Encinitas Ex-Mayor Pleads Guilty to Conflict

Dalager fined, cannot serve for 4 years

By Michael Gehlken
|  Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011  |  Updated 2:08 PM PDT
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Former Encinitas mayor Dan Dalager has been barred from holding public office for four years and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to a conflict of interest, San Diego County District Attorney Bobbie B. Dumanis announced Wednesday.

Dalager, 60, paid a grossly discounted price for three appliances at a downtown San Diego appliance store, according to evidence, before voting last year in the store owner's favor.

Receipts showed that Aztec Appliance, owned by Mathew Gordon, sold Dalager a cooktop, oven and exhaust fan for $150 in Oct. 2009. The appliances were worth over $2,000, Dumanis said in a release.

On Feb. 17, 2010, Dalager voted in an Encinitas City Council meeting to appeal a city violation against Gordon's beach-front Encinitas estate. The violation degreed that the front wall of Mathews' home encroached public property.

Dalager served for eight years on the Encinitas City Council and one term as mayor.  He was not re-elected last November amid the controversy, receiving the fewest number of votes of the four candidates.

As part of the sentence, Supreme Court Judge Hockett in Vista placed Dalager on three-year probation.

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