Things with OC Treasurer/Tax Collector Chriss Street are getting more and more interesting.Ã‚Â So interesting that I am adding image below as the header for our coverage of the facts, myths, and news generated by Supervisor John Moorlach’s personal pick to succede him as Treasurer.
In the Orange County Register this evening is a story about Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas investigating Chriss Street’s activities while in office.Ã‚Â Peggy Lowe at the Register reports that:
Street is being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office about a possible deal with a private architectural company.Ã‚Â Investigators have questioned Street, a fired former aide and other staff members as part of the probe, which was launched last month.
It is the latest in a growing list of official investigations into Street’s past and present employment. Last week, The Orange County Register reported that the U.S. Justice Department’s Santa Ana office was investigating Street’s previous work as a bankruptcy trustee for Fruehauf Trucking Corp.
Other federal probes into Street’s Fruehauf work include several by the Department of Labor and one by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., according to filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
This current investigation is just one more example of Street being out of touch and operating as though he is managing an investment firm on Wall Street.Ã‚Â He’s not. it is taxpayer money that he has been throwing around without any regard for the costs.Ã‚Â Peggy further reports:
Street, who has been in office just eight months, said investigators questioned him about an architectural contract for work on the building that houses his office, the Hall of Finance and Records. Street said only that his office sought guidance from the county’s Resources and Development Management Department and that it complied with the county procurement processes.
“I talked to them about architecture on the outside of the building,” Street said. “To date there’s been no contract issued and no funds expended.”
This is getting to be more interesting than a crime mystery. I wonder how long it will take for Moorlach to call for the resignation of his pal to protect his own tail from scandal.
Note to John… It’s probably too late for that now. 🙂