Over the weekend Supervisor John Moorlach fired off a premptive Op-Ed in the Orange County Register attacking public employees and blaming their pension benefits for budget shortfalls and what the headline to his commentary describes as a “Formula for disaster.” Moorlach goes on with this misleading argument against defined benefit retirement plans.
OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino challenged County CEO Tom Mauk to a debate about executive compensation during the County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Berardino also called for Supervisors to start paying for their pensions during a discussion about whether Supervisors should move toward a defined contribution retirement plan.
Five years ago, Supervisor Bill Campbell and the Orange County Employees Association recognized two things: the importance of providing quality health care coverage for retired county employees and the rising cost of doing so. So, together, we addressed these issues head-on. Through the collective bargaining process, OCEA and the county arrived at an agreement that reduced the county’s unfunded liability for retiree medical benefits by $815 million while continuing to ensure our employees would receive adequate care in their most vulnerable years.
It was a rare sight. A group of county supervisors and labor leaders sitting across the table from each other at a public meeting having a calm discussion, even offering each other complements. There was no shouting, no finger pointing and even the posturing was kept to a relative minimum.
Norberto Santana, Jr. of the Voice of Orange County reported today on problems of high turnover, low morale and safety concerns that have been raised by OC Health Care Agency nurses and doctors working in the Orange County Jails. Another “no-confidence” vote is making the rounds among the staff at the Orange County Correctional Medical Services division…
This is the latest mailer from OCEA, again targeting Nelson’s efforts to hide the solicitations his firms made for criminal defendants, namely accused sex offenders. The mailer highlights the position of the victim rights organization Crime Victims United of California. A few days ago Red County publisher Chip Hanlon tried to paint this organization as…
This mail piece landed on door steps in the 4th supervisorial district on WednesdayÂ from the OCEA IE Committee. I’m getting the feeling that the fact that Shawn Nelson tried to hide his advertising for criminal clients doesn’t poll well with voters.