• Ltpar

    Now there isn’t much Beth Krom and I have ever agreed on, what with her being a member of the Agranista Gang and me being a Republican conservative. However, her recent commentary regarding “Bully Boy” Jeff Lalloway being appointed to a high paying job by Supervisor Todd Spitzer crosses political lines and puts us into agreement. Jeff Lalloway and his sidekick Lynn Schott have been nothing but a problem on the City Council since they were elected. Both refuse to be team players and Lalloway has temper tantrums if things don’t go his way, flat out failing to show up for votes he doesn’t agree with. For Spitzer to reward Lalloway with a high paying job, also calls into question the judgement of our Supervisor. Based on his actions, Spitzer will never get another vote from me. So thank you Beth Krom for sounding off on this issue and I wish you the best as you retire from the City Council.

  • Courtney Santos

    He should open this up to competitive bids. I’d be happy to advise Supervisor Spitzer on any county matter for FREE.

    • Paul Lucas

      You’re missing the point. Lalloway threatened to sue the County. This is Todds offering to him to avoid being sued. It stinks of you ask me.

      • Courtney Santos

        My humor is perhaps too subtle.

  • OCservant_Leader

    BOS Spitzer can just write a check for $190K as a gift of public funds to influence another politician?

  • LFOldTimer

    Just another example of Frankenstein berating Dracula.

    Welcome to Politics 2016.

    The 2-party system is rigged.

  • David Zenger

    All valid points.

    However, you lecturing anybody on cronyism or transparency or integrity is pretty darn funny.

    “When politicians hand lucrative jobs to their friends at taxpayer expense it is cronyism, plain and simple”

    Forde Mollrich’s fixed fee scam ring a bell? How many millions was that?

    BTW, before you go, where’s our Great Park?

    • Nrgmavn

      So if they are all valid points, why do you careen out of control by creating a “straw man?” Can’t we ever just stick to the issue? It is inappropriate for a Supervisor to hire another elected official, period. There is no shortage of talented folks in OC who could advise Mr. Spitzer.

      • David Zenger

        Whoa there. Careen out of control? This editorial was written by an elected official whose council majority managed to squander hundreds of millions – while actually withholding information on the Great Park from their elected colleagues on the Irvine City Council.

        I simply pointed out the rather breathtaking hypocrisy of Krom’s selective outrage.

        As to your final point, I could not agree more, although that’s not precisely the issue raised by Ms. Krom. There is a depressingly long list of local elected political small fry who have gotten a paycheck on the 5th Floor. It’s been going on for a long time and I got to see the absolute worst example up close and personal. There should be a policy banning elected officials from employment for a Supervisor.

  • Jax

    I find it rather ironic that a councilwoman who approved a $125,000 per MONTH public relations contract for a then non-existent Great Park would call a contract for $190,000 annually, “astounding.”