When Bob Watkins, the airport authority chairman, clears up problems with his conflict-of-interest disclosures — as he promised Mayor Jerry Sanders today — he’ll also have to address disclosure issues during his service on the San Diego County Board of Education.

Watkins didn’t report property he owned when filing required conflict-of-interest disclosures from 2007 to 2009 while serving on the board.

In 2006, Watkins reported owning land near the airport on the form he sent to the county board. Then he stopped disclosing it. (He stopped disclosing it to the airport authority in 2008.)

County records show that at the time Watkins owned property near the airport in addition to his home in Alpine. He still owns both. State law requires Watkins, and other county board members, to annually report any property they own, income they receive and other investments.

The forms Watkins submitted to the county board said he had nothing to report in 2007, 2008 or 2009. But he did report owning a business, property and stock before then and never noted selling any of it.

His disclosures to the board of education raise other questions. One year’s report he filed with the county board doesn’t jive with the report he sent to the airport authority the same year.

His annual disclosure to the county board submitted Feb. 1, 2007 said he had nothing to report — no businesses, stock or property. But in his disclosure to the airport authority two weeks later, he said he owned a business, that he was its CEO, and that he owned property and more than $100,000 of stock.

Watkins hasn’t returned a call seeking comment.


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