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August 10, 2007

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Long-time Politico

This is fascinating. Yesterday there were over three pages of comments on the Street article on the OC Register site and the Liberal OC blog was positively orgasmic over these allegations, and this gets no response and minimal exposure over here. Hmmm.

I am wondering what Supervisor Moorlach is waiting for? Street is joined to Moorlach at the hip, like it or not. Moorlach needs to sever that connection clearly, quickly and with no ambiguity! Moorlach is at the early stages of a huge fight with law enforcement unions (they have GUNS AND MONEY for crying out loud). He cannot afford to have this situation bleed his valuable political capital.

I would love to be wrong about this, but . . .

So explain this. Moorlach accepts the max donation to his Board of Supervisors campaign from Streets wife. Then Moorlach opens up the Assistant Treasurer position up for one day. An applicant named Street happens to make this narrow window and applies for the Assistant job. Moorlach hires him on this sham application process. Street runs for Treasurer/Tax Collector and can now use the title of Assistant Treasurer/Tax Collector on the ballot. Both Moorlach and Street win their respective bids for BOS and TTC. Moorlach comes into office and says the county is in dire straits and the Sheriffs, a group who wouldnt endorse him partly because of Streets shadyness, get too much in benefits. At the same time of the supposed dire financial straights of the county and the Sheriffs not having a contract or pay raise for a long time, Moorlach and Street spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for new lavish office chairs, tables, desks, flat screen tvs etc etc. When they are called on the carpet for this waste of taxpayer dollars both Moorlach and Street stand by their spending of taxpayer dollars. Now Street is under federal investigation for apparent stealing of money but Moorlach is apparently okay with that as well. Does anyone see Moorlachs hypocracy yet? Does anyone see that Moorlach has an agenda that he will follow despite it wasting the taxpayer dollars and bringing embarrassment and scandal to this county.

Jubal

Long-time politico:

I'm planning to post about this, but I've been out all day.

Thats right Long time politico aka Lincoln club guy. Moorlach needs to start covering his tracks better so he can hide his wastefulness from the taxpayers better. Moorlach brought Street in and until Moorlach and Street are gone from office they cannot sever their ties to eachother. The connection and motives of Moorlach and Street have never been so clear as they are now. They are playing a game and the taxpayer dollars are the chips they are using.

Hey Jubal I was trying to call Moorlach all day but he was suspiciously in a meeting. Were you in that meeting today to conduct damage control briefings?

Jubal

Hahahahaha.

Haha.

Ha.

You slay me. You really do.

To answer your question: No.

Flowerszzz

Moorlach is MANY things but stupid is not one of them. I am curious to see how this all pans out.

If Moorlach is not stupid then I have no idea what to call his association and hiring of Street. If Moorlach is not stupid then I have no idea how he thought he would get away with condoning the spending over a million on office furniture for one county office. How can Moorlach look a taxpayer straight in the eye and say he is there for them now?

Flowerszzz

Many of the County offices have been overhauled in the past few years. Have you seen the treasurer, clerk recorder, or any of those offices? It is like walking into the 60's, and this is Orange County...should be nicer. That being said....I do think there is a lot of taxpayer waste and things could have been done cheaper...but I do not think that Streets office remodel cost is Moorlach's responsibility only....there are 4 more votes on that board.

Like we all know Moorlach brought Street on board. I know Chris Norby and Bill Campbell both withdrew their endorsements for Street so Moorlach is the only sitting Board Of Supervisor to sponsor and endorse Street in his current position. So I guess that leaves Moorlach holding the bag now doesnt it.

The OC Sheriffs Deputies, Chris Norby and Bill Campbell to name a few saw the baggage Street was carrying. John Moorlach chose to ignore this liability and chose to jeopardize and subject the taxpayers to Street. Moorlach has yet to stand up and proclaim his error and out of his arrogoant attitude he will continue to shame Orange County and support his buddy.

And flower person what is your stance on how Street was brought in to the Treasurers office and the situation of Streets wife donating money to Moorlach before Street was hired by him. No one has addressed that little lapse in ethics now have they.

Flowerszzz

Well considering that the contribution limit is $1500 (may be $1600 now)...I doubt his wife "bought" his seat for him. He would have been brought in with or without that $1500. As to the rest about Street....we will have to see what happens.

I agree Flowerszzz. BUT remember Moorlach has put himself on a pedestal and has portrayed himself and chastized others for being pawns or even looking like a pawn in the political game. Moorlach's accepting the money and then hiring the husband of that contributor during a sham hiring process sure makes him appear a bit hypocritical.

Green Machine

I agree with those that say the Treasurer's office deserves a remodel. Those who work in County Government know how pitiful many of the current county facilities have become, but cashmere? Who needs cashmere in their chairs?

Street is being investigated for several things, including the way he spent money lavishly for himself from the very fund he was supposed to be managing. Now I have no idea what transpired in that instance but it appears that we have a pattern developing.

Street defends his spending by claiming that he is only doing things the way they do it in private business. Does that mean he also plans to spend money on season tickets to the Angels? My neighbor's business does that? I've also heard him say that he got a "deal" from the company who sold him the furniture. He must know my wife...she uses the same logic when she goes to Nordstroms instead of Mervyns.

And of course Street's supporter John Moorlach defends this type of largesse by referring to the size of the budget they manage. By that Logic our State rep's should have their offices decorated in imported european furniture with gold accents

Moorlach is sometimes described as the type of politician who is bringing the Republican party back to its roots. Apparently he is more like Willie Brown. He gets a little power, games the system to give one of his supporters his old job and manipulates his fellow board members into doing his bidding.

Gotta love guys like Moorlach and Street. They think the rules of fiscal responsibility apply to government employees and unions. But not to them. After all, they deserve special treatment.

Not even this blog can try to defend Moorlach and Street. I noticed that Greenhut didnt even try. There must be more bad things to come from Moorlach and Streets closets.

cotoblogzz


OC Sheriff in Hand Cuff Links with COPLinks?

Coming in on the heels of the Orange County Board of Supervisors vote to create an oversight board to keep an eye on the Sheriff, and then Supervisor Moorlach’s frontal assault on the 3-50 retirement plan, Sheriff Carona must feel ambushed with COPLinks at best and at worse handcuffed with COPLinks. The COPLINK system was initially developed by the University of Arizona Artificial Intelligence Lab with funding from the National Institute of Justice and the National Science Foundation since 1997. With additional venture funding and product development, Knowledge Computing Corporation (KCC) currently distributes, maintains, and updates the commercially available COPLINK Solution Suite.

We have long argued that the California Legislature has failed to deploy an important tool to fight terrorism by architecting and implementing a cross-jurisdictional information sharing, analysis, and research for the law enforcement and intelligence. Instead, the Legislature continues its partisan bickering and unable to deliver a balanced budget on time. “Senate Republicans in Sacramento have been roundly criticized for refusing to approve an irresponsible state budget. This week Governor Schwarzenegger has been traveling the state seeking to put pressure on us in our own districts. It won’t work” reads in part the California State Senate Republican Causus web site, and continues stating that: “The voice of the Senate Republicans resonates because we are holding firm against a budget that is out of balance, and contains numerous technical errors and implementation problems. Without a balanced budget, and fixes to the trailer bills associated with the spending plan, California is sure to see upwards of $5 billion in deficits next year. This is not a new mantra by the Senate Republicans, in fact it is supported by documents and statements issued by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office”


On the other hand, “Sheriff Mike Carona's department is one of the only police agencies in Southern California that hasn't joined forces with a large law enforcement database that allows police agencies to share crucial information” reads the introduction to a article by Peggy Lowe published Wednesday, August 15, 2007 and titled Sheriff's department opts out of crime database, then goes on to say that “As the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved spending $24,900 to allow District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' office and the Probation Department to join CopLink, Carona said he still has concerns about how much control he would have over the operational features of the system”. The article goes on to paint Sheriff Carona as intransigent.

We think Sheriff’s Carona position is responsible, albeit tame: As compared to other media outlets who only use the Sheriff’s blotter, we are consumers of the ACSD data gathering process. We know that slight operational changes create monstrous challenges to data consistency and coherency.


Consider that On Sep 24, 2002 a state agency permanently shut its doors due to a sunset clause in the legislation that created it. That agency was the Department of Information Technology (DOIT). DOIT, according to Government Technology, “ fell prey to the three P-forces: politics, performance and perception. The quirks of California politics may have played a significant role in DOIT's demise, but what happened to the agency offers a lesson for any jurisdiction on what not to do when creating a strong, centralized IT department. The final straw was a highly controversial contract between the state of California and Oracle Corp. for database software licenses. The deal generated a lot of heat for DOIT, and the state's Joint Legislative Audit Committee conducted a public inquiry into the huge enterprise licensing agreement.

The contract's seemingly hasty approval by several key state government officials sparked suspicion in the California Legislature, triggering the audit committee investigation. As a result of the probe, several key players in Gov. Gray Davis' administration were forced to resign or were fired, depending on one's point of view, including: Arun Baheti, Davis' director of electronic government; Barry Keene, director of the Department of General Services; and California CIO Elias Cortez.

Ironically, DOIT was created to stop technology disasters such as the Oracle contract.

In the 1990s, California was smarting over a string of high-profile IT fiascos - a botched State Lottery technology contract in 1992 that cost the state $52 million; a 1994 DMV database debacle where California paid $51 million for a system that was never used because it couldn't do what it was supposed to; and the failure in 1997 of a Statewide Automated Child Support System (SACSS) that cost taxpayers a whopping $111 million.

One factor in this series of failures was the lack of a central oversight organization to approve state IT project proposals. Instead, California employed a cumbersome approval process that scattered responsibility across a handful of separate agencies”


The Orange County Board of Supervisors, pushing COPLinks as a solution to a problem yet to be fully defined is reminiscent of the fiascos associated with DOIT. A better solution is for the California Governor and the Legislature to assume their respective responsibilities and architect a statewide cross-jurisdictional information sharing, analysis, and research for law enforcement and intelligence platform, rather than using the 10,000 flies eat crud, so it must be good argument.

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