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.
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.
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.
Legal questions are being triggered by revelations of a closed-door contract-changing process involving most of the elected supervisors.
While county supervisors have gotten monthly lists of such contracts, the public has not – until now.
Andrew Do, chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, says reporters are asking too many questions and requesting too many public records.
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.
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.
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.
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.