“Orange County officials Friday released a redacted version of a claim filed by an attorney for Deputy CEO Alisa Drakodaidis in which she alleges several acts of retaliation in response to her efforts to root out corruption at the highest levels of county government,” according to the Voice of OC.
As expected, the claim cast suspicions on Supervisor Pat Bates and O.C. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas – but Supervisor Janet Nguyen got fingered too. Here are a few of the claim’s assertions:
- Drakodaidis accused Bates of attempting to “change” a sex offender ordinance to help the son of a friend – who worked at Dana Point Harbor. O.C. CEO Tom Mauk, who resigned this week, admitted the he spoke to Bates about this. He told the Voice of OC that “Supervisor Bates behaved in all conversations in this matter in a professional manner and in a way that had utmost concern for sex offenders being in the Harbor on a recreational basis.”
- Drakodaidis also complained about how Bates and Nguyen transferred their top staff aides into highly-paid bureaucratic positions at county agencies. “The most notable instance is the transfer of Brian Probolsky, an elected director of the Moulton Niguel Water District, from being a political aide to Bates to the OC Community Resources Department.” Probolsky got an 80 percent raise in the transition – and now makes $56 an hour.
- Nguyen’s top aid, Matt Harper, also got transferred to a high-paying external affairs job at the County Waste Department. Yes, he is basically a PR guy for the trash agency.
- “Drakodaidis also takes aim at Rackauckas, saying that the (Carlos) Bustamante case was a “garden-variety sexual harassment civil case” and suggests that the prosecution was “revenge for CEO Mauk’s participation in the removal of John S. Williams as Public Guardian.”
- Mauk debunked the Rackauckas claim, “However, Mauk doesn’t mention that he quietly transferred Rackauckas’ then-fiance Peggi Buff from Willliams’ agency to the same agency where Probolsky landed, county Community Resources.”
One day we will look at Bustamante as the Jose Canseco of O.C. politics. Canseco, as you recall, introduced mass use of steroids to baseball, then he wrote a book and ousted all the other steroid users – after he was blackballed from baseball. Now Bustamante’s harassment case is threatening to unravel the longstanding corruption of the County by the Republican Party of Orange County. Canseco and Bustamante are both disgusting, but their actions uncorked years of corruption…kudos to the Voice of OC as well for their ongoing effort to reveal this mess.
Too bad this didn’t happen BEFORE Nguyen got reelected. Can you say “recall?”