Tag Archive for COunty of Orange

County IT Spending Like Drunken Sailors On No Bid Contracts

The practice of contracting out millions of dollars to outside companies and then failing to monitor their progress has been an ongoing problem, particularly with the County IT department. Now it looks like these guys have been monkeying around with the contracts process. I wonder if the Board will actually do anything to curb this behavior.

Lawsuit Abuse Report Misses Easy Target

Today the OCRegister Watchdog reports on the release of a study from Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse regarding the impact of frivolous litigation on the taxpayers. The group complains that people see cities and counties as deep pockets the can be sued and that costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year that cold be used to…

Governor Signs Correa Orange County Hybrid Retirement Plan

The following press release came out from Senator Correa’s office today: SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has responded to calls for pension reform by signing into law a measure authored by Senator Lou Correa (Orange County) that could well serve as a template throughout California. Senate Bill 752 enacts a reform in pension law that…

County Managers will still get their raises

The Orange County Register’s Jennifer Muir reported yesterday (Managers will get pay raises — eventually) that the Orange County Manager’s Association and County negotiators (also managers)  agreed to formalize their agreement to postpone their scheduled pay increases, but not give them up all together. Looks like Tom Mauk was only blustering when he was touting for the…

Orange County lays off more workers, seniority doesn’t count.

Today, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will announce her planned cuts in staffing to address the $28 million budget cut the department must absorb this year. The Orange County Register’s Jennifer Muir reports some details this morning: Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens plans to lay off two assistant sheriffs and six captains to help rein in department expenses, according…

OC Supes Approve 3yr Contract with County Workers

This morning, in a 4-0 vote, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a three year agreement with employees represented by the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA). Supervisor Norby got married yesterday and was absent for the vote. The contract provides for no salary increase during the three year agreement while allowing for discussion to be…

County Pension Reform Legislation Moves Out of Committee

Senate Bill SB752 was heard this morning in the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee. The legislation will enable a second-tier pension option for new and existing Orange County employees that was negotiated as part of the new contract agreements for county workers represented by the Orange County Employee’s Association. The option is expected…