Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., May 22
Fullerton lawyer who backed Alvarez gets free Padres tickets from city
"Promotion of growth and development" cited as purpose of awarding ten tickets worth $87.69 each to law firm
Democratic city councilman David Alvarez is spreading some baseball love in the form of free tickets to a Padres game in the city's Petco Park, says a recent disclosure.
According to a June 4 filing posted online by the city clerk's office, the Fullerton-based law firm of Jones & Mayer is getting 10 free tickets valued at $87.69 each to the June 14 game, featuring a match with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The disclosure says the ticket gift was made under category 1(6) of the city council's ticket gifting policy, which says the public purpose of such gifts is "Promotion of growth and development, including economic development and job creation opportunities."
Jones & Mayer's motto, posted on its website, says that "The Public Sector is not part of our practice - it IS our practice."
The law firm of Jones & Mayer is devoted to serving public entities throughout California. In that capacity, the firm serves as general counsel to the cities of Blythe, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Grand Terrace, La Habra, Maywood, South Pasadena, Stanton, Westminster and Whittier, and as General Counsel to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG).
The firm's client list also includes the San Diego Unified Port District.
According to city campaign disclosure data made available online by the city clerk's office, Jones & Mayer’s owner Richard Jones gave a total of $1,000 to Alvarez's 8th district 2010 city council campaign.
Of Jones, Jones & Mayer's website says:
As owner of the law offices of Jones & Mayer, Mr. Jones has served as City Attorney for the cities of Whittier, La Habra, Fullerton, and Westminster and General Counsel to the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley Councils of Government. Mr. Jones has over thirty-five years of experience specializing in municipal law.
As agency counsel, he has negotiated development and disposition agreements with Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco, as well as developed a seventy-five acre retail complex. Issues such as condemnation, relocation, and housing set-aside matters are a regular part of his practice.
We have a call in to Alvarez's city council office, whose voice mail this morning said staff was "currently unavailable to assist you."
We've also left a message for Jones.
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