Most of us know that parking in a spot designated for handicapped individuals when you are not handicapped is against the law. It is against the law, even if you have a valid parking placard. If you are not disabled, you are not authorized to use the placard even if you have one.
Cecilia Iglesias seems to not really care about such things. The benefit of parking her SUV with her campaign sign in the truck bed in front of the Walmart store in Santa Ana, far outweighs the need for a person with an actual disability to have a place to park. This photo was taken on Friday evening outside the Walmart on Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana.
This of course is not the first example of Iglesias flaunting the law in her bid for Congress. I reported back in July about how Iglesias violated the HATCH Act (federal law) for more than 8 months by working in a federally funded position as a contracts manager at the Social Services Agency before she was forced to resign. While she was campaigning to gather signatures, she sent Facebook friend requests to employees supervised by her sister who is also a Social Services Agency manager. Her sister also kept campaign materials in her office in full view of her subordinates. These were not only violations of federal law, but violations of county policy as well.
Social Services Agency managers were fully aware of the Congressional campaign of Ms. Iglesias and that federal law was being violated. They simply ignored that fact as long as they could. The Social Services Agency has refused to disclose when they knew of the Hatch Act violation, why it took so long to be corrected, or if Ms. Iglesias was forced to resign as required by the Hatch Act. They cite the confidentiality of personnel records and privileged documentation.
We have reported that given the close association that Ms. Iglesias has had with Republican elected officials including Congressman Ed Royce (the picture with Royce has since been scrubbed from her website), that her campaign is nothing more than an effort to dilute support for Congresswoman Sanchez by placing a Latina on the ballot. Ms. Iglesias spent approximately $30,000 on fundraising events for her campaign in 2010. Her total contributions received for the effort were $18,580. Not really any evidence here of a real fundraising base of support for her campaign.
While I know that administrative managers make a decent living, her ability to loan her campaign more than $30,000 and also give up her job to run for Congress causes me to suspect that there is a hidden source of funding for her campaign. Her finance reports show no indication of any funding for signature gathering other than expenses for administrative support paid to several individuals. Given that Ms. Iglesias also has no current visible means of personal financial support, I have to wonder who is paying her bills.
I have learned that as Van Tran’s campaign identifies voters that will not support him, mysteriously, those voters are targeted for canvassing by Iglesias within a couple days.
At any rate, it is clear that Cecilia Iglesias and her campaign are handicapped by a clear lack of visible support from direct campaign contributions, and has mysterious and hidden resources funding her campaign effort and personal financial needs. Unfortunately, that is not a handicap that permits her to park her SUV equipped with a campaign sign, in handicapped parking.