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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.

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.

Protection Racket: Supervisor Bates pulls former assistant Probolsky back into her nest

OC Supervisor Pat Bates Photo: Chris Prevatt, TheLiberalOC

On July 1, Voice of OC reported that Supervisor Bates’ former executive assistant Brian Probolsky, a manager with OC Community Resources department and also an elected member of the Moulton Niguel Water District – has come under fire because his time cards rarely show time off on days he’s attending water district meetings. Now, less than a month after this revelation, Bates has brought Probolsky back under her wing of protection.

AD-69 Republican Candidate Using Boy Scouts as Props

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Republican candidate for AD-69 and current Santa Ana Unified Trustee Ceci Iglesias is in violation of a national policy established by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) by using photos of scouts on her campaign website.  Specifically, “Photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of…

Santa Ana’s Pulido under FPPC investigation

Mayor Miguel Pulido - Photo: Chris Prevatt/LiberalOC

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has opened its own investigation of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido over a property swap that resulted in a 197,000 profit to the mayor. The FPPC is investigating possible violations by the mayor, according to a Feb. 18 letter from the agency. The possible violations include failing to report economic interests in the property, as well as the transaction itself, and Pulido’s vote on the $1.35 million contract awarded to the previous property owner.