Senator Joe Dunn (ret.) to OC Board of Supervisors: Adopt Lobbying Reforms!

Joe Dunn Plans to Gather Citizen Signatures after Supervisors Refuse to Agendize Proposed Lobbyist Registration & Activity Disclosure Reforms

SANTA ANA, CA – After the Orange County Board of Supervisors failed to agendize proposed reforms requiring lobbyists to register and report on their activities to influence county government on matters of public interest, Senator Joe Dunn (ret.) spoke during Public Comments, noting he filed a notice to circulate a petition before the voters.  Confident taxpayers want County government to operate with transparency and accountability, Dunn plans to lead an effort to gather the nearly 73,000 signatures required to place the reforms on the November 2010 ballot.

Senator Joe Dunn (ret.)

While many counties including Los Angeles and San Diego have established reforms allowing the public to know who lobbies and on what issues, Orange County is one of the few counties with absolutely no requirements for lobbyists to register and report their activities.

“Especially in a county where the citizens have strong beliefs that government should not operate in secrecy, we owe it to the taxpayers to tell the whole story about how business is being conducted at County government,” stated the retired lawmaker.

Dunn noted last month’s Grand Jury investigation which found the County’s information technology department spent more than $45 million during the past four years on no-bid contracts. In nearly half of these cases, administrators failed to perform required internal checks, in violation of County policy.  Another Grand Jury investigation into the County’s investments in Structured Investment Vehicles found several breakdowns in the oversight process of the County’s public funds.

Dunn points out that the absence of legal requirements for lobbyists to register and report their activities means there is no way for the public to know whether or not lobbying influence contributed to these problems. 

During the next months, Dunn plans to build a coalition across the political spectrum to help give taxpayers more confidence in their elected officials – especially when the public’s trust in government is at an all-time low   – through transparency created by these the reforms. He stressed that there should be no loopholes or exceptions in order to create “equal and fair play.”

Added Shirley Grindle, government watchdog and author of the county’s campaign finance ordinance TINCUP, “Creating accountability and transparency in county government is a necessary goal. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Joe Dunn on behalf of the public’s interests.”

Click Here, for the proposed reforms.

The Orange County Register’s Jennifer Muir has a story here on the initiative.

  5 comments for “Senator Joe Dunn (ret.) to OC Board of Supervisors: Adopt Lobbying Reforms!

  1. Jeff LeTourneau
    January 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    On a very sad day marking the passing of former Supervisor Harriet Weider, , what a long overdo reform effort. I long for the days when Supervisors Riley and Weider brought balance and integrity to the BOS. Lets end this shameful reign of hypocrisy and special interests. County Govt. should represent everyone, not just the wealthy special interests.-GO JOE

  2. jose s.
    January 13, 2010 at 8:23 am

    what i’m curious about is why there isnt anything mentioned on this blog about janet nguyen pissing away 350 grand on a vietnam monument? dont you guys think this is worth talking about? i think it is.

    • January 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      To be honest, Moorlach’s insistence to spend millions on a lawsuit that has no merit in a much bigger example of fiscal mismanagement by the BoS. So to paint him as a model of fiscal responsibility if laughable. Is this project needed — no. But it’s also not worth making a federal case over.

  3. jose s.
    January 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    cheminowski, i wasnt talking about moorlach i was talking about janet nguyen. nobodys making a federal case over it i’m just curious as to why you guys havent said anything about it. no need to be so sensative. WWML do?

  4. Milt Burdick
    January 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    How do I make contact with Joe Dunn?
    Phone #_____________________________________

    E-mail: _____________________________________

    Thanks
    milt

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