February 20, 2018: San Diego Union-Tribune: Assessor Trips Cost Taxpayers Over $90K.
In total, [Dronenburg] made 112 trips outside San Diego County between January 2012 and May 2017, the time period reviewed by U-T Watchdog. The travel included 161 hotel nights, usually at a Hyatt brand property, along with meals, car rentals, parking and other expenses. The travel costs came to just over $90,000 for the five-plus years.
Dronenburg was reimbursed $1,362 after taking his wife to Sonoma County for a three-day conference hosted by the same group. That event included a golf tournament, a wine industry update, a hospitality reception and face-reading, records show.
Between 2013 and 2016, Dronenburg attended annual conferences of the Northern California Assessors’ Association held at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn west of Lake Tahoe. He spent $5,208 over nine nights on four separate visits, records show.
On a trip to Santa Monica, Dronenburg stayed at a Hyatt in Ontario, an hour away.
Dronenburg, who faces San Diego attorney Matthew Strabone on the June ballot...