Sounds like Dave Potter is up to his usual dirty tricks against the voters of Monterey County over at FORA. Last week was another bad week for voters too. The California Public Utiliities Commission told Cal-Am, Supervisor David Potter and the Board of Supervisors, and all of their loyal and uninformed minions that the draft EIR for their failed Regional De-Sal Plant was inadequate to be used for ANY new de-sal project proposal.
After Supervisor Dave, Supervisor Louis Calcagno, their appointee (accused felon Steve Collins) and Cal-Am have blown 10 years and $30 million of ratepayers' charges on Cal-Am's illegal plan to trade its stealing of water from the Carmel River groundwater basin for an even bigger theft of groundwater from the overdrafted Salinas Valley groundwater basin, we don't even have a valid EIR to show for it.
Then, Chairman Dave of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District was told by the Monterey County Elections Department that enough "mad-as-hell" voters on the peninsula had signed a referendum petition to force a public election on the illegal fees adopted by Dave's MPWMD board.
And then, two non-profit, public interest groups sued Chairman Dave and his Fort Ord Reuse Authority board, and have demanded a public audit for FORA's failure to keep track of millions of public dollars that were supposed to be spent to create real permanent jobs for the residents of the Monterey.
For the textbook definition of "Failure", see above.
Dave Potter's statements in this week's Squidfry exemplify just how loathsome his conduct as a public official has become. Go look at FPPC Regulation 18360(f)(4). The FPPC is REQUIRED to "send notification of a potential staff-initiated investigation to the subject of the potential investigation[.]" More importantly, the FPPC can't disclose anything about a self-initiated investigation to anyone other than its own staff until "at least 5 business days have passed from the time the subject of the investigation is informed[.]" That means the FPPC couldn't have confirmed for the Weekly that Potter was under investigation unless Dave Potter himself had been notified at least a week beforehand.
Translated into plain English: Dave Potter's statement that he's "unaware he's the subject of any investigation" is a lie.
Not a half-truth. Not spin. A bold-faced lie.
What makes this situation even more disgusting is that Potter has the brass to spread his whopper in the newspaper, where he knew voters would read and believe it. Conduct like this undermines the very foundation of our democracy and must be stopped.
My only question now is: Will the Weekly stand by it's endorsement of a man so morally bankrupt that he lies about his own ethics investigation? And if so, why?
What do the Greens, the Chamber of Commerce, and environmentalists have in common?
They are all willing to set aside their partisan differences to get rid of a corrupt politician.
It's disappointing that the Monterey County Weekly didn't have the courage to join them.
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