First we had Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) “Bridge to Nowhere”Ã‚Â and now we have Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s (R-Little Saigon)Ã‚Â “Bridge to Re-Election”.Ã‚Â What is it with Republicans and wasting millions of tax dollars on bridges?Ã‚Â So much for being the party of fiscal responsibility.
In what is clearly her latest effort to pander for votes in the Vietnamese community, Nguyen (pictured left with fellow conservative hypocrite Newt Gingrich)Ã‚Â is proposing a pedestrian bridge in Little Saigon that has a price tag of $2.5 million.Ã‚Â The Register’s Martin Wicksol correctlyÃ‚Â points out that, “In the rapidly approaching election for the First District supervisor, nobodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be able to say that incumbent Janet Nguyen hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t paid attention to Little Saigon. With an all-Vietnamese American field in the race, that area could make the difference Ã¢â‚¬â€ and it looks like Nguyen knows it.”
You may remember that Nguyen’s most noteworthy action since being elected to the Board of Supervisor’s was getting a satellite office opened in Little Saigon despite the fact that Little Saigon is roughly 15 minutes away from the county offices and the Hall of Administration.Ã‚Â That project will end up costing taxpayers more than $128,000 a year just so Janet Nguyen can pander for votes.Ã‚Â No other member of the Board has a satellite office despite the fact that their districts are much further away from the county seat in Santa Ana.
According to the Register Nguyen’s latest pork barrelÃ‚Â project, dubbed the Freedom Bridge, “is expected to stretch over Bolsa in a location between Brookhurst Street and Magnolia Avenue near the Asian Garden Mall” in the city of Westminster.Ã‚Â Despite the fact that the proposed bridge is in Westminster, city officials there say they have been kept in the dark about it by Nguyen and her staff.
“The county should do a better job of providing the city with information and including us in the decision-making process,” said Councilman Kermit Marsh.
The $2.5 million would come from theÃ‚Â state Proposition 1-B bond act which allocates funds to improve highway safety, air quality and traffic reduction.Ã‚Â Too bad Supervisor Nguyen didn’t feel that this money could be better used in Santa Ana to help fix our streets.Ã‚Â You don’t think it could be that she needs the votes out of Little Saigon more than she needs votes out of Santa Ana do you?Ã‚Â But hey what’s $2.5 million when she gave us $5000 to buy playground equipment?
Supervisor Nguyen has clearly demonstrated one thing to voters, that is that she is quickly becoming the “Queen of Pork Barrel Spending”.Ã‚Â Rather than addressing the needs of the majorityÃ‚Â her district Janet has chosen to use her office to pander for votes in Little Saigon.Ã‚Â Thanks to poor planning by us Democrats we will likely have to suffer through four more years of her pandering.