Raghu Mathur: A History of Wasting Taxpayer Dollars
Posted by Lassie on October 16, 2012
Much has been written about the Laguna Hills City Council race, but voters should beware of the absolute waste of taxpayer dollars by Raghu P. Mathur.
On his campaign web site, Mathur says, “Our City needs to provide better oversight over all income and expenditures. As your Council Member and with your input, I will seek prioritization of our taxpayer resources based on assessment of the services our citizens need. I will make these issues my top priorities.”
Here’s some excerpts from an interview Mathur did with OC Political (http://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/11/first-in-a-series-of-interviews-with-south-county-candidates-laguna-hills-city-council-candidates-dr-raghu-mathur-bill-hunt-andrew-blount-and-dore-gilbert/):
“Raghu says that fiscal responsibility is essential in this economy, with a $16 trillion national debt and a broke California, that leaves only the local level. He wants to prioritize all goals and expenditures and consider public sentiment and input in determining which projects are most important for residents. He said the city needs to address compensation, particularly city management. Raghu gave the example of the City Manager whose compensation is over $460,000 per year, including a car for personal and family use…He wants all negotiations regarding compensation to be conducted in an open setting, sunshined through the public agenda along with the fiscal implications of the proposal. Raghu wants the same sunshine process for any counter-proposal from the union. He would consider bringing in an outside negotiator or auditor so there is no potential conflict of interest with management.”
Where was this concern for fiscal responsibility and taxpayer dollars when Raghu Mathur took a $700 monthly car allowance, a free computer, free Internet access, and a free cell phone, among other perks while serving as Chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District?
Where was this concern for fiscal responsibility and taxpayer dollars when Raghu Mathur got more than a quarter of amillion dollars in a golden handshake to leave the Chancellor’s post, as reported by the Orange County Register: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mathur-231052-college-valley.html? Part of that settlement imposed a gag order forbidding discussion of the separation agreement. Is that what an open setting with sunshine looks like to Mathur?
Where was this concern for fiscal responsibility and taxpayer dollars when Raghu Mathur sued the South Orange County Community College District during his time as President of Irvine Valley College? Mathur’s lawsuit against the district was filed six months after he so badly lost a lawsuit against a professor and against a college administrator that the judge ordered Mathur to pay $34,000 in attorney’s fees to the professor and the administrator, as reported by the Los Angeles Times: http://articles.latimes.com/2000/sep/13/local/me-20300. How much money did SOCCCD spend on attorneys to defend themselves against Mathur’s suit?
Laguna Hills just can’t afford Raghu Mathur.