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OC Clerk-Recorder 3-12-2013 Live Blogging… Sort Of?

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 12, 2013

My computer bit the dust yesterday which makes live blogging tougher with only a pen and paper in hand. I just arrived at a location with a computer and am now able to post this:

The 11 finalists for Clerk-Recorder who will be interviewed publicly at a Board of Supervisors meeting will be:

Dick Ackerman, 4 nominations (Moorlach, Spitzer, Nelson, Bates)
Larry Bales, 3 nominations (Spitzer, Nelson, Bates)
Michael J. Fox, 2 nominations (Nguyen, Spitzer)
Steven Madoff, 2 nominations (Moorlach, Bates)
Hieu Nguyen, 5 nominations
Chris Norby, 4 nominations (Nguyen, Spitzer, Nelson, Bates)
Bruce Peotter, 5 nominations
Renee Ramirez, 5 nominations
Roy Reynolds, 2 nominations (Nguyen, Spitzer)
Steve Rosansky, 3 nominations (Moorlach, Spitzer, Bates)
Harry Sidhu, 2 nominations (Nguyen, Bates)

Janet Nguyen nominated:
Alicia Campbell
Michael J. Fox
Hieu Nguyen
Chris Norby
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez
Roy Reynolds
Harry Sidhu

John Moorlach nominated:
Dick Ackerman
Ron Davidson
Stewart Davis
Linda Dixon
Lydia Lake
Steven Madoff
Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez
Steve Rosansky

Todd Spitzer nominated:
Dick Ackerman
Larry Bales
Michael J. Fox
Nora Lesnet
Hieu Nguyen
Chris Norby
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez
Roy Reynolds
Steve Rosansky

Shawn Nelson nominated:
Dick Ackerman
Larry Bales
Hieu Nguyen
Chris Norby
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez

Pat Bates nominated:
Dick Ackerman
Larry Bales
Steven Madoff
Hieu Nguyen
Chris Norby
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez
Steve Rosansky
Harry Sidhu
Steven Waechter

10 Responses to “OC Clerk-Recorder 3-12-2013 Live Blogging… Sort Of?”

  1. Dandelion said

    Thanks for doing this Chris. You still scooped everybody else.

  2. vernnelson said

    Thanks Chris. Damn you. Had to work this morning, otherwise I would have beat you for once!

    I’m for Hieu. Dick or Renee would be inexcusable picks, especially after the latest on Renee’s destroying evidence for Jordan Brandman and Tom Daly in yesterday’s Voice of OC.

    • Steve Waechter said

      Hugh is a staff member. If you want change you don’t want county staff in elected positions, IMHO.

      And the dynamics of that office and what’s going on at all recorders since 2008, that needs to be fixed.

      You can’t make changes if you make no changes.

      • He’s a staff member insofar as he knows the job. But he was not a get-along go-along staff member, he was closer to a whistleblower when he ran against his boss Tom Daly (reminiscently of how Bill Hunt ran against Mike Carona. This is from his interview with Greg Sebourn, which we reprinted yesterday:

        Greg: Recently, Tom Daly has been criticized for his expenditures. FFFF has reported extensively on the fact that Daly convinced the Board of Supervisors to OK the purchase of a building in disrepair for $2.1 million, that Daly hired the relatives of political contributors, and that Daly has handed out tens of thousands in no-bid contracts to questionable consultants. As Clerk-Recorder, will you attempt to rite these numerous wrongs, and if so, how?

        Hieu: I plan to review the mission of the Vital Records program and source of long-term funding of facilities and operations. I will conduct this review with the assistance of the CEO, Real Estate & Facilities Department. I will report the results to the Board of Supervisors in public meetings and request policy direction. Based I want I have read, I believe the purchase of the vacant office building for over $2.0 million was not a good decision and it is not feasible or cost effective to renovate it into a Vitals Records facility at a cost of $5 to $7 million. I also believe the scope of the collection needs to be limited to public records of historical significance.

        Tom Daly has awarded a number of consultant contracts to friends and political associates during his term. He has structured these “Sole-Source” agreements to be under $50,000 thereby avoiding the requirement to obtain Board of supervisors’ approval. He has also split contract scope of work into phases to stay under the limit. He has also awarded contracts for work retroactively for work completed and has paid for services that were never delivered or of little value. This practice will STOP 100% under my administration. I plan to run the department in a fiscally conservation manner and follow the correct contracting and personnel procedures to accomplish the work of the office. The funds derived from user fees needs to fund the services and systems used and should not be diverted to pet projects and work for friends as has been the current practice.

        That sounds like the kind of “insider” we need, I think.

        Sorry you didn’t make the cut today Steve. Who are you supporting now?

        • Steve Waechter said

          Sounds like everything quoted there comes from the ridiculous internal misspending under Daly. New buildings, Consultants, etc. Hugh is going to stop that. Gee whiz. Big deal. Not that it doesn’t need to be stopped, but that doesn’t come anywhere near solving the real problems that Hugh is not aware of. Neither are Ackerman, Norby, or any of the lawyers who are running for a place to sit for the next 12 years.

          The problems in that office are external to the office, but the solution is internal. As for today, that’s all the free consulting I am going to do

          I feel like Moorlach in 1994. Believe me, in two years you will be back here referring to what I just wrote.

  3. Steve Waechter said

    I have no horse in this race.

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