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June 24, 1991 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ and LYNDA NATALI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The long-simmering probe into the business dealings of Brea City Councilman Ron Isles hit a pivotal point last week when dozens of investigators searched his law firm and the offices of his now-estranged business partner, developer Don McBride.
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August 7, 1993
The State Bar of California has reprimanded attorney Ronald E. Isles, the former mayor of Brea who pleaded guilty last October to misdemeanor charges of failing to report a loan on economic disclosure statements and conflict of interest. Bar officials announced Friday that Isles, 55, of Brea was issued a public reprimand, the second lowest form of discipline a lawyer in California can receive for impropriety. Private reprimand is the least serious finding.
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December 21, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State election officials have cleared the way for Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach), to run for a coveted state Senate seat in a special election. Striking a compromise between warring Republican candidates, Gov. George Deukmejian set Feb. 6 for the primary election and April 10 for the general election to replace state Sen. William Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights) who resigned Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1992 | BERT ELJERA
Spurred by complaints from angry residents, the City Council decided this week not to pay the legal expenses of former Mayor Ronald E. Isles, who pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of misdemeanor conflict of interest. Isles' request for $10,000 to pay for attorney fees and other legal costs died on the table when no one among the three council members present made the required motion to vote on it. Councilman Wayne D. Wedin, who was himself granted $20,000 by the council on Nov.
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January 3, 1990 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republican state Senate candidate Ron Isles charged Tuesday that two of his opponents--Assemblymen Gil Ferguson and Frank Hill--have improperly transferred money from their Assembly campaign accounts to accounts that they can use in waging the Senate race. But both Hill (R-Whittier) and Ferguson (R-Newport Beach) said Tuesday that they cleared the transfers with state election authorities before the transactions were made.
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December 5, 1991 | LYNDA NATALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ron Isles was unanimously chosen to serve as Brea's 36th mayor on Tuesday, taking over from Wayne D. Wedin, who stepped down after a year at the city's top job. It is Isles' second time as mayor, and this is his second term on the council. He was chosen mayor in 1982 but resigned from the council in 1983 because he feared that a partnership he had with local developer Don McBride might violate state conflict-of-interest laws. He was reelected to the council in November, 1988.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1989 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Republican State Senate candidate Ron Isles launched his first attack Tuesday in what could be a messy campaign by charging that Republican opponent Frank Hill "is moonlighting for special interests." Isles, a candidate for the special election to replace State Sen. William Campbell, issued a statement saying the Whittier assemblyman collected $52,412 last year in gifts and honorariums. That is more than Hill's $44,000 legislative salary, he said.
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March 23, 1991 | LYNDA NATALI
A lawyer for developer Don McBride asked the City Council this week to restore an agreement canceled after the city attorney said it presented a conflict of interest for Councilman Ron Isles. Doug Ring, an attorney representing McBride, told council members they acted improperly in shutting down negotiations over the development of a 7.5-acre parcel along Brea Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1990 | SHELBY GRAD
A Superior Court judge Wednesday refused to grant state Senate candidate Ron Isles' request to block his two main opponents in the 31st District race from using more than $21,000 in campaign funds. Judge W.F. Rylaarsdam rejected Isles' argument that Assemblymen Gil Ferguson and Frank Hill violated a campaign law when they transferred money from their Assembly war chests to their Senate campaigns.
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February 12, 1991 | LYNDA NATALI
The district attorney's office is investigating whether City Councilman Ron Isles violated conflict-of-interest laws when he voted on a development project owned by his business partner. "There is an investigation pending regarding the Redevelopment Agency and some complaints regarding the possibility there may be some conflict of interest," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Jim Mulgrew. "That transaction (involving Isles and his partner) is something we are looking into."
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November 17, 1992 | BERT ELJERA
Former Mayor Ron Isles, who is on three years' probation after pleading guilty last month to seven misdemeanor counts of conflict of interest, is asking the city to pay for his legal expenses. Isles is asking for $10,000, which represents attorney's fees and other legal expenses stemming from the charges brought against him by the Orange County district attorney. The council will consider his request during its meeting at 7 tonight.
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October 23, 1992 | MATT LAIT
Ronald E. Isles, convicted on charges of conflict of interest, has submitted a letter resigning as mayor. The resignation was largely a formality because a Municipal Court judge ruled Wednesday that Isles had given up the seat Oct. 9 when he entered the plea. In a letter submitted to city staff, Isles said he thought it was "in the best interest of the city" for him to step down. The letter was dated Oct. 21, the same day that Municipal Judge Stephen J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending nearly two weeks of confusion, a Municipal Court judge ruled Wednesday that Ronald E. Isles gave up his seat as mayor of Brea when he pleaded guilty to charges of conflict of interest. Municipal Judge Stephen J. Sundvold said the law required that Isles immediately step down from his post because his convictions were "violations of (his) official duties." The judge then sent official notice of his findings to the Brea City Council.
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October 21, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Municipal Court judge ended nearly two weeks of confusion Tuesday by saying he will be the one to determine whether Mayor Ronald E. Isles should be removed from office following his conviction on conflict-of-interest charges. "The ball is in my court," said North Orange County Municipal Judge Stephen J. Sundvold. "It's my responsibility to determine if there's a vacancy." The judge scheduled a hearing for today with Deputy Dist. Atty. James J.
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October 17, 1992 | MATT LAIT
Confusion reigned here Friday as an assistant city attorney said it was up to the district attorney and a judge, not city officials, to remove Mayor Ronald E. Isles from office. The deputy district attorney in charge of the case, however, maintains that it's up to city officials to unseat the 54-year-old mayor because of his conviction on criminal conflict of interest charges. All the while, Isles remains in office. "This is not a situation that comes up every day," said Deputy Dist. Atty.
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October 16, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brea Mayor Ronald E. Isles on Thursday declined to withdraw his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of conflict of interest and failure to fully report financial holdings, setting the stage for his possible removal from office. Isles, 54, pleaded guilty last week to seven misdemeanor counts stemming from his conduct as a council member between 1989 and 1991.
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June 19, 1991 | LYNDA NATALI
The district attorney's office Tuesday issued search warrants to Councilman Ron Isles and developer Don McBride as part of an ongoing investigation into their business relationship. Since February, investigators have been looking into allegations that Isles violated state conflict-of-interest laws when he participated in negotiations to help McBride, a business partner, win a city contract. Assistant Dist. Atty.
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November 17, 1992 | BERT ELJERA
Former Mayor Ron Isles, who is on three years' probation after pleading guilty last month to seven misdemeanor counts of conflict of interest, is asking the city to pay for his legal expenses. Isles is asking for $10,000, which represents attorney's fees and other legal expenses stemming from the charges brought against him by the Orange County district attorney. The council will consider his request during its meeting at 7 tonight.
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October 14, 1992 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brea Mayor Ronald E. Isles has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of conflict of interest and failing to fully report his financial holdings, but the plea agreement could fall apart if Isles refuses to leave office immediately. Isles, 54, entered the guilty plea this past Friday to seven misdemeanor counts stemming from his conduct as a City Council member between 1989 and 1991.
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October 14, 1992 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brea Mayor Ronald E. Isles has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of conflict of interest and failing to fully report his financial holdings. Isles, 54, entered guilty pleas Friday to seven misdemeanor counts stemming from his conduct as a City Council member between 1989 and 1991. Three of the counts dealt with actions he took that benefited entities in which he had a financial interest, and four dealt with loans he failed to report on economic-interest disclosure forms.
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