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Todd Spitzer - Supervisor Third District
April 4, 2013 Volume 1 Issue 12
Board of Supervisors Appoint Clerk-Recorder
By Chris Nguyen

(Santa Ana, CA) – The OC Board of Supervisors appointed Hugh Nguyen as Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Nguyen will fill out the remaining two years of former Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly’s term after Daly resigned to become a state assemblyman. Nguyen says he plans to run for the office during the 2014 election cycle.

The son of a Vietnamese war refugee and an American soldier killed in the Vietnam War, Hugh Nguyen joined the clerk-recorder’s office in 1994 as a document examiner. He earned several promotions to rapidly rise through the ranks of the clerk-recorder’s office to become chief deputy recorder in 1999. He served in that role until 2006 when he accepted an offer to join the office of the clerk of the board.

Chairman Nelson and Supervisor Spitzer with newly appointed Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen right after the announcement.
Nguyen resides with his wife and children in Santa Ana. He completed his general education and a certificate in business administration at Santa Ana College and is a graduate of the Leadership Academy program at Chapman University. Nguyen is the second Vietnamese American to hold a county government office in any county in the United States. The first is also from Orange County, First District Supervisor Janet Nguyen.

The Board of Supervisors has requested that Nguyen pay the entire cost of the employee share of his pension, and he has agreed to do so.

Note: Chris Nguyen, Hugh Nguyen and Janet Nguyen are not related to each other.
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Spitzer Defends Supervisors Bates and Nguyen Against Union Attacks
The Orange County Register recently published a response letter by Supervisor Todd Spitzer following attacks on members of the Board of Supervisors over the CEO selection process. See below for the response:

By TODD SPITZER / For the Register

A recent opinion piece to the O.C. Register by union leader Nick Berardino ["Board leadership fails in CEO search," March 26] made claims about the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the county executive officer selection process that were out of line.

Please allow me to set the record straight.

First, pension reform is a top priority for the board.

During the 2012 election, I was the only candidate for Third District Supervisor with a plan to fix our broken public employee pension system, which included requiring employees to pay their full share of their own pensions.

As I have said publicly, we will not ask our frontline employees to pay for a benefit we won't also require our leadership to pay for.

That's why our offer to the CEO candidate included the requirement that the new CEO pay the full employee contribution for retirement.

And regarding salary, let me be clear: the pay for our previous CEO was more than adequate and should not be increased.

That has been my belief all along – and I have not shied away from sharing it publicly. And when the board took up the CEO compensation issue at a public board meeting, we agreed that the CEO candidate's offer should not include an increase in salary to offset the retirement contribution increase, as some have accused.

The opinion piece also wrongly attacked Supervisors Pat Bates and Janet Nguyen, who stepped forward in good faith to bring a candidate and an offer to the full Board of Supervisors, and accused them of corruption. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I want to personally thank them for performing a difficult task with integrity.

As the recently concluded Bell case reminds us (the case involved city council members scheming to increase their compensation), legislation was passed to prevent elected bodies from forming a consensus on compensation, including salary, unless the discussion is conducted in a full and on-the-record public meeting.

The fact that all these compensation discussions occurred in an open and public meeting means the process is open and transparent, as the public expects.

I'm proud of the work of my colleagues as we navigate a complex process to select the best leader for Orange County, and it's my pledge that we'll be focused on the taxpayer as we determine a compensation package for the next Orange County executive officer.

You can view the response online here.

Click here to read union leader Nick Berardino’s original letter.
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Crime Victims’ Memorial and Candlelight Vigil Set

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By Carrie O’Malley

(Santa Ana, CA) – The week of April 21, 2013 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which is dedicated to the awareness and the enforcement of crime victims' rights. In order to create awareness of this issue and in commemoration to all crime victims, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and OC Parks will be hosting the Orange County Crime Victims’ Memorial Site Unveiling and Inaugural Candlelight Vigil on April 24th from 5-8 p.m. at Mason Park in Irvine. This event is being held in honor and memory of all crime victims. The event is open to all. Please click here to see the flyer for this event.

At this event, Supervisor Spitzer will announce the designation of a Crime Victims' Memorial at Mason Park in Irvine, and will announce the design competition for this Memorial.

The following crime victims’ rights groups have given their support of the April 24th event: Orange County Crime Stoppers, Crime Survivors, Inc, RADD - The Entertainment Industry's Voice for Road Safety, Mothers Against Drunk Diving (MADD), Human Options, Casa de la Familia, Crime Victims United California, Women's Transitional Living Center, Get Safe, Community Service Providers (CSP), Justice for Homicide Victims, Parents of Murdered Children and Marsy's Law for All.
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Anaheim Youth Services Assessment Identifies Risk Factors
(Portions courtesy Anaheim Community Foundation)

(Anaheim, CA) – A report on at-risk youth in Anaheim finds that many who could benefit from community support go unserved. The 2013 Anaheim Youth Services Assessment, produced by the Anaheim Community Foundation, was released last week and calls for a unified approach to address gaps in service.

Ann Olin, of the Olin Group announces the findings of the Anaheim Youth Services Assessment
“It’s important for our kids to have a safe place to go, where they can find supportive adults and a sense of community,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who represents portions of Anaheim. “If we don’t provide these services to every child who needs them, we will continue to see neighborhoods decline as we lose teens to gang violence.”

The assessment identified underserved geographic areas and age groups, the need for systemic solutions that involve youth and parents, an increased focus on prevention as well as intervention and comprehensive engagement by all parties in fostering safe communities.

“While many outstanding organizations provide programs for the city's youth, the sad reality is there are many young people in Anaheim who are still underserved,” said Colleen Smagala-DeVane, president of ACF. “The great news is that this assessment will provide the blueprint for helping our community to build a strong infrastructure of services so that every child who needs support will have the access he or she deserves.”

Acknowledging the importance of involving a diverse and broad range of stakeholders, the assessment solicited feedback from youth, parents, community leaders, service providers, educators, business leaders, and city officials.

This is the first detailed analysis done in Anaheim since 1989, and it highlights the challenges and priorities for serving young people in California’s 10th largest city. The research and report were made possible through a donation from the Disneyland Resort to ACF. The Disneyland Resort also committed an additional $250,000 to ACF as seed money to address key findings identified in the report.

The full report is available at
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DUI Summit Featured on PBS SoCal
On February 27, Supervisor Todd Spitzer hosted a DUI Summit with elected officials and law enforcement to search for solutions to Orange County’s growing DUI epidemic.

Click here to see Spitzer interviewed on PBS SoCal.
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Pet of the Week

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Events around the district
Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 27
Fairhaven Memorial Park

BLUE HAWAII Casino Night
7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Friday, April 5
Tustin Area Senior Center

Yorba Linda
Snoozin’ in the Stacks! (for K-6 students and their parents)
6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13 (overnight)
Yorba Linda Public Library Community Room

Community Meeting on Proposal for Relocation of Silverado Library
6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4
27641 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado

Table of Contents
orange arrow Board of Supervisors Appoint Clerk-Recorder
orange arrow Spitzer Defends Supervisors Bates and Nguyen Against Union Attacks
orange arrow Crime Victims’ Memorial and Candlelight Vigil Set
orange arrow Anaheim Youth Services Assessment Identifies Risk Factors
orange arrow DUI Summit Featured on PBS SoCal
orange arrow Pet of the Week
orange arrow Events around the district
Mike Johnson
Chief of Staff

Justin Glover
Communications Director

Martin Gardner
Policy Advisor

Martha Ochoa-Lopez
Policy Advisor

Carrie O'Malley
Policy Advisor

Chris Nguyen
Policy Advisor
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