July 13, 2000
Here's what we know so far. In all cases, Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo has denied any wrongdoing and said he's consistently followed the advice of the city attorney regarding any potential conflicts of interest. Garofalo's company has had the no-bid contract to publish the city-funded Huntington Beach Conference & Visitor's Bureau annual guide since 1993. The bureau pays nothing up front to Garofalo, but his business keeps all the profits.
March 30, 2000
Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo returned home Tuesday to recuperate after double bypass heart surgery. Garofalo said he was supposed to leave the hospital Saturday, but bleeding in his stomach forced him to stay longer. Although he walked around the block and fixed himself breakfast Wednesday, the 54-year-old city official said he needs rest to recover from the operation performed last week at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.
January 18, 2001
-- Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- The Citizens for Honest and Responsible Government, a group of residents working to recall Councilman Dave Garofalo, is hitting the streets to collect signatures from registered voters who support their cause. Resident Sandra Cole, who is spearheading the effort, said the group's petition forms were approved by City Clerk Connie Brockway on Friday. The group has until June to collect enough signatures, 10% of registered voters, to put the recall measure on an election ballot, she said.
July 27, 2000
Angelique Flores HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Despite raising questions from critics, Mayor Dave Garofalo broke no laws at last week's City Council meeting when he remained in the room during a discussion and vote involving a Huntington Beach mall redevelopment, an issue from which he has been advised to abstain, officials said. "There are no specific rules on leaving the room," said John Symkowick, spokesman for the Fair Political Practices Commission. Robert M. Stern, who helped draft the state's political reform laws, said council members should leave the room, just to be on the safe side.
January 31, 2002
The Pacific Liberty Bank announced this week the resignation of Dave Garofalo from the bank's board of directors. Garofalo was one of the founding directors of the bank, which has offices on Beach Boulevard and Springdale Avenue in Huntington Beach. Garofalo tendered his resignation to the bank's board citing the need to devote time to personal and business affairs as his reason. "I think that's just kind of the conclusion -- thats what he needs to focus on," said Rick Ganulin, bank president and CEO. It is the same reason he gave last month when reigned his seat on the City Council, less than a month before pleading guilty to one felony and 15 misdemeanor conflict of interest charges.
October 26, 2000
Tariq Malik HUNTINGTON BEACH -- An attempt by residents to recall Mayor Dave Garofalo has hit a snag, hinging on proof that paperwork was served properly. All that is standing in the way is a signature verifying that copies of a letter of intent and petition to recall the mayor was hand-delivered to Garofalo. "The proof of service should have been signed by [Sgt.] Janet Perez," said Sandra Cole, a 44-year resident who is spearheading the effort.
December 16, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Some locals worry that newly appointed Mayor Dave Garofalo's history of business dealings may lead to questionable spending of public funds. "He's always somewhere on the shady part of the gray area in terms of financial investments," said James Bridges, a perennial City Hall critic who is frequently at odds with government spending. "It can't help but carry over into his public decision making." The latest example of Garofalo's questionable dealings came to light in recent weeks, after he invested $50,000 of borrowed money in a small community bank in April.
June 15, 2000
With great sadness I read this article ["It's not easy being the mayor of Huntington Beach," June 8]. [Garofalo] has placed himself as King of Huntington Beach, and now I feel that I am a member of his kingdom, "Serf City." Yes, he has brought a lot of controversial items to this city, and he has stood up for what he believes in. Yes, he voted to bring in the world's largest retailer. Yes, he voted to bring in Coke and Chevrolet. Yes, he worked to have the Bolsa Chica purchased and brought two new restaurants to town.
August 3, 2000
In the two months since the Independent began reporting on potential conflicts of interest involving Huntington Beach Mayor Dave Garofalo, he has offered -- in interviews, memos and public documents -- differing accounts on a variety of issues that have popped up. Here are some examples. ON WHY HE BOUGHT A ST. AUGUSTINE HOME In a May 8 memo to City Atty. Gail Hutton, Garofalo said he placed his "name on the waiting list at St. Augustine," and he bought and sold a single family home that was "meant to be my primary residence, and later was not."
November 29, 2001
A few eyebrows might have gone up at news that City Councilman Dave Garofalo is planning to run for the state Board of Equalization when his council time is up next year. After all, there is that lingering, year-and-a-half investigation by the district attorney into allegations that Garofalo approved city projects for companies that advertised in his publishing ventures. In April, we called on the district attorney to quit dragging out the investigation and wrap it up. Nine months was long enough to determine Garofalo's innocence or guilt, we said.