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Task force member was Spanos' guest at Chargers game last year | Disclosure form values gift at $200

September 14, 2002

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Patti Roscoe, a member of the Citizens' Task Force on Chargers Issues, accepted a gift of two tickets to sit in Alex Spanos' box at Qualcomm Stadium in 2001, according to a disclosure report she filed at the city of San Diego this week.

Roscoe valued the gift from the Chargers' owner at $200, including food and beverages. The tickets were for the Oct. 28 game, when the Chargers played the Buffalo Bills.

Roscoe said she got to know the Spanoses the same way she met former Padres President Larry Lucchino -- because she has been involved in the sports community for years. However, she said, she does not believe that involvement will influence her decision- making on the task force.

Reports from Roscoe and Ron Saathoff, a fellow task force member who is president of the city firefighters' union, arrived at the City Clerk's Office on Tuesday. The deadline was Sept. 9, but the reports were not considered late because they were postmarked in time. Roscoe has since filed two amendments, one to correct the date of the Chargers game she attended and the other to disclose that she owns Qualcomm stock.

The 15-member panel has been asked to submit recommendations to the City Council by Feb. 15 on what, if anything, the city should do to keep the Chargers from leaving town. Team officials have said they would like to stay but cannot compete economically with other National Football League teams if they continue playing at Qualcomm Stadium.

"I would like to think that I'm going to look at this and be fair based on the charge that the mayor gave us -- that whatever we decide is good for the community and is economically feasible," said Roscoe, who is the incoming president of the International Sports Council. "I want to do what's best for the community."

The sports council is a private group that tries to bring major sports events such as the Super Bowl to San Diego. This year, the sports council received $1.1 million in tax dollars to help the city host the Super Bowl.

Roscoe, who owns a company that coordinates conventions and plans corporate special events, also said she did not intend to accept any similar gifts while she is on the task force.

In addition to attending task force meetings, Roscoe is volunteering her time and professional expertise to help the subcommittee that is assisting the Super Bowl Host Committee to organize festivities around the Jan. 26 event. The host committee serves as a link between local groups carrying out Super Bowl- related tasks and the NFL.

She said her company, PRA Destination Management Co., has been bidding to plan corporate parties for the Super Bowl, but she does not plan to organize any functions for the NFL or the Chargers.

No Super Bowl-related activities appeared on her disclosure report, she said, because "we weren't asked to do that."

Saathoff reported a tenant-in-common ownership interest in a carwash and in a retail office building, both on Mission Gorge Road. He valued his interest in the carwash at between $100,000 and $1 million and income from the business at $10,000 to $100,000. He valued his interests and income from the office building at the same levels.

All task force members were required to file the reports this week, listing any property within two miles of Qualcomm Stadium or any gifts, income or investments and that could be tied to the Chargers or the stadium.

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