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More Reasons for Assemblywoman Gonzalez to BUTT OUT of the Great Park Audit

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 10, 2015

As follow up to my last post on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’ attempt to hinder the audit of the Great Park finances [To San Diego Legislators], the OC Register has a follow up article that implicates Gafcon, Inc. in a potential conflict of interest situation.

Apparently, per the new article, during the deposition of former Irvine Mayor Sukee Kang he disclaimed any knowledge that during the planning of the Great Park, “…Stu Mollrich, a partner in public relations firm Forde & Mollrich, a Great Park subcontractor that answered to the Great Park Design Studio, a collaboration between Gafcon and landscape architect Ken Smith….”, that Mollrich had hired Gafcon to oversee the remodeling of Mollrich’s Laguna Beach home.   Mr. Kang expressed surprise at this information as did City Manager Sean Joyce who noted that Great Park Design Studio was supposed to oversee the work of Forde & Mollrich on the Great Park project.

It would appear that Gafcon, Inc. and Forde & Mollrich both neglected to inform the City of Irvine of this arrangement during the time they were working on the Great Park project.  Was this a reportable conflict of interest that the City should have been informed of?  I do not know but this certainly does not pass the smell test of arms length transactions for the benefit of Orange County and Irvine taxpayers on the Great Park project.

If you wish to read the latest article go to Great Park contractors….

The more layers of this onion get pealed back, the more it smells of cronyism and a massive waste of taxpayer funds.   Yet more evidence that Assemblywoman Gonzalez and the other San Diego legislators should simply BUTT OUT of this very needed audit.

Kudos to the City of Irvine council majority Mayor Steven Choi and council members Jeffery Lalloway, Christina Shea and Lynn Schott for continuing with the audit.  The people of Orange County and Irvine deserve answers regarding the Great Park finances.

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Unions Give Money to All Major Anaheim City Council Candidates; Kring Got Least

Posted by Lassie on October 11, 2012

My blog colleague, OC Insider, wrote this series of posts about Lucille Kring”s $500 contribution from the Anaheim police union (https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/05/lucille-kring-violated-baugh-manifesto/, https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/07/oc-gop-should-rescind-kring-endorsement/, and https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/07/did-kring-fool-the-police-union-too/).  It’s an interesting coincidence that the last two posts were written after the Orange County Register endorsed Kring for Anaheim City Council:

Ms. Kring stands out among the crowd of nine candidates. Having served on the city council previously, she acutely understands the issues facing Anaheim and has a much-needed independent streak on a council in which, we believe, former Mayor Curt Pringle, and other special interests, have far too much influence.

Ms. Kring has a firm grasp on the budgetary challenges of the city and has the right ideas as to how to fix them, including serious pension reform. She also has in-depth knowledge of public safety, and she opposes crony capitalism, sweetheart deals handed out to those with political connections or representation.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-191002-ocprint-council-anaheim.html

OC Insider blasted Kring for inaccurately signing this pledge in the OC GOP questionnaire:

“I WILL NOT ACCEPT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM GOVERNMENT UNIONS.” 

Lodge inaccurately signed the same pledge!  Unlike Kring, Lodge inaccurately told the OC GOP Endorsements Committee that he had not taken any union money:

Lodge says he is endorsed by the Anaheim Police and Fire unions and the Santa Ana Police union but has not taken any money from them.

https://ocpolitical.com/2012/09/05/ocgop-endorsements-committee-meets/

He took $1000 from the Anaheim Police union on 12/28/2011 – almost six months before Kring took $500.

OC Insider neglected to note that every other major candidate for Anaheim City Council took more police union money than Kring did.  The Anaheim police union gave $1800 to Jordan Brandman, $1000 to Steven Albert Chavez Lodge, $1000 to John Leos, and a paltry $500 to Lucille Kring.

Actually, every other major candidate for Anaheim City Council took more union money than Kring did:

Lucille Kring
$500 on 6/20/2012 from the Anaheim Police union

Steven Albert Chavez Lodge
$1000 on 12/28/2011 from the Anaheim Police union

John Leos
$1800 on 2/21/2012 from the Orange County Employees Association (maxed out)
$1800 on 4/6/2012 from the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association (maxed out)
$1800 on 9/30/2012 from the Orange County Labor Federation (maxed out)
$1000 on 9/18/2012 from the Anaheim Police union
TOTAL: $6,400
(I should note OCEA dumped $50,000 into a pro-Leos IE PAC.)

Jordan Brandman
$1800 on 8/30/2012 from the Anaheim Firefighters union (maxed out)
$1800 on 9/14/2012 from OC COPS (maxed out)
$1800 on 8/30/2012 from PORAC (maxed out)
$1300 on 6/8/2012 from the International Union of Operating Engineers (maxed out to $1800)
$1050 on 9/12/7/2012 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 11/4/2011 from the UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 582 (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 11/18/2011 from the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 12/7/2011 from the Anaheim Police union (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 12/31/2011 from the Laborers International Union of North America (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 3/8/2012 from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
$1000 on 5/29/2012 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (grand total: $1500)
$800 on 4/30/2012 from the UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 582 (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 5/7/2012 from the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 9/14/2012 from the Anaheim Police union (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 9/30/2012 from the Laborers International Union of North America (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 12/31/2011 from the District Council of Iron Workers
$500 on 12/31/2011 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (grand total: $1500)
$500 on 4/16/2012 from the International Union of Operating Engineers (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 5/7/2012 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 6/24/2012 from OPCNIA Plasters Local Union 200
$500 on 6/30/2012 from the Sprinkler Fitters Local 109
$250 on 11/4/2011 from the LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council
$250 on 11/4/2011 from the Sprinkler Fitters Local Number 709
$250 on 12/7/2011 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
TOTAL: $20,700

(You can find all campaign finance filings in Anaheim at http://nf4.netfile.com/pub2/Default.aspx?aid=ANA)

Lucille Kring is still the most independent voice for Anaheim City Council, and that’s why the Orange County Register endorsed her.

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OC Register Opposes Los Alamitos Measure DD – Blasts Troy Edgar

Posted by OC Insider on October 5, 2012

The OC Register came out in opposition to the Los Alamitos Utility Tax Expansion and blasted Troy Edgar in the Process.

Here are some of the best parts:

Mayor Edgar reportedly answered, “Is it a sales job? We want this to pass; so we put it in terms the common people can understand.”

Measure DD is incredibly overbroad, taking over 300 words to describe all of the technologies subject to its tax power, including text messages, cellphones, private phone networks, voice-over Internet, faxes, paging systems, routers, electronic billing, video conferencing, among many others.

It even taxes technologies not yet invented and prohibits residents from seeking an injunction against those taxes. In the event federal law changes and allows taxation of the Internet, Measure DD allows Los Alamitos to begin taxing it, too, without voter approval. Already the city taxes cell phones.

Read the entire editorial here

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