Once again First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen is demonstrating that she is Orange County’s “Queen of Pork Barrel Spending”.Ã‚Â According to a storyÃ‚Â in today’s edition of the Orange County RegisterÃ‚Â Janet is proposing to spend $100,000 of taxpayer monies on two metal arches for Main Street in Garden Grove pending approval of the city council.
The metal arches, which would be 14-feet-tall and 40-feet-tall decorated with ornamental strawberries, would be placed at each end of Main Street in downtown Garden Grove.Ã‚Â The arches are the brainchild of the Garden Grove Downtown Business Association and Janet in an effort to pander for votes and to pay back supporters is offering up tax dollars to do it.
You might recall that last month, in yet another effort to pander for votes, Janet proposed that 2.5 million in tax dollars be spent on a pedestrian bridgeÃ‚Â in Little Saigon.Ã‚Â Janet’s “Bridge to Re-Election” and her Little Saigon satellite office, which is also costing taxpayers $128,000 a year, are her cornerstone achievements since being narrowly elected to the Board of Supervisors.Ã‚Â Janet’s pork barrel spending must even make Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), best known for his “Bridge to Nowhere”, proud.
While the Downtown Business Association may be supporting the arches proposal not all the downtown merchants are supporting it.Ã‚Â According to the Register article, Virginia Zlaket, owner of Zlaket’s Market, as well as many others downtown, is against it.
“There’s so much clean-up that’s needed on Main Street,” she said. “We need to repair the bricks that people are tripping on, we need new benches and planters. $100,000 for decorative archways seems unnecessary and the least of our priorities right now.”
What Ms. Zlaket needs to understand is that repairing bricks, fixing up planters and putting in new benches will not afford Janet the photo-op that she desires.Ã‚Â This isn’t about doing what’s necessary downtown, it’s about Janet Nguyen and pandering for votes.Ã‚Â Janet wants to be able to put her name on things such as a bridge or an archway in order to get fluff and photo-ops for her campaign mailers and more importantly to pander for votes.
The Garden Grove City Council will be considering this proposal tonight at their meeting which begins at 6:30 PM in the council chambers at 11300 Stanford Avenue.Ã‚Â