We already knew that developer/lobbyist Steve Sheldon had major conflicts of interests with regard to his service on the Board of the Orange County Water District, but his opponent in this November’s General Election, Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, found yet another reason to blast him. Sheldon apparently spent $1,048 while staying at the Ritz Hotel in Los Angeles – a mere 37 miles from Irvine – and he stuck the taxpayers with the bill!
To make matters worse for Sheldon, a Facebook account called Steve Sheldon Watch has been posting links to documents detailing Sheldon’s numerous personal trials and tribulations, including hundreds of thousands of dollars of state and federal tax liens, contract violation lawsuits, and a divorce claim by his wife that he is stealing from his child’s $1 million “off-shore” trust account.
Sheldon was one of three OCWD directors, including Denis Bilodeau and Roger Yoh, who as members of the district’s Water Issues Committee (WIC), met secretly with several members of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce in October, 2013, to smooth the way for building the power plant on 20 acres of OCWD property in the so-called Ball Road Basin in the city of Anaheim, according to the Surf City Voice.
The WIC meeting arguably violated California’s open meetings law, known as the Brown Act, so the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce protested.
Sheldon also continues to use his government position to benefit Poseidon Resources, Inc., the corporation that wants to build an ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach, according to the Surf City Voice.
By doing this, he may be risking the consequences of violating conflict of interest laws.
No question about it – Sheldon is very bad news for taxpayers and we can only hope he will be booted off the OCWD Board on Nov. 4.