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North Orange County Community College Officials received hidden gifts

Posted by Allen Wilson on November 4, 2013

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The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will consider imposing fines for seven (7) North Orange County Community College District  (NOCCCD) officials and trustees ranging from $200 to $400 at their upcoming meeting on November 14, 2013.

The seven NOCCCD officials named in the agenda on the proposed fines are four trustees:  Leonard Lahtinen, Molly McClanahan, Donna Miller and Manny Ontiveros along with three officials:  Fullerton College President Rajen Vurdien, former Cypress College President Michael Kasler and Chancellor Ned Doffoney.

The Sacramento Bee reports that numerous of electeds and officials were named due to gifts that were received from a bond advisers that went unreported, which is violation of California gift reporting under the Government Code Section 87207.

The Sacramento Bee further explains the investigation was triggered by the Ventura County District Attorney which uncovered unreporting of gifts from bond advisers, which prompted the FPPC to do an investigation of their own.

According to the Sacramento Bee one of the bond advisers named in giving gifts to the seven NOCCCD officials is E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc , which has underwritten 375 bonds totaling $14.5 Billion for local governments since 2009.

Below is the stipulation and order by the FPPC for the seven NOCCCD officials due to gift reporting violations:

Staff: Political Reform Consultant Adrianne Korchmaros, Legal Analyst Tracey Frazier, and Law Clerk Kyle Levy. In this matter, Respondent, Rajen Vurdien, as the President of the North Orange County Community College District, failed to timely disclose gift(s) of: one meal valued at $153.86 on his 2010 Statement of Economic Interests; and one meal valued at $180.00 on his 2011 Statement of Economic Interests. All gifts were from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc. and all omissions were in violation of Government Code Section 87207 (2 counts). Total Proposed Penalty: $400.
Vurdien – Stip

Staff: Political Reform Consultant Adrianne Korchmaros, Legal Analyst Tracey Frazier, and Law Clerk Kyle Levy. In this matter, Respondent, Donna Miller, as Trustee for the North Orange County Community College District, failed to timely disclose gift(s) of: one meal valued at $153.86 on her 2010 Statement of Economic Interests. All gifts were from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc. and all omissions were in violation of Government Code Section 87207 (1 count). Total Proposed Penalty: $200.
Miller – Stip

Staff: Legal Analyst Tracey Frazier and Law Clerk Liz Smutz. In this matter, Respondent, Michael Kasler, as the President of the North Orange County Community College District, failed to timely disclose gift(s) of: one meal valued at $180.00 on his 2011 Statement of Economic Interests. All gifts were from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc. and all omissions were in violation of Government Code Section 87207 (1 count). Total Proposed Penalty: $200.
Kasler – Stip

Staff: Political Reform Consultant Jeanette Turvill and Legal Analyst Tracey Frazier. In this matter, Respondent, Molly McClanahan, as a Member of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, failed to timely disclose gift(s) of: one meal valued at $180.00 on her 2011 Statement of Economic Interests. All gifts were from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc. and all omissions were in violation of Government Code Section 87207 (1 count). Total Proposed Penalty: $200.
McClanahan – Stip

Staff: Political Reform Consultant Jeanette Turvill and Legal Analyst Tracey Frazier. In this matter, Respondent, Manny Ontiveros, as a Member of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, failed to timely disclose gift(s) of: golf and two meals totaling $318.55 on his 2011 Statement of Economic Interests. All gifts were from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc. and all omissions were in violation of Government Code Section 87207 (1 count). Total Proposed Penalty: $200.
Ontiveros – Stip

Staff: Political Reform Consultant Adrianne Korchmaros, Legal Analyst Tracey Frazier, and Law Clerk Kyle Levy. In this matter, Respondent, Leonard Lahtinen, as a Member of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, failed to timely disclose gift(s) of: one meal valued at $153.86 on his 2010 Statement of Economic Interests. All gifts were from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc. and all omissions were in violation of Government Code Section 87207 (1 count). Total Proposed Penalty: $200.
Lahtinen – Stip

Staff: Political Reform Consultant Adrianne Korchmaros, Legal Analyst Tracey Frazier, and Law Clerk Kyle Levy. In this matter, Respondent, Ned Doffoney, as Chancellor for the North Orange County Community College District, failed to timely disclose gift(s) of: meals totaling $153.86 on his 2010 Statement of Economic Interests; and meals totaling $180.00 on his 2011 Statement of Economic Interests. All gifts were from E.J. De La Rosa & Co., Inc. and all omissions were in violation of Government Code Section 87207 (2 counts). Total Proposed Penalty: $400.
Doffoney – Stip

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