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El Dorado supervisors to appear in court in misconduct lawsuit

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sam Bradley and Supervisor Penny Humphreys are expected to defend claims of public misconduct in South Shore Superior Court today.

El Dorado Hills Investors LTD., and its developer the Mansour Co., filed suit after Bradley, Humphreys and Supervisor Mark Neilsen appealed a county Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of the developers’ El Dorado Hills subdivision in May.

El Dorado Hills Investors and the Mansour Co. are suing the county for allowing Humphreys and Bradley to vote on their own appeal, which supervisors Ray Nutting and Dave Solaro did not support.

As part of the suit, the plaintiffs hired private investigator Larry Boehm, a former supervisory special agent for the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigative Division.

In an affidavit signed under penalty of perjury, Boehm said his investigation revealed a relationship between Bradley and pollster James Moore that influenced Bradley’s official actions on issues he dealt with as supervisor.

Specifically, issues dealing with contentious West Slope growth and developer Tony Mansour.

Boehm stated in an affidavit: “That it appears Supervisor Bradley has allowed this relationship with James Moore to affect his independent judgment, thereby abdicating his responsibilities to act in the public interest. That Supervisor Bradley and James Moore have made public comments revealing their intense personal bias against Tony Mansour and the Mansour Company. That when the Mansour Company’s West Valley Village Project came before the Board of Supervisors for a hearing on Bradley’s appeal, James Moore threatened and intimidated other persons in his drive to kill the project.”

The affidavit states Moore called Nutting to see how he was going to vote on Bradley’s appeal to Mansour’s project. When Nutting told Moore he supported Mansour’s project and would vote against the appeal, the affidavit stated that Moore became agitated and used expletives.

“Moore told Nutting, ‘You don’t get it like the other Supervisors,’ ” the affidavit read.

Nutting refused comment and Bradley could not be reached as of press time.

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