Baughing to the King & the 2010 OCSD Race
Posted By CotoBlogzz 01-29-2010 5:00 PM
|The Baugh Initiative as we call it, recently advanced by Scott Baugh Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, is forcing candidates for public office to respond to the question, who are your going to bow to: The party or the union? |
The Orange County Board of Supervisors (OCBOS), the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA), the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and most political pundits agree that a major corporate culture makeover was required in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) . Most have also stated that the required culture change “starts at the top”. A major reason why Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was selected by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to replace disgraced Sheriff Mike Carona.
|Scott R. Baugh |
Chairman - Republican Party of Orange County
Shortly before delivering her 120-Day Plan status report, Sheriff Hutchens naively and prematurely declared victory anent culture change, arguing that a change in the department’s command structure would directly result in a different corporate culture, not considering that organized labor IS the culture.
|We asked the president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs several times via email, to tell us why the association has to date, not taken a more forceful position on the subject: If the association is not part of the solution, it must then be part of the problem. So far, no response. QED. To perhaps shed some light into who the 2010 OCSD candidates may bow |
We have identified at least four different models to deal with public sector organized labor. Each has its merits and each requires a certain type of leadership:
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
|The initiative has already created controversy with Poldex© front runner Lt. Hunt charging that the Orange County Register misrepresented his stance and that he does not plan to abide by the Baugh initiative “The position taken by Mr. Baugh would appear to chill the First Amendment rights of the candidates and the individual members of unions and associations. Particularly in view of the recent United States Supreme Court decision, (McCain-Feingold)”, writes Lt. Hunt in his Facebook page.|
|Lt. Hunt leads the OCSD race in the Poldex with 100%|
We understand that Poldex© runner up, Chief Craig Hunter has signed on to the Baugh initiative, while scoring last place, incumbent Sheriff Hutchens does not like it. All this signals that taxpayers will have a choice as to whether they think the party’s or the union’s agenda is more closely lined up with their own interest.
Take for instance what happened when Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson announced his plan to study the replacement of a number of expensive deputy sheriffs working in jails with correctional officers potentially saving the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars annually. According to Sheriff Anderson, “the deputies' union president began an assault on me …when I announced my plan”
|Chief Hunter scored a surprising 40% on the Poldex|
|I addressed the BOS this past October urging them to form an independent commission to consider having the county jails placed under a separate county agency to maximize the savings. I have yet to read of any follow-up from the BOS. There seems to be a lack of political will to go up against the deputies’ union." Sheriff Anderson adds. Perhaps an unintended consequence is that the union at last may stand up and take responsibility for the OCSD’s culture|
Sheriff Jack Anderson
For the moment, the question remains: Who will the OC Sheriff candidates bow to? The party? The Union? What about the taxpayers - after all, is this not what the Tea Bag Party Movement is all about?
The old adage that you cannot serve two masters rings true. However, what about three or four masters? Say the union bosses, the taxpayers, the managers and or the elected officials.
A practical example: City council members sign a "contract" with the OCBOS for OCSD services, usually in the millions of dollars/year. The state is supposed to conduct audits to make sure the cities are getting what the taxpayers are paying for. Guess how many audits the state has conducted?
Further, there is absolutely no way the city managers can tell whether the services they are buying are actually being delivered. That is, agents can show up to work or not, and only their direct supervisors will know - maybe. Since the OCSD does not keep these and other records (per PRA requests) for accountability purposes and the cities are not demanding them, trusting the state will do its job, no one really knows whether the taxpayer money is being spent on the right issues. Heck, the OCSD does not even know how many cases it sends to the OCDA's office nor how many cases the OCSDA rejects - BTW, 30% for OCSD forensics and 20% for OCSD - the highest of 100 LE agencies submitting cases to the OCDA! In contrast, ask the SAPD the same question and it will not only tell you, but it has one of the lowest reject rates! More troubling however is that the OCSD OIR cannot define accountability and it has not associated metrics.
Do you suppose labor bosses would ever agree to setting up metrics so they can be held accountable? A more likely response is what Sheriff Anderson got when he proposed his plan for jail management, for instance.
It is not about reform as much as it is competent civil servants and for the union bosses to accept responsibility for the culture of the department. - Buzz
Deputies Union President Thug or Not, You Decide
Accountability seems to be one of those words that change meaning, particularly when ti comes to the OC elected officials.
The OCSD OIR review will tell you that "accountability means different things to different people" in the deparment. Furhter, he lacks metrics to determine whether the departement is doing an effective job or not. The point is candidates love the word "accountability" yet offer nothing in terms of yardstick to measured them against with corresponding consequences. Again, just look at the Congress and the US administration. By listening to the SOUA, you would say that the president has kept al his campaign promises, and where he is lacking, simply place blame on someone else. This has to stop - this is what the Tea Bag Party Movement is trying to do. Hold officials accountable.
To be clear, public servants do indeed perform an honorable and required job - The union bosses work against the taxpayer with few exceptions. However, I am with President Ronald Reagan in this one. Organized labor in the public sector should be outlawed in the 21st century: Look at the national Jobs market. The government is the largest employer in the nation. The government's payroll has had the largest pay increase. How many jobs has the government created? It depends on whether you use you use VP Biden's "funny math" - what we call the Imaginary J-Numbers.
We do agree that the Baugh Initiative has galvanized the campaign - and of this reason alone, it will be a game changer - Buzz
Good article Coto!
Really interesting read. I commend your sleuthing and tenacity. You're doing what the other papers SHOULD be doing. Did you ever think that the unions might be part of the problem(s)?
I take issue with the Baugh initiative because it is basically meaningless, ie, it really doesn't matter what these candidates state up front anymore, as we learned with Barack Hussein Obama II's campaign: he signaled right and turned left, off a cliff. Furthermore, the candidates in general will say anything and then when they are in office do something else. HOW do we know who's telling the truth anymore? HOW do we, the public know who we can and cannot trust anymore.
Just like you state regarding the audits. To me that is scandalous! Those audits should be published in the local newspapers. Someone should propose that as a law.
Someone needs to investigate RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. Sherman Tank
Never Underestimate Corruption
What we "expect" and what "happens" are two entirely different things. eg, people "expected" Obama would be a decent, fair, lawabiding president, what "happened" is now history. There are more members than there are "Union" bosses. No different than the homeowner association types of environments that Mr. Cotobuzz discusses in his many writings, so too, the same equation exists here: REBEL. Again, there are more members than Union bosses. If you expect the "same" thing that happened in Mass. to happen here, you/they must be better organized and rabid. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens IMHO cannot be trusted and I've not decided yet on the veracity of Bill Hunt -- I am not alone.
I do not trust the Unions in California, they are corrupt, corruptible, corrupted.
For HUNTER to win, he must do MORE and MORE OF IT -- sort of like what Brown did in Mass. but in L.A. he must at minimum quadruple those efforts or he will be undermined. It is no longer enough to be a "good guy."- SHERMAN TANK
In covering Lt. Hunt, I agree that he is a viable candidate. He is not only articulate, but seems to know in great detail what it takes to hold people accountable - and he does know where the skeletons' are buried.
You are right however - the question is whether he can forge a working relationship with the union bosses which will allow him to change the culture. After all, as noted before, the Union Is the Culture AND provide the taxpayer an acceptable return on his "public safety" dollar.
We have tried to do a follow up interview with him to see if he can shed some light on the subject.