Q&A with Hugh Nguyen

A few days ago I decided to email Hieu “Hugh” Nguyen some questions about his plans for the Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

1. What is the first order of business, should you win the election?

I will complete a management audit within the first 90 days to review the organizations structure, authorized positions, workload statistics, systems performance, customer service, communications with Title/Mortgage Industry, fee schedule and operations of Clerk, Recorder and Vital Records functions. This will be the basis of preparing a long-term plan supported by short-term deliverables. I want to improve services to customers, improve department morale and productivity and reduce operating costs. This effort will be coordinated with the Board of Supervisors and CEO and Human Resources Department.

2. What are the top three issues facing the Clerk-Recorder’s Office in the coming years?

a. Review the mission and operating strategy for the Vital Records Program.
b. Correcting personnel and contracting problems created by the current administration.
c. Improving services and communications to the public and title/mortgage industry who rely on the Clerk and Recorder Offices’ services.

3. What new/improved technology do you hope to implement?

I want to continue to implement technology that improves productivity of staff and protects the security of public records. I will review the disaster recovery plan and insure the security plan and back up plans are in force and provide adequate business continuity protection. The use of Interest based services and off-site digital storage should be explored to enhance the security and capabilities of the department and reduce costs.

4. Elections must be tough on the family. Can you tell me how supportive has your family been and in what way?

My wife and two children have been extremely understanding and supportive of my campaign. We have run a grass roots campaign so for the past year I have been attending community meetings and discussing my candidacy with political leadership in Orange County. I have maintained my employment as Assistant Clerk of the Board during this process. This has required my nights, days off, vacation and weekend to be devoted to the campaign. I am very grateful for my family’s participation in the campaign and understanding of my time commitment to winning the Clerk-Recorder election.

5. Recently, Tom Daly has been criticized for his expenditures. FFFF has reported extensively on the fact that Daly convinced the Board of Supervisors to OK the purchase of a building in disrepair for $2.1 million, that Daly hired the relatives of political contributors, and that Daly has handed out tens of thousands in no-bid contracts to questionable consultants. As Clerk-Recorder, will you attempt to rite these numerous wrongs, and if so, how?

I plan to review the mission of the Vital Records program and source of long-term funding of facilities and operations. I will conduct this review with the assistance of the CEO, Real Estate & Facilities Department. I will report the results to the Board of Supervisors in public meetings and request policy direction. Based I want I have read, I believe the purchase of the vacant office building for over $2.0 million was not a good decision and it is not feasible or cost effective to renovate it into a Vitals Records facility at a cost of $5 to $7 million. I also believe the scope of the collection needs to be limited to public records of historical significance.

Tom Daly has awarded a number of consultant contracts to friends and political associates during his term. He has structured these “Sole-Source” agreements to be under $50,000 thereby avoiding the requirement to obtain Board of supervisors’ approval. He has also split contract scope of work into phases to stay under the limit. He has also awarded contracts for work retroactively for work completed and has paid for services that were never delivered or of little value. This practice will STOP 100% under my administration. I plan to run the department in a fiscally conservation manner and follow the correct contracting and personnel procedures to accomplish the work of the office. The funds derived from user fees needs to fund the services and systems used and should not be diverted to pet projects and work for friends as has been the current practice.

6. How will you win back the public’s trust in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office?

I will consistent plan, organize, direct and control the operations of the Clerk-Recorder in a manner that respects we are there to provide a service and the expenses are public funds that must be spent efficiently. My communications plan will be the primary means to assure the public that they can trust the office is being run with their best interest driving decisions. This will include:

a. I will start a public education program and personally spend time speaking to community groups.
b. I will institute a suggestion program or ideas from the public and staff. I will also establish a working relationship with each OC City Clerk and City Council to determine how we can work closely to provide improved services to the City and their residents.
c. I also will conduct quarterly workshops with the mortgage, real estate, title insurance and legal professional in Orange County who depend on the services of the Clerk-Recorder to discuss legislation and service improvement initiates.
d. I will actively participate in the State Association of County Clerk-Recorders to share best practice information and review legislation that impacts our office.

7. What is your greatest revelation or lesson learned while participating in this race?

The time and expense required to run for a County Wide Office and reach the voters is greater than I anticipated. The expense of running a campaign, filing candidate statements, creating a web site, create campaign materials and holding fund raising events has been challenging. The greatest lesson I have learned is to believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help from others who believe in good government and the need for a change in leadership in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Insiders in government know of the mismanagement by Tom Daly and his lack of work ethics. It is difficult to get this information out to the general public because there is inadequate government watchdog capability within County government and government coverage by the press is lacking due to cutbacks in resources.

8. Currently, Records of Survey maps are filed by the County Surveyor on behalf of land surveyors and property owners in order to bring land surveys into the public domain. Historically, these maps have been filed away for safe keeping pursuant to state law; however, there is no connection between the maps and the lots/parcels they depict. This disconnect has lead to uninformed members of the public purchasing land without being fully aware of encumbrances and title issues. Do you support adding these survey maps to the property grantor/grantee index so that when a title company issues a policy, they can include relevant Records of Survey maps? If so, can you explain what the time-line might be?

I generally believe the more information we can provide in our public record on land ownership and outstanding liens and encumbrances the better we are serving the public. The imaging, storage and retrieval of survey maps should be reviewed for potential linkage to lot and parcel identification. I want to consult with other County Clerk-Recorders, Assessors and Surveyor officials to gain an understanding of the implications. I will examine the issue carefully to understand the security and cost issues before I take a position on this initiative.

9. Former Sheriff Mike Carona retaliated against OC Sheriff Lt. Bill Hunt after Hunt ran against him in the contentious 2006 election. If you were to loose the election, is Tom Daly in a position to penalize you for running against him, much like Carona did to Hunt?

Tom Daly is not in a position to penalize me for running for office. I don’t work for Tom Daly. We have continued to maintain a business relationship even though we disagree about issue on how to manage the Clerk-Recorder’s Office. I expect this will continue.

I also have no intentions of retaliated against anyone who did not support my election if I am elected. I will serve the office in an honest and ethical manner and follow County rules and protocols. People on staff will be judged on the performance and contribution to the efficiency of the office.

10. Do you support the new satellite Clerk-Recorder locations in Fullerton and Laguna Hills?

I support the initiatives to make services more accessible to the public through technology and providing services in partnership with other County Departments and local government agencies. The expansion of services to satellite offices required long term lease of facilities, tenant improvement, utilities, maintenance and out-stationed staff. I need to review the workload statistics and measurements of cost effectiveness compared to centralized services, use of technology and shared facilities. Over the long term I believe we can expand on services through Integrated Voice Response Systems, web based services and shared services with other government agencies to make services available to the public in a more cost effective manner than operating satellite facilities with low volume usage. I need more facts before I can make any decision about the two existing facilities future.

Hugh Nguyen

15 Replies to “Q&A with Hugh Nguyen”

  1. I will be voting for Hugh Nguyen. I’m sick and tired of Career Politician like Tom Daly.

    I received a slate mailer that stated under Tom Daly picture that he Tax fighter who defeated local utility tax . Fiscal reformer who cut wasteful spending. This is a terrible and misleading to the voters. He is all about big government and giving friends and supporters job by sneaking them in the back door. He give bogus contracts to friends.

    We need to let everyone know to vote for
    Hugh Nguyen.

    Let’s get red of Tom Daly once and for all!

  2. That ass is still proud of the crap he did as mayor of anaslime. Hey Tommy boy you and a council did that stuff. he acts like her did all this alone. As clerk-recorder he has managed to waste tax payer money without the benefit of a council which means that alone Tommy has managed to mess up majorly and there is no one to blame but his own dumb ass! No passing the buck Tommy!

  3. I will be voting for Hugh Nguyen.

    We need to get rid of Tom Daly a Career Politician who is wasting milloons of taxpayers dollars.

    We need to get rid of this IDIOT!!!!!

  4. I just voted today for Hugh Nguyen and aswell as most of my neighbors and friends

    TOM DALY = FAIL!!!!

  5. Ken Gushi you voted for the right person for this job. We need to all let our friends and family know that they can not vote for Career Politician Tom Daly.

    Please email all everyone you know so we can teach this bum Tom Daly a lesson not to mess with the taxpayers in Orange County.

  6. Ken Gushi you voted for the right person for this job. We need let our friends and family know that they can not vote for Career Politician Tom Daly.

    Please email all everyone you know so we can teach this bum Tom Daly a lesson not to mess with the taxpayers in Orange County.

  7. Hugh,
    I am glad to see that you recognize the lack of referencing of ROS’s, tract Maps, Parcel Maps, etc. on the OC Assessor Maps. I know that referencing in LA County is done with a legend on the AP maps and Riverside County shows references on the parcels. The OC Clerks information desk needs to at least have an index of Maps per Recorder Book/page. Usually the County Surveyor Offices should have better info, but in OC they are blocks away. I hope you get elected and will make that info more accessible to the public.

  8. Did anyone out there hear that Tom Daly was honored as manager of the year by ” The Orange Coast Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management” (now that’s a mouthful and a bunch of HORSE MANURE). The honor was given for his leadership in customer service and his cost-efficiencies (HAHAHAHAHAHA!!).

    Now, to let the public in on the TRUTH.

    Tom Daly and his croney Rene Ramirez has developed a MULTI-COUNTY ELECTRONIC RECORDING SYSTEM called ” SECURE” managed by Orange County and co-owned by Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties. The concept sounds great except:

    The Secure System does not work ( at least not the way it was developed to work). The Secure System was tested (on Substitution of Trustee and Reconveyances) and there were problems with that function. When the system was being presented to the potential co-owners (at the time) the demonstrations was set up to display (record) only the substitutions and reconveyances (since that was the only part of the system that was programed to work for the demonstration). There were problems with the demonstration which was passed over (especially since the other counties had no clue as to how the new Secure systems was suppose to function. The demonstrator was told by Renee Ramirez to only demonstrate the part of the program that was set up to work for the demonstration (which had a lot of problems and they were by passed during the demonstration).

    Tom Daly managed to get the Secure program Certified by Sacramento (by lies, deceit and misinformation which Renee Ramirez is very good at).

    The Secure program is a real joke. The program was certified last year and Orange county only has 2 customers using the service which rarely works when it is being used. Most of the time the images can’t be found when they are scanned on the system.


    More to come.

  9. How about we get rid of he Politician, Tom Daly, and we get someone with experience into office in 2010.

    No, you say?

    Catch Tom Daly on his OWN (without staff) and ask him any general question about the agency (i.e. how much is a birth certificate). Just don’t hold your breath waiting for the correct answer.

  10. I am no fan of Daly’s, but has anyone else noticed that the anti-Daly pro-Hugh people cannot put together a sentence or spell for shit?

  11. Tom Daly is that you pretending to be a Porn King. You sure act like it at work with all the young Hispanic woman.

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