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POLITICAL BAD BOYZ AND GIRLS OUT OF CONTROL ALL OVER SO CA!
I want to give a huge "SHOUT OUT" to the EDITORIAL BOARD over at the WHITTIER DAILY NEWS/SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE and PASADENA STAR NEWS for an AMAZING EDITORIAL in MONDAY'S EDITION that deals with CORRUPTION that PLAGUED many local CITY HALLS in our region for the past TWO PLUS YEARS.
Pico Rivera, Vernon, Temple City, La Puente, Monterey Park, Inglewood, and many other cities that have elected officials are under criminal indictment.
HERE is a snippet of the EDITORIAL...and the link is below.
Remember, it is UP to the PEOPLE to hold our elected officials responsible for their bad behavior. Remember, just because you win an election, doesn't give you the keys to the public cash register. We have laws and lots of checks and balances. Sadly, many of our local city halls are totally out of control and these greedy corrupt POLS are being indicted...one by one.
Our View: DA keeping officials honest
From the Editorial Board of the Whittier Daily News/Pasadena Star News/SG Valley Tribune:
For the most part, government acting in the open is based on the honor system. Remedies for violations of the Brown Act, the state's open meeting law, are few and far between. At best, the illegal action can be declared null and void and the item taken up again in public. The same goes for the California Public Records Act, where jumping up and down and calling out the violation is as good a remedy as any in the law.
That's why the District Attorney's Office is absolutely critical in keeping the sun shining on the business of local government. Without that arm of the law - both as a deterrent against future cheats and to ferret out wrongdoing - local government would literally get away with even more secrecy and obfuscation than normal.
Lately, the Office of Public Integrity under Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley has been working overtime to keep our local elected officials honest, even if that means leveling criminal corruption charges against bad actors. The DA's Office is acting as the public's partner in requiring elected officials reveal matters of economic interest, campaign spending and any other information that should see the light of day and if it doesn't, could make for ethical and legal conflicts or end up influencing an election outcome.
Read more: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_14675387#ixzz0iE8rVuIr
Two officials from Pico Rivera are under investigation by the DA: City Councilman Bob Archuleta, for allegedly failing to report campaign gifts; and former Mayor Ron Beilke, who was charged with two felony counts and six misdemeanors. Beilke is charged with perjury for signing a 2008 statement of economic interest that prosecutors say is a lie. Beilke allegedly used $3,464 in free movie passes - adding up to 433 visits for himself and four guests - from Krikorian, after voting on a contract with the movie theater chain.
Read more: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinions/ci_14675387#ixzz0iEDCgJxN
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