On July 1, Voice of OC reported that Supervisor Bates’ former executive assistant Brian Probolsky, a manager with OC Community Resources department and also an elected member of the Moulton Niguel Water District – has come under fire because his time cards rarely show time off on days he’s attending water district meetings. Now, less than a month after this revelation, Bates has brought Probolsky back under her wing of protection.
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.
Orange County is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country that does not have a year-round homeless shelter. Yesterday, with a unanimous vote, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a site in Santa Ana’s industrial area that will eventually become a 200 bed year-round homeless shelter.
The current unofficial turnout numbers for the 2014 Primary Election in Orange County sit at 16.9 percent. In comparison turnout in 2012 was 26.5 percent, and the worst ever in Orange County was in 2006 with 21.5 percent voting. Low turnout drives the results in a primary election tilting in favor of whichever party holds a better registration lead, and turnout average. In Orange County the numbers tilt strongly in favor of Republicans.
Yesterday the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for former OC Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante began in the courtroom of OC Superior Court Judge Kazuharu Makino. The former rising star in the Orange County Republican party and former Santa Ana City Councilman is charged with 12 felony and four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, false imprisonment, stalking, and grand theft.