We had to hold our nose when reading this great piece from the union-funded Voice of OC yesterday: Supervisors Taking Issue With OCTA Board Majority. Adam Elmahrek did an excellent job with this, describing how noxious the Orange County Transportation Authority has become after only three years under the “leadership” of ex-Caltrans potentate Will Kempton.
Kempton is leaving the OCTA in February, but it’s still unclear if he was nudged, pushed or shoved or just privately invited to clean out his desk without a contract renewal and put his Dove Canyon home on the market. Not for a minute do we buy the idea that he’s got a better deal with some unknown NorCal think tank than the $376k/pa he’s been pulling out of OCTA, making him one of the highest paid government officials in the State. There’s no word if he’s also pulling any pension out of his short three years with the agency.
Kempton’s legacy includes bus service reductions followed by a massive bus fare increase, an unneeded $184 million train station, a $319 million streetcar system in Anaheim that’s no more required than the failed CenterLine light rail of six years ago, another questionable streetcar project in Santa Ana, violations of open meeting laws, crony bidding controversies, a thoroughly botched plan to add toll lanes to the 405 Freeway and a bad HR/payroll audit as reported yesterday by the Register’s OC Watchdog: Audit questions pay at transit authority. Kempton’s handling of OCTA’s hard-won Measure M funds, short-changing more flexible and efficient bus systems in favor of 19th century rail projects, has been nothing short of abominable.
Can we call you a cab, pal?