I’m running late so I’m only sticking to my favorite contribution to global warming by Jabbering Jabba (Steven Greenhut). Steven has been taking issue with former Supervisor Assemblyman Todd Spitzer over his vote in support of the increase in Deputy Sheriff pension rates.Ã‚Â While he targets the retroactive portion, my guess is he would rather our deputies have no pensions at all.Ã‚Â Anyway, in his post yesterday he blows…Ã‚Â
But Todd Spitzer, the supervisor who voted forÃ‚Â an even more troublingÃ‚Â 2001 retroactive pension spike for deputies, is a very smart guy who prides himself on being a policy wonk, who understands the finer points of policymaking. But even he blames others for his pro-union, anti-taxpayer vote in 2001.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Where were you when an unanimous Board of Supervisors voted for this benefit? It was a duly noticed agenda item. It was not done in the darkness of night. We passed it when almost the rest of the state had already done so, so it is is hard to argue we were cutting edge.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Where was the Orange County Retirement Board? Anyone else? No oneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.no oneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦expressed any opposition, let alone a doom and gloom forecast.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Well, here is Assemblyman Spitzer’s response:
“Now someone has a legal theory and your the smartest guy in the room. The luxury.”
You entirely miss the point. No one is Ã¢â‚¬Å“blamingÃ¢â‚¬Â anyone. How could an unanimous five member board blame anyone? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s our vote; in the light of day; during a noticed meeting with a legally and properly posted agenda item.
To refresh my memory, I checked with the County ClerkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s item on the 2001 vote. Not one speaker in opposition. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because no one came forward to object. And this was after Orange County was one of the last counties in the State to adopt the measure.
My point in these responses is that this action was no secret. And the Register? You? Your silence was deafening.
So my point is you are playing Monday morning quarterback and your criticism is unduly harsh and hypocritical since you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think the issue was of any critical significance at the time. By your own admission you sat silent or didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pay attention.
Now someone has a legal theory and your the smartest guy in the room. The luxury.
I love the last paragraph of Spitzer’s response.
Yesterday was definitely a hot day in OC. But of course, there is no such thing as Global Warming.