• Ed Romero

    I have a question for Spitzer. Did you know about all the Drug Dealing, Marijuana Smoking, Cocaine Snorting by all those Lesbian Employees at the Orange County Probation Department, including the Chief Probation Officer, that former Chairperson of the Orange County GOP, former Judge, former Chief Probation Officer and finally former Director of Health for the County of Orange. Did you know that she Hired and Promoted her Lesbian friends over more qualified applicants. Did you know that she Smoked so much Marijuana at her residence in the City of Anaheim that her neighbors would call our Probation Records Unit complaining about all the Marijuana fumes floating over to their houses. Spitzer, can you explain how this person with a HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION was able to be installed as a Judge, then Chief Probation Officer and finally Director of Health, all of that with a HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION. There was so much corruption at the Probation Department, how do you get to keep you job if you are arrested 5 times for Sale of Marijuana, how do you keep you job is you arrested 5 times for Drunk Driving, how do you get to keep your job if you have so many Sexual Harassment Complaints lodged against you, how do you keep you job if you are the Wife of a former Top Law Enforcement and you tested POSITIVE for Heavy Use of Cocaine, it’s very simple you make Drug Deliveries to that Asst. Chief Probation Officer in a Brown Paper Lunch Bag and ALL IS FORGIVEN. Why was this allowed to happen?

    • verifiedsane

      Thank you Ed….It just wouldn’t be a complete VofOC comment section without the addition of your

      thought provoking and truly enlightened contribution…. 🙂

      • LFOldTimer

        Ed’s a bag of laughs. Probably not as far fetched as you might think. Don’t shoot the messenger.

        • verifiedsane

          OldTimer, it’s really not so much the message, it’s the entertainment value and colorful presentation 🙂 Nothing at all would surprise me; the level of criminally and corruption throughout County and city governments (Including their public servant subordinates) is beyond comprehension….What little that mistakenly seeps through a few cracks of the ruling oligarchy’s impenetrable armor doesn’t begin to expose the depth and scope of what’s really going on….I have said it before, I will say it again: we currently have gone way past the point of no return…

          • LFOldTimer

            It goes back to the iceberg theory. What we know goes on in county government only represents about 1/10th of the problem. The 1/10th is only the part that we visibly see – the part that slipped through the cracks and they couldn’t paper over or cover up. And the record shows that 1/10th has grown enormously over that last 20-25 years. The real problem is the 9/10th beneath the surface that’s intentionally buried from the public’s sight.

            I laugh at Ed’s comments because the claims are something I would expect to see in a Mel Brooks movie. But do I dismiss his claims as hogwash? Absolutely not. I might have 30 years ago. But after what I’ve seen in county government (the growth of the tip of the iceberg or the 10%) in the last couple decades I’ve concluded that Ed’s claims could very well be a part of the 9/10th that buried under the surface.

            Btw, Ed didn’t change my attitude or my perspective. County government did through it’s behavior. Ed is just the messenger.

            But I’m confident the Ethics Commission will dig in into the 9/10th and expose the rot. I bet the new Director who works at the pleasure of the Board is formulating a plan to bring the rascals to justice and solve the problem as I type. lol.

  • Daniel Lamb

    To not understand politics in Orange County, is to have a failure of imagination. Let us not forget how Supervisor Spitzer got here. He was once the protege of our current DA. After an erratic episode, the Supervisor quit the DA’s office and gave a speech at the headquarters of a local union or collection of unions (note: he is/was a purported Republican). While I am not sure what the exact takeaway is from these events, I can not help but feel they are significant, very significant.

    I think it is safe to say, given everything I know about the local Establishment, that the Supervisor did not make this move because of some point of principle. Perhaps his dispute with the DA was manufactured so as to give the Supervisor distance/cover from a very troubled DA’s office. Or perhaps the Supervisor was compromised in some way and is now being used as a tool. (The last two are not mutually exclusive possibilities.) In any event, Supervisor Spitzer must be put under incredible scrutiny before assumes the most powerful position in Orange County. I think his background suggests that he is not suitable for the position.

    • David Zenger

      Spitzer didn’t quit.

      As I recall, the DA fired Spitzer in 2011 (or so) for getting involved in a case that involved the Public Guardian, John Williams, who at the time was also the boss of one Peggi Buff, Rackaukas’s then girl fiend, now wife.

      • Daniel Lamb

        I don’t think that is a proper characterization of the event.

        • David Zenger

          That’s exactly what happened.

          • LFOldTimer

            Yes it was.

  • kburgoyne

    Oh joy… here we go with another round of democracy by dollars. The very fact the media finds it important to report on how much lucre the candidates rake in provides a clear demonstration of the cancer pervading our election system.

    Perhaps this sounds like I’m attacking the media for reporting it. I’m not. I’m pointing out that it’s important for the media to report it, but the very existence of that importance is a distress flair highlighting the problem.

  • LFOldTimer

    Hey VOC – do us a favor and tell us who specifically is donating all this campaign money to their puppet politicians. I would like to know where Spitzer’s $277,734 in the first half of 2017 came from. Just giving us the totals tells us very little. Let’s dig into the weeds a bit and investigate who the major donors are. Who contributed $1000 or more? That would certainly enhance transparency and inform the electorate who their owners are, which is an important function of a watchdog media. Thanks.

    • verifiedsane

      Unfortunately, The vast majority of news reporting organizations/businesses today of either stripe, whether it be small agencies like VofOC, or large corporate behemoth propaganda machines: true investigative reporting is for all intent, purpose, and product; been proclaimed a dead relic of the distant past.

      All we are going to get going forward is glossed over generalized information completely void of it’s correlation to the actual topics of concern for citizen readers. Any unbiased purely fact based and actual investigative reporting of any actual depth has been killed off and long buried…welcome to new facade being pasted off to the unquestioning human drone masses as journalism…

      • LFOldTimer

        Good analysis, verified.

        As far as the media goes I feel like I’m living in Moscow and it’s 1965. The swamp dwellers run the media today. 85% fake news. I have to go to foreign websites to find out what’s going on in my own country. I don’t think there’s a working investigative reporter left in big print America. And you’re right – the old school ones who are actually pulling back the curtains and exposing the dirt – like Moxley – have such a limited audience they’re as relevant as a fart in a windstorm. Our next to last line of defense against tyranny has effectively collapsed. All that’s left now are pitchforks and torches.

        It’s amazing how they took such a beautiful concept and absolutely ruined it over the course of 30-40 years. In the last 10 years the angle of descent down the slippery slope into the flusher has steepened sharply. Trump’s election was a desperate cry for help. But I’m afraid we’ve gone beyond the point of no return.

        I just thank the good Lord I’m as old as I am.

  • David Zenger

    The one and only thing they are any good at is shaking out campaign money from lobbyists. Everything else gets screwed up.

  • verifiedsane

    Just remember voters….the power brokers are not writing huge checks while expecting nothing in return….let’s just cut to the chase; public offices are now being auctioned off to the highest bidder…this is just how it is going to work until the people force it to stop…Does anyone have to wonder why we have public representation who serve their own interest (including the interest of their big dollar pals) over the citizens they are elected to actually serve.

    We have complete dysfunction and institutionalized corruption throughout government and their subordinates; because we the people allow it to happen. The political wolves are never going to stop preying upon or abusing the citizen flock of apathetic sheep until we (the citizenry) finally stand up and place authority in the hands of political shepherds with actual integrity, who will place the people’s business and interest before their own.

    I’m personally not holding my breath that a very derisive and divided citizenry will have the critical thinking ability, or moral capacity to peer through all the partisan fog to do anything more than what they are doing now…which is running around in perpetual loops of total futility…

    • kburgoyne

      Most people vote without having any clue when it comes to the supervisors. I’m reasonably convince “he (or she) with the most street signs wins”. Basic economics suggests that’s true. If it wasn’t true, one would assume candidates would have learned by now not to spend so much money on street signs and to spend the money elsewhere instead.

      • verifiedsane

        agree “Most people vote without having any clue when it comes to the supervisors.” I believe it takes far more than a plethora of annoying street signs to buy an election…there has to be lots of secret backroom deals and graft exchanged (influential favors with strings attached) before you can receive your coronation into the ruling oligarchy club….

        • kburgoyne

          Yes, but… the question becomes how all that deal making, etc, translates into actual votes. Keep in mind the deal makers do not, themselves, constitute enough votes to get somebody elected. So that deal making has to translate into “something” that generates votes.

          One example would be endorsements. Special interest groups don’t endorse because the person is the best for the job overall. They endorse because the person is the best for their special interest.

          So not in a desire to attack only them, but, when law enforcement endorses a candidate they claim its because the candidate will be good for law and order. However is that claim REALLY true? Or is it more likely their endorsement is REALLY because the candidate has really told the group they’ll be “easier” when it comes to funding than the other candidate(s).

          Yet the voters receiving the fliers in the mail are not told the funding part. They’re told the candidate is a good “law and order” candidate. A voter might personally believe the amount of funding in relation to the current amount of “law and order” is in balance, so the “status quo” is good with them. However all the flier says is the candidate is going to support “law and order” (sounds good to my example voter) but says nothing about “likely to increase our funding” (not supported by my example voter).

          This is ONLY meant as an example, and should not be generalized into any position in regard to law enforcement levels, funding, etc.