An “anonymous” $50,000 donation to the county to improve an archery range at Mile Square Park is sparking debate over whether government agencies should keep donors’ names secret and whether it could become a way for people with business before the county to secretly curry favor with the elected officials who make decisions.
Orange County supervisors are scheduled Tuesday to move forward with the county government’s first new Civic Center building in decades, a $315-million proposal to replace a long-empty building across from Santa Ana City Hall.
True self-government means knowing how your local public dollars are being spent. Some in Orange County clearly get that as evidenced by the attendance at county Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery’s “Accounting for Activists” training.
Dana Point Harbor Director Brad Gross retired Thursday following an audit that determined the county-owned Dana Point Marina Inn handed out steep discounts to high-level harbor and Dana Point city workers for hundreds of room nights.
High-level employees of Dana Point Harbor and the city of Dana Point took advantage of a poorly documented employee discount program for room stays that had no approval or oversight from the Board of Supervisors.
Auditor Controller Eric Woolery, after a meeting with the county’s top lawyer, has decided to allow payments to go forward for questionable mass mailers sent by supervisors Andrew Do and Lisa Bartlett. However, the state Fair Political Practices Commission is still considering whether to launch a formal review.
Orange County Auditor Controller Eric Woolery is questioning several mass mailers sent by supervisors Lisa Bartlett and Andrew Do over concerns they might violate a state law that limits how elected officials can display their names on publicly funded mail.