Today’s agenda for the Board of Supervisor’s meeting includes a request for funding for a Public Integrity Unit. The request is the result of a large numbers of complaints against public officials for improper conduct. Most notably, there is the arrest on 12 felony sexual abuse charges leveled against City Council member Carlos Bustamante in…
Video of the Orange County District Attorney’s press conference regarding the allegations that led to the arrest of Santa Ana Councilman, and former OC Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante. The video contains graphic details of the charges as well as video from Bustamante’s arrest and transport to Orange County Jail.
The Orange County district attorney’s office will not investigate ongoing reports of records destruction at Anaheim City Hall unless employees contact the DA’s office with evidence. Based upon his standards, if the corruption scandal in the City of Bell happened in Orange County it would not have been investigated.
A complaint filed by TheLiberalOC publisher Chris Prevatt with the OC District Attorney over the Brown Act violation by Santa Ana Councilwoman Alvarez has bee turned over to the Attorney General for investigation.
In the more than 53 years since the Brown Act, Californiaâ€™s open meeting law, was enacted there has never been a successful criminal prosecution for violation of the law. In fact, criminal charges have been alleged five times with only one of those going to trial resulting in a hung jury.
It seems that the Orange County District Attorney has a rather lenient interpretation of the Brown Act when it comes to obvious violations on the part of Westminster City Councilmen Tyler Diep, Andy Quach, and Tri Ta. At least that is the only conclusion I can reach from their response to my complaint regarding the publishing of a letter from these members of the City Council regarding the conflict over Black April events in March. Senior Deputy District Attorney Raymond S. Armstrong responded to my concerns related to the obvious violation of the Brown Act in a June 28, 2010 letter.