With all the deserved commotion about the unfinished Brandman report, let’s recall this isn’t the first time former Clerk-Recorder, now first-term Assemblyman and still a Democrat Tom Daly pushed a lucrative no-bid contract to a political crony.
“An entire section of a government draft report prepared by Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman while he was campaigning for his council seat last year appears to largely have been copied from the Wikipedia entry on Orange County, a Voice of OC review of the report has found,” according to the Voice of OC.
This really is the last straw. Brandman charged the O.C. Clerk-Recorder over $24K for a report that he apparently copied off of Wikipedia. And this money allowed him to quit his job at the Clerk-Recorder’s office, last year, so he could campaign full time for the Anaheim City Council. In essence it was a gift of public money to Brandman. Continue reading
The OC Political blog has posted the names of the current top 25 finalists for the open Orange County Clerk-Recorder job that was vacated by Tom Daly when he got elected last November to represent the 69th Assembly District. Here are the finalists:
- Hugh Nguyen – used to work for Daly’s predecessor. Currently an assistant to the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors.
- Chris Norby – former State Assemblyman. Used to be a high school teacher back in the day.
- Bruce Peotter – Lawyer and OC GOP activist
- Renee Ramirez – worked for Daly
- Roy Reynolds – a transportation expert and CRA member
- Harry Sidhu – former Anaheim Council Member who owns a bunch of El Pollo Loco restaurants
- Dick Ackerman – former State Senator. Currently a consultant. Continue reading
Former Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly is backing Renee Ramirez, who was his assistant clerk-recorder and is holding down the top job until supervisors make their appointment, according to the O.C. Register.
“She’s a Republican and she’s a Latina and the board should do the right thing and hire her,” Daly told the audience at Friday’s Democratic Foundation of Orange County luncheon of about 25 at the Irvine Hilton, again according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
The union-funded Voice of OC continues their good exposure this week of what we’ll label the “cusp” positions in county government that the Board of Supervisors needs to fill: Board of Supervisors OKs Timetable for Filling Top County Positions. Nick Gerda wrote:
County supervisors adopted a process Tuesday to fill high-level elected posts and made it clear they don’t want the decision to be seen as politically motivated. They intend to appoint a new public administrator, clerk-recorder and auditor-controller, jobs that several high-level political players have been seeking. Continue reading
Assemblyman Jose Solorio is leaving the State Legislature soon and he will be returning to a part time job as a new Trustee on the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Education. Solorio sent out a farewell email today, outlining what he feels are his accomplishments:
As my six years in the State Assembly come to an end today, I want to thank you and let you know it has been an honor to serve the constituents of the 69th Assembly District. I am grateful that my tenure in the State Assembly resulted in many accomplishments, especially in light of the fiscal and political crises that dominated the last five years. Continue reading