Sometimes it’s “Good to know the King.” And as Adam Elmahrek explains in his Voice of OC article today, the King delivers for his friends, especially those who employ him.
In September of 2006, Santa Ana City Council passed one of Orange County’s strictest ordinances having to do with the containment of shopping carts. The ordinance requires merchants to come up with physical measures to corral their carts and specifically mentions electronic locking devices as one of the favored methods.
Mayor Miguel Pulido joined the council’s unanimous approval of the ordinance even though at the time he was receiving a paycheck from a company owned by R.J. Brandes, who also happened to be — and still is — majority owner of Gatekeeper Systems, Inc., an Irvine-based company that makes wheel locking systems for shopping carts.
It is unclear to good government experts whether Pulido violated the state’s conflict of interest law by participating in this vote. But it does show once again how close the mayor’s myriad business interests sometimes get to his public policy decisions.
Who knows, maybe the mayor was simply paid another one of his “Success Fees?” Surely there’s nothing wrong with that right? Whether its, Real Estate Sales, Vending Truck Permits, or in this case, Shopping CartÂ Laws, Mayor Pulidio seems to have his hand in just about everything.
Follow the hyperlink to readÂ Adams’s complete article: Santa Ana Shopping Cart Law Shows Extent of Mayor’s Business Dealings.