JORGE LOPEZ Complaint on Guillory Sigs: the Final Pre-Election Word from the DA is … Silence!


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Election day is here — and there’s still no word of the results of any investigation into Jorge Lopez’s complaint that incumbent Assessor Webster Guillory gathered his signatures inside of the Assessor’s office — from his direct employees — while many of them were at work.

In last week’s article, I predicted that the DA’s office would not expedite any report, given that an early finding of wrongdoing might lead a runoff between GOP-endorsed candidate Claude Parrish and Lopez, while a late finding would improve the odds of a runoff between Parrish and Guillory — with Guillory then perhaps being forced to end his campaign prematurely.

Lopez has learned that more people are coming forward in response to inquiries to respond to the story — including inquiries from the DA’s office — and that they have corroborated key points of the account.

It’s a shame that voters won’t have known that before going to the polls today.

Watchdog sleeping

Some watchdog! He only wakes up and barks when he wants something!


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)