In the past couple of years, Bill Brough, or “Broughnocchio,”as his detractors like to call him, has been very busy changing or trying to find jobs, flip flopping his tune, and he looks like he might be aligning with a few special interests.
Take Dana Point’s Town Center, for a real time example of Brough’s rapid and deplorable sell out of the taxpayers in Dana Point.
Brough professed that his top priorities as a councilmember were to “address all current and future issues with a strong fiscally conservative mindset. We must do a better job on how and where we spend Dana Point resident’s tax dollars by having more oversight and accountability.” He went further to say he was looking “forward to maximizing and preserving tax dollars in these economic times of uncertainty.” (Source: Dana Point Times, January 6-12, 2012)
By the beginning of 2013, Brough was pushing to spend millions in city funds for Town Center improvements.
The past year or so has been a Broughnocchio Boondoggle for those with an interest in the Town Center. The private investment needed to realize the project does not appear to have materialized in any meaningful way.
What happened to the highly trumpeted development project at the corner of Del Prado (PCH) and Violet Lantern? To the casual observer it appears to be nothing more than
a hole in the ground with an ugly fence around it.
Also up for grabs may be the contentious Doheny Hotel project, which was rejected unanimously by Dana Point’s Planning Commission, with one commissioner abstaining due to his HOA owning property close to the proposed hotel. The commission, backed by an angry mob of hundreds of affected businesses and homeowners, rejected this proposal primarily
on height variance, density, and traffic impacts. The developer has appealed this to the City of Dana Point and it may be heard by the City Council in the future. (Source)
Brough accepted $1,150. in campaign donations from the project applicant, Beverly Hills Hospitality Group, and stated that despite the campaign contribution he plans to participate in the discussion and feels that there is no conflict of interest.
“Broughnocchio” changed his taxpayer advocate tune right about the time he was briefly employed, then not, in 2012 as Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Diane Harkey, who does not appear to have endorsed Bill.
Broughnocchio has had a shaky couple of years. He has hardly demonstrated that he can hold a job or is a “successful businessman!” He states on his Linkedin profile, that from March 2013 to present he has been a consultant at Libertas Consulting LTC, but that company was not formed until Feb. 26, 2014, conspicuously just a few days before he filed for his Assembly candidacy.
How is Broughnoccio’s 2012 vision consistent with his deplorable voting record and overwhelming urge to spend Dana Point taxpayer dollars in 2014? The answer is simple. It looks like he has sold out to a few special interests. As for Town Center, we don’t even know if the so-called large private investment will come at all!
Broughnoccio doesn’t belong in Sacramento and he doesn’t belong in Dana Point, pillaging our tax dollars on speculative real estate projects that inappropriately risk taxpayer dollars.