clerk, the district attorney and media, saying she feels city
attorney candidate Ron Davis had collected finances for his campaign
She asked that Davis be thoroughly investigated.
She correctly states that his campaign disclosure lists a $25,000
loan from his mother, Laura Warman. And she is also correct that had
Davis taken this money -- it would have violated Huntington Beach
campaign reform law.
We called Davis about the item last week. It seems he listed the
check from his mother, but did not cash it. He told us he was
amending his statement and returning the check to mom.
Apparently City Atty. Gail Hutton did not make that same phone
Because upon receipt of Stanton's letter, Hutton wrote one of her
own -- to Orange County District Atty. Tony Rackauckas, asking that
he investigate the matter as she was too close to the situation with
one of her own deputy city attorneys in the race.
Well this plot development will be the most shocking for our
faithful viewers who remember how long it took Hutton to bring
information regarding former Mayor Dave Garofalo to the district
attorney. Let me refresh your memory. After advising Garofalo in 1998
not to vote on potential conflicts, it wasn't until two years later
that she finally turned her investigation of the councilman over to
the district attorney's office.
Yet when it comes to her longtime critic and protegee's opponent
she gets the information to Rackauckas in less than 24 hours both by
fax and personal delivery, according to her letter.
Gee, do you think this is personal at all?
Do you think it has to do with Davis winning a case earlier in
this campaign against her deputy city attorney? A case that found her
deputy city attorney had been deceptive in her use of campaign signs.
She may have perfectly legitimate reasons for sending this on.
Perhaps he violated other codes.
Had she returned calls that I placed to her to find out, maybe I
could share her reasoning.
* DANETTE GOULET is the city editor. She can be reached at (714)
965-7170 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.