Officials back away from coronavirus emergency contracting powers for new contracts but keep expansions of existing contracts off public agendas, at the urging of Chairman Andrew Do.
Orange County Already Had a Secret Contract for Vaccine PR Before Firm Was Publicly Hired
It turns out the county already had secretly hired the firm for COVID-19 outreach and secretly expanded the contract by $500,000 to include vaccine outreach.
Orange County Officials Disclose More CARES Act Spending, Offer First Public Update on Millions in Secret Contracts
Hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts have been signed privately by county staff under emergency powers delegated by county supervisors, according to the supervisors’ chairman.
Has Orange County’s Secretive Approach to Covid Contracting Gone Too Far, Broken the Law?
Legal questions are being triggered by revelations of a closed-door contract-changing process involving most of the elected supervisors.
OC Leaders Secretly Approved Over $200 Million in Covid Contracts; Voice of OC is Getting the Public a Peek at Where it Went
While county supervisors have gotten monthly lists of such contracts, the public has not – until now.
Top OC Official Complains About Public Records Requests for Secretly-Approved Covid Contracts
Andrew Do, chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, says reporters are asking too many questions and requesting too many public records.
Secret PR Contract Aims to Promote OC Politicians Amid Vaccine Rollout Woes
The $2 million PR campaign aims to build a “love affair” between the public and top county officials, according to an internal work plan obtained by Voice of OC.
OC Supervisor Joins Calls For Anaheim Mayor’s Resignation, Wants to Audit Contracts With Angels Baseball
County Supervisor Katrina Foley also wants to audit any contracts with the Angels and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce – two areas an FBI corruption probe have touched.
Have Water and Power Officials in Orange County Figured Out a Way to Meet in Secret?
A renewable energy agreement between the OC Power Authority and Poseidon Water is nonbinding. But critics wonder whether it opens the door towards secret government.
Was OC’s Shadowy PR Contract for Promoting Supervisors or Vaccinations?
Despite taxpayers paying up to $2.5 million in secretly-approved PR contracts, officials can’t answer basic questions about how it’s all been spent.