Scott Ellis 9 p.m., March 3
Planning Commissioner and U-T San Diego Columnist Admits Income Disclosure Violations
Yet another member of the San Diego city planning commission has admitted that he failed to fully disclose his personal sources of income and has agreed to pay a fine to the city's ethics commission.
According to a stipulated agreement with the ethics commission dated August 10, planning commissioner Robert Griswold acknowledged he had failed to disclose the identities of individual sources of income greater than $10,000 to his firm, Griswold Real Estate Management, on annual economic disclosure statements he filed from 2009 through 2012.
Not until May of this year did Griswold provide the legally required information.
"On May 17, 2012, [Griswold] filed amended annual [Statements of Economic Interest] for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and disclosed sources of income of $10,000 or more to Griswold Real Estate Management, Inc.," says the stipulation, posted online by the ethics commission.
Despite the extensive period over which the violations occurred, ethics officials allowed Griswold to pay only a $1,000 fine.
"Although these sources of income are located in or doing business in the City of San Diego, the vast majority are not involved in the development or construction industry and are unlikely to have business pending before the Planning Commission," according to the stipulation.
"(They paid Griswold Real Estate Management for property management services and/or expert witness testimony.) Moreover, Mr. Griswold provided information demonstrating that he promptly recused himself in the rare situation when one of his sources of income did have a matter pending before the Planning Commission."
Griswold writes a column on residential rental property management for U-T San Diego and also bills himself as a “real estate expert” for local NBC affiliate KNSD.
In March of this year, planning commissioner Timothy Golba also reached a stipulated agreement with the ethics commission in which he admitted failing to timely disclose sources of income greater than $10,000 on economic interest statements filed in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and agreed to pay a $3,000 fine.
We have a call into Griswold for further details.
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