Santa Ana Council Member Carlos Bustamante’s arrest is a tragic situation that should have been resolved many years earlier.
I am deeply disappointed by our County government’s inability to quickly identify and take swift action against all those who didn’t do their job – upholding a workplace that is free from sexual harassment, abuse of authority and abuse of women.
It is a tragedy that many in our County government choose not to listen or turned a blind eye, possibly thinking an investigation would be too embarrassing, too financially costly or as seemingly apparent, a way to protect one of their own, regardless of the potential for serious criminal charges.
Before the Orange County Register published a series of letters that detailed Mr. Bustamante’s office practices in September 2011, Orange County first and oldest community and political blog, the Orange Juice Blog, which I founded, included (in 2010) in the comment section of a story related to Bustamante’s alleged “Water Bra” comment towards our Orange County Sheriff, many alleged accounts of inappropriate work relationships at the County of Orange.
In March of 2011, it was reported that a complaint was submitted to the “centralized” Orange County Human Resources agency, yet no action was taken until September 2011.
The County failed to act even when the allegations were seemingly substantiated within the former HR Director’s investigation findings. The O.C. Board of Supervisors took just and swift action against such blatant incompetence.
Orange County Supervisors John Moorlach and Shawn Nelson, Orange County Internal Auditor Peter Hughes and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas should be commended for being unquestionably persistent in seeking the truth, sending a clear message that abuse of women at the County of Orange will not be tolerated.
I am disturbed that the current criminal charges against Bustamante are strikingly similar to the allegations that were publicly posted at the aforementioned blog over 2 years ago.
I refer you to a recent post in this blog that details some additional possibly inappropriate misconduct and/or relations going on at the County of Orange offices of the Clerk/Recorder, Tom Daly. These comments/allegations were submitted extensively to many of the Orange County Community/blogs from alleged County of Orange employees and are somewhat compiled within this post.
The allegations against Daly should be investigated by the County of Orange. He is now a candidate for the 69th Assembly District. Do we really want to send someone with alleged Bustamante-like tendencies to Sacramento? If the allegations have any chance of being true, Daly must face the music now.