Two OC Supervisors Demand Cut to Bustamante’s Pension

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Two Orange County supervisors on Monday called on pension officials to cut part of former county executive Carlos Bustamante’s pension after he pled guilty to three felonies related to his work at the county, including attempted sexual battery by restraint, stalking, and grand theft by false pretense.

In a letter to Orange County Employees’ Retirement System officials, supervisors Todd Spitzer and Andrew Do asked that Bustamante’s pension be retroactively reduced to the day his admitted felony conduct occurred, between July 2009 and October 2011.

“The public is sick and tired of people like Bustamante and Former Sheriff Carona being convicted of felony conduct while in office and then riding off into the sunset with their full taxpayer paid for pensions,” Spitzer said in a news release.

“The law is based on a sound public policy to protect taxpayers and prevent felons from being able to continue to accrue benefits while they commit crimes,” said Do.

Click here to read the supervisors’ letter to pension officials.

Nick Gerda covers county government for Voice of OC. You can contact him at ngerda@voiceofoc.org.

  • LFOldTimer

    I remember Spitzer standing at the podium in 2007 as a state assemblyman at a Board of Supervisors meeting with a Duke Lacrosse book in hand telling the Supes not to rush to judgment on Carona. ha. The rest is history.
    This county is so filthy.

    • David Zenger

      I would love to watch that video!

      • LFOldTimer

        No idea whether those videos are archived for public access. But it was right around the time Carona was indicted. If I recall correctly I think the Corona matter was agendized for discussion. I believe Spitzer was attempting to make a connection between potential Federal prosecutorial overreach and the Duke Lacrosse case. So lame.

  • Paul Lucas

    Where was this viewpoint in the case of Mike Carona? Or did POBOR strike again?

  • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    “The public is sick and tired …” Amen to that!
    It’s public servants. Not public serpents.
    Remember that everyone who gets paid by the taxpayers.
    Going forward, this is key. Servants not serpents!

    • Jacki Livingston

      I blew the whistle on corruption in the County, a criminal enterprise that is still going on. They falsely accused me of wrongdoing, lied about me, trashed my career, blackballed me and when I still wouldn’t shut up, sent deputies to my house to intimidate me. I was paid by the taxpayers and considered it an honor to serve. In return, not one person from any agency or anywhere has lifted a finger for me. The public will keep getting sleazy scumsuckers because they are stupid, lazy and uninformed. They deserve it. If I had it to do over again, I would keep my mouth shut, and still have a job. Bio hoo for the taxpayers, the lazy slugs.

      • Debby Bodkin

        IMO, it is now public knowledge that you and MANY others have been blacklisted for participating in Whistleblower activities. We can only hope that the FBI and USDOJ use the civil and criminal RICO statutes to charge corrupt OC government officials for failures to uphold Whistleblower protections in the workplace. As officers of the court, aka attorneys, Supervisors Todd Spitzer, Shawn Nelson, Andrew Do should know better, along with County Counsel, that Whistleblower laws are mandated in the workplace and carry huge civil sanctions if not enforced.

        Who will call for the OC Board of Supervisors to have their pensions reduced 10 years back (RICO statute of limitation)?

      • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

        Horrified to read this Jacki Livingston. I am so sorry. Our government workings really seem to be more and more mob inspired as time goes on. Because of the internet, The People are catching on. Let’s hope at some point we can regain integrity, even if it means mandated regulatory character guidelines with prison terms attached if broken. Thing is, who will take the steps to make it happen? Someone has to have the grand basketballs to do it. Sad that we need to keep em honest, but looks like that is where we may be headed if rampant malfeasance continues. Sad. I fear for our country, on so many levels, but local is always the most crucial.

        • Jacki Livingston

          No one will do it, and to be honest? I regret doing it. The County is worse than the mafia. They will just put a bullet in you. These slimesuckers will falsely accuse you of all kinds of things, they will set you up to be accused of things you never did, and they will destroy your reputation, your sanity and your career. They are not just profiting off the destruction of employees, but they are stealing and laundering money from comatose and paralyzed patients on life support in nursing homes. Spitzer gained, Nguyen definitely gained, I suspect Do and Nelson did the same. They are all filthy, nasty, dirty as it gets criminals, and they pose as having “family values”. Yeah, the Corleone family. And let’s not kid ourselves. You will never see VoC, the OC Register, LA Times or any other news “investigators” expose these people. You give them a mountain of evidence, and they will ignore it, because they would rather be able to keep having these dirtbags pay attention to them, than actually write anything that might make wittle Toddykins mad. Spitzer, his wife and his close friend/client committed incredible violations of ethics and law, and I promise you that nothing will happen to them. Want to see the proof? I have six boxes of internal files, documents, emails and proof. It makes for great reading.

  • David Zenger

    Oh, yeah. Speaking of Mike Carona, everybody who voted for Mike to name incompetent cronies as Assistant Sheriffs (i.e. felons George Jaramillo, and father of pop bottle rapist, Don Haidl) please raise your hand. Todd? Didn’t you hear me? Please raise your hand.

    http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/2011/yes-todd-we-almost-forgot/

  • David Zenger

    And when did Spitzer ever demand accountability of Carona when he was in office?
    Oh, right. NEVER.

    • LFOldTimer

      As I recall Campbell paid for Mauk’s going-away party out of his campaign funds after the Supes voted to give Tommy a nice golden parachute for a soft landing.
      I wonder if Bustamonte’s plea agreement forbad him from writing any tell-all books? ha.

      • OCservant_Leader

        I would read the book! The slow moving response from Mauk and Co. Really builds a good drama.

        Plus – he will say – Sexual Harrassement – is rampant at the County. And he would be right. It’s in the culture for sure. I know of many good staff who were “handled by HR” for bringing good faith evidence about inappropriate behavior only to find out the repeat offender was friends with the Director. Oops. He got his fresh meat of interns each year. Still does.

      • David Zenger

        The little party was such a shameful event they had to move it away from Building 10. I believe Bates, Nguyen and Moorlach also chipped in for the send off – even after the Busty scandal and Mauk’s hardball negotiations to remove himself from the County.

        Of all the amoral creatures who slouched about Building 10, Mauk was the worst, and he set the tone for his direct underlings and for the BoS itself.

        Campbell, Nguyen and Bates had their man. And he had them. What a nice symbiosis of corruption.

    • Debby Bodkin

      IMO, Spitzer will never demand accountability from anyone if there is any type of for-profit in it for himself or the County of Orange. The Foothill Eastern Foothill Transportation Agency filed 1000 enforcement lawsuits in Orange County Superior Court with default judgments, and despite CA Vehicle mandate that court filing fees must be filed upon entry of judgment, the filing fees were never filed by the law firm that filed the lawsuits, Nossaman LLP. Spitzer and the TCA Board members continue to pay the Nossaman firm to represent them as General Counsel and Orange County courts were never reimbursed. Remember, former TCA CEO Neil Peterson walked in March 2014 after being fired, with a BIG WAD of double dip money after his termination…. Spitzer was a part of that fiasco too, along with the others…. Bustamante, Carona, Nossaman, Peterson, Mauk, Campbell, Bates.

      Why is Spitzer and the OC Board of Supervisors silent about the recent defense attorney and DA Investigator brawl? Go OC Board of Supervisors!!! You are an example to the children of Orange County, California.