• Trudy White

    I worry less about Spitzer and his law career than I do about his wife being in charge of the Anaheim Workers Compensation Board. Think about it. If a County employee is injured or files a stress or assault claim, not only will the elected officials of the County ignore reports of misconduct and abuse, but the he can gain unfettered access to all of the confidential information. And they wonder why people are scared to death to report crimes and misconduct? Please…no one is that stupid.

  • Diego Vega

    If these two Supervisors are able to hold down their $250,000 a year Supervisor jobs while also practicing law, I see this as evidence that we do not need full-time Supervisors. It’s time to reduce the Board of Supervisors to part-time positions, like city councils. Also, there will be lower cost to the taxpayers because, as part-time employees, they will not need huge office staffs of political appointees. This has the added benefit of providing Supervisors less time to micromanage county government and get into ethical trouble.

  • Debby Bodkin

    IMO, I do not see anything wrong with an OC Board of Supervisor and/or any other elected official continuing a law practice when holding an elected position, IF, of course, full public disclosures and the strict upholding of conflict of interest statutes are mandated business practices on a day-to-day basis.

    However, when Supervisor Shawn Nelson stands with his law partner in a legal advertisement, with “Orange County Supervisor Of Counsel”, I call BS! There is no doubt that Nelson is using his elected position to influence the public about his law firm–this is an advertisement, not a family selfie!

    And, to avoid a libel accusation, in my personal opinion, Nelson’s arrogance and above the law attitude, as evidenced by his law firm’s public advertisement, is par for the course in Orange County, California. Will DA Rackauckas hold Supervisor Nelson accountable in the event conflict of interest statutes have been violated? Not going to happen — DA Rackauckas is King of Conflict of Interest Violations so as long as Nelson has Rackauckas’ back, Rackauckas will have Nelson’s back–quid pro quo…. this for that. Business as usual in the OC!

  • ted a mudgett

    supervisor shawn nelson never admits to falts of his district nor does supervisor shawn nelson takes responsibility eather in his district he shrugs to many things on to the city of fullerton anahiem and his state elected friends I’ve worked in la county government and we have staff personel that take things responsibility and supervisor shawn nelson octa bus stop at the fullerton transportation center has male homeless person who sits at the same bench 24 hours a day and no one wants to take responsilbity for that and in fullerton it’s very dirty and in my view all supervisor shawn nelson cares about is him self

  • David Zenger

    Does the County really need an “Ethics Commission” just to help the Supervisors fill out their Form 700s?

    And how come politicians who relentlessly brag about being in charge of a $6,000,000,000 operation can’t fill out a simple four page form properly?

    • David. You’ve never worked for an elected who has filed an amendment. It’s rather common. The rules are complex and the forms are sometimes modified to reflect changes in regulations or the approach of a newly appointed Commission. Check out the Form 700 handbook at http://www.fppc.ca.gov.

      • David Zenger

        Todd, are you willing to acknowledge that “ethics” constitutes a whole realm of behavior outside the filing of FPPC forms? That was actually the thrust of my comment. Sorry I wasn’t clearer.

        You have plenty of resources to do all that required paperwork.

        • Of course David. It’s other conduct an ethics commission would review too.

  • I want to thank Nick Gerda and the Voice of OC for asking me questions about my Form 700. My January 2014 report (which covers 2013) has been on file for more than a year and three months. Nick asked me a question about my law practice and his question raised a good issue that I agree required clarification. The FPPC has a specific form called AMENDMENT that is specifically designed to do what I did Thursday, which is to file an amended Form 700. We want elected officials to fully disclose; my issue was not a disclosure issue–I was counting non-lawyer income in two categories to be overly cautious in order TO disclose. But I agree when hearing Nick’s questions, that it was confusing. If we have an Orange County Ethics Commission as is being proposed, the commission will review these forms after being filed and request these type of amendments when necessary. That will be an important reform for all elected county officials in the future.

    • Trudy White

      People WANT to believe in you. But talk is just talk. When people seek action from you, you are nowhere to be found.

    • Lyanna Lyns

      You, sir are part of the problem, not the solution. Stop running this county like the mafia, and clean up your own house. Stop harassing and torturing employees who do the right thing. I bet you a million dollars you ignore every word, just like you do every employee who appeals for help. Hypocrite.