Hard Hiring Freeze at County; Someone Forgot to Tell Clerk-Recorder

Jordan Brandman

Well, he’s at it again. County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly appears to be doing the crony thing again.

In the past we took him to task for employing the relatives of campaign contributors. The funniest thing is that Daly likes to hire political types to act as intergovernmental liaisons and such like nonsense. What this has to do with the functioning of a County Clerk’s office is anybody’s guess.

Just recently Daly has hired Jordan Brandman, a supposedly up-and-coming Democrat who got himself elected to the Anaheim Union High School Board a few years back. Was there an open recruitment by the Clerk’s Department?

What special skills does Mr. Brandman bring to the Clerk’s office? Hard to say. According to his official bio his work history over the past decade has been pretty, um, varied:  some political appointment jobs in Sacramento, followed by a brief stint with the useless OC Business Council in “workforce development” (including his own, presumably), and most lately employment in the Brandman family “environmental consulting” business. What any of this background has to do with the smooth operation of the County’s top paper shuffler is unknown.

What is known is that last fall the County CEO instituted a strict “hard hiring freeze” policy across all County departments. Either Daly didn’t get the message or perhaps he’s just flipping the bird to the CEO and the Board of Supervisors. Daly is elected, of course, and may figure he’ll do whatever he damn well pleases. Because he over-charges his customers for his services, Daly returns a surplus to the County’s General Fund. And maybe this makes him feel he’s above the belt-tightening endured by everybody else.

Another sad truth is that very few politicos have any marketable skill sets applicable to getting and holding real word vocational employment; others seem to have lost their taste for actually working at all. Many need a source of income as they plot full-time supervisorial and legislative careers. And the taxpayers pick up the tab. Is that what’s going on here?

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69 thoughts on “Hard Hiring Freeze at County; Someone Forgot to Tell Clerk-Recorder

  1. Jordan’s pretty popular in Anaheim, he was instrumental in turning around the prospects of several very badly performing schools in Anaheim including my Alma Mater Anaheim High. The dude was just elected President of our High School District’s board by his fellow board members and was the boards top vote getter at his last re-elect. He’s pretty effective so no doubt Daly wanted to bring him into the Clerk Recorders op. Hah I don’t think he plans on moving into Fullerton anytime soon so best stick to picking on your dem school board prospects! I hear you already have a couple peeps with feelers out for 2012.

    1. The point of this post is why is Daly making politcal appointments when the County government is in hiring lock down. Try to stay with the program Luke.

    2. Elected school board members RARELY, if ever have a direct impact on individual schools. This guy must be something really special if he was able to turn around the struggling schools in just his first elective term.

      What’s even more incredible, he did this with almost NO PROFESSIONAL experience, the guy looks to never have held a real job.

      Save the shilling.

  2. Of course he’s popular in Anaheim. He’s the Dem protege of Pringle who could see the value of having a Dem in his machine.

    I would love to know how he was “instrumental” in turning around badly performing schools. Do please provide some evidence (other than PR).

    Now why Daly went along with giving this guy a job is anybody’s guess. My guess is Nick Berardino had something to do with it.

    In any case Daly’s record hiring political pals is bad. It includes the ineffectual Phil Tsunoda and more lately the egregious Bruce Matthias.

  3. Brandman’s an opportunist and it’s not all surprising he’s cozied up with the Mayor for Hire and a hack Democrat like Daly.

    This entire department needs to be privatized — it’s a clerical operation that anyone’s back office could run.

  4. you guys think that you see the rotting corpse of john williams and now want to turn your attention towards daly…williams isn’t going anywhere and neither is daly

  5. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the hiring freeze only applies to departments under the CEO’s control. Elected department heads get to do pretty much what they want. The Board of Supervisors approves their budgets and the number of positions approved. Within those parameters they can fill positions at will. In the case of Jordan, he filled a vacant position.

    1. Oh good answer. So while all the other County departments are frozen your boy Daly gets to keep hiring political flunkies.

      Good government Prevatt!

    2. Hey Prevatt, if your Dem hero Daly quit over-charging his customers he wouldn’t be able to make political appointments at all.

      Or he could give back more $ to the GF so the HCA could hire more tools like you.

    3. Great answer Chris.

      Just know the losers here in loserville will be critical of anyone who makes more money than them.

      Not hard to do since I’m sure Jordan is making above minimum wage.

      You’re dealing with a group that set low expectations for their lives and have yet to achieve them.

      If you want to watch them get riled up, don’t criticize firefighters or police officers and tell them you supported Pam Keller.

      1. Great answer? The chowderhead didn’t even bother to read the post that clearly says Daly, because he is an elected, believes he can flip the rest of the County the bird.

        Of course when it come to hypocrisy and double standards there’s nobody as self-righteous as a big liberal boohoo.

        The point is that if “Jordan” is making an above minimum wage (as opposed to not making anything at all, or maybe collecting unemplyment) it’s because Tom Daly is continuing his unsavory habit of hiring unemployable political allies into do-nothing jobs.

  6. I’m confused. Brandman’s bio on the Anaheim School District website says, “Currently, Mr. Brandman is a director for his
    family’s environmental planning and consulting
    firm, Michael Brandman Associates.”

    However, his Smart Voter bio says, “Before joining OCBC (Orange County Business Council), Jordan worked in environmental planning from 1998-2002.”

    This gentleman is very good at getting jobs.

  7. Chris Thompson :
    I’m confused. Brandman’s bio on the Anaheim School District website says, “Currently, Mr. Brandman is a director for his
    family’s environmental planning and consulting
    firm, Michael Brandman Associates.”
    However, his Smart Voter bio says, “Before joining OCBC (Orange County Business Council), Jordan worked in environmental planning from 1998-2002.”
    This gentleman is very good at getting jobs.

    You’re absolutely correct Chris. Jordan is very good at getting jobs. That’s why this group of losers despise him. They are clueless on what makes a good job and are clueless on how to get it.

    They never got passed being the fry cook at Jack in the Box.

  8. Chris Thompson :
    I’m confused. Brandman’s bio on the Anaheim School District website says, “Currently, Mr. Brandman is a director for his
    family’s environmental planning and consulting
    firm, Michael Brandman Associates.”
    However, his Smart Voter bio says, “Before joining OCBC (Orange County Business Council), Jordan worked in environmental planning from 1998-2002.”
    This gentleman is very good at getting jobs.

    Chris, that’s a good point. Jordan is good at getting jobs. He’s able to do that because whatever skill he possesses he uses it to improve himself.

    Unlike losers who spend their time bellyaching on blogs.

    1. “Jordan is good at getting jobs.”

      Haha! Pretty soon someone may ask him to actually keep one of them.

      I guess political ingratiation is a sort of skill.

  9. 5 jobs in ten years? Whoa! He is good at getting jobs.

    Too bad they are political appointments. I wonder how many of them Pringle arranged.

  10. Chris prevatt WTF are you blind or stupid. Tom Daly cant even show up to work and he is wasting taxpayers money by over charging the public.

    Chris did you forget that he purchased that building for 2.1 million dollars that is still sitting empty for almost 3 yrs. His new electronic system still doesnt work. He hired 5 new temp employees for what while everyone is sitting around with nothing to do.

    He is remodeling at the old courthouse and building 12 while employees in the county are getting layoff. OCEA where are you Mr. Bernardino? I

    Chris why are you not writting anything about Tom Daly spending spree. Oh I forgot Daly is your friend and your nose is too deep up his A$$.

        1. How about hiring political cronies to do nothing while the rest of the County is in budget melt-down mode. As a County employee I call that malfeasance. But you liberals have made a full-time job of looking the other way as Daly mismanages that department.

          I’m sort of surprised the Grand Jury hasn’t been called in. Daly’s worse than Street ever was.

          But pretty soon the shit’s going to hit the Daly fan.

          1. How is any of that misfeasance?

            Is he breaking the law or the rules that have assigned to his office?

            That’s why we have both. Your ideas of misfeasance are subjective.

            I see none here other than what you have created out of literally thin air.

        2. Um, how about hiring a string of political hacks and do-nothings to suck off the taxpayers? Phil Tsunoda, Bruce Matthias. Jordan Brandman.

          How about hiring a bunch of relatives of political contributors?

          How about covering up the true condition of a building and then sweet-talking toe Supes to spend 2.1 million on a tear-down money pit.

          How about giving $48,000 to a political contributor to “study” a sports hall of fame?

          What an upright guy.

          Of course we’re all losers and jealous of Daly. It all makes perfect sense.

          1. Oh, don’t waste your time trying to enlighten this cretin. He still thinks Pam Keller’s spending $400 a night to stay in a swanky hotel a mere 26 miles from her house was a kosher public expenditure!

          2. Yup. But you forgot hiring an ex-reporter, Jean Pasco, to be in charge of the Archives. Now, how an ex reporter qualifies as a professional archivist is something we will have to ask 4SD Observer to ask Tom Daly. She was definitely involved in the purchase of that derelict building at 433 W. Civic Center. And she was copied on the smoking gun memo that was hushed up by Daly et al because it revealed the true uselessness of that building they spent 2.1 million on.

  11. I lived in fullerton and I voted for Shawn Nelson. I hope Shawn will investigate these issues and let the public know that Tom Daly is abusing his power and wasting taxpayers money.

    It seems like everyone is afraid of Tom Daly. Someone needs to stand up to this guy and exposed all his lies.

  12. Joe Sipowicz :
    Oh, don’t waste your time trying to enlighten this cretin. He still thinks Pam Keller’s spending $400 a night to stay in a swanky hotel a mere 26 miles from her house was a kosher public expenditure!

    Joey continues to show is obssession with Keller.

    Funny.

    1. I’m obsessive about flushing lying, incompetent, bubble-heads out of government.

      When Keller is gone for good I’ll be much happier. That will occur when her incestuous contract with the Collaborative is ended.

      Who knows? maybe you can be the next Executive Director. You certainly have the intellectual stature.

        1. Here’s what I admit: I admit I want to see the dimwit Keller return to teaching Kindergarten where she can deal with people of her own intellectual caliber.

          1. Joe, not sure that is really even a slam on Keller. Didn’t she give a speech (that went on for 5 times longer than it should have) wherein she claimed everything she knew she learned in kindergarten?

  13. 4SD Observer :
    How is any of that misfeasance?
    Is he breaking the law or the rules that have assigned to his office?
    That’s why we have both. Your ideas of misfeasance are subjective.
    I see none here other than what you have created out of literally thin air.

    Misfeasance may or may not be illegal. You sure set the bar low for people you obviously support.

    BTW, hiding material facts from the BOS in order to spend 2.1 million on a derelict building is not only misfeasance, it’s malfeasance.

    THIN AIR? That building has been sitting empty on Civic Center Drive for THREE years as the County figures out how to hide the truth and avoid the humiliation of ‘fessing up. But they can’t cover it up forever!

    1. That’s why we have laws.

      You’re bar is different than mine. A subjective standard.

      Laws and rules make the process objective. Or at least they try.

      If he’s done something wrong I’m sure he will be investigated, and all the rest. Until then, your claims are the usual blabberings from loserville.

      1. “If he’s done something wrong I’m sure he will be investigated,”

        Ha ha! “Wrong?” That sure sounds subjective to me.

        Anyway in a few weeks you may discover that other County folks including the BOS will have grown weary covering up for things like $48,000 to a campaign contributor to study an OC sports hall of fame; and buying derelict buildings after hiding crucial facts from the BOS.

        If this had been a Republican wasting all this money and hiring buddies you would have soiled yourself.

  14. Dont worry folks an insider just told me that he came into some photos that Daly won’t want the public to see. The outside of that building looks great but these photos show the inside. That’s what Daly doesn’t want the public to see. I saw the pics and man what a waste that purchase was. Stay tuned. BTW, I believe $SD observer is none other than Jean Pasco herself. So of course she is going to defend Daly at all cost. 4SD some people mess up sometimes but Tom messes up Daly!!!

    1. Naw, 4SD is one of the useless, humorless, brainless collabricorns that really had no idea what their heroine Keller was actually doing and who was giving her money.

  15. 4sd observer…are you for real. Who is going to investigate Daly when he continues to BS the supervisors and he never tells the truth.

    Why is it ok to remodel the old courthouse and offices in building 12 while the county is hurting for money. We should use that money to save jobs in the county.

    When Chris Street did some remodeling OCEA threw a bitch fit so why are they hush hush now? I know because they are protecting Tom Daly instead of the employees who are paying there monthly dues.

    The BOS should ask Tom Daly to show them how much money he had in the 12D funds when he took office in 2003 and ask him how he spent all that money. I believed he purchased the building with the 12D fund. He should be prosecuted for wasting public funds.

    The office spends thousands of dollars every month buying flowers for old courthouse. Why?

    Why is this office an elected office?

    Friends of fullerton is the only blog that has exposed Tom Daly …. Someone else needs to step up to the plate and investigate Tom Daly.

  16. My girlfriend works at the Clerk Recorder office and she tells me that Tom Daly is always flirting with her and other woman in the office especially Anna and Chantha.

    Is this sexual harassment?

    1. Yes, indeed it is. But what if these flirtations are welcome? Tom Daly is a very handsome man. 4SD Observer told me so.

    2. VuB, there’s no crime in flirting and FYI the girls that flirt back are smart…they get raises. So my advise to you is tell your girlfriend to play along with Dalys little rain dear games and flirt right back and the next time go out with your rich girlfriend, eat, drink and be merry on Daly’s (stupid taxpayers) dime!

  17. “Many need a source of income as they plot full-time supervisorial and legislative careers. And the taxpayers pick up the tab. Is that what’s going on here?”

    Of course that’s what’s going on here.

  18. Clerk Watch :
    “If he’s done something wrong I’m sure he will be investigated,”
    Ha ha! “Wrong?” That sure sounds subjective to me.
    Anyway in a few weeks you may discover that other County folks including the BOS will have grown weary covering up for things like $48,000 to a campaign contributor to study an OC sports hall of fame; and buying derelict buildings after hiding crucial facts from the BOS.
    If this had been a Republican wasting all this money and hiring buddies you would have soiled yourself.

    Again I get back to the law. The law determines his wrongdoing, not your subjective standard. You’re attempting to create a controversy where none exists.

    You end your post with a FFFF loserville fantasy.

    Typical.

    1. You get back to the law? That’s hilarious given that our DA won’t touch politicians. But you keep going with that disingenuous “I get back to the law” horse crap.

  19. 4SD Observer :
    But you know you really want her.
    She causes your loins to tingle.
    You know it’s true.

    I have to admit I did tingle a little when we drove that dimwit out of politics.

  20. 4SD Observer :Again I get back to the law. The law determines his wrongdoing

    Your standard of right and wrong coincides perfectly with the law?

    So everything wrong is already illegal?

    I guess we can close down Congress.

    1. Johnny Donut :

      4SD Observer :Again I get back to the law. The law determines his wrongdoing

      You have it backwards. Everything that is illegal is wrong.
      Your standard of right and wrong coincides perfectly with the law?
      So everything wrong is already illegal?
      I guess we can close down Congress.

  21. I think that is what is going to happen soon if out congress doesn’t get its ass out of their head. A complete government shutdown. We should get somthing going so that the Clerk-Recorder is no longer an elected position. Most county’s appoint their Clerk-Recorders. This would save in salaies, perks and there would be more scrutiny as to when jack asses like Daly want to hire “Director of Archives” and or Real Estate Acquisitions Managers like Pasco. Didn’t Pasco write about government corruption in the past. I get she got some pork and is now happy getting fat in it.

  22. I think the Brandman flake is working for Jean Pasco not for Daly as an Executive Assistant. Isn’t that position for people whoi will be working directly for the elected official? Sems odd to me that he would have that position and work for the grand Director of the Orange County Archives. I guess it would make sense since there is only enough room for one big ass ego in Tom’s office. Not enough room for baby Brandman’s ego. Now go to your corner jr.

  23. Taxpayer’s right…this should NOT be an elected office. It needs to be privatized — outsourced to a responsible, competitively selected bank or accounting firm with experience running a back office clerical operation — which is all this is. I believe the BOS could put an initiative on the ballot to the elimination of Daly’s job this to be voted on, perhaps even in June when we’ll probably vote down Moonbeam’s taxes.

    1. But it isn’t. It is an elected office.

      Thanks for the opinion. But it’s pretty worthless given the current situation.

    1. compton is again proving that knowledge is no prerequisite for posting. The Governor’s taxes are not “necessary” unless one believes that all public saftey employees have a right to be paid to dollar no matter what the rest of the economy is doing. Take a look at pour budget in 06 and understand that if we just mandated that level of spending and EMPLOYMENT we would not find it NECESSARY to raise taxes.

      Now so long as we refuse to deal equitably (by the taxpayers standards not the unions standards) with public employees our mees will just make it feel like it’s necessary to raise taxes.

      When we are the most heavily taxed state in the union and that still is not enough, when will the likes of compton wake up and realize it is our financial model accepting high taxes and union mandated employment term that have us in the mess we are in.

  24. Aww. Tommy is just grooming the lad to be the next Clerk-Recorder. I’m sure Brandman will be termed out sooner than later and Daly wants someone to take over him since he is actually and old fart and needs to retire or is delusional that he is still relevant and can run for higher office Maybe Solorios seat? Why not he implanted his wife in the office. A smooth move just like when he sent that slime ball Phil Tsunoda to work for Norby to ensure a smooth transition to Supervisor. Too bad for Daly that Duvall messed up and Norby said to hell with the Clerk-Recorder office and Shawn Nelson pooped on the Daly party.

  25. At least Brandman still looks the same in person as in photos. Daly is still using a ten yearold portrait and looks nothing like it anymore. Its a matter of fact I walked by him the other day and I thought it was looking at Daly’s father.

  26. BTW, is it just me or is Former CLerk-Recorder candidate Renee Ramirez lookinf fat and happy. Must have gotten a fat pay out for keeping Daly’s spot warm while he toyed wiht running for supervisor.

  27. Breaking News:

    The Clerk Recorder is the only County department that is hiring. If we go over the budget we can use our 12D funds.

    Job Requirements:

    None but you MUST be related to Tom Daly or Renee Ramirez or young hot Latina or Asian
    (like Anna and Chantha) or you have contributed to Tom Daly campaign.

    Note:

    Please dress sexy when you come in to meet with Tom Daly or just bring in a check payable to Tom Daly career politician.

    PS: If you are ugly or not related to Tom Daly or Renee Ramirez dont even waste your time. If you dont have any money please don’t even think about coming in.

    Schedule your appointment now:

    Special Note: Sorry Tom Daly only works 2 days a week from 11am to 1pm. Tom will be going to lunch at NOON and go home after lunch.

  28. Jean pasco is Tom Daly’s puppet and she never told the Board of Supervisor’s the truth when they purchased the building. I believed that if the smoking memo was presented to the Board members they would have voted NO.

    But instead we wasted 2.1 million dollars of taxpayers money to purchased this piece of shit.

    The grand jury should investigate why Tom Daly lied to the BOS and criminal charges should be file for misused of public funds against Tom Daly.

  29. But i thought tom daly did not like latinos and last time a checked anna is latina and we all know tom is crazy about her.

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