Tag Archive for Nick Berardino

Public Employee Pensions, Lies, and Audio Tape

There continues to be a great deal of criticism leveled at Public Employees regarding their pay, benefits and pensions. The criticism is largely based on false information and misleading facts. One of the biggest critics in Orange County has been the Orange County Register’s editorial writer Steve Greenhut. Mr. Greenhut has released a new book…

A New Voice in Orange County

H/T to Peggy Lowe over at the Register. A New Online Investigative News Site Coming to Orange County. A group of Orange County Democratic and liberal leaders will soon launch a non-profit online news site dedicated to “real-time investigative coverage” in three languages. Spearheaded by former state Sen. Joe Dunn, a Democrat from central Orange…

Feuding with the Sheriff

From Total Buzz yesterday: Sheriff’s layoffs ignite feud Union officials were told today that Sheriff Sandra Hutchens plans to lay off 30 non-sworn employees within the department and demote 10 more, igniting allegations of misspending and terse emails between the sheriff and a union leader over whether the Hutchens should have personally delivered the bad…

County Workers Union Chief Speaks Out on Layoffs

Orange County Employees Association General Manager Nick Berardino sent the following message out to his 11,000 plus members highlighting the difficulties and differences of approach from county managers in addressing pending layoffs due to budget shortfalls. As the State budget situation deteriorates and it appears we may become vulnerable to even more reductions, I want…

OC Employees Assn. Declares a Cease Fire

On Thursday, Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) General Manager Nick Berardino sent a message to his members. In effect, OCEA has declared a unilateral cease fire in their ongoing disagreement with the County Board of Supervisors over the current financial crisis, and how best to deal with its impact on the county budget and workforce. As…

A Parking Solution for Tom Mauk

I was touched Monday morning when I read about Tom Mauk’s concern for the preservation of the paint job on his 2005 Escalade. It’s heart warming to learn that he actually cares about something. So I got to thinking, maybe there is a way that OCEA could help bridge the gap of understanding between Mauk and…

OC Probation Chief AWOL

Colleene Preciado, Orange County’s Chief Probation Officer, fired off an email to her staff on Friday evening in another demonstration of the misinformation campaign being launched by County executive managers regarding the current budget crisis. Hu·bris: Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. Her message (full text here) begins with an eloquent demonstration of her own hubris.…