From the LATimes
Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
June 3, 2007
O.C. shells out for new officeholders’ digs
In a county known for fiscal conservatism, the $1.1-million tab includes 52-inch flat-screen TVs.
Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach bought an $8,990 desk for the reception foyer of his office, and spent $10,300 on shelving in the supply room.
Supervisor Patricia Bates bought a $3,375 conference table, and a $1,200 executive high-back chair.
Supervisor Janet Nguyen installed $1,300 worth of track lighting with a dimmer switch.
County Treasurer Chriss Street spent nearly $50,000 on 90 office chairs from the high-concept Herman Miller design line.
And all four ordered 52-inch wall-mounted flat-screen televisions. The supervisors’ televisions, which will go in their personal offices, cost $4,000 apiece; Street’s, in his conference room, cost $7,800.
You might call it “Extreme Makeover: Orange County Government Edition.” As one of their first orders of business, Orange County’s four newly elected officeholders Ã¢â‚¬â€ the treasurer and the three new members of the Board of Supervisors Ã¢â‚¬â€ are collectively spending just over $1.1 million to spruce up their offices in the months since they were sworn in, according to documents reviewed by The Times.
And Moorlach thinks County Workers waste taxpayer dollars.Ã‚Â
Reception desk:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â $ 9,000
Storage Shelves:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â $10,300
Plazma screen TV’s:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â $19,800
Watching Oprah in your office while complaining about over paid County Workers and bloated government pensions…
Read the rest of Christian’s story HERE