Shawn Nelson has gone to great lengths to try to hide that history. I reported a while ago about Nelson’s specialties as once advertised on his law practice website. After that story ran, Nelson pulled out all the stops and had the record scrubbed from readily available Internet history.
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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has opened investigation into how Assessor Webster Guillory has implemented a $20 million computer system and whether he is properly collecting taxes on businesses using government property.
Well, as the headline states, I am not really surprised. The county has a pattern of contracting out projects and then having managers and directors cover up the failures to perform. This just happens to be a project run by a comfortable elected official who has the same attitude as the County IT Director. Cover it up and hope no one notices.
Unions are not all-powerful engines of rapacity. County workers have been struggling with layoffs and furloughs in the county, courts and cities. Unions and their members are addressing state and local government issues responsibly.
While the Sheriff’s Department managers are flying to LA for Chili Cook-offs, and keeping on payroll more than 70 highly paid double-dipping management retirees; more information on the looming budget cuts facing the Orange CountyÂ Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) is starting to seep out. Yesterday evening an email went out to Sheriff’s deputies from their union leadership…
In response to the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) asking its members if they might be interested in a brief collective work stoppage, Under Sheriff John Scott sent a memo out to all OCEA represented department members. He instituted a new policy, effective immediately, that any employee represented by OCEA who calls in sick must have a doctor’s note to return to work.
For the second round of draconian layoffs, the Sheriff notified OCEA on January 4th that they plan to layoff an additional 57 non-sworn personnel. These are the people who support our deputies, and in fact, make the entire department function.