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Voters will decide on Orange County’s Ethics Commission

Local political watchdog Shirley Grindle addresses county supervisors in July. (Photo by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

Editors note: we reached out to Shirley Grindle, OC’s political watchdog, for her thoughts on the proposed Ethics Commission ballot measure for next June; she offered her thoughts below:   For the past 10 years, I have made several attempts to convince the County Board of Supervisors to establish what is commonly referred to as…

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.

Amante Votes on Grand Jury Ruling Criticizing Him; Shirley Grindle says it’s the Height of Arrogance

The Tustin City Council finally met to discuss a recently Grand Jury report that faulted Tustin councilman Jerry Amante and Laguna Hills councilman Allan Songstad for using their positions of authority to unduly influence officials at Brandman University to be critical of the work of Professor Fred Smoller (more on this in a second).  With…

Campaign Watchdog Grindle Questions Martinez Contribution

Hat tip to the Voice of OC, as campaign finance watchdog Shirley Grindle has called into question a campaign donation made to Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s Assembly campaign.  The contribution, from a vendor awarded a contract by the city of Santa Ana, came after Martinez voted to award the vendor a city contract. …

Shirley Grindle Files FFPC Complaint Against FFFF for Political Reform Act Violation

Political campaign watchdog Shirley Grindle filed a complaint last Friday against Tony Bushala and the Friends for Fullerton’s Future (Committee 1270222) for continuing in campaign activity even though his political action committee, set up to derail the candidacy of Linda Ackerman, was terminated in February. Technical, Grindle sees Bushala’s actions as a violation of the…