• David Zenger

    “A grand jury report last year slammed consultant contracts to revitalize Dana Point harbor as a mess with allegations that look similar to the Great Park fiasco.”

    Yeah, well, the Project Dimensions Inc. contract mysteriously slipped into a “fixed fee” arrangement that paid out about $45,000 per month. Every month – automatically – whether anything got done or not (it didn’t). FOR FIVE YEARS. And the contract was cut loose from the original scope of work in violation of County policy and government contracting best practices.

    Frank Kim knew all about the PDI contract mess – he had a friend who worked at Dana Point Harbor. He referred to it as a “stinker.” And yet neither he nor the useless Bob Franz would tell Bates that her campaign donor’s contract had to be yanked. Profiles in courage.

    Anyway, here’s where your money went – to Mr. George Peterson, President of PDI:



    • Kathleen Tahilramani

      Ah David what a romantic love story…gag. Your link needs a warning I almost lost my breakfast.
      I try to suppress my cynicism at times and hope to find someone who can resurrect some sense of decency at the county and stand up to the gang of five.
      I hope Kim can be a strong CEO, but honestly I know in my gut that to do so means a career death spiral.
      To stand up to the BOS requires more than political skills you need body armor, a contract that is iron clad and the ability to tell them all to take the job and shove it when it becomes necessary.

      • David Zenger

        Frank used to tell me he had no interest in the political games and that his dream was to be the Finance guy in some little backwater town somewhere.

  • Lyanna Lyns

    There are crimes going on in the County, in agencies, right now. Kim is dead in the water.

  • David Zenger

    “It remains to be seen whether Kim will have the political skills to
    stand up to the supervisors…”

    No, it doesn’t.

  • Rose72

    I’ve had enough of hearing Nelson whine about the property tax distribution for OC as the BOS seem to be able to find money for giving raises to their “puppets” and to support their personal agendas and aspirations. NRA member Nelson and the other supes authorized $1.5 million dollars to expedite the processing of permits for concealed weapons. Not just to issue the permits, but to EXPEDITE the processing. Whether you believe in gun control or not is not the issue, spending “OUR” taxpayer money to EXPEDITE the process is a misuse of taxpayers money.

  • Philmore

    Barely afloat on its OWN sea of management dysfunction, The Orange County Register hardly qualifies to dispense advice on management reorganization, PARTICULARLY if that advice would FURTHER CONSOLIDATE power over the citizenry in the hands of those whose most public achievements have been a self-promoting hubris TOTALLY OPPOSITE to the LITANY of DYSFUNCTION substantiated in the article above. Instead of throwing blindfolded darts and hoping they stick, why not start with a CLEAN SLATE and have a complete management and financial AUDIT, with PUBLIC results, to identify ALL problem areas (not just those CURRENTLY PUBLIC) and then solicit and LISTEN TO public suggestions? The public might offer SMARTER ideas than they are being given credit for having, and it would certainly improve TRANSPARENCY! (and perhaps participation and respect!) After all, WE GET THE BILL, no matter WHAT!

  • Trudy White

    I wish I could be optimistic, but the issues are more than just cronyism. There is a massive criminal enterprise going on, and nothing will stop it. The chairman of the board is involved. This will not lead to change unless he guts the HR dept and most of top management.

  • OCservant_Leader

    Norberto – what an incredible summary of the “toxic soup” the County is swimming in. Kim – came up with the Band of Brothers ( @ waste & recycling) who the BOS made a deal with to place EAs, family members & political candidates in County Government jobs.

    The Band of Brothers are running the old public service scams of self- enrichment. They were happy to place any loser family member or school board candidate…as long as they got to promote their buddies, their wives & kids, add years of service, run the time sheet scam and retire with disability and huge cash payouts.

    BOS made a deal with devil. It will take generations to clear out the fraud.

    Depending on how big Kim’s family is…he will be busy first year getting them promoted and preparing parachutes for band of brothers and little sister network. That’s all Mauk & Giancola did.

    Giancola is laughing all the way to disability retirement! Winning!

    • Kathleen Tahilramani

      Let’s give Kim a chance to prove he will not play the “band of brothers” game to the extent Giancola did for DECADES. Hope springs eternal.

      • OCservant_Leader

        I would agree with you if his relative’s stars weren’t already rising.

        • Kathleen Tahilramani

          His wife? There are scores of husband/wife situations at the county. Anyone besides his wife?

  • Kathleen Tahilramani

    You know you are in the tall weeds when an investigative reporter looks the Count of Orange CEO in the eye and asks, “what are the biggest county challenges?” and the “CEO Giancola” cannot answer. This is not a surprise to anyone who ever worked with Giancola. Sadly, without props a script and major prompting by his handlers he cannot function. One must reflect on why the BOS wanted such a “bobble-head” – well it suited them to have a puppet in a coma they could manipulate.

    Now we have Mr. Kim, who graduated from an actual legitimate university and holds an advanced degree. A person with credibility, substance, depth and the trust of the people who know him and have worked with him for years.

    Frank – there is a message in this article – get a stellar attorney and negotiate a bullet proof contract and get the salary you rightfully deserve. You are being given the go ahead. The people do not mind paying the salary of someone who brings talent to the job. Do not accept any baloney from anyone who brings out the salary surveys etc. You are being asked to walk the line of fire and it will be the most difficult task you have ever undertaken. You deserve proper compensation and benefits. You have the opportunity to shape our local government and restore trust and faith. It will be a difficult challenge.

    I think you are more than ready and able. I know you have many people pulling for your success.