Supervisor Roger Stanton's exposure at this time for violation of the county TIN CUP ordinance and the California State Fair Political Practices Act was for the benefit of the Baldwin Co. Supervisor Thomas Riley's vote for Paul Hegness' developer clients after accepting a $250 company contribution from Mr. Hegness lacked ethical and moral judgment. Supervisor Gaddi Vasquez's Oct. 7 fund-raiser in a non-election year reads like a Who's Who of the development industry.
In observance of the Constitution's anniversary, they have abandoned the pretense of impartial government and have their meetings at the "prestigious Lincoln Club," where a ritualistic serpentine chain dance occurs. A politician's hand in the preceding person's pocket requires a prison-type lock step.
This is all perfectly ethical: County Counsel Adrian Kuyper, whom the supervisors can hire and fire, vouches for it. Autocracy is Orange County's distorted perception of the Constitution on its 200th anniversary. Government by the developer and for the developer. Let the good times roll for the chosen few.