Remarks by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on charges against Carlos Bustamante July 3, 2012

Remarks by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
Charges Against Carlos Bustamante
July 3, 2012

When a person is elected to public office, or accepts a taxpayer-funded high-ranking executive position, that person owes a duty of trust to the public to protect the powers of that position. 

One holds such a position not as an owner, but as a steward for a limited time.  Holding such a position is a privilege bestowed by the public, and we must do all we can to safeguard the public’s trust. 

This case exemplifies an unacceptable abuse of power, abuse of position, abuse of women, and abuse of trust.

Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante has been serving on the City Council since 2004.  He has been with Orange County Public Works since 2003, most recently as an administrative manager. He has been active in local politics for many years.  Many considered him a rising star.

He was arrested yesterday afternoon.

During this press conference, I will:

          explain the course and scope of the investigation conducted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office;

          explain the nature and circumstances of the charges; and  

          request the public’s help in continuing the investigation. 


The Orange County District Attorney’s Office became aware of allegations against this defendant in March of this year, and we have been working diligently and against the clock on the investigation.  Over 50 witnesses have been interviewed, many of whom were very reluctant to get involved.