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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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anniej Aug. 15, 2012 @ 4:28 p.m.

lie, get caught, pay a fine and then what? wait to get caught again?


Dave Rice Aug. 15, 2012 @ 10:36 p.m.

A college professor once offered up a comparison of street crime and white-collar crime...

A man walks into a 7-Eleven, pours himself a slurpee, and then robs the cashier at gunpoint, emptying the register. He's caught and goes to prison for several years. In the business world equivalent, if he was caught the police would ask him to give back the slurpee before sending him on his way.


gwhaley03 Aug. 15, 2012 @ 10:12 p.m.

Isn't he licensed with DRE as well? How do these violations impact his ability to hold a real estate license and does it compromise his ability to uphold the public's trust?


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 16, 2012 @ midnight

DRE won't do jack, and someone needs to file a complaint first anyway-no complaint no discipline.


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