Here is another roundup of some of the most thought-provoking reader comments of the week. Comments are selected by our editors and subject to editing for grammar, spelling, clarity and length.
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This is probably the only right call the Board of Supervisors has made in the last five years. And ironically, their vote is meaningless because they have no power over the final decision.
So they make a big deal over something that they have no control over. It was a powerless vote to gain suck points with the general public, since the Big 5 know that the large majority of the public is in opposition.
More feckless political expedience.
I think we got the answer to the Voice of OC's question of "do we need a corruption commission?"
— Paul Lucas
Little thin on facts and heavy on character assassination here.
Did a traffic accident even happen? It looks like Voice of OC has not confirmed that it did.
They quote "anonymous" sources without verifying with a second source? Pretty weak.
Since it's a personnel issue, it's not even something the City Council members would be briefed on, yet one member throws out a loosely worded ambiguous quote.
Get it together, VOC. Wait until you have some facts before you post rumors and innuendo. We expect better from this blog.
— Al Simmons
If Carlos Bustamante's behavior was reported to [Deputy County CEO Alisa] Drakodaidis and she did nothing, then she does not deserve the public trust.
Vote Democratic next time. At least the Dems share what they steal.
Every internal county investigation has the same result: “insufficient evidence” or “claim unfounded.”
That was the county’s Human Resources department’s findings when they investigated Carlos Bustamante. After ignoring complaints for over a year, HR determined there was insufficient evidence to discipline Bustamante. But after the Voice of OC reported this travesty, the DA found sufficient evidence to charge Bustamante with 12 felonies and four misdemeanors.
The Drakodaidis “investigation” was no different. County investigators, either internal or hired guns, are provided the findings in advance and then told to go cherry-pick evidence to support the predetermined findings.
I won’t be surprised when these same “impartial” outside investigators find insufficient evidence following their current investigation of OC Waste & Recycling Director Mike Giancola.
— OC Bureaucrat
When does the law firm's investigation become public so we can all review it?
The atmosphere of corruption, from a wink and a nod to worse, is not limited to county government. If one watches over time the stories about white collar crime emanating from or occurring in Orange County, one will find that Orange County seems to be the epicenter of much of it — from charity boiler-room scams to "can't lose" investment schemes to Medi-Cal and Medicare Fraud.\
There seems to be a culture here that enables such activity. It may be unrealistic to expect anything better of our government than of our community at large.
— News Hound