My Response to Ethics Critique by John Schatz (a.k.a. Superman) of Santa Margarita Water District
First posted May 25, 2012
By John Earl
Surf City Voice
Several months ago this reporter submitted a Public Records Act request to John Schatz, a public official of the Santa Margarita Water District in south Orange County.
Schatz responded in a timely fashion with the requested information, complete with explanatory comments and some strong advice on the ethics of journalism.
Mr. Schatz, who is the seventh highest paid public agency official in California, recently announced that he is retiring soon, but he has been a prolific worker by all accounts.
Not only does he have two seemingly conflicting jobs at SMWD, where he is the legal counselor and general manager, but he also hires out to other water districts as their legal counselor, including a sub agency to a water district that has the president of Cadiz Inc. working as its chief legal counselor.
Schatz’s ability to multitask and collect multiple salaries totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, while his employer denies any conflict o…
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