Mayor Jerry Sanders isn’t interested in overseeing distribution of San Diego City Council members’ tickets to the city’s luxury boxes at Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park.

Sanders, replying to a proposal by three council members to ensure the free tickets are used only to recognize volunteers or as charity raffle prizes, said in a memo that administering and overseeing the ticket distribution is “not an appropriate role” for the executive branch.

Instead, Sanders’ memo states that individual council members should be responsible for monitoring their compliance with the law, or the duty should fall to the independent budget analyst or city clerk.

The mayor said he’s glad council members Carl DeMaio, Todd Gloria and Sherri Lightner are taking on the issue, which comes on the heels of a ruling by the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The city’s use of tickets has been the subject of scathing grand jury reports.

Sanders said he gives his tickets to the Armed Forces YMCA at the Balboa Naval Center to be distributed to wounded veterans.

“This practice has always met the guidelines of the California Fair Political Practices Commission,” the mayor says in the memo, “and it has the added benefit of being the right thing to do.”


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