In the case of Orange County, it is interesting how many instances of corruption or ethical lapses are prevalent in our government institutions. Whether it is Sheriff Mike Corona [link] and his “Coronies,” the Capistrano Unified [link] and Santa Ana Unified School District administrators, or senior managers in the Orange County Health Care Agency, it seems we cannot avoid the scandals and incompetence of these overly paid buffoons.
I received word the other day that the Health Care Agency was partially successful in their appeal of the $143,000 penalty they were issued for failing to properly manage a federal HIV/AIDS grant sub-contractor. The Orange County Register covered the story in a detailed investigative report “Misplaced Faith” released in March 2006.
It never ceases to amaze me how the powers that be here in OC are so willing to waste all of our taxpayer dollars on these dirty crooks... So what can be done about all of this? Follow me down below for more...
(Cross-posted at Calitics)
So what can be done about all of this? Chris offers some advice for the County on the Health Care Agency's AIDS Scandal, of which he (unfortunately) has seen and experienced firsthand:
The Board of Supervisors needs to pay attention to the underlying problem that has been revealed. Specifically, County managers were willing to commit fraud, lie to federal grant managers, cover-up misconduct, and permit retaliation against the employee who spoke out about management misconduct in order to conceal the truth. More than eleven years after the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, the culture of Here no evil; See no evil; and Speak no evil, is alive and well in the halls of Orange County administration.
And what about Sheriff Carona and his never-ending slew of scandals? Why doesn't this man have enough decency to resign? Why can't the Board of Supervisors stand up and hold him accountable for once? Why aren't more people outraged about this?
And what about the recent school district scandals? Why couldn't the Capistrano Unified School District put the students, parents, teachers, and other faculty ahead of their own desire to waste taxpayer money on themselves? Why has Santa Ana Unified been allowed to get away with complete fraud for so long? Why have they been able to overcrowd our kids' classrooms, and then claim to the state that they're complying with state class size requirements? Why haven't these folks been held accountable?
And why won't the District Attorney do something about all of this? Oh wait, I almost forgot... He's a part of it, too. Dammit, where are the ethics in the halls of government in this county? Does anyone have some?