At noon on Tuesday a couple dozen women gathered at the Old Santa Ana Court House to call upon the California Attorney General to investigate the failures in management at the County of Orange. Specifically they want an investigation of how those failures allowed the sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by former Public Works Executive Manager and Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante to go unaddressed for so long.
On Friday Afternoon, Orange County officials released a redacted version of the complaint letter filed by the attorney representing Deputy CEO Alisa Drakodaidis. The letter is the subject of a public records lawsuit filed on behalf of the Voice of OC by attorneys from Californian’s Aware earlier this month demanding the release of the letter.
Following a third closed session meeting to discuss the employment status of Orange County CEO Tom Mauk in the wake of mishandled Carlos Bustamante sexual harassment investigations, The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to accept Mauk’s resignation effective August 3rd. Supervisors, with the exception of Supervisor Nelson decided to appoint current CFO Robert Franz…
Santa Ana Council member Carlos Bustamante and Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez are expected to appear in separate Superior Court rooms today. Councilman Carlos Bustamante faces the continuation of his arraignment on sexual assault and false imprisonment charges in criminal court. Alvarez is joining the the suit by city commissioner Max Madrid to require the Santa Ana City Clerk to provide Alvarez with nomination paperwork to seek another term on the City Council.
The Voice of OC filed a lawsuit today asking the Orange County Superior Court to compel the County of Orange to release the letter received by the county from the attorney for Assistant CEO Alisa Drakodaidis. Californians Aware, the Center for Public Forum Rights, is joining Voice of OC in the suit.
Over the weekend I reviewed some of the old LiberalOC posts about the 2008 scandal where Carlos Bustamante got away with making sexist and inappropriate remarks about Sheriff appointee Sandra Hutchens in the Hall of Administration and in front of an LATimes reporter. Looking back, it appears that the dysfunction of the County Public Works Department, and CEO Tom Mauk’s oversight of management was readily apparent.
I’ll start by saying attending a Santa Ana city council meeting in person is nothing like watching the streamed meeting on the web. Chris Prevatt and I attended Monday’s meeting and listened to more than an hour of public comments ranging from the proposed Sunshine Ordinance, some discussion of the Grand Jury Report on PBID,…