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

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 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. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.