Does MV RECALL candidate Dave Leckness employ an undocumented worker?

About one week ago I received information indicating that Mission Viejo recall candidate Dave Leckness had hired an undocumented worker in his Kwik Kopy printing business. This individual also stated that this employee’s wife served as a baby sitter for Dave’s two daughters prior to them becoming teenagers.
Folks. This is a serious allegation relating to someone running for our city council where we as a Contract City, approve million dollar, multi-year contracts for services.

After a breakfast meeting last Thursday I dropped by Dave’s (closed) office and waited for him in the parking lot as he arrived at 7:25 a.m. He commented that someone should have been there as they advertise being open for business starting at 7 a.m.

After a quick salutation I repeated the allegation to his hiring a man named Gilberto and the charges that he was not a documented resident to which Dave responded “how would I know?” In fact Dave said he (Gilberto) still works for him.

On July 1, 2007 the city of Mission Viejo’s E-verify Ordinance went into effect in which all contracts in which all city sub contractors and employees must be enrolled in the e-verify program to be employed in our city.
“E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration.”

With that thought I am sending a copy of this post to our chief of Police Services for him to investigate the allegation.

This is a serious issue. I was surprised that Dave did not indicate his concern about the legal status of Mr. Gilberto during our brief discussion other than saying he’s OK.

If you think back to president Clinton when he tried to have Zoe Baird confirmed to serve in his cabinet as Attorney General we discovered that Zoe had employed undocumented workers which killed that appointment. More recently we read about president Obama’s choice for Secretary of Commerce, billionaire Penny Pritzker, who removed herself from consideration due to the standard background check. As she declined the offer we do not know if this issue resulted in her walking away from a very prestigious and powerful government position offered to her by her close friend president Barack Obama.

I will be sending copies of this post to both Dave Leckness and Lt. Gavin, our Chief of Police Services.
In addition, earlier today I tried to contact the person who first provided this tip and will be adding that reply, whatever and whenever it is received.

It is important to note that I did not run with the tip until I had a face-to-face meeting with David Leckness who did not deny a Mr. Gilberto in his employ or his wife baby sitting his daughters.

RECALL– 48 days and counting.
 One bit of good news for Mission Viejo residents is that there will not be a council meeting on Monday Dec 21st as we are dark for the Christmas, Chanukkah and Kwanzaa break. The next council meeting will be held on Monday, January, 4th.

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