Should the Board of Supes Approve a Field Office for Little Saigon?

Peggy Lowe has a good story in today’s Register on Janet Nguyen’s request for a county service office in Westminster, right in the heart of Little Saigon. Now Janet is claiming that the county needs it in order to better serve the needs of the community in Westminster. She says this new office is there just for good old-fashioned community service.

“The needs have always been there but we haven’t always been able to meet those needs and concerns, whether it’s the Vietnamese population or the Latino community,” she said.

But not everyone thinks this office is REALLY serving the community…

Nguyen is proposing a one-year pilot program that will place county staffers in an office in Westminster on a part-time basis at a cost of about $100,000. But when her request came up last week at the board’s meeting, it met with resistance from at least two board members who say they don’t quite understand just what Nguyen is trying to do and what it means for overall county policy. […]

What some politicos are wondering privately is if Nguyen wants the office to reach out to a new political powerbase, the Vietnamese community, which became the deciding votes in the taut First District race Nguyen ultimately won by just three votes. Already, Nguyen’s Little Saigon rival, Trung Nguyen (no relation), has announced he will challenge her again when she’s up for re-election next year.

Chris Norby did raise a valid point that his constituents often must travel farther distances from places like Fullerton and La Habra to get to Santa Ana for county services, and that many of Pat Bates’ constituents must travel EVEN FARTHER from Dana Point or San Clemente to reach Santa Ana for county services. If distance is such a problem from Westminster, why shouldn’t the county also have service offices in Fullerton or Dana Point? Don’t North County and South County also deserve to have their needs met? Or is it just that Chris Norby and Pat Bates don’t have to worry about a tough reelection fight next year while Janet Nguyen looks anxiously at all the budding challengers seeking to take her on?

So is Janet really asking for this office in Little Saigon for the good of residents in West County? Is Janet really asking for this office in order to make her reelection just a little easier next year? What do YOU think about Janet Nguyen’s request for a county service office in Westminster? And do you think the other Supervisors should approve Janet’s request for the new Westminster service office? Is this a good way to help people in need, or is this just a political ploy to fend off possible challengers?

Go ahead. Make my day. Fire away! 😉

  6 comments for “Should the Board of Supes Approve a Field Office for Little Saigon?

  1. jose
    July 23, 2007 at 8:39 am

    my, she sure does think she’s quite important doesnt she? and i’m sure the people who oppose this will be called communists by her supporters right?

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    July 23, 2007 at 8:52 am

    It’s political for the benefit of Janet. If you add one satellite office, add 4 more.

  3. Andrew Davey
    July 23, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Good point, Dan. And interesting point, jose. If Westminster needs a satellite office, why not Dana Point? Why not Fullerton? Why not Yorba Linda? Why not Huntington Beach? I don’t know. Maybe Janet really cares about her constituents, but maybe she’s thinking about more than just offering services. Hmmm…

  4. Re: Andrew Davey
    July 23, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Oh come on Andrew, you know this is the most transparent political move she has made since asking for a recount.

  5. Andrew Davey
    July 23, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Re:me… You very well may be right. However today, I didn’t want to highlight my views on this matter, but give all of you a chance to tell me what you’re thinking about this.

    OK, OK, you’re right! I’ll admit that I’m agreeing with you and Dan and jose right now. I’m looking at Janet’s office request, and I’m smelling political ploy. I just wanted to start this thread to give the other side a chance to say to me why Janet’s request is a reasonable one.

    So is anyone out there ready to convince me otherwise, or have we all reached a consensus that Janet’s request for a Little Saigon Field Office is nothing more than a political move to help her reelection campaign?

  6. Anonymous
    July 23, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Damn Little Saigon Hippies!

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