Earlier this spring it was revealed that Supervisor Janet Nguyen had failed to follow Orange County campaign financeÃ‚Â law when it was discovered that she had solicited donations for a legal defense fund to cover her legal expenses related to her narrow victory over Trung Nguyen in the special election to fill the First District Supervisor seat.Ã‚Â It took her more than 50 more days to return the improper contributions to the donors and reveal who the donors were.
In July, Nguyen asked for and got an unprecedented district office in the heart of Little Saigon. This despite the fact that her Board office is located in the First District (Santa Ana) and that no other Supervisor has a district office.
Then today, Board Chairman Chris Norby announced that one of his colleagues was skirting the Board of Supervisors approved budget for district staff expenditures by charging the salary of a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Health Care Agency (HCA).Ã‚Â Yes, that’s right, while everyone else has to live within a prescribed budget, it seems that one of the members is sucking funds out of an agency that earlier this month had to cut services and eliminate more than 30 staff positions because of budget woes.
Red County/OCBlog asked the question on Tuesday night, which supervisor was Norby talking about in the post Which Supervisor is Double Dipping into the County Budget?Ã‚Â Well, I’ve got the answer to that burning question…
First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen
I confirmed this evening that Janet Nguyen
is in the process of pulling has pulled an employee from the Health Care Agency to serve as her Deputy Chief of Staff, while leaving that employee on the HCA payroll.Ã‚Â
I can understand why Chairman Norby would be upset, considering that one of the clinics proposed for closure due to budget shortfalls is in his district.Ã‚Â Other cutbacks affect the Fifth District and sadly, Janet Nguyen’s First District as well.Ã‚Â
I work for the Health Care Agency and I am pissed that while Health Care Agency workers are having to pick up the work left undone by 30 eliminated staff positions, Supervisor Nguyen is taking more than her fair share of resources to support the political operations of her office.Ã‚Â
The tab for NguyenÃ‚Â started with the lavish remodel of her office, followed by a district services office, then topped off with an executive salary and benefits.Ã‚Â Total cost: approximately $365,000.
Some people just cannot live within the rules, especially (Nguyen) when they are living on the taxpayer dime.