Warner Herzog: OJB Prepares to Bump Up VOC’s YouTube Numbers


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I’m not exactly sure what we haven’t done this before, but let’s try it now.  The number to beat is 171 — that’s how many views this Voice of OC video had gotten as of 5:00 p.m. today. Watch this video, which was posted last Friday, to learn about a new scandal or two.

I’ve been wondering about the Lake Forest situation that has led now-former Councilman Peter Herzog to resign while blasting his City Council colleagues for what sounds a lot like a junior varsity version of the Anaheim shenanigans.  (Mostly, I’ve been thinking “who the heck are we going to get to write about this?”)  Then it occurred to me: Nick Gerda already wrote about it, and we’re not going to do a better job of it, so just go read his story.  Herzog’s warnings — do you get the story title now? — about Council capture by local special interests, and how we’re not doing a good job of vetting our public officials, strike home.

(Hey, Peter Herzog — if you want to run for Fifth District Supervisor or something, you might well have a following!  Then again, you’ll have to deal with David Zenger’s brutally funny comment on the VOC people: “Citizens, rise up! …  I quit.”  Yeah, maybe not quitting would have been a better idea.  Still, good luck!)

The video covers other matters including the developing Fairgrounds Story, about which Vern will likely have more to say.

Now go bump up the VOC’s numbers on that video so that they will fear our enormous power.  Go!  Shoo!

herzog grizzly man audio

Peter Herzog listening to the agonizing sounds of Lake Forest being devoured alive by special interests (or possibly Werner Herzog doing something similar in “Grizzly Man”; I spilled coffee on my notes.)


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)