Editorial Staff

No better Reason for an Ethics Commission

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Mayor Pulido sit together at the mayor's table at the state of the city address. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek/Voice of OC).

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s long-time political consultant Dennis DeSnoo maxed out in a first time campaign contribution of $1,900 to DA Tony Rackauckas two months after Voice of OC exposed his property swap which ultimately led him to be placed him under investigation by Santa Ana city Attorney Sonia Carvalho. As icing on this ethics mud pie, other Pulido allies also suddenly gave to Rackauckas according to the Voice of OC Report.

Pulido Ultimatum

Mayor Miguel Pulido (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

On Tuesday night the Santa Ana City Council voted in closed session to issue an ultimatum to the Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas, and the Fair Political Practices Commission demanding that they issue criminal charges against Mayor Miguel Pulido by September 30th or they will release the details of their investigation into Pulido’s property swap windfall. More than 10 months have passed since Voice of OC first reported on a property swap between Pulido and a city contractor that netted Pulido a $197,000 windfall and the contractor subsequently being awarded a $1.35 million no-bid contract to provide the city with auto parts for its city fleet.

Another Executive Scandal for County of Orange

Image from ABC TV series Scandal. Not at all related to OC Scandal

Carlos Bustamante goes on trial in November for allegedly assaulting several women he supervised as a senior executive at OC Public Works. Now, Voice of OC reported yesterday about an scandal involving senior executives in OC Parks who apparently directed almost $1 million in consulting contracts to a friend of former Deputy Director of OC Parks, Michael Brajdic.

A rather spectacular bit of politicking

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Last week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors effort to establish limited campaign finance oversight had its proverbial head cut off. State lawmakers gutted the bill after a rather spectacular bit of politicking, leaving this dragon not completely dead, but with just one head.