Arnold Forde, one of California’s most influential, longstanding and controversial political consultants, died Saturday after two years of illness. He was 82.
Just over a year ago, State Sen. Janet Nguyen gave her full-throated support to Andrew Do during his successful run for county supervisor. Now, as Do runs for re-election, Nguyen is launching attacks against him.
Attorneys hired to help conduct an investigation of spending at the Great Park indicate the city could recover millions of dollars stemming from various contract violations, including numerous potential conflicts of interest.
In one of the final acts of an extensive investigation into the Great Park project, the former Irvine City Council leader was questioned about allegations of quid-pro-quo and millions of dollars in billing irregularities.
The Orange County District Attorney sent a letter seeking all documents related to the city’s forensic investigation into the park’s finances.
City Council in a unanimous vote decided to request a Superior Court judge to order Stu Mollrich of Forde & Mollrich to turn over financial records.
Irvine’s deadline comes and goes without Forde & Mollrich turning over financial information relating to their infamous Great Park contract. City Council will decide whether to take the issue to a judge.
In the newest twist of the ongoing Great Park investigation, Stu Mollrich, who heads the park’s now infamous former public relations consulting firm, is defying auditor’s demands for the company’s overhead, employee salaries and profit margins.
He’s not well known outside political circles, but GOP and Democratic leaders have relied on “Arnie” since the 1960s.