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Orange County again urged to create ethics panel

 

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — For the second time, a grand jury is calling on Orange County to create an ethics commission to investigate wrongdoing by elected officials and others in government.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the panel's report urges county supervisors to put the matter before voters in the next general election.

In 2013, the grand jury described Orange County as a "hotbed of corruption." At the time supervisors dismissed the jury's work as unfair, inaccurate and sensational.

This time, the newspaper says, leadership is leaning in the direction of reform. Supervisors are pushing for legislation that would allow the state's Fair Political Practices Commission to investigate and enforce campaign finance laws in the county.

The jury report says corruption needs to be monitored at a local level, not from Sacramento.

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