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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Has everyone lost their memory or their mind? The Board of Supervisors completely distanced themselves from everything that was going on with CalOptima and allowed [Supervisor] Janet [Nguyen] free reign.
Hire a social worker to straighten things out? This is insane. It took years to design and manage a well-run, absolutely compliant agency that was a star in this state. These issues of noncompliance are major and extremely serious and illustrate that absolute, incompetent fools have been allowed to place thousands of lives in jeopardy.
Say it like it is: The Board of Supervisors haven’t cared about their constituents or $1.4 billion in taxpayer dollars and have additionally allowed Janet to pack another CalOptima board with people who she controls.
There is no excuse for any of this.
“The issues regarding Janet on that board are totally political,” [Supervisor Pat] Bates said. Not correct. The issue of her appointment to run the CalOptima show was totally political and it backfired badly. Attacking the grand jury was evidence of institutional denial.
It’s sort of funny and yet sad that people with the title “Supervisor” never take responsibility for the things they are supposed to be supervising.
— David Zenger
The OC GOP has made a strategic error in this “recognition” of Supervisor Nguyen. There is too much in question about the supervisor and the current investigations. And how can you ignore the internal county and CalOptima concerns by the rank and file about her?
The downward spiral of the GOP continues.
Clearly the GOP is trying to impact the state’s Democratic supermajority by getting Janet into Lou Correa”s seat, but they must’ve held their noses on this one.
Cal Optima aside, I can’t think of a single issue that she has championed to garner this type of recognition.
— Don Draper
Unfortunately, crime rates will rise astronomically because of a lack of experienced deputies or a lack of deputies at all in patrol. Even with a 16% pay cut, taxpayers will foot an even more expensive bill than now to pay for the unlimited overtime whatever deputies are left will be working to sustain department operations.
Every [police] agency, with exception of Irvine, Santa Ana, and Westminster, are actively hiring. That is per the California POST website law enforcement officer jobs listings.
Most start at or above $100,000 a year, but many like myself are reluctant to lateral transfer just yet, because seniority would be lost and we would have to start from the bottom.
If the cuts are imposed, those agencies won’t be hiring anymore, because they would receive 1,300 applications overnight from Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
— All American
Immediately after the grand jury issued its report about the corruption in Orange County government, the Board [of Supervisors] tried to cut thier pay to silence them.
It should be no surprise that after the union has been so vocal about the corruption on the Board of Supervisors, the board would use the same tactics. Three of these corrupt board members are running for office. The only way they can hope to shut the union up is threaten and intimidate them.
I know none of us like these unions, but for once their fight against corruption is helping all of us. If they keep it up they may finally regain the respect of the public.