Monday, October 24, 2011

Scummy Fuentean residue

     You remember fraudster and ex-OC Treasurer Chriss Street. During his Treasurer days, he’d visit SOCCCD BOT meetings often, offering forecasts of tax collections and such.
     No two-minute limit for him, boy. He was OC GOP royalty/organized crime.
     He was one of Tom Fuentes’ pals, like Mike Carona and Phil Greer:

Chriss Street appeals big judgment to Ninth Circuit (OC Reg)

     Former Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chriss Street has appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a bid to stave off a $7 million judgment.
     Street filed the appeal last week after U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Richard Neiter declined to reconsider hisMarch 2010 ruling that Street breached his fiduciary duty. Last May, a federal Judge Dean D. Pregerson affirmed Neiter’s ruling.
     Before becoming county treasurer Street was trustee for the bankrupt Fruehauf truck trailer manufacturing company. He was forced out in mid-2005 by the company’s creditors and subsequently sued by his successor as trustee, Los Angeles money manager Dan Harrow.
     By the time the suit came to trial in early 2010, Street was Orange County’s elected treasurer and was seeking re-election. Neiter’s ruling that Street had breached his fiduciary duty to the trust effectively ended Street’s campaign and his political career.
     In his most recent appeal to Neiter, Street accused Harrow of misconduct as trustee. Harrow denied the allegation. Neiter ruled that Street had had time to raise the allegation during the trial but failed to do so, making the allegation irrelevant.
     In addition, Street argued to Neiter that his attorney at the trial, Phillip Greer, was ineffective. Neiter responded that Street could have fired Greer before the trial if he so wished.
     Now both of those issues will go to the Ninth Circuit.

On The Agenda (Voice of OC)

     The Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to allocate $50,000 to enhance the Orange County Tourism Council's website, with options to renew the one-year contract for two more years.
     The contract raised the eyebrows of OC Weekly's R. Scott Moxley. The tourism council includes politically connected officials from Disneyland, corporate lobbying firms and resort hotels, according to Moxley….

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