Iâ€™ve beenÂ digging intoÂ how Iglesias managed to continue working for the County while she was in a federally funded position for 8Â½ months in violation of federal law. It appears that SSA management turned a blind eye towards her campaign activities. My investigation has uncovered the probable cause for her ultimate resignation on May 21, 2010. Around the end of April and early May, Iglesias and her supporters were actively gathering signatures for her independent campaign for Congress. Those supporters included her sister Sylvia a SSA Manager and an SSA employeeÂ at the same office as SylviaÂ (a close family friend to both Iglesias sisters). One of the places thatÂ the SSA employeeÂ sought signatures was at work. Our investigation has found at this point ten workers, at the Santa Ana Central Regional Office (CRO) of SSA, who were allegedly approached byÂ thisÂ employeeÂ to sign Cecilia Iglesiasâ€™ nomination petition at the SSA worksite.
While these employees have declined to reveal their identities publicly out of fear of retaliation, they all have claimed they were asked byÂ this employeeÂ to sign petitions at her desk. The alleged signature gathering ended after a day or so when the employee was allegedly told to stop. Other workers, who reported directly to Sylvia Igleasias, have told us that they saw campaign materials for Cecilia Iglesias on Sylviaâ€™s desk.
When you run for elected office you need to be prepared for people to look at everything you and your campaign have done or are doing. This is the position that Cecilia Iglesias now finds herself in. Back on July 7th I reported that at the time she launched her campaign for Congress, Ms. Iglesias held an Administrative Manager position with the Social Services Agency (SSA) as a Contract Administrator. Iglesias was earning approximately $76,918 annually (not including benefits), of which 70.21% was federally funded. We learned through a public records request that Ms. Iglesias resigned for the Social Services Agency on May 21, 2010.
I believe thatÂ the allegedÂ gathering of nomination signatures for Iglesias in the SSA facilityÂ was the catalyst that brought sufficient attention to Cecilia Iglesiasâ€™ campaign that SSA management could no longer cover up the fact that she was campaigning for Congress in violation of the Hatch Act. A few weeks ago, Ceciâ€™s sister Sylvia Iglesias was transferred to another work location. That fact caused the veil of silence to lift enough for CRO workers to reveal this information to me. Prior to Sylvia Iglesiasâ€™ transfer the workers were too afraid to say anything.
But just so you know, the alleged campaigning for Cecilia Iglesias has not ended at the CRO facility. Every day the employeeÂ who was allegedly gathering signatures for Ceci parks their vehicle, emblazoned on three sides with campaign signs promoting Cecilia Iglesias for Congress, in the employee parking lot of the CRO facility.
On the plus side,Â the employee’sÂ vehicle isnâ€™t parked I a handicapped parking spot. At least now, that Ceciliaâ€™s sister Sylvia is gone; there is less fear of retribution when workers snort in disgust as they walk pastÂ this employee’sÂ car. It should be noted that there is no county regulation that bars employees for adorning their personal vehicles with campaign signs and driving them to work. That said; these signs, on three sides of her car,Â are overkill.