No Action Taken in Friday Meeting on Bustamante Allegations

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors met Friday afternoon to discuss the handling of sexual misconduct allegations against former county public works executive Carlos Bustamante but didn’t take any reportable action, according to the official meeting record. They are scheduled to discuss the issue again on March 12.

As Voice of OC reported Thursday, the supervisors are considering whether to refer the allegations against Bustamante to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for criminal investigation.

Bustamante resigned in October after the allegations, which he continues to deny, were made public. He has not resigned his seat on the Santa Ana City Council.

The official reason for Friday’s closed session was a performance evaluation of county CEO Tom Mauk. Mauk is under pressure to fire several high-ranking officials who were found to have done nothing about the allegations against Bustamante when they were first received from female workers, according to people familiar with the matter and requested anonymity.

— NICK GERDA

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