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Update to Grand Jury Release - A Call for Ethical Standards: Corruption in Orange County - Spitzer and Watchdog Shirley Grindle will Present Ethics Commission to Board of Supervisors in May

(Orange County, CA) — Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has been a longtime advocate of transparent and open government. He is the author of OC's Charter to give voters the right to choose a vacant supervisor position. Since his swearing-in on January 7, 2013, he has worked to make the governmental process open to citizens throughout Orange County because one of the pillars of governing is trust and faith in public servants.

Since his swearing-in, Spitzer has been working with long-time government watchdog, Shirley Grindle, to put together a citizens’ commission with a professional staff to provide oversight and enforcement of campaign contribution violations in county government.

Shirley Grindle, the author of the TINCUP (campaign finance reform ordinance) stated, "Ethics in government has been my life's work; I have been a government watchdog for decades. The formation of an ethics panel will improve transparency and ensure the residents of Orange County know that government is being held accountable."

Supervisor Spitzer stated, "There is a 'tone of tolerance' for wrongdoing in Orange County. We need to change that immediately. Shirley Grindle and I had planned to present the formation of an ethics commission to the Board of Supervisors in May. With the Grand Jury's release of its report, I feel it is imperative to ensure that the public knows that we were already working to bring this reform forward."