Editorial Staff

OC Register’s Narrow-minded Look at the 2009 Stimulus

President Obama- Costa Mesa 3/16/09

The Orange County Register has published another one of its narrow-minded looks at the effect of the 2009 stimulus on its fifth anniversary. Most of the spending measures in the stimulus bill have expired, but the point is that it did what it was supposed to do. For Republicans to simply say “the economy is still bad, so the stimulus was a failure” is a cheap misdirection.

Supervisors Campaign Finance Scheme: Bait and Switch?

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At Tuesday’s meeting the Orange County Board of Supervisors considered how they would address the growing concern over possible campaign finance misbehavior and conflicts of interest in their ranks. Their response to calls for an ethics commission by the Orange County Grand Jury is, unsurprisingly, nothing more than the campaign finance reform equivalent of a bait-and-switch.

CalOPTIMA isn’t the only scandal County Supervisors face

Supervisor Janet Nguyen

A recent scathing federal audit of Orange County’s, once showcase, provider of medical care for low-income residents found major problems with the agencies management of those services. Read the history of CalOPTIMA’s struggles here. All of this occurred on the heels of the Supervisor’s granting Supervisor Janet Nguyen unfettered control over the agency

So much for “Leadership” from Nguyen and Bates

OC Supervisor Pat Bates Photo: Chris Prevatt, TheLiberalOC

County Supervisor’s Patricia Bates and Janet Nguyen are unlikely to take leadership roles on the Board of Supervisors in 2014. Given the ongoing corruption investigations and back-room deals given to contractors—who fund their campaigns—that these two “leaders” are distancing themselves from a negative public impression of the board.