Councilmember Fitzgerald to be replaced tonight as city’s MWD rep due to conflict of interest

By Tracy Wood, Voice of OC | The Fullerton City Council will select a replacement for Councilwoman Jennifer Fitzgerald to serve as a director of Southern California’s largest water agency because her new job with the Curt Pringle & Associates lobbying firm created a conflict of interest.

Pringle is one of the most influential behind-the-scenes players in Orange County politics and his company’s clients include the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as well as several smaller Orange County water agencies.

Fitzgerald joined Pringle’s firm as a vice president, according to the company web site, although it’s not clear when she started and no one from the firm was available Friday to discuss her employment.

The Pringle web site prominently lists her Fullerton city council connection to the Metropolitan Water District or MWD, which delivers water to about 17 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Separately, MWD is listed as one of Pringle’s clients.

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One Response to Councilmember Fitzgerald to be replaced tonight as city’s MWD rep due to conflict of interest

  1. Barry Levinson says:

    I would like to inform the readership of two facts relating to the above report.

    First, it is important to note that Council member Fitzgerald stated she was recusing herself because of a conflict caused by her new employer. She failed to mention the name of her new employer at the June 17th council meeting.

    Second, if you use either of the above two links, this is what you will now see as of June 25, 2014.
    “Curt Pringle & Associates, 2400 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806, (714) 939-9070
    This site is undergoing maintenance. It will return shortly.”