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Investigations

Valerie Stallings and John Moores, Larry Luchino and the mob, Ralph Inzunza, David Malcolm, and San Diego State athletic department

All councilmembers except Juan Vargas attended, including Valerie Stallings, who had reaped thousands of dollars by selling stock obtained in an offering by Neon Systems, a Texas company controlled by Moores.
All councilmembers except Juan Vargas attended, including Valerie Stallings, who had reaped thousands of dollars by selling stock obtained in an offering by Neon Systems, a Texas company controlled by Moores.

From the Archives is the Reader's new series spotlighting articles from over 40 years of the Reader's journalistic history. This week's theme is investigative reporting.

Masters of Deceit

Padres' bribes of councilwoman Valerie Stallings

“On December 14, 1999, despite urgings from the San Diego Taxpayers Association and others to delay its vote, the city council voted to push ahead with bonds for the new downtown ballpark. There was no public discussion of the Qualcomm concessions and no further mention of them in the Union-Tribune.”

By Matt Potter, Aug. 31, 2000 | Read the full story


Lucchino, who Emmett says once dated Kennedy cousin Maria Shriver, approached her father R. Sargent Shriver and his son Bobby and discussed putting a deal together for the Orioles.

Are the Padres Married to the Mob?

“Jay Emmett is said to be an advisor to the Padres on deals like Metabolife and other sponsorship and marketing arrangements. An old friend of team co-owner Larry Lucchino, Emmett, 71, whose home base is a Central Park South apartment in Manhattan and who reportedly serves on the Padres board, has enjoyed a low profile in San Diego.”

By Matt Potter, Jan. 27, 2000 | Read the full story


The John Moores Exemption

Stallings fined; Moores gets off free

“Valerie Stallings's guilty plea in late January to two state misdemeanors for not reporting gifts from Padres owner John Moores resulted in her resignation from the city council and a $10,000 fine. And yet the revelations of Moores’s four-year gift-bounty to Stallings have some San Diegans in disbelief as to why Stallings took the fall and Moores was exonerated.”

By Thomas Larson, April 12, 2001 | Read the full story


Fun with Ralph: Excerpts From a Busy Man's Calendar

Councilman Inzunza’s frantic lunch hours.

“Virtually every business day at the stroke of 12 noon, the 34-year-old councilman can be seen strolling out of his 12th-story city-council office, heading off to one of a chosen few downtown eateries and watering holes, such as Dobson's and the Grant Grill.”

By Matt Potter, July 31, 2003 | Read the full story


What Did David Malcolm Want From: Steve Peace, Tawfiq Khoury, Willie Brown, Bob Filner, and Larry Cushman?

In October 1986, when Malcolm was 32, a disgruntled ex-partner surfaced and claimed he had a tape recording of Malcolm urging him to blow up a house for $1.3 million in insurance money. "Why couldn't somebody just go in and turn on the gas downstairs, leave the burner on upstairs with a candle burning, and when the gas gets to that, it would just blow up?" Malcolm was heard saying on one tape provided to the Los Angeles Times.

By Matt Potter, June 26, 2003 | Read the full story


"I had a son who played high school football, and I wanted him to be recruited by SDSU. I explained this to Ms. Roush." A few days later, Sutton said, he got a phone call from some associates who had found out he had been an "informant" to Roush.

Football Scandal Rocks State

Booze, fraud, porn, strippers, and other collegiate sports.

SDSU’s Rick Bay had been forced to resign after a university auditor uncovered a 2001 photograph of a group of SDSU coaches, players, and boosters surrounding a topless dancer at a strip club called Columbus Gold in Columbus, Ohio. Written across the bottom: "Party Animals!"

By Matt Potter, Sept. 30, 2004 | Read the full story

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All councilmembers except Juan Vargas attended, including Valerie Stallings, who had reaped thousands of dollars by selling stock obtained in an offering by Neon Systems, a Texas company controlled by Moores.
All councilmembers except Juan Vargas attended, including Valerie Stallings, who had reaped thousands of dollars by selling stock obtained in an offering by Neon Systems, a Texas company controlled by Moores.

From the Archives is the Reader's new series spotlighting articles from over 40 years of the Reader's journalistic history. This week's theme is investigative reporting.

Masters of Deceit

Padres' bribes of councilwoman Valerie Stallings

“On December 14, 1999, despite urgings from the San Diego Taxpayers Association and others to delay its vote, the city council voted to push ahead with bonds for the new downtown ballpark. There was no public discussion of the Qualcomm concessions and no further mention of them in the Union-Tribune.”

By Matt Potter, Aug. 31, 2000 | Read the full story


Lucchino, who Emmett says once dated Kennedy cousin Maria Shriver, approached her father R. Sargent Shriver and his son Bobby and discussed putting a deal together for the Orioles.

Are the Padres Married to the Mob?

“Jay Emmett is said to be an advisor to the Padres on deals like Metabolife and other sponsorship and marketing arrangements. An old friend of team co-owner Larry Lucchino, Emmett, 71, whose home base is a Central Park South apartment in Manhattan and who reportedly serves on the Padres board, has enjoyed a low profile in San Diego.”

By Matt Potter, Jan. 27, 2000 | Read the full story


The John Moores Exemption

Stallings fined; Moores gets off free

“Valerie Stallings's guilty plea in late January to two state misdemeanors for not reporting gifts from Padres owner John Moores resulted in her resignation from the city council and a $10,000 fine. And yet the revelations of Moores’s four-year gift-bounty to Stallings have some San Diegans in disbelief as to why Stallings took the fall and Moores was exonerated.”

By Thomas Larson, April 12, 2001 | Read the full story


Fun with Ralph: Excerpts From a Busy Man's Calendar

Councilman Inzunza’s frantic lunch hours.

“Virtually every business day at the stroke of 12 noon, the 34-year-old councilman can be seen strolling out of his 12th-story city-council office, heading off to one of a chosen few downtown eateries and watering holes, such as Dobson's and the Grant Grill.”

By Matt Potter, July 31, 2003 | Read the full story


What Did David Malcolm Want From: Steve Peace, Tawfiq Khoury, Willie Brown, Bob Filner, and Larry Cushman?

In October 1986, when Malcolm was 32, a disgruntled ex-partner surfaced and claimed he had a tape recording of Malcolm urging him to blow up a house for $1.3 million in insurance money. "Why couldn't somebody just go in and turn on the gas downstairs, leave the burner on upstairs with a candle burning, and when the gas gets to that, it would just blow up?" Malcolm was heard saying on one tape provided to the Los Angeles Times.

By Matt Potter, June 26, 2003 | Read the full story


"I had a son who played high school football, and I wanted him to be recruited by SDSU. I explained this to Ms. Roush." A few days later, Sutton said, he got a phone call from some associates who had found out he had been an "informant" to Roush.

Football Scandal Rocks State

Booze, fraud, porn, strippers, and other collegiate sports.

SDSU’s Rick Bay had been forced to resign after a university auditor uncovered a 2001 photograph of a group of SDSU coaches, players, and boosters surrounding a topless dancer at a strip club called Columbus Gold in Columbus, Ohio. Written across the bottom: "Party Animals!"

By Matt Potter, Sept. 30, 2004 | Read the full story

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