County officials have been contradicting themselves on whether they approved millions in extra spending on the app, and won’t yet reveal the full terms of what the extra money is for.
Damon Tucker, who was fired as a DA investigator in December, says he found “overwhelming evidence” DA Todd Spitzer committed serious crimes like money laundering, extortion, and soliciting bribes. Spitzer says it’s all a smear campaign against him. An 11-page memo kept secret by the DA could shed light on what kind of probe looked at Spitzer’s fundraising.
The $2 million contract, for marketing vaccines and the county’s Covid-19 response, says the budget, work plan and schedule will be figured out later.
It comes after a public backlash to the county’s top official criticizing Voice of OC record requests for $220 million in secretly-approved coronavirus contracts that were never posted on public agendas.
Some city council members want to adopt new restrictions that would make it illegal for colleagues to release certain records while others question that kind of penchant for secrecy.
Coronavirus impact on schools remains unclear as scores of OC students head back to classrooms.
While bus drivers and operations employees directly employed by OCTA get to keep their jobs and even their pay as some stay home, bus drivers employed through two private contractors the agency gives money to have been laid off, and will see their benefits follow their jobs out the door.
This Tuesday, Brea city officials will go behind closed doors to talk about their secretive water agency, Cal Domestic, and plans to keep city representatives on the Cal Domestic board of directors from filing any kind of financial disclosure about conflicts of interest. Such disclosures would have allowed city officials to question a former city manager that was being paid by the water agency while also advising the city to spend millions on controversial water rights purchases – a move that last year drew sanction from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.
Orange County’s five elected supervisors preside over $6 billion in public spending and pressing issues like homelessness, mental health and drug treatment, and how to balance spending between those programs and county jails, the Sheriff’s Department, and District Attorney’s Office.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has secretly brought development of downtown Laguna Niguel to an abrupt halt, quietly killing a contract with a developer of county-owned land.