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District attorney investigates mayor

ENCINITAS — The San Diego County District Attorney’s office is now investigating complaints against Mayor Dan Dalager. The two-term councilman and current candidate confirmed the investigation and said he welcomes the opportunity to “clear things up.”
An investigation by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has been temporarily suspended according to officials reached Oct. 26, in deference to the D.A. offices probe. “We have suspended our investigation until the D.A.’s office chooses whether or not to exercise their options,” Executive Director Roman Porter said.
He said nothing precludes the agency that monitors elected officials from continuing its investigation while the D.A. also inquires, but that the agency used its discretion to do so.
“There is also nothing that prevents us from taking it up again,” he said.
Dalager said the complaints are similar to those filed in August with the commission that alleged the mayor received heavily discounted kitchen appliances from a local retailer and later voted in favor of the person on a matter before the council.
A subsequent complaint alleged Dalager failed to report a $100,000 personal loan on state required financial-disclosure paperwork he filed with the city in 2007.
Dalager does not deny the allegations, saying he “goofed” at a recent candidate forum by not properly disclosing the loan. He also said he paid a fair price for the appliances and did not consider the items an “inappropriate gift” as defined by the regulations limiting gifts to public officials.
“The FPPC was just about done with it and didn’t find anything,” Dalager said. “I’m glad it is with the D.A. now; they’re closer. It’s been fun working with them.”
“Until or unless charges are filed the DA’s office cannot confirm or deny that an investigation is taking place,” county district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Levikow said.
Dalager, who is running for re-election, said he believes the allegations are politically motivated. “It’s become a tactic,” he said, referring to filing complaints against a candidate with the commission prior to an election. When asked if he thought his case was similar he replied “darn right it is.”
Despite his critics who have consistently called for his resignation in the face of the scandal, Dalager maintains his resolve to continue the status quo. “When this is straightened out, you wait, there’s nothing there. It’s just slime,” he said.
The longtime resident said that the accusations that he knowingly misled anyone are wrong. “People who know me, I think they know what slime is,” Dalager said. “I think most people are smart enough to realize this is just smear tactics.”
The commission received several complaints beginning in August about kitchen appliances that Dalager purchased at a heavy discount last year from a man who later appealed to the council for permission to keep a retaining wall built illegally on the city’s right-of-way. Dalager said he did not know the issue would come before the council.
However, some residents are unconvinced that Dalager’s actions are benign and look forward to a full vetting by the D.A.’s office. Andrew Audet, a Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident, has called for Dalager’s resignation at several City Council meetings. “Clearly the FPPC didn’t like what they found, which is why they sent it over to the DA for further investigation,” Audet said. “For months Dalager has stonewalled the public, let’s hope the D.A. can make him come clean.”

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loose lips October 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

It’s been fun working with DA?

Like disneyland fun?

these problems are all your own doing, unless you can convince me that Tesea made you not report the 100k loan.

That Teresa made you vote to waive $225,000 in developer fees to reward your friend who made you the loan.

That Teresa made you take the aplliances for darn near free.

That Teresa made you vote to reward that guy as well.

There is slime here, but it is self inflicted slime, not brought on by any political enemy.

You would do best to stop talking publicly about the issue as you a provide a contributing case of no remorse which will just add to the punishment.

OCB October 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

Dirty Dalager and the DA! We need TNT Barth and Kranz-

Lets review Dalagers lies and mispresentations- Dalager told the public on 8/25 he wanted to put everything on the table- 2 weeks later it was exposed that he took a 100K loan from developers and voted for developers.

In his Sept flyer Dalager told the public he was working with the FPPC, but we learned that on Sept 10th teh FPPC atty’s sent him a letter saying they refused to work with him or talk to him as he was being investigated-

Dalagaer continues to lie to the public and stonewall the public- he took loans and gifts, he violated the FPPC.

Please vote for Barth and Kranz

livin'inEncinitas October 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

The District Attorney’s Office wouldn’t be involved if these allegations were mere "smear tactics." Dan has also solicited a position as a "consultant" for a local bank procuring accounts from local residents and businesses. Now, if you owned a business which needed say a license or permit and the "mayor" asked you to open an account at a local bank, what would you do? This is blatant conflict of interest and is of more consequence than just taking bribes of "darn near free" appliances and personal loans from developer friends.

Observor October 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

Dalager is in complete denial, a testamant to his ignorance of the law or adherence to unethical standards. Claiming that the charges are "slime" and "election year tactics" are his form of coming clean – he refuses personal responsibility. I understand he defended Duke Cunningham in the early phases of that investigation – birds of a feather. I hope Dan is in communication with Duke – they can decide on who gets the upper bunk.

encinitasyouneedus October 31, 2010 at 8:42 am

There is one word for this, Entitlement. For Danny, it means he can cry victim despite being the author of all his woes. This is happening in every community, region and state across this nation. Accountability has been a rare thing for more than a decade or two. It isn’t surprising that Dan is in total denial and believes the DA is a friend to help him tidy up. It is foggy up there on Mt. Privilege.

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