The Case of The Disappearing Board Members…


Do your time and you'll get your dime...

At the OCTA Board meeting a couple weeks ago, 4th District County Supervisor Shawn Nelson lofted a proposal that the members of this fairly opaque (but very rich) agency who attend the meetings should only receive their stipend if they attend the entire meeting. Nelson’s idea was that in order to get that stipend, someone ought to actually earn it.

Well there’s a novel concept. Getting folks on the government dime to actually put in their time.

It seems that OCTA, and many similarly under-scrutinized agency and special districts are plagued by members who show up for only part of the meeting to qualify for their stipend, then disappear. And certain pols are most notorious for this behavior – more on them later.

Well, naturally Nelson’s plan went over like flatulence in church. You can’t expect the dope addicts to voluntarily give up their smack, now can you? But our thanks to Nelson anyway for doing the right thing. And to those who continue to rip-off the public: shame on you.

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  1. #1 by Curmudgeon on February 13, 2011

    Excellent idea, especially for Don Papi Pulido.

    • #2 by Anonymous on February 13, 2011

      Pulido is probably the worst. Of course he has no day job and needs all the spare change he can scrounge up to pay his water bill. He is completely unemployable outside the arena of influence peddling.

      And there are plenty of repugs right in line behind him.

  2. #3 by Curmudgeon on February 13, 2011

    And the same rule should apply to the subcommittees where attendance is even worse and privileges abused. Neither should these “public servants” be eligible for health or any other sort of insurance, Carolyn Cavechee.

  3. #4 by junior on February 13, 2011

    At the very least, for those officials who depart a meeting early – the time of their departure should be noted in the official minutes. That would probably reduce this bad behavior.

  4. #5 by The Fullerton Savage on February 13, 2011

    Can’t they just pay them by the minute?

    • #6 by Whack-A-Mole on February 13, 2011

      time card?

      • #7 by Curious on February 13, 2011

        I punched a time card for the man for most of my life, I believe the guvment workers/pols should at least do the same.

  5. #8 by Anonymous on February 13, 2011

    Why not pay them NOTHING? It is public service and these idiots should not siphoned off the public trust!

    • #9 by Cringing on February 14, 2011

      Valid point. The value of these appointments on a political resume is significant. These goofballs covet these “jobs” and paying them insults me.

      As well, for as large as the OCTA’s budget is, these people need to be elected. There’s too much ‘old boy’ network going on here, especially when morons like Cathy Green can get multiple terms on these boards, suck down health benefits and contribute nothing.

  6. #10 by van get it da artiste on February 14, 2011

    shout out for Shawn, just as I and most others must put in a full 40 hour work week to be paid a full week’s pay, why are these public servants held above these simple and easy to do expectations? I sense shawn may restore ethics and morality to our county’s government

    • #11 by Do as I say not as I do on February 15, 2011

      Doesn’t supervisor Nelson leave work everyday to coach pop warner football? Maybe he should give up part of his hefty Supervisor salary since he leaves work early every day!

      • #12 by Shawn Nelson on February 15, 2011

        I make a habit of not commenting on blogs but here goes.

        Yes, I volunteer to coach during August to about mid November each year. Since I am the head coach I set the schedule. This season my team practiced from 6 to 8p.m. which meant if I left the Hall of Administration by 5:30 I could make it on the field by about 6:10 as the kids were going through their warm up routine.

        No complaints from me but there is no week I work only 40 hours including during football season. Hope this helps clarify any confusion.

        • #13 by Vargas on February 15, 2011

          This is my 1st comment on this blog and I want to tell you Supervisor Nelson that I’m proud to say I voted for you and I appreciate what you are doing for the residents of the 4th.

          I enjoy watching the Supervisors meeting on the internet. You are the most intelligent and courageous politician I’ve heard and watched in a long long time. Keep up the battle!

  7. #14 by Want to know! on February 14, 2011

    How much do they make for each OCTA meeting?

  8. #15 by junior on February 15, 2011

    Supervisor Nelson – would something like this help?

    At the very least, for those officials who depart a meeting early – the time of their departure should be noted in the official minutes. That would probably reduce this bad behavior.

  9. #16 by Older than on February 16, 2011

    If someone is elected to a position, like a County Supervisor or City Councilman/woman, and that job requires sitting on other governing bodies like the OCTA Board, how about no additonal pay at all because it is a job requirement of the elected position they hold?. To do otherwise is double dipping, and I thought the trend was to be opposed to double dipping. Nelson could really set the tone by rejecting any additonal double-dipping pay like this and making an issue of it.

  10. #17 by wtf on February 16, 2011

    Hey Clerk Recorder Tom Daly shows up to wirk about 3hrs a day and 2 of those are for lunch and the last is fir cgasing latina Skirts. He still gets paid 6 Figures. But I guess since hr is an old fart 3hrs must feel like 40 hrs so I guess thst makes it ok. Plus remember he quit the sup race to spend time wuth his grsndson. I mean his son.

  11. #18 by merijoe on February 15, 2012

    qual è il problema? Tornerò nel PM a cercare per voi, si prega di spiegare la situazione

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