Tag Archive for FPPC

VOC: More Troubles for Miguel Pulido

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).

In last November’s campaign for Mayor, surrogates for Miguel Pulido made a major campaign issue of a 30 second Facebook photo that his challenger, council member Roman Reyna, posed for photos with two old friends — one of whom allegedly had ties to a Latino gang.  The Santa Ana Police Officer’s Association suggested in mail…

Fine Levied in 2012 Irvine Election Dark Money Case

Jon Fleischman

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a $14,000 fine has been levied against a Pennsylvania donor and a Virginia non-profit for disguising contributions in the dark money donation that helped topple the Democratic majority in the 2012 City of Irvine Elections.  It’s a wholly-inadequate fine and proves elections can be purchased for the right buyer.…

TheLiberalOC files FPPC Complaints against Two Santa Ana Planning Commissioners

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TheLiberalOC has formally filed FPPC violation complaints against two Santa Ana Planning Commissioners — Eric Alderete and Sean Mill — for failure to disclose their financial interests and/or investments.  As evidence, that was required, we provided copies of both Commissioners’ Form 700 disclosure forms as posted on the City of Santa Ana’s website and indicated…

Santa Ana’s Sliding Scale on Disclosure Forms

Sean H. Mill

The Santa Ana City Council takes great pains to paint itself as running a city government that’s open and transparent.  And the city, at it’s December 16 meeting, voted to not re-appoint Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra on the grounds he hadn’t disclosed –in writing — all of his ex-parte communications that Bacerra had previously reported verbally…

Supervisor Nguyen: Hiding in the Shadows

Supervisor Janet Nguyen

Supervisor Nguyen, through the county’s taxpayer-funded attorney, demanded that OCEA stop using her photo in their Crystal Ball ads. In order to comply with her demand, they have revised the images in their campaign to hide Nguyen’s image in shadow, and sketch out the images of all Supervisors shown inside their crystal ball.

Janet Nguyen’s Laundered Money – Still Dirty

Money-Laundry

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.

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.