Trying to take some focus off Filthy Filner, from the U-T San Diego today: 10 other Calif. pols who faced sex harassment allegations, with Mike Duvall apparently getting an honorable mention. Aren’t we proud? And especially after R. Scott Moxley’s latest revelation just yesterday. Continue reading
By R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly
A veteran Orange County executive who ran the government’s Equal Employment Opportunity office is suing the county for gender discrimination and whistleblower retaliation because more powerful, male bureaucrats wanted her to help cover up widespread corruption.
Paula Kitchen, a highly praised county employee since 1996 and holder of a master’s degree, this week filed her lawsuit, in which she claimed that a March 2012 promotion to EEO Compliance Officer did not come with a pay increase because of two men: Assistant CEO Rob Richardson and Steven Danley, head of human resources. Continue reading
We started this blog on January 1, 2012. What a year it has been! Here are our top ten stories of the year, based on our readership data:
- Irvine boss Larry Agran lost in his campaign for Mayor and the Republicans took over the Irvine City Council
- Sharon Quirk-Silva beat Chris Norby in the 65th Assembly District – and it was all John Lewis’ fault
- Travis Allen beat Troy Edgar in the 72nd Assembly District. For once the good guy won!
- Orange County’s administration imploded in the wake of the arrest of Carlos Bustamante for alleged sex crimes Continue reading
“Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is calling for the formation of a public integrity unit to respond to what he calls “the growing number of complaints and investigations of crimes involving people holding public office,” according to the Voice of OC.
Rackauckas explained this funding request in a public Agenda Staff Report. Here are a few excerpts:
Section 26500 of the California Government Code mandates the District Attorney to initiate and conduct, on behalf of the people, prosecutions of criminal conduct. Over the last several years, complaints and investigations of crimes involving people holding public office have steadily increased. Additionally, the Office received increased complaints that allege the County and/or County employees may be victim(s) of crimes. Some specific type of crimes, include, but are not limited to: illegal or inappropriate use of public funds; bribery; election and campaign violations; conflicts of interest; malfeasance in office; Grand Jury matters; and Brown Act. Continue reading
“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: Continue reading
Norberto Santana, the Editor in Chief at the Voice of OC, said today on KPCC’s Airtalk that the Voice of OC is going to sue the County of Orange to compel the release of the letter written by “Alisa Drakodaidis, which reportedly contains allegations of improper actions by several county supervisors and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.”
Orange County officials are now arguing that the public should not see the details of the Drakodaidis letter because “the letter contains personnel information, the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy,” according to the Voice of OC. Continue reading