I just caught a post by Art Pedroza at the Orange Juice Blog where he says that he has resigned from the O.C. Public Facilities Corporation Pedroza was appointed by Supervisor Janet Nguyen back in June.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Just before PedrozaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment most of the Orange County blogosphere (left and right) and Martin Wisckol at The Orange County Register were all urging Janet Nguyen to comply with the TIN CUP provisions (a.k.a. The Law).Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Pedroza was (coincidentally?) silent on the issue, and then a couple of days later received the appointment.Ã‚Â That left a bad taste in my mouth, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really just grasping for straws.
What are ArtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reasons for the resignation?
I appreciate [Janet NguyenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s] faith in me, but it has become increasingly obvious to me that service as a County Commissioner will make it difficult for me to write about the actions of our O.C. Supervisors.
Is anyone buying that?Ã‚Â Pedroza is a smart guy, and I know that he thought about how serving on a commission could inhibit his ability to write freely about the Board before he accepted the seat.Ã‚Â I really think there is something more to this resignation than meets the computer screen.
With that said, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d really like to highlight a paragraph from the post:
By now I hope most folks realize that I don’t care about titles. I don’t care about power. I don’t care about money. What matters to me is making Orange County, particularly Santa Ana, a better place.
I truly believe that Pedroza isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in the political game for money or power.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s here because he wants to make a difference.Ã‚Â I may question the resignation, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t question ArtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character.
And of course Art took the opportunity to give a quick jab at Matt (Jubal) Cunningham:
I don’t know how Matt Cunningham, over at Red County/OC Blog, is able to do what he does while serving as a Commissioner for OC Supervisor Bill Campbell. Then again, Cunningham never writes anything negative about his machine friends.