The Orange County Grand Jury issues a report regarding the sweetheart contract given to Cordoba Corporation, despite being the lowest rated bidder by city staff. You can read about it HERE. I wish I could say I am shocked, but I am not, this is the culture of the City Council of Santa Ana. I know people say “pay to play” goes on all the time in politics, but Santa Ana’s elected officials at the city and school board levels have repeatedly shown it does not take much to play if you are a connected yet flawed company.
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In the months following the layoffs of Welfare Fraud Investigators by the Social Services Agency, the amount of fraud found dropped by 30% resulting in an estimated $9.6 million in fraudulent payments during the last six months of 2009.
One week after the story broke on the smear campaign in Rumores newspaper, the common citizens of Los Amigos, a Latino advocacy group who meets at the Jaugerhaus every Wednesday morning, are seeking a Grand Jury investigation of longtime Santa ana Mayor Miguel Pulido. The want the Grand Jury to focus on the confilict of interest in regards to a recent article in the OC Weekly on Mayor Pulido’s alleged connections to the vending truck industry.
I’m sure that the fact that Williams personal attorney Phil Greer has represented all of the sitting members of the Board of Supervisors except for John Moorlach couldn’t possibly have played a role in the decisions of Supervisor’s Bates and Nguyen to oppose the solution recommended by CEO Tom Mauk (snark). Bates proposed looking into the matter further when the Board discusses the next County budget in May.
The countyâ€™s top executive wants to seize oversight of the public guardianâ€™s office, essentially reducing the authority of the countyâ€™s elected Public Administrator John Williams
So in the news today we have a few items that you may want to know about. Governor, lawmakers blow deadline as budget hole deepens: The legislature and governor could not agree to anything yesterday. So we have now lost $3.3 billion in savings that would have been available to meet the shortfall. The state…
The Orange County Grand Jury has released a report on their review of Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street’s investments in Structured Investment Vehicles (SIVs) HT Ron Campbell-OC Register. The Grand Jury concluded that “although SIVs are ‘facially’ compliant with the County’s policies, these investments should have been reviewed and challenged.” The report added that “the Grand…