Revolving Door Law Back on Mission Viejo Docket

Mission Viejo Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht is trying once again to push an ordinance that would bar public officials from doing business with the city for up to four years after their service with the city ends.

Voice of OC first reported Schlicht’s drive to enact the ordinance after she raised questions about Councilman Dave Leckness’ Kwik Kopy shop doing business with the city.

The Orange County Register reported that the shop received about $1,000 in payments through Mission Viejo police services between 2007 and 2008 while Leckness was a Mission Viejo planning commissioner.

At the last council meeting, council discussion revealed that commissioners are not covered by revolving-door protections under current state law and city policy. Previously, other council members had argued that state and city protections meant the ordinance was not necessary.

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the number of years Schlicht wants public officials to have to wait before doing business with the city.