At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting the proposal by lame-duck (chicken) Supervisor John Moorlach to place a ballot measure before the voters to authorize the Board to outsource county jobs on a whim failed to gain the needed support. Moorlach’s proposal received a second from Board Chairman Supervisor Shawn Nelson, but no support from the remaining members of the Board.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer stated that even though he liked the concept, he could not support the measure without further research before sending the measure to the voters. Supervisors Janet Nguyen and Pat Bates abstained from voting on the proposal, thereby avoiding the Hobson’s choice of voting for the measure and incurring the wrath of public employee groups while up for election to higher offices, or against thus alienating their anti-public employee bases of support. The proposal died on a 2-1-2 vote.
“Unfortunately political priorities for the November election took a higher priority than doing what’s right for the taxpayers,” Moorlach told the Orange County Register after the vote.
County Supervisor John Moorlach – who is finishing his second and final term this year – said he felt election-year jitters likely prevented his colleagues from taking a vote or dealing with the issue publicly.
“The drift was, ‘John, we have an election in November, and our priority is to get people elected,” Moorlach said was the message he got from his colleagues.
“I said, my priority is to give taxpayers tools to balance budgets. That’s what I came here for. I came here to hunt for Bear. Not to swat flies.”