John Wallace pleads not guilty

June 7, 2017

A former government administrator has pleaded not guilty to three felony and two misdemeanor conflict of interest charges for allegedly using his positions to funnel money to his privately owned engineering company, The Wallace Group.

John Wallace, 73, entered the not guilty pleas Wednesday during his first court appearance in the case. Four of the charges were related to Wallace’s administration of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District and one count is a result of his administration of the Avila Beach Community Services District.

Prosecutors say Wallace used his positions to influence decisions in which he had a financial interest.

Wallace, who posted bail for charges related to the sanitation district, was permitted to remain out of jail on his own recognizance in the Avila Beach case.

Wallace is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Aug. 3.







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10 Comments

  1. Jorge Estrada says:

    The bench mark on business is so flexible that who could be guilty of anything unless the bench mark has been altered as necessary? An example of this today are the pot farms: No water, no dirt that grows, dusty roads blowing PM10 everywhere and a lack of lawless enforcement yet San Luis Obispo permits these farms for a fee. They will need to import water while others are being deprived from farming on land that has water. Project dust in a residential area elsewhere would require dust mitigation but not for far out residential. Then there is our County selling permits for a cash only business while others have to report their income and pay the taxes. Oh yes no federal taxes because pot farms are illegal under federal law. I don’t smoke but maybe I’ll start so I can better understand these conflicts of interest or mental health (medicinal) issues.

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    • analyticone says:

      Jorge, while I agree with you on the points you make, the one about federal taxes is incorrect. Cannabis businesses that are committed to going legal DO pay federal taxes. However, because they are not federally legal the feds do not allow write offs for any expenses except for employees and materials.

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    • rukidding says:

      It is becoming more and more evident that with political “contributions”, gifts and of course fees most anything can get approved in SLO County if it is greased correctly.

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  2. sezlittle1 says:

    John Wallace for President of the USA. Almost as corrupt as Donald Trump.

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    • Moderator says:

      sezlittle1, No trump in the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District.

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      • catdude says:

        Just wondering why it’s OK for conservatives to talk about “crooked Hillary” in totally unrelated issues but one cannot mention Trump? I realize this is a conservative site but it’s becoming a right-wing echo chamber…

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        • Moderator says:

          You are not seeing everything. In another article someone was going on about what was Obama’s fault in a post about a local sanitation district, someone else going on about the Clintons and the Kennedys in a Atascadero post, both deleted. Plenty of conservative S%^t comments get moderated, however I will strive to be more even keeled in this year of special politics and excitable villagers.

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        • r0y says:

          Believe me, many of my posts that are not flattering to the left have been removed. None of my posts that are unflattering to the right have been removed, however, so I do not think it’s a pro-conservative situation; I do understand it might seem like that, as most people posting comments are usually not far left.

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      • Pelican1 says:

        No…but they are both “floaters.”

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    • r0y says:

      Here’s where I would have a witty retort like, says little / thinks less, but I will refrain.

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