Monterey County Sheriff’s Section is facing nonetheless an additional controversy.
The latest addition to Sheriff Steve Bernal’s growing record of worries is a letter composed from the Board of Supervisors to the Truthful Political Tactics Commission (FPPC) asking the agency to look into the sheriff’s department about a possible financial conflict of curiosity.
The ask for to examine stems from a donation of Enterprise Hire-a-Car vehicles to the California Condition Sheriff’s Affiliation conference, which was held in Monterey County in 2019.
In May perhaps 2021, the sheriff’s division asked for that supervisors approve a lease settlement with Company to have automobiles for unmarked/investigatory functions. If the sheriff’s department picked Enterprise for the reason that of their preceding donation, this could be identified to be in violation of Governing administration Code Sections 87100 or 1090.
“The donation of vehicles by Organization Rental Motor vehicle to the CSSA [California State Sheriff’s Association] raises the query of no matter if the Sheriff experienced a fiscal curiosity in the lease arrangement with Enterprise,” in accordance to the letter, which was signed by Supervisor Wendy Root Askew.
In the letter, the Board of Supervisors reported they have no belief on these inquiries, but are just requesting that FPPC looks into the concern.
A rocky begin to 2021
The achievable investigation comes after the board censured Bernal at the end of May perhaps next an investigation by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Business into allegations that he had misused taxpayer bucks.
The board unanimously censured Bernal for “failure to faithfully perform his duties by making it possible for inappropriate expenditures of county money in the course of the 2019 California Condition Sheriff’s Association convention in Monterey County.”
Supervisor John Phillips, a vocal supporter of the division, claimed the censure arrived with no steps other than directing Bernal to just take actions to guarantee the incidents do not repeat by themselves.
Nevertheless, other supervisors expressed concern.
“The findings of the district attorney’s report were being really troubling and demonstrate an egregious misuse of taxpayer dollars and a full lapse of judgment on a lot of events by the sheriff and some of his best leadership,” Supervisor Luis Alejo mentioned at the time.
There’s also an energy to recall Bernal currently being led by his former marketing campaign expert, Christian Schneider, and a former sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Mitchell.
This isn’t really the 1st time the FPPC has investigated a complaint towards Bernal or his affiliates.
The Salinas Valley Leadership Team supported Bernal in 2018. The firm recruits candidates for non-partisan nearby places of work. A single nameless complaint alleges that the Salinas Valley Management Group, SVLG, failed to file a few 24-hour contribution studies in a well timed manner together with $10,000 to the Steve Bernal for Monterey County Sheriff 2018 Committee. The FFPC is however hunting into this complaint.
“The Political Reform Act (the “Act”) requires committees and treasurers to file selected marketing campaign statements and reviews to disclose contributions received and expenses produced,” according to the report from the FPPC. “The Committee and [Warren] Wayland [treasurer of the SVLG] violated the Act by failing to timely file certain marketing campaign statements and reviews.”
It is mysterious when or if the FPPC will accept the board’s ask for.
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