"This was a campaign mailer, plain and simple," said Supervisor Todd Spitzer. He and supervisors Shawn Nelson and Lisa Bartlett criticized Supervisor Michelle Steel’s handling of the invitations, which featured herself and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and were sent to 16,000 voters at county taxpayer expense, even though the event only could handle 50 people.
The now-removed plan had emphasized expanding the affordable housing supply for homeless people as a “top priority.” The supervisors also consolidated their power over the commission, removing all current members and changing the selection rules so supervisors now will pick all of the commissioners who have voting power.
County Supervisors, who are responsible for defining who responds to which type of search and rescue incident, said it wasn’t their job to fix the dispute – which reportedly has led to near-collisions between rescue helicopters. Supervisors instead pointed to other agencies to resolve the issue.
Orange County supervisors are facing criticism over their plan to require hundreds of homeless people to leave an encampment along the Santa Ana River by Jan. 22 without a place for most of them to go – a move one county supervisor said would push a large number of homeless people into cities like Anaheim.
Todd Spitzer has been a popular vote getter as a state Assemblyman and Orange County Supervisor. Now he's running for district attorney. Why does he want to be Orange County's prosecutor? And what are his beefs with incumbent Tony Rackauckas? Spitzer discusses the county's jail informant scandal and his citizen arrest at a Wahoo's Fish Taco. He responds to critics who question whether he has the temperament and judgment to be the county's top prosecutor.
Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who is running for DA in 2018, writes that all investigative reports related to sexual harassment allegations in the state legislature should be released once their findings are concluded.
An “anonymous” $50,000 donation to the county to improve an archery range at Mile Square Park is sparking debate over whether government agencies should keep donors’ names secret and whether it could become a way for people with business before the county to secretly curry favor with the elected officials who make decisions.