lance Malone and David Cowan, a former aide to Councilman Charles Lewis- Lewis died awaiting trial.

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SurfPuppy619 March 30, 2009 @ 12:38 p.m.

I just emailed Katherine-lets see if she responds.

Dear Ms. Katherine K. Pothier:

Your comments and legal citations (supporting your position on the Padres L.P. documents which are currently pending before the City of San Diego) are urgently needed at the San Diego Reader website.

Please respond ASAP, I know I for one cannot wait to see your legal authority backing up and supporting your position.

Very Truly Yours,

SurfPuppy619

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2009/mar/25/city-light-2/#comments

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Fred Williams March 31, 2009 @ 12:15 a.m.

Tiki, you know I've always been deeply attracted to your wit and classiness...

Now just agree that Bruce Henderson was right all along and we should accord him respect and admiration for persevering through all the sneers and trying to do what was best for our city.

The slime balls behind the Padres and Chargers ripoffs of this city have prospered with their lies and corruption. It's time we put the spotlight on them. What they cynically did to destroy a good man's reputation while fleecing the city makes an excellent case for why San Diego is in such trouble today.

Anyone who persists in blaming Henderson for our troubles is indeed both classless and moronic.

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Joe Poutous March 31, 2009 @ 6:14 a.m.

Fred, his style rubs me the wrong way... but OK.

Uncle.

  • Joe
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SurfPuppy619 March 31, 2009 @ 12:49 p.m.

Looks like Katherine K. Pothier is a no show.

Not surprising.

She is probably running for the hills (tail between legs) with her "confidentiality" claims right now.

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SanDiegoParrothead April 7, 2009 @ 11:39 a.m.

Give her time.

She's probably trying to come up with some typical lawyer-speak response.

SDPH

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