• LFOldTimer

    I wonder who’s sleeping at the new homeless bus depot shelter tonight?

    Solorio or Martinez? Or both? (on separate mattresses, of course).

  • LFOldTimer

    Wow. It’s amazing what election season can do.

    I’ve never seen elected officials move so fast on the homeless problem. After Nov 08 they can rest for another 2 years.

    All those homeless people should send John & Ken a thank you card.

    “Too much politicization of stuff since the bankruptcy,” said Danley
    when pressed in an interview about his principal critique of Orange
    County government, “where individual elected officials are more
    concerned with their interests than the public’s interest.”

    Oh, so now the truth rears it’s ugly head, eh? Where were these people when they were immersed in the middle of it? Now suddenly they want to be a part of the solution after leaving the snake pit and writing a book about it? ha.

    Reality is stranger than fiction.

    • David Zenger

      I regret governance by the media.

      In this case the driving force was political embarrassment by Norberto. But if the politicians are only remotely accountable for their performance in governing, Norberto is completely free from any sort of accountability, in this case for the specific bus depot-as-homeless shelter concept. I am not blaming him for this environment, of course, but the politicians who agree to do something, anything, rather than to be seen as ineffectual, indifferent or ignorant is abhorrent.

      • LFOldTimer

        Norberto has been railing about the homeless problem for years. And he’s been promoting the use of the bus depot as a shelter for a very long time. Yet there was no real movement until J & K entered the picture and spent the day at the Civic Center. Suddenly Martinez and Do jumped through hoops of fire to make something happen right before the election. J & K have an audience of over a million people. They have the juice to make things happen quickly. Love ’em or hate ’em – I think they deserve most of the credit.

        VOC has a limited audience. So while Norberto (to his credit) writes a good article, it’s hard to really make things happen when the viewer population is limited. No one at the Register has really hammered the BoS consistently over the homeless problem. I’ve lost confidence in that publication when it comes to county oversight.

        Politicians are reactors who only act to protect their own selfish interests. A lone voice in the wilderness is peeing into the wind even with legitimate complaints to the BoS. Have you read Jacki’s posts here? Perfect example. According to her, not only were her complaints ignored – ultimately she lost her job for blowing the whistle.

        I think it’s safe to say that we really don’t live in a representative government. Look at our choices for elected offices. Pathetic. And once a candidate is elected he or she can renege on his or her promises that earned your vote and/or donations without fear of repercussion or expulsion (recalls are exceedingly rare and difficult/expensive to pull off).

        The system is rigged. Only those in denial would believe otherwise.

  • David Zenger

    In re: Hughes. The best management practice was to get his completely politicized and compromised Internal Audit function back where it belonged: under the care of a competent and honest Auditor-Controller.

    I saw lots of issues handled, or mishandled, by an Internal Audit department that seemed to have a lot less interest in exposing problems than in keeping them under wraps.

    The 2012 fund 12D “audit” was painfully dilatory and pusillanimous, and in the end accomplished nothing. Tom Daly was permitted to move on without consequences for his virtually criminal abuse of the fund, and the General Fund kept (and probably still gets) millions in kickback revenue from ripped off fee payers.

    The Internal Auditor’s response to the hotline complaints about the Dana Point Harbor renovation management contract was just a whitewash – as a favor to Pat Bates who was intent on protecting the incompetence of the now disgraced (and conveniently departed) Brad Gross.

    When the Bustamante stuff finally hit the fan suddenly everybody became a Big Hero, but nothing really changed – until Eric Woollery took over.