May 242022

Perhaps Bryan Maryott studied the behavior of his fellow Massachusetts liberal Ted Kennedy too much.

We don’t need that capacity (referring to offshore oil drilling) and we likely never will – Bryno Maryott 10-2021

During a SJC City Council meeting on 11/2/16, the City agreed to an additional $500,000 payout due to Brian Maryott’s alleged brown act violations and conflicts of interest in dealing with the San Juan Capistrano Golf Course. In addition, Maryott colluded against residents of SJC with St. Margaret’s, an organization that was seeking to “beautify the area”.  While the City was dealing with St. Margaret’s, including with Maryott’s direct involvement, he failed to disclose that his wife was general counsel of St. Margaret’s – a direct conflict of interest.  This info was provided by former elected officials at the city with direct knowledge of the matter

Whoops. Looks like some corruption.

The City of San Juan Capistrano’s rules on ethics and electronic communications prohibit public officials from the “appearance of conflict of interest” and use of email for “personal business or political activities.”

Despite this, emails involving Mayor and Congressional candidate Brian Maryott show him breaking these rules and allowing his campaign Political Director – Sherry Hodges – to control his schedule. Even more, Hodges sought to reduce Maryott’s meeting with constituents, asking City staff if there was “someone on City staff who can meet with residents on behalf of Mayor Maryott.”

Even more, in 2018 Maryott also discussed leveraging his connections with Wells Fargo – where he retired as a Senior Vice President in 2018 after working there for 10 years over the course of two stints – to help an individual get a grant with them. Emails show Maryott telling the individual he would “loop in the private bank and my contacts to help build momentum” and directed him to contact a specific person at Wells Fargo. When the individual told Maryott they did not receive the grant, Maryott requested a copy of the rejection letter. Maryott also discussed his 2020 congressional campaign with his city email, telling one supporter he would “be in touch” and telling another supporter to “stay tuned.”

And while the City’s policy on electronic communications policy prohibited the use of “personal accounts for the creation, transmission or storage of electronic communications regarding City business,” records show Maryott both sending and receiving information relating to his official role. These include sending messages regarding law enforcement and handling constituent complaints, to receiving messages regarding city finances and hiring. At the same time, emails show Maryott appeared to miss a deadline to complete an ethics training.

I like Sherry Hodges. I remember when Charles T Munger Jr funded 500K in attacks against her in order to help the feckless Rocky Chavez in to AD76. Chavez, barely discernable as a Republican repaid the support of the feckless establishment (who are supporting Bryno now) by bailing on AD76 to get hammered in a Congressional Primary. The reward for the GOP, an Assembly Seat gone forever.

That said, Bryno got hammered for abusing his city resources with which to campaign. This is further proof that his campaigns are on a shoestring and his ethics are situational.

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The part about Wells Fargo is disturbing on two fronts. Note the mention of Bryno retiring (highlighting the lie he got blistered in court for recently) and attempting to leverage his relationship with that former employer to get someone a loan.

The part about Bryno using his city email to promote his congressional campaign (his second one that is), shows that Bryno has never had competent campaign help or he does not listen to them… or both. (UGH)

Then don’t forget that Bryno also got lit up by the Federal Election Commission for some bad financial planning.


RESPONDENTS: Maryott for Congress and Brian Maryott (the Committee)

SUBJECT: In the normal course of exercising its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission initiated proceedings to determine whether the Committee failed to disclose $154,134.00 in additional disbursements on its 2018 12-Day Pre-Primary Report. Brian Maryott was a 2018 candidate for California’s 49th Congressional District.

DISPOSITION: The Committee agreed to 1) implement a policy requiring that reports are reviewed by multiple individuals prior to filing and bank reconciliations are reviewed by someone other than the treasurer of the Committee on a quarterly basis; 2) certify that a representative of the Committee has participated in an FEC conference, webinar, or other program; and 3) pay a civil penalty of $5,500.

FEC Negotiated Settlement with Maryott for Congress, July 15, 2019

There is hope. In a couple weeks, Bryno will go 0 for 3 with his congressional campaigns. In baseball we call that the “Hat Trick”.

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