Voice of Our Commentators

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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A Two-Year Fight With CalOptima

“CalOptima Chairman Mark Refowitz agreed to address Cullen’s issues personally, and Nguyen asked staff to update the full board on Cullen’s case.”

So the message is, go and complain to the board personally to get adequate service?

— David Zenger

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Plus they are afraid, since the person doing the complaining has the proven ability to raise heck; she is educated, articulate and has documented her complaint.

She went to the media and got the attention she deserved, and presto, the Board of Supervisors is interested and “wants” to research and respond. Another example of someone with tenacity and brains busting the board’s chops.

I don’t believe they give a tinker’s darn. It’s all a show on the stage that is the Board of Supervisors. It’s “make it go away time.”

— Insider2

Santa Ana’s Five-Year Plan

I think the idea of a “five-year strategic plan” for a city is an interesting one, although it is unclear what it really means and what teeth are in it. Probably the same “teeth” in it as Santa Ana’s “Code of Ethics” — which is zero.

— Junior

I suspect the City Council members realize this is merely posturing. When you consider that the participation in the surveys which accompany the “plan” were woefully low (fewer than 1,000 resident respondents for the questionnaire), you realize what a complete joke this whole episode is.

SACReD is jockeying and lobbying for position, and the council members are scrambling to save their seats.

Santa Ana needs better streets, not bike lanes.

— David Vasquez

Santa Ana Red-Light Cameras’ Days Are Numbered

Now the City Council should advise the Police Department and the city attorney to stop processing and prosecuting these citations. Enough is enough.

— Dathinkster

Voice of Our Commentators

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.

Click on each topic’s headline to see the article in question.

Do the Right Thing

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva should do the right thing and lead the charge to pass single-payer health care now to cover everyone in California. The Democrats passed legislation to begin the process twice when they knew Arnold Schwarzenegger would veto it, but now that they control both houses of the Legislature and have a Democrat as governor, they won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.

— Fullerton Rag

As the American public has discovered after the fact, the true goal of the progressives has always been mandatory government-run health care for all. Young people are not stupid and can do the math.

What Quirk-Silva and her ilk really mean is: “We need millions of young, healthy people to sign up, pay their premiums but never use the coverage. That way we can give away free benefits to people who will then keep voting for us.”

— Smith2

Moorlach Bows Out

One-on-one, [Supervisor] John [Moorlach] is a nice guy. He came into office with a landslide of votes against a union-backed candidate — quite a victory. But he made a lot of bad choices — including setting the tone of the county workforce being the enemy. That hostile attitude permeates the Hall of Administration today.

His personnel choices, such as [former county Treasurer] Chriss Street and [former Public Administrator] John Williams, were bad, really bad.

He chose to pursue issues, such as the lawsuit against the deputy sheriff’s union against the advice of most legal counsel, got other board members to support that and predictably lost, costing the county millions in the process. This was an issue that was of little interest to most voters, but to him it seemed a personal mission.

All said and done, John has shown that he is a poor manager and never made it as a leader. Not that he is any worse than most others elected to public office, and in fact, since he seems to have not generated any accusations of corruption, he is probably better than most of his board colleagues.

— Equal Time

Moorlach, for all his shortcomings, maintained some semblance of integrity.

His peers, on the other hand, have sold their votes to whoever had the most cash in hand. How [Supervisor Janet] Nguyen gets away with her shady fundraising tactics is a real mystery. Why the Republican establishment supports her is shameful.

— Smith2

Oh, boohoo. For all his years in lucrative public office, did Moorlach ever make an effort to clean it up?

— Curmudgeon

Norby Accused of Domestic Abuse

In my opinion it is appropriate for Voice of OC to report on a former supervisor/assemblyman’s arrest involving domestic violence and allegations of child endangerment.

In addition, it is admirable that an Orange County supervisor [Shawn Nelson] bailed Norby out of jail as an obvious personal friend and attorney.

To Chris Norby, Mrs. Norby and Supervisor Nelson: Keep your defamatory statements about one another private. There is a 2-year-old little boy involved, and he will read your statements on the Internet one day.

Try to act like grownups.

— CaliGrammy

I have to agree with CaliGranny. This is like an episode of tabloid — just nasty, classless, clueless and crass.

And here is a hint to Nelson: Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. Unless you were there, Supervisor Nelson, you do not know. There is no problem with bailing out your buddy, but keep your mouth shut.

This hot mess is between two troubled adults. The shame is how this will impact the children. Everyone connected to this tragic disaster seems to have a case of media blabber mouth.

— Insider2

Just wondering if anyone called the other three ex-Mrs. Norbys to see if they concur with what the soon-to-be fourth ex-wife says.

— DanChmielewski

Convention Center Expansion

Glad it’s not my tax dollars Anaheim will be at least partially wasting on this. I think it’ll bring in a little bit more revenue for a little while, but it’s very unlikely to have a positive return on investment in the long run.

While the Internet will not be completely destroying conventions in the near future (conventions will eventually go fully virtual in the long term), it is already eating away at the edges of conventions. It’s weakening demand from the basis of more and more people feeling less and less inclined toward bothering to attend. Video teleconferencing and the posting of educational/training presentations online sap much — granted, not all — of the incentive to leave your family, fly across the country, book hotel rooms and shove your way through crowded convention halls.

Just imagine a collection of video chat rooms organized around a central “conference” website. Rather than walking convention center aisles shoving through crowds, you click on virtual “booths” on the website, and it connects you up with a video conference with the company representative who stayed home at his office rather than standing around in a convention center booth.

I used to sit near marketing people in a company, and they’d spend their time trying to invent reasons why they had to go to this or that convention in Las Vegas. Yes, they wanted the company to pay for them to go to Vegas. Then they can have some fine dining with entertainment and write it all off as a “business expense.” The convention was just the excuse.

What is Anaheim’s equivalent attraction to Vegas for the business traveler, not the family traveler? Disneyland is great, but it’s a family attraction, not a business traveler attraction.

— Kburgoyne