ANTELOPE VALLEY – With the State Senate belatedly taking action against three senators accused or convicted of various crimes, local activists are calling on Assembly Speaker John Perez, the Assembly Rules Committee and the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee to institute an investigation into the whistleblower allegations against Assemblyman Steve Fox.
“The public was first notified of Assembly Member Steve Fox’s misuse of public funds and employees for the purposes of financial gain over a month ago,” said district Republican Party Chairman Drew Mercy in a press release. “Yet the Speaker of the Assembly has done nothing to investigate these allegations or ensure that Steve Fox stops any illegal use of tax dollars.”
Fox is accused of paying an employee below minimum wage, refusing meal and break periods, and forcing the employee to work unpaid on his campaign under the threat of being fired, according to a lawsuit filed in February.
The activity described in the lawsuit also includes major and potentially criminal violations of Fox’s duty as an Assembly Member, Mercy claims. Fox is accused of forcing his government employees to work for his private law practice. Read the entire lawsuit here.
Using taxpayer funded resources or his official position to enrich himself is a major breach, and neither Fox nor the Assembly leadership has done anything to assure residents that illegal activity in the Assembly office has been stopped, Mercy alleges.
The following is the text of a letter sent Friday to the Speaker of the Assembly, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee, the Co-chairs of the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee, and Special Assistant to the Speaker Darren Parker, who is also an Antelope Valley based activist.
Dear Speaker Perez,
With the Senate finally taking action to suspend Senators Wright, Yee and Calderon, albeit with pay, the Assembly’s silence and refusal to act on the whistle‐blower lawsuit against Assembly Member Steve Fox is deafening.
It has been over one month since the public learned the multitude of labor violations within Steve Fox’s law office and Assembly office, yet no investigation by the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee is taking place, nor has there been even a word by Assembly leadership or the Rules Committee that any steps have been taken to ensure the public resources entrusted to Assemblyman Fox are being protected.
Californians are sickened by the revelations that legislators are using their office to enrich themselves personally, whether it be selling votes, selling rocket launchers or using their staff illegally for their private enterprises as the whistleblower informs us has taken place in Steve Fox’s office.
We are requesting your immediate action to direct the Assembly Rules Committee and the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee take steps to ensure any and all illegal activity in Assembly Member Fox’s office is put to an end, that the public employees involved are protected when it comes time for them to testify and that any illegal actions by Assembly Member Fox are properly dealt with.
This is a great opportunity to show that both parties can work together to put a stop to the bad apples hurting California’s reputation across the nation.
Republican Party Chairman
36th Assembly District Central Committee, Los Angeles County