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February 25, 1998 | DEBRA CANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An effort Tuesday to fire the city's special prosecutor Ravi Mehta failed for lack of council support. Councilwoman Shirley McCracken made the proposal to turn over his investigation to the district attorney's office or a local lawyer, who would serve as prosecutor. Her effort failed for lack of a second.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oracle lobbyist Ravi Mehta refused to testify at a legislative hearing Thursday about his role in the state's $95-million software contract with the company, invoking his right to avoid self-incrimination. At that, Assemblyman Dean Florez (D-Shafter), chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, declared the panel's investigation to be over and announced that its massive collection of evidence and testimony will be sent to Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer for his criminal investigation of the deal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1998 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ravi Mehta, whom the City Council fired as independent prosecutor this week, asked a judge Wednesday to let him keep his job. Fullerton Municipal Judge Gregg L. Prickett scheduled a hearing for today to consider why Mehta should not be removed from the post after nearly five months of investigations into allegations of campaign abuses by Mayor Tom Daly and others in the 1996 council race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2000 | JUDY SILBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anaheim will reimburse the campaign committees of Councilman Frank Feldhaus and former Councilman Irving Pickler for more than $46,000 in fines and attorneys' fees stemming from a special prosecutor's investigation into alleged campaign finance violations. In a 3-2 vote in closed session, which had Feldhaus voting in the majority, the City Council awarded the Friends of the Frank Feldhaus Committee $15,000 and the Friends of the Irv Pickler Committee $31,372.
NEWS
July 31, 1997 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ravi Mehta, chairman of the watchdog state Fair Political Practices Commission whose resignation had been demanded by two fellow commissioners, says he plans to quit soon. Mehta, a former Orange County prosecutor who was appointed to the four-year post by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1995, took the day off Wednesday and was unavailable for comment. Sean Walsh, Wilson's spokesman, said Wednesday that Mehta alone made the decision to leave a "tough and thankless" post and "we wish him well."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1998 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An independent prosecutor, whose bills to the city for his probe of campaign-finance law violations have sparked a public outcry, was fired Tuesday night by the City Council. Ravi Mehta, former chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, has billed the city more than $118,000 so far.
NEWS
July 3, 1997 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This was no Mr. Nice Guy. The day Ravi Mehta assumed the helm of the Fair Political Practices Commission back in January 1995, he outlined for a hushed room full of subordinates his plans to run a no-nonsense, business-like ship: strict work hours, high expectations, no blue-jean Fridays. One shellshocked staffer meekly asked Mehta if there was any hope his appointment as commission chairman might yet be rejected by the state Senate. The room roared with laughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1998
Thank you for your Feb. 14 editorial "Over the Top in Anaheim." You have perfectly articulated a situation in our city which is most troubling. The hiring of a special prosecutor at unreasonable expense by only two of the council members has created an atmosphere of coercion and distrust in the council. As stated in your editorial, the investigation of the 1996 city elections by special prosecutor Ravi Mehta has shown violations that are minor and could well have been handled by the existing legal mechanisms in this county and state if any charges were warranted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
Councilman Lou Lopez will propose at Tuesday's City Council meeting to terminate the services of independent prosecutor Ravi Mehta. Lopez will also propose hiring a local attorney to take over Mehta's investigations in hopes of saving the city money. To date, Mehta, paid $250 an hour, has billed the city about $118,000 for his work. "I'm not questioning Mr. Mehta's work ethics, I'm addressing concerns of the citizens of the high cost," Lopez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1998 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until a judge determines Ravi Mehta's status as Anaheim's special prosecutor, he will continue to investigate allegations that Mayor Tom Daly and others accepted illegal campaign contributions, officials said Thursday. Municipal Judge Gregg L. Prickett has ordered that Mehta remain the independent counsel, although it remains unclear how much control the attorney actually has over the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2000 | JUDY SILBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Anaheim City Council on Tuesday discussed, but took no action, on nearly $180,000 in claims filed against the city by the mayor, a council member and two others who were accused of campaign finance abuses in 1996. Those caught up in the scandal said they were victims of a political vendetta by an out-of-control special prosecutor, and are asking the city to reimburse the fines and attorneys' fees they paid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1998 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ending a political drama that captivated Anaheim, a judge on Friday dismissed charges against Mayor Tom Daly and a former councilman accused by a special prosecutor of violating campaign finance laws. The decision comes eight months after the City Council took the unprecedented step of hiring a special prosecutor to investigate alleged campaign law violations during the 1996 election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ravi Mehta, the lawyer fired from his Anaheim job investigating alleged campaign violations after the fairness and cost of the probe came under question, billed the city more than $12,000 in attorney's fees to fight his dismissal. The fees are part of a bill for $184,942 that Mehta, the former chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, sent city attorney Jack L. White this week. The bill is for Mehta's fees and expenses from Jan. 1 to March 31.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER and DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A municipal court judge agreed Tuesday to consider dismissing charges that Mayor Tom Daly violated campaign-finance laws--minutes after rejecting a bid by the special prosecutor who brought the charges to keep his job. The rulings by Judge Gregg L. Prickett in the Municipal Court in Fullerton to uphold the City Council's firing of Ravi Mehta followed a similar ruling Monday by a Superior Court judge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1998 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Superior Court judge on Monday refused Ravi Mehta's request to block his firing as Anaheim's special prosecutor. "I just don't have a problem that you're indispensable," Judge Tully H. Seymour told Mehta. The judge added that he was not convinced that "all these bad things will happen if you're not retained." Mehta said he would take his petition to the 4th District Court of Appeal. "I think he's dead wrong," Mehta said. "I believe the judge didn't even consider the conflict-of-interest issue."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1998 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Frantically seeking to retain his position as Anaheim's special prosecutor, Ravi Mehta on Monday filed a second legal action charging that the City Council that hired him lacks the authority to fire him and that a third council member was now a target of his political corruption probe.
NEWS
June 26, 1997 | From Associated Press
Backers of a campaign finance reform initiative, angry at comments at a recent ethics seminar for lobbyists, on Wednesday urged Gov. Pete Wilson to fire the state's political watchdog. "We cannot remain mute while the chair of the [Fair Political Practices Commission] wages war against campaign finance reform as adopted by the voters," said a letter to Wilson signed by Fran Packard, head of the League of Women Voters of California, and Jim Knox, executive director of California Common Cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1998 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until a judge determines Ravi Mehta's status as Anaheim's special prosecutor, he will continue to investigate allegations that Mayor Tom Daly and others accepted illegal campaign contributions, officials said Thursday. Municipal Judge Gregg L. Prickett has ordered that Mehta remain the independent counsel, although it remains unclear how much control the attorney actually has over the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1998 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ravi Mehta, whom the City Council fired as independent prosecutor this week, asked a judge Wednesday to let him keep his job. Fullerton Municipal Judge Gregg L. Prickett scheduled a hearing for today to consider why Mehta should not be removed from the post after nearly five months of investigations into allegations of campaign abuses by Mayor Tom Daly and others in the 1996 council race.
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