FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2014
Contact: Derek Humphrey, (951) 8054167
BAO NGUYEN CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO EMPLOYMENT OF BRUCE BROADWATER’S SON AS A GARDEN GROVE FIREFIGHTER
Garden Grove, California – Garden Grove Unified School District Trustee and Mayoral candidate Bao Nguyen released the following statement today regarding the employment of Mayor Bruce Broadwater’s son with the Garden Grove Fire Department:
Recent reports regarding the criminal record and dangerously poor performance of Mayor Bruce Broadwater’s son are deeply troubling. Nepotism should have no place at City Hall, especially when public safety is involved. Mayor Broadwater owes the public an explanation and his silence on this issue is especially disappointing.
I’m asking the City Council to launch a special investigation into how Jeremy Broadwater was hired and what actions his father has taken to protect his employment with the city. I am also asking the City Council to take immediate action to ensure all of Garden Grove’s hiring practices are fair, transparent, and merit based.
Numerous news sources, including the Orange County Register, Voice of OC, and CBS 2/KCAL 9 News have reported on the scandal and embattled Mayor Broadwater’s subsequent silence.
Bao Nguyen currently represents over 90% of Garden Grove as a Trustee on the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education. On the School Board, Nguyen successfully led the adoption and implement of the California State Seal of Biliteracy, an award that recognizes high school graduates for their high academic achievement in world languages in addition to English. In addition to his work on the School Board, Nguyen currently serves on the Orange County Fair Board of Directors and is a member of the Commission on Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
Born in a refugee camp, Nguyen arrived to the United States at three months of age. He holds a bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine, a master’s in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.