O.C. Supervisors blow almost $2 million on a pointless lawsuit

It is amazing how our Orange County Supervisors find new ways to waste our money.  I am excerpting below a press release I received from the Association of O.C. Deputy Sheriffs outlining how our supposedly conservative Supervisors have already rang up almost $2 million in legal fees for a case that didn’t even make it to trial:

The County of Orange’s legal bills for County Supervisor John Moorlach’s failing legal effort to significantly cut deputy sheriff pensions in Orange County have exceeded the $1.7 million mark, county records show. The County’s lawsuit was recently tossed out of court before even going to trial.

Kirkland & Ellis, the fourth outside law firm hired by the County to assist their 2 ½ year effort to declare Deputy Sheriff 3% at 50 pension benefits in Orange County  unconstitutional, rang up $383,000 in legal bills during January and February of this year,  bringing the County’s total legal costs through February 28 to $1,727,320.57.

“I feel bad for the county taxpayers,” said Wayne Quint, President of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. “Three highly paid law firms hired by the county to give  them expert outside legal advice, all told the County Board of Supervisors that they had no chance whatsoever to win litigation on this subject. At the insistence of Supervisor John Moorlach and his Chief of Staff Mario Mainero, the board ignored their paid legal advice and proceeded forward anyway with a frivolous lawsuit. Now, over $1.7 million later, the  court quickly throws their case out — before it even makes it to trial.”

I have said this before – the previous Supervisors who handed out a huge pension spike to the O.C. Deputies did a stupid thing – but did any of us learn from that? One of them, Jim Silva, ended up getting elected to the State Assembly, with full support from the OC GOP machine!  Wasn’t Todd Spitzer in that bunch too?  He now works as an assistant O.C. District Attorney!  These guys screwed the voters and got a soft landing, courtesy of their party machine.

The O.C. Supervisors screwed up – now they need to deal with that, not by suing but by cutting elsewhere.  They should be outsourcing as much as possible.  They should be cutting their own personal budgets.  I don’t see why the taxpayers should be giving free cars and gas to the Supervisors – they already make huge salaries.  And why did they remodel their offices during a supposed budget crunch?  What a joke…

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