Newspaper seeks readers’ opinions on Greg Pettis, who raised funds for CSUSB’s Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability


The Desert Sun — The newspaper, in an editorial calling for the state attorney general to investigate, is “taking another look at the practices of Cathedral City Councilman Greg Pettis, who is president of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) board, the largest regional planning organization in the nation.

“A recent Sun investigation found that while Pettis travels on the city expense account, which is supposed to be reimbursed by SCAG, he also submits salary invoices of $100 an hour to California State University, San Bernardino, where he is employed as a fundraising and public relations director.

“He also lobbied SCAG to award a $50,000 grant for CSUSB’s Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability.”

Pettis is an at-will employee of the CSUSB University Enterprises Corporation, which oversees grants, contracts and other university business — including the sustainability institute.

The editorial was published July 25, 2013.

Read the complete article at “What’s your opinion? Does Greg Pettis have a conflict of interest?