The CalOptima scandal continues to grow as evidence has arisen that Supervisor Janet Nguyen was in cahoots with a hospital association that turned out to be the “source of anonymous allegations against CalOptima’s former board chairman that were the subject of several articles in the Register last year,” according to the O.C. Register.
That same association went on to hold a $250-a-plate fundraiser for Nguyen at the home of a hospital CEO.
Former CalOptima Chairman Ed Kacic provided a copy of an October 2011 email in which the hospital association CEO, Jim Lott, offered to meet to explain why the Hospital Association was supporting Nguyen’s ordinance change. At their meeting, which took place at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Lott told Kacic that the Hospital Association gave significant input to the ordinance change, including providing “draft language” to Nguyen at her request, Kacic said Wednesday.
Nguyen said Thursday she didn’t ask for draft language from the Hospital Association – is there any reason why we should believe her?
This behavior by Nguyen has precedent. She was the key vote against letter grade health ratings for Orange County restaurants. She did not tell anyone at the time that her husband, Tom Bonikowski, owned part of a Lee’s Sandwiches franchise that had a terrible health record. And she collected over $20K in campaign donations that year from lousy restaurants.
Nguyen is very clearly for sale. Remember this when she tries to run for the 34th State Senate District in 2014.