Ask Roger Faubel, and he'll tell you the answer is no. He'll tell you this despite the fact that between 2006 and April of this year, he served as both a publicly elected representative of the Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) and as a paid consultant to Poseidon Resources Inc., the company interested in selling the district pricey, desalinated water. Faubel quietly departed the water district's board of directors last month, saying the growth of his PR firm, Faubel and Associates, required too much of his attention.
Faubel tells the Weekly there was no conflict of interest because he was a Poseidon consultant five years before the start of his first term. He referenced a 2009 legal analysis conducted by Best, Best & Kreiger, which said that despite having a paid Poseidon employee on the board, Faubel's long relationship legally allowed SMWD to pursue a contract with the company. Faubel was quick to add that he was still required to recuse himself from discussions involving Poseidon and report the relationship to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). He maintains that in both cases, he followed the advice of district lawyers.More »