Apparently Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby is still fuming over the presence of a contingent of Sheriff Deputies at the Board of Supes meeting on January 13th. Steven Greenhut over at the Register’s Orange Punch blog, and Jubal/Matt Cunningham over at Red County/OC BlogÂ are ticked off too.
Sheriff Hutchens had the misfortune of having to report to Supervisors Norby and Nguyen that the video of that January 13th Board meeting is the subject of a public records request and that, for some inexplicable reason, a officer responsible for controlling surveillance zoomed in on the two Supervisors. The video apparently captures Nguyen texting during the meeting and zooms in on Norby’s notes for a moment.Â I have to admit that I cannot find any justification for focusing attention on the Supes during the meeting. But I find Norby’s response even more of an overreaction.
Norby told the Register’s Norberto Santana;
â€œWeâ€™re going to discuss this. I think the public deserves to know the extent to which the department is changing the tone of meetings. We didnâ€™t authorize this.â€
At the meeting where this incident occurred, the board in the midst of a major budget crisis, spent one hour grilling Hutchens over her CCW permit policy. In contrast, the board devoted only 37 minutes to their policy regarding mandatory furloughs of county workers. They have spent a mere few minutes over the past two months discussing the needless remodel of their fifth floor lobby “for security purposes.” They have spent no time, discussing the numerous suggestions for cost savings presented by the Orange County Employees Association, and they stubbornly refuse to even discuss trimming the extravagant perks and benefits that they and their executive managers enjoy.
The newly designated Board Chairwoman Pat Bates clearly doesn’t even understand that it isÂ illegal toÂ request, require, expect, or otherwise coerce,Â employees to work off the clock.Â But that didn’t stop her fromÂ suggesting in her comments regarding the furlough policy that workers will need to “go the extra mile” and put in a few extra hours on their own time to ensure that their clients get served. You can see her comments here at time stamp 03:03:30.
It is in the context of hundreds of workers beingÂ laid off, and thousands of workersÂ facing mandatory furloughs,Â that Supervisor Norby wants to discuss the bull-crap-non-issueÂ of the “tone the Sheriff is setting for the BoardÂ meetings.”
Geez Norby. Can’t you think of something more important to talk about?
I’ve got a hint; it starts with the letter B.
Maybe we will learn more at the public hearing that Assemblyman Solorio has pulled together for Friday morning, to bringÂ diverse local elected officials to hear testimony and review available evidence regarding the counry’s actions in this time of budget hemorraging and disfunction to find solutions to these critical circumstances. The MeetingÂ will between 9:00 AM and Noon and will be held at the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Room. 2323 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 9270.