• Megan

    More great work from Voice of OC! As a lifelong resident of Westminster, I can’t tell you how EMBARRASED I am by our City Council’s utter lack of professionalism. I wish more of my neighbors understood how quickly this current collection of self-centered hacks is going to bankrupt our city.

  • frustrated

    “When the president loses confidence in someone they will no longer serve in the capacity that they are in.”

    Yeah, Right Uh Huh!

  • frustrated

    “Women who accuse powerful men of wrongdoing have rarely been viewed sympathetically. Instead, we are troublemakers, creating problems for well-meaning and admirable men, forcing HR to step in, creating a public relations problem”.

  • frustrated

    Costa Mesa Needs to be looked at next and see what Jim Righiemer did to have Katrina Foley removed from office without merit or warrant.

  • frustrated

    “Women who accuse powerful men of wrongdoing have rarely been viewed sympathetically. Instead, we are troublemakers, creating problems for well-meaning and admirable men, forcing HR to step in, creating a public relations problem”.

  • David Zenger

    How on Earth did they think they could get away with that?

    Makes you wonder what sort of embarrassment they’re hiding. Isn’t one of their council creatures running for State office? This won’t look any better than giving all his employees pay and pension bumps after the sales tax bonanza went through.

    • LFOldTimer

      “How on Earth did they think they could get away with that?”

      Whaddya mean?

      They would’ve gotten away with it like all the rest of the government hacks do had VOC not gone through the trouble of launching a legal challenge.

      98% of the time they get away with it.

      Who else is going to challenge it? The OCR??? hah.

      • David Zenger

        Well, right. But once the legal challenge had been made it was a sure loser. Of course it wasn’t their money wasted on fighting the inevitable.

      • frustrated

        The OCR is Republinut owned and territorial.

    • LagunaTri

      I worked in local government for a decade. I don’t know which was worse—the pandering, self-serving politicians or the inept and lazy employees. It was maddening. Now I just watch from afar and shake my head. Earlier this year, the Westminster City Council literally gave their future civic campus to a developer on an RFQ process—not an RFP process detailing breakdowns of what it will entail, how much it will cost, the revenue it will generate for the city. A quick Google search would tell anyone that the developer they selected doesn’t have a stellar reputation. There had to have been some behind-the-scenes maneuvering—responsible $100 million decisions aren’t made on a handshake and a promise. The tape of the meeting is almost comical, they made the decision so quick. There are some councils with intelligent members who make solid, smart business-based decisions. Westminster looks like a caricature of bumbling fools in a small town.

      • LFOldTimer

        Thank you for your post, Laguna Tri.

        Coming from a former government insider it carries a lot of weight on the comment board.

        Those of us “in the know” realize what you claim is true. But the more that come out of the shadows and tell the truth – the greater the chance we might be able to eventually tame the monster that is eating us alive.

        I appreciate your sharing.

      • David Zenger

        “Westminster looks like a caricature of bumbling fools in a small town.”

        Yes but at least they have all that phony medieval half-timbering architecture going for them.

        • Megan

          Ha!

  • LFOldTimer

    “The city settled the claim for $500,000 and required Baker to sign a nondisclosure agreement as part of the settlement.”

    This is business as usual in all city and county lawsuits. It’s the way these deceitful government hacks play the game to keep the taxpayers in the dark.

    Settle the case out of court. Pay the plaintiff off with hundreds of thousands or millions of taxpayer dollars and make him sign a nondisclosure agreement as a condition of payment. Then hide the evidence that led to the payoff from the innocent public to protect the public employee scoundrels who are actually responsible for the wrongdoing.

    Nothing happens to the wrongdoers. They keep their cushy jobs, salaries and fat pensions. It’s the common schmuck on the street who is punished.

    The City of Westminster increased the local sales tax by 1% to force the innocent taxpayers to pay for all their shenanigans.

    • frustrated

      This is true. but sometimes we just don’t care because it backfires on them.