Water Boarding: MET Chairman John V. Foley’s $15,000 ‘Oversight’ Disclosed

Water Boarding: MET Chairman John V. Foley’s $15,000 ‘Oversight’ Disclosed

John Earl
Surf City Voice

Lately, southern California’s top water official, John V. Foley, has been explaining his apparent violations of a state law that requires public officials to disclose their economic interests.

Foley is chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).

The Surf City Voice recently reported that Foley, who was appointed to the MWD by the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), failed to report an estimated $248,000 of income that his wife, Mary Jane Foley, earned as a consultant for various water agencies in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, going back to 2004. That disclosure came from public records obtained by the Voice.

Now, more public records obtained since then reveal that Foley also failed to report over $15,000 of his own income as a private consultant for the Moulton Niguel Water District (Moulton) in south Orange County going back to late 2008.

His failure to report that income was “an oversight,” Foley told the Voice.

The newly obtained documents include the invoices that Foley filed at Moulton when he worked as a private consultant for that agency under a contract (also obtained by the Voice) that is still open.  But he did not report that income on the original financial disclosure (700) forms he filed with the MWD nor in amended versions that followed, records show.

One Response to “Water Boarding: MET Chairman John V. Foley’s $15,000 ‘Oversight’ Disclosed”

  1. Elaine Meigs says:

    This is an email I sent to the Municipal Water District Board of Directors today in response to this article. If you would like to respond in kind, the Board’s email addresses may be found below.

    Dear Municipal Water District Board of Directors:

    I am writing today, disappointed and concerned about the news that yet another public servant has excluded himself from the necessity to follow the law. After reading John Earl’s article in the Surf City Voice about John Foley, I shook my head and wondered, as so many citizens do these days, why leaders do these things, and how they think they will continue to get away with them. Even more than that, I wonder if leaders understand the damage they do to the public trust when they ignore the law.

    As the Water District faces some challenging future decisions and works toward solutions, some of which will surely come up against some public scrutiny and resistance, it seems only reasonable that as a Board you would do everything within your power to police your own ranks, shine light on poor judgment and unethical leaders, and do what you can to maintain your dignity and credibility. Experience tells me, however, that I will likely continue to be disappointed by the decisions of people with responsibility for the public good.

    Just know that in the end, these things hurt you much more than they hurt us. Support for your decisions and trust in your ethics and judgment have been hurt mightily by turning away from news like this and not addressing these problems in a swift and public manner.

    Elaine Meigs
    Huntington Beach



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