A New Years Eve order from Orange County Superior Court Judge David T. McEachen makes public more than two dozen sets of documents that shed some light on how officials handled allegations that former Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante sexually assaulted women who worked for him.
The lawsuit by former OC Waste and Recycling Human Resources manager Kathleen Tahilramani was brought to light in a Voice of OC story in September 2012. In her suit Tahilramani alleged improper conduct by County CEO Mike Giancola, the then director of OC Waste and Recycling, claiming harassment and retaliation because Tahilramani reported allegation of improper conduct to Central Human Resources.
The investigative reporting that exposed the government impropriety on the part of the officials of the City of Bell would not be possible if legislation passed as part of the state budget is signed into law. Because these laws place a mandated cost on to local entities, legislators and the governor, are trying to prevent local agencies from demanding reimbursement from the state for their compliance by making all of its provisions voluntary.
For all their claims of fiscal responsibility Republican elected officials, from the Board of Supervisors to the state legislative delegation, have demonstrated that ideological arrogance is a one way street to disaster. The victims of these disasters are the taxpayers of Orange County and, more directly, the taxpayers who rely on county services for support.