Perris Councilman Admits Drug-Related Felony


A Perris city councilman caught with methamphetamine after reporting that his city-issued iPad had been stolen pleaded guilty Monday to possession of drugs for sale. Julio Cesar Rodriguez, 29, was arrested last June after he was found with an undisclosed quantity of meth and exhibited signs of being under the influence of the drug. Read […]

Steve Pougnet paid to fly in for meeting


The Aug. 25, 2011, meeting lasted five minutes, just enough time for Pougnet and two other council members — acting in their role of overseeing the city’s redevelopment agency — to meet a deadline for action related to the state’s RDA dissolution process. Pougnet’s flight the day before from Colorado, where his husband and children […]

Suing the City of Carson


In February, the Chargers revealed they were planning a new football stadium that would cost more than $1 billion to share with the Oakland Raiders in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson. Team officials said they’d been secretly negotiating with Carson leaders for at least a month prior to the announcement. What did those negotiations […]

Mayor Miguel Pulido agrees to $13,000 fine


Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has agreed to pay $13,000 in fines stemming from a personal land deal with a city contractor – a transaction from which he may have profited. Pulido committed six violations of the state’s Political Reform Act, including voting to renew the city contract of auto parts provider Rupen Akoubian four […]

FPPC fines County D.A. Mike Ramos


For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices. Ramos, who has served as the county’s top prosecutor for the past 13 years, paid the commission, under a stipulated agreement, a […]

Panel investigates state Sen. Mimi Walters


SACRAMENTO — The state’s ethics agency is investigating whether state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel) violated conflict-of-interest laws when her office placed phone calls to California prison officials about the status of a financial claim her husband’s company had filed. Read More at:

Supervisor Dave Roberts abused power


SAN DIEGO – A $250,000 claim has been filed against San Diego County, and it alleges abuse of power by Supervisor Dave Roberts. Diane Porter told 10News she doesn’t like the way her former boss ran his office. “I just don’t feel like you get to make up the rules as you go. You could […]

Gambling chairman folds his cards


The chairman of the state gambling regulatory commission announced Thursday he is retiring, the second key regulator this month to step aside at an agency that has been shadowed by conflicts of interest this year. Richard J. Lopes said he would retire from state service as of Sunday and would leave his $138,000 per year […]