• occynic

    How was Do able to put this appointment on the agenda? Seems odd that there isn’t a protocol for county appointments…or is there and it was ignored.

  • David Zenger

    If I were Bartlett, I’d spend my time trying to figure out how $15,000,000 has been spent on the Dana Point Harbor “Revitalization” over 12 years with nothing to show for it.

  • LFOldTimer

    The DOW is down another 100 points today. The index is now at about 16,200. heh. Prepare for the index to fall to 11,000 in 2016. The stick save using quanititative easing (money printing to benefit the banks) and artificially low interest rates for the last 8 years – resulting in exponential debt increases ($10 trillion more in Fed debt in the last 8 years for a total of about $19 trillion today) is going to eventually detonate the economic system. So it really doesn’t matter who sits on your stupid OCERS board. We’ve gone beyond the point of no return. The pension system is going to explode, particularly with the all the baby boomers retiring with the 3%@50 pensions. heh. Go look at the OCERS ROI for last year. heh. Single digits (under 5%). Pathetic. Plus with the new accounting changes the contract cities are going to have to fork over a HUGE increase in contributions. The assumption should be about 5% going forward. When they miss those targets more pressure is placed on the cities to make up the difference. It will be unaffordable. And the citizens will refuse to pay more in order to support a bunch of goofballs retiring at 55 with $110,000 or more in annual pensions. The entire system will eventually collapse. Oh, and don’t forget about the OCERS actuary’s faulty assumption on the public safety death rate that adds another $12M in understated costs to the contract cities for 2016. Did you forget about that? There is no way around a collapse now. It’s baked in the cake. But OCSD propogandist Tom Dominguez won’t tell you the truth like I will. So you might as well vote for Mickey Mouse and Daffy Duck to sit on your stupid OCERS board. It won’t make a damn bit of difference at this point. Oh, and Bartlett? ha. Don’t make me puke. Bartlett is a ‘go along to get along’ girl. She’ll do whatever she’s told to do by those in the County executive offices who pull her strings. Look at her voting record. Just another puppet who’s into “self-interest”, not what’s in the “best interests” for the County residents and taxpayers. I predict that the OCERS unfunded liability will be $8 to $10 billion by the end of 2016. Mark my words. The pension system will collapse financially in the next 5 years. It’s unsustainable. If you try raise taxes exponentially on the County taxpayers to keep it from flatlining I predict you will see taxpayers carrying torches and pitchforks in the streets. I’m not endorsing that. I’m only predicting what will eventually happen. The state electeds (to include Bill Campbell and Pat Bates) opened up the barn doors in year 1999 when they passed SB 400 which allowed the 3%@50 pensions. Spitzer voted to roll it out on a County level as a BoS member in year 2000-01. The horses escaped and by this time are long gone, never to be found again. Deal with it!!!

    • Jacki Livingston

      I find everything you wrote to be really interesting, and so true! Bartlett would not even return the calls of either myself or the investigator from the Feds, when we were trying to show her the information about the nursing home sleaze going on. Her response was that she would “leave it to those who know more”, meaning Spitzer and Nelson, and clearly they were on the take. I don’t know what it will take for OC to clean up their political act, but I suspect it will be like the City of Bell scandal, years ago.

  • Paul Lucas

    You seem to believe that Lou Correa will not try to run again against do using a different strategy. I mean it is possible he may drop out of the congressional race to run for BOS again.

    • LFOldTimer

      Correa would only be a very small spoke in a big wheel in the Federal government. He could cause very little damage to the overall system as a Federal elected. So I pray he stays there. As a County elected he could cause extensive damage on a local level – something we don’t need at all. The others are doing a fine job at putting the County in future danger. They sure don’t need Correa’s help. He could likely end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back.

      • Paul Lucas

        I don’t want him in DC either. I wish I had access o an overlay of the CD district over the 1st BOS district voter turnout

      • Paul Lucas

        I can safely say that Lou Correa is a reliable disappointment.

        • LFOldTimer

          Eventually all of them turn out to be disappointments, Paul. And disappointment doesn’t discriminate according to political party either. You can be just as disappointed by a Democrat as by a Republican. The propensity of disappointment generally increases with the length of time the pol has held office. After awhile they couldn’t care less what you think of them. At that point they grab as much as they can while performing the least amount of service possible. Take it from me. I’ve been watching this sordid game for years. About the only way it could change would be by a revolution. I’m not condoning that by any means. I would much rather have what we have today than risking a move to return to what the Founding Fathers envisioned. Trust me. Things never work out that smoothly and we’d probably end up with a dictatorship and forced servitude. But we’re not going to change much of anything at the ballot box, unfortunately. That’s obvious. The average voter is just too darned stupid. The pols have a 15% approval rating yet 95% of the incumbents are reelected. Go figure. That’s a result of moronic voters.

          • Jacki Livingston

            You and I often disagree, but on this, I am with you. We need to set a limit as to how much money any candidate can spend or raise. We need to take wealth out of elections, and find people who truly want to serve. I cannot think of a single member of the Gang o’Five that fills that bill, nor, to be honest, any of the top directors of agencies, DA or any other officials in power in the County. You want to see a real sleaze in action? Check out the head of the SSA. He is a real piece of work.