• Jacki Livingston

    Mike Ryan keeps his head low because he knows how he got his job. There are at least a dozen women under him who are a dozen times more competent and intelligent. He got the top job by being Michael Riley’s hatchet man. Want to see some Ryan emails of wisdom? The internal ones used to send us all into fits of giggles. The poor guy has to study for weeks, just to take a blood test. He has a solid base of kick a women who prop him up.

  • Paul Lucas

    The BOS simply cannot be trusted to get this thing going. A federal agency should come in and set up shop.

    • Jacki Livingston

      The feds had the chance. They want to see the County implodel ike the city of Bell. Then the Democrats will take over.

      • Paul Lucas

        That’s a pretty dismal outlook. I don’t care who is the ones to take the lead, I’m more interested in someone actually leading.

        • Jacki Livingston

          Never going to happen, not the way it is. I know of a top senior manager at SSA. This woman is bada@@. She is smart, compassionate, savvy and strong, and she should be the director, because she is ten times better than Ryan. But because Ryan did Riley’s dirty work, he because the boss. The OC punishes truth. They punish integrity and they definitely reward crime. Look at Spitzer. I rest my case.

  • LFOldTimer

    Let me tell you how I think this plays out. The BoS will hire more of their friends (with Gennaco’s blessings) from L.A. to oversee OCSD. It will cost the taxpayers a ton of more tax dollars. The OIR has been costing us about $500,000 annually. Connolly makes over $200,000 in salary alone and he’s been totally worthless as a overseer.He’s been holding hands with Hutchens for 7 long years. The so-called ‘new and improved OIR’ will cost us north of $2M easy. This new OIR will probably consist of 3-5 new insiders – all collecting big compensations, plus the scope of the OIR will expand to other agencies, to include the Public Defender’s Office. And since the PDO is the agency is the low manon the totem pole with the least clout and political horsepower – it will become the County’s whipping boy. Be careful if you work there. Nothing will change w/regard to the historical lax and ‘blind eye’ oversight over OCSD. The OIR will become a tool to attack the weak and political enemies. Independence? My foot. Pay close attention.

    • David Zenger

      In other words, the OIR failed so badly in the past, why not expand it? You get the the veneer of looking like you’re providing oversight, when in reality its all a smokescreen.

      This may have actually dawned on them.

      I disagree completely with Norberto that they will choke on the price tag. It’s a pittance to them, and it’s not their money.

      The ironic thing is that if the County had a diligent CEO who actually instituted Enterprise Risk Management (Mauk and Campbell and Nelson torpedoed the idea) nobody would dream of wasting two-cents on a successor to Connolly.

      • LFOldTimer

        Yep. You’re right, David. If they really wanted an extra layer of scrutiny they’d appoint volunteer civilians (small stipends like the Grand Jurors get) to oversee the OIR process to ensure business was being conducted above board and carried out fairly. This is common in other jurisdictions in California and across the nation. But that won’t happen. Because I believe the OIR will be used as a weapon to go after those who don’t toe the line or easy scapegoats (like the PDO). Look, the BoS will appoint the overseers who will work at the pleasure of the BoS. Big compensations are up for grabs here. Do you think the overseers will bite the hands that feed them? Not a chance. And don’t forget – it was Gennaco who recommended that the BoS appoint his buddy and associate, Connolly, as teh OIR Director back in 2007. It’s not hard for anyone who’s been paying attention to connect the dots here. The taxpayers are being set up again.

        • David Zenger

          Isn’t it funny how this whole little drama started out by a move TO GET RID OF THE OIR?

          And here we are six months later and Spitzer is going to propose making the whole mess four times bigger!

          Given that the Public Defender has never frisked and handcuffed an innocent man in a fish taco restaurant I suggest that the new and improved OIR have oversight of Spitzer, too.

  • Kathleen Tahilramani

    In summary as Norberto so accurately stated: “It’s all bullshit”. And that is just the way the gang of 5 likes it.

  • Paul Lucas

    Its ironic that the OIR is being politicized which is what it is supposed to be vigilant against.