Last week, the Voice of OC reported on an ongoing FPPC investigation of Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s campaign funding irregularities involving unemployed and student donors. It took a few days, but on Thursday afternoon the other shoe dropped. A detailed review of the court documents revealed that the FPPC had more than just a hunch behind its subpoenas.
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.
“SaveAnaheim,” a blog founded by Jason Young that insists on transparency from Anaheim City Government and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, apparently can talk the talk but not walk the walk. In a comment on our post about Lorri Galloway’s mayoral HQ opening, Young wrote: “I don’t control the content of Save Anaheim nor the approval…
A FPPC complaint has been filed alleging that Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait voted improperly, several times in violation of state conflict of interest laws over the past couple years, on matters involving the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). Tait’s company, Tait Environmental Services, holds a contract of more than $330,000 with OCTA.
At Tuesday’s meeting the Orange County Board of Supervisors considered how they would address the growing concern over possible campaign finance misbehavior and conflicts of interest in their ranks. Their response to calls for an ethics commission by the Orange County Grand Jury is, unsurprisingly, nothing more than the campaign finance reform equivalent of a bait-and-switch.