Jeff Smith 12:30 p.m., Nov. 22
Ex-San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor due back in court on Thursday
O'Connor will appear in court for a case filed by her sister's former husband over the sale of a Mendocino luxury hotel
Former San Diego mayor Maureen O'Connor is due back in court on Thursday, or, at least her lawyers will be there.
On April 25, Judge John Meyer will call into session another hearing in the case filed by O'Connor's twin-sister, Mauvareen's ex-husband Dr. Thomas Kravis. The case involves the Mendocino County luxury hotel that O'Connor owned before selling it for a reported $19.5 million to a German bank group. That sale is currently in litigation after O'Connor sued the bank and three buyers for fraud that resulted in the foreclosure of the hotel and other properties.
According to the Mendocino Beacon, O'Connor's former husband R.O. Peterson, founder of fast food chain Jack In The Box, "owned the Mendocino Hotel from 1975 to 1989, when it was purchased by his brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas Kravis, the current owner. At the time, Kravis was married to Maureen’s twin sister, Mavourneen O’Connor. In a partnership controlled by Maureen, the sisters purchased Heritage House in Little River from the Dennen family in 1998. They sold the property in 2006 to Lantana LLC. In March 2012, Lantana Holdings LLC sold the property to Heritage House LP. The identity of the new owners has not been made public."
This isn't the first time O'Connor's name will come up in a San Diego courthouse. In February, O'Connor appeared in federal court after admitting to swiping more than $2 million from a charity that was founded by her former husband in order to pay off a huge gambling debt that she accrued over a near-decade span. During that time, O'Connor was said to have wagered $1 billion dollars at tribal casinos in San Diego County, and at others in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
At the hearing O'Connor agreed to return the money to the R.P Foundation while prosecutors agreed to defer prosecution for two years to allow the former mayor to recover from a number of health issues.
The Ex Parte hearing will take place on Thursday at 8:30 am.
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