Fullerton representative Jim Blake was recently found among Metropolitan Water District directors who charge lavish fees while raising rates. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a government agency that is the wholesale supplier of water throughout much of the LA/OC basin. They have raised rates by about 70 percent over the last 6 years.
The receipts presented in the expose include an $1800 meal, and hotel fees at nearby hotels.
When asked about the CBS expose, City Council candidate Greg Sebourn said, "MWD has a history of mismanagement and poor policy making. There are two big problems with MWD for Fullerton ratepayers to consider: First, Fullerton is required by OC Water District to purchase some water, about 1/3, from MWD; Second, Fullerton's representative on the MWD Board, James Blake, is a political appointment of the Fullerton City Council's ruling majority which means there is no accountability to the rate payers except through that ruling majority. The recall election gives rate payers an opportunity to hold elected officials accountable for their actions, inactions, and those of their political appointees."
More on this from Gregs blog here: http://gregsebourn.blogspot.com/2012/01/water-rate-study-session-recap.html
The Water District has also been involved in other budget irregularities recently including possible mis-use of funds. Here is more from FullertonsFuture.org: http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/2012/nine-months-later-and-youre-still-paying-the-illegal-water-tax/
The report from CBS: