Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ethics in OC government? C'est à rire!

"It is to laugh!"
Split Views On Enforcing OC Political Ethics
(Voice of OC, Aug 5)

     A long running argument between unofficial campaign finance watchdog Shirley Grindle and Orange County supervisors over how to enforce ethics in local politics has erupted again, with Grindle urging voters in November to reject the supervisors’ plan for the state to take on the responsibility.
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     For years, Grindle has tried to convince supervisors the county needs an independent ethics commission to review complaints about wrongdoing, ranging from campaign finance law violations to abuse of power within the sprawling county bureaucracy.
     Although Grindle isn’t alone – three separate grand juries in recent years have recommended an ethics commission -- she’s been consistently rebuffed by supervisors, who dismiss the idea as costly and potentially compromised by political biases.
     But the issue took on renewed urgency in 2013 after that grand jury issued a report that alleged a “culture of corruption” in county government....

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