This morning at a 10:00 AM Press ConferenceÃ‚Â Nick Berardino, General Manager of the Orange County Employee’s AssociationÃ‚Â called for a non-partisan effort to Recall Treasurer/Tax Collector Chriss Street.Ã‚Â H/T to Matt Cunningham over at RedCounty/OCBlog for doing his usual good workÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â recording the festivities for all to see.
Here is Nick’s statement.Ã‚Â There is also some good coverage here and hereÃ‚Â from Peggy Lowe over at the Orange County Register’s Total Buzz. EvenÃ‚Â Larry GilbertÃ‚Â at Orange Juice,
moron that he isÃ‚Â got into the act and covered the press conference here. I have to admit a certain level of disgust at Larry’s comments and moronic analysis, but I’m linking to them anyway.
Statement of Nick Berardino
Orange County Employees Association
August 28, 2007
There are occasions when the interests of those who normally find themselves on the opposite side of issues suddenly coincide. Such an occasion has presented itself over the past weeks and months here in Orange County. Therefore, today the Orange County Employees Association is calling on all proponents of good government in Orange County to establish a joint Committee for the Recall of Chriss Street as Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector.
OCEA makes this appeal to begin the recall of Chriss Street in a completely non-partisan manner.Ã‚Â We are calling on the Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian Parties of Orange County, all Orange County elected officials, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, the New Majority, labor, and all others who believe, as we do, that integrity in government wears no party label, and that the residents of Orange County deserve and demand public servants whose personal conduct in and out of office is beyond reproach.Ã‚Â We will be relying on such people and organizations to work with us to establish, manage, and execute the recall effort.
Calling for the recall of an elected official is no small matter. OCEA recognizes the seriousness of taking this action. OCEA has never in its history called for or supported the recall of an elected official, and it does so now with great reluctance.
Unfortunately, OCEA now believes that Chriss StreetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to properly and effectively fulfill his duties as the elected Treasurer-Tax Collector of our County has been irreparably damaged.
As of today, it has been reported that Mr. Street is or has been the subject of recent investigations by:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â the U.S. AttorneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â the Orange County District Attorney
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â the Department of Labor, and
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢Ã‚Â the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
He has now been accused of engaging in bidding irregularities since assuming office.
Mr. Street claims that these are merely accusations and investigations. We would simply respond that the number and seriousness of the accusations and investigations against him have now escalated to the point that the trust and confidence voters placed in him cannot be regained, and that he cannot effectively carry out the obligations of his office.
OCEA previously called on Mr. Street to resign and that call has been echoed throughout the County since it was made. It would still be in everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best interest, including Mr. StreetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, if he would take that action. But if Mr. Street refuses to act in the best interests of the residents Orange County, OCEA calls on all proponents of good government, regardless of their political affiliation, to establish a committee to recall Chriss Street as Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector.