Rancho Santa Margarita’s Council Member Thompson’s Suspended Contract
By CotoBlogzz 03-11-2010
Rancho Santa Margarita – CA. The Menifee City Council has suspended Finance Director Gary Thompson’s contract and will hire an auditor to probe the city's internal financial controls. The audit is supposed to focus on the city's supplier management process and controls. Mr. Thompson is an incumbent Rancho Santa Margarita council member seeking reelection
the case of Laguna
Woods Village, residents for months, if not years,
have been calling on every city, county, state and
federal agency that may listen, about conducting a
forensic audit. So far, not dice.
To be sure, this is not to say there is any wrong doing in the case of Mr. Thompson and one data point not a trend makes. Serendipitously; however, we recently asked Mr. Thompson a question related to the City of Ranch Santa Margarita supplier management practices, summarized as follows: As a public servant, how can you assure the taxpayer, in the absence of state audits, that the $8.5 million/year spent by RSM on public safety is being spent the way the taxpayer intends it to be? Mr. Thompson did not respond to any of our questions.
no compelling evidence of any wrongdoing.
according to the RSM’s website, Mr Thompson is “self-employed
as a municipal government financial consultant
providing local government municipal service
consulting to several local government agencies. Gary
specializes in fiscal studies for local government
agencies, including fee studies, consolidation
studies, municipal service reviews, and incorporation
and annexation studies, and provides municipal staff
augmentation services. “
In this capacity, Mr. Thompson has
worked on cityhood issues, not unlike the one
currently facing Coto de Caza residents, including
drafting studies that laid the financial groundwork
for Menifee and Wildomar becoming cities and he is now
putting together the fiscal analysis that will
determine whether Jurupa Valley can financially
to Coto de Caza, the local governance has for years
worked to annex the community to Rancho Santa
Margarita, despite overwhelming opposition from Coto
residents. The Coto’s
president went as far as to announce that then
supervisor Bates had
approved $30,000 for a study-
sales collateral to convince Coto residents
that annexation was the logical choice.
When we checked with the county, Supervisor
Bates’ office denied the funds were promised.
Now, the local Coto governance with the support
of Local Agency
Formation Commission (LAFCO) is using resident’s
funds has been working on such sales collateral.
LAFCO decides municipal boundary issues in all
58 California counties, including spheres of influence
and annexation issues.
is no secret that we have been sounding the alarm
labor in the public sector 2)
Parasitic bureaucracies and 3)
type of lobbying is bad enough, but at least, the
extent of their contribution is a matter of public
record. However, there are the tax-payer
funded unregistered lobbyist such as California
Law Revision Commission (CLRC) and or LAFCO.
The first one regularly promotes the interests
of lobbyists ahead of residents, not unlike the ones
in Coto de Caza, while LAFCO tries to dissolve common
interest development (CID) communities, such as Coto
does this have to do with Mr. Thompson, you may ask?
We are asking the same questions.
So far, we
Mr. Thompson to comment on two different cities with
supplier management issues – he is involved in both.
We also asked him about his role with LAFCO and
the Coto de Caza’s local governance drive to annex
latter has the appearances of a conflict of interest.
also asked Orange County LAFCO’s Executive Director
Joyce Crosthwaite and Coto de Caza President Xochitl
Yocham to comment on Mr. Thompon’s involvement with
did not get a response from anyone by the established
From the Jesse Petrilla for City Council Campaign:
Please see the following article originally posted in Orange County's Red County blog:
By Don Draper |
03/14/10 | RedCounty.com
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