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San Marcos Mayor Hit With Campaign Finance Complaint In Bid For County Supervisor Seat Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Leo Castañeda / inewsource Six days before the June 5 election, the city of San Marcos appointed an outside attorney on Wednesday to investigate a complaint alleging Mayor Jim Desmond violated city campaign finance laws as part of his run for the county Board of Supervisors.
Realtor Ana Rosvall filed the complaint on Tuesday with the city clerk and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. She alleges Desmond received contributions too close to when six donors had development projects voted on by the City Council. San Marcos requires a 12-month gap between campaign contributions and council votes. A spokesman for Desmond, a Republican running for Supervisor Bill Horn’s open seat, said he doesn’t believe San Marcos’ campaign finance rules apply to a county race. “The rules that govern our campaign are the county of San Diego rules,” spokesman John Hoy said. “We’re quite certain that we adhere to both the spirit and the letter of the law as they apply to the county supervisor race.” Also running for Horn’s seat are Oceanside Mayor Jerry Kern, a Republican, and two Democrats, Jacqueline Arsivaud and Michelle Gomez. Rosvall said she’s been involved in campaigns to stop housing developments that required zoning changes in San Marcos and unincorporated San Diego County. She’s a Democrat and said she filed the complaint against Desmond because she and others are concerned he is overly influenced by developers. Rosvall said she is happy the city is investigating her complaint. “It’s so amazing that someone is taking us seriously and listening to us, and that it’s a process that’s working the way it’s supposed to,” she said. Campaign finance rules in San Marcos say City Council members can’t vote on an issue that financially affects someone who gave them a campaign contribution of $100 or more during the previous 12 months. Council members also can’t receive contributions of $100 or more in the 12 months after casting a vote that affects that donor. The mayor is part of the council. San Marcos City Attorney Helen Holmes Peak told inewsource Shawn Hagerty, an attorney with Best Best & Krieger, has been hired to investigate Rosvall’s complaint. Hagerty specializes in municipal and water law and is Santee’s city attorney, according to his law firm’s website. The donors listed in the complaint include San Marcos Highlands developer Farouk Kubba. The council approved his project to build 169 single-family homes in November 2016. Kubba contributed $800 to Desmond’s supervisor campaign seven months later in June 2017. Three others working on the project also contributed a total of $1,350 to Desmond’s campaign. Two other donors who had worked on the Brookfield Residential project to build 220 condominiums in San Marcos contributed a total of $650 to Desmond’s campaign. The City Council approved the project in January.
The City of San Marcos and Bike Vault are teaming up to host a Bike to Work Day pit stop on Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 9 am at the San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive.
Join thousands of people throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE on Bike to Work Day. With thousands of miles of bikeways in the region, biking gets you where you need to go.
With more than 100 pit stop locations throughout San Diego County, all riders are encouraged to register for Bike to Work Day to receive a FREE t-shirt* and snacks. Riders who visit the San Marcos pit stop location will be entered in a raffle and have a photo opportunity. *You must register online to be eligible for a free t-shirt.
To get prepared for Bike to Work Day, resources are available on the iCommute website, including the San Diego Regional Bike Map, riding, and safety tips, bike lockers, and information about taking your bike on transit.
For more information on Bike to Work Day 2018, visit the Bike Month web page, call 511 and say “iCommute,” or email iCommute@sandag.org. Make sure to follow @iCommuteSD on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
Editor note-San Elijo Hills IS cycling. On a given day you can see USA National Team Junior Cyclists riding through town or 1976 Olympian John Howard riding our amazing roads trails and hills. Give them a wide pass and smile. #sanelijothankful