By Jordan Graham, Orange County Register
September 27, 2016
Orange County moved a step closer to opening a 230- to 300-bed homeless shelter in the Santa Ana Civic Center by Oct. 6 after the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.7 million in contracts to operate the facility, which will be named The Courtyard.
The decision comes a day after a county Health Care Agency survey found that 15 percent of the Civic Center’s homeless population – tallied at 461 last month – has lived there for six or more years and that an increasing number of the homeless there now report having substance abuse problems.
The newly approved contracts reveal how The Courtyard, which is to be located in a former bus terminal on Santa Ana Boulevard, will function both as a daytime drop-in center and an overnight shelter.
During the day, it is expected to serve 250 to 450 people – offering access to regular meals, showers, restrooms and daybeds, and linking people with social services from mental health and drug-treatment programs to job-training opportunities.
At night, up to 300 beds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, separated into different sections so that families, couples, men, women and people with pets can sleep in their own areas ...read more
By Kellie Galentine, 89.3 KPCC
September 7, 2016
Supervisor Andrew Do, who represents Santa Ana and proposed the motion, called for the shelter to be running within 45 days with safe sleeping conditions, shower and bathing facilities, restrooms, food service and services for mental health and substance abuse problems.
“Our constituents are tired of talk and meaningless government resolutions. It’s time that we take action to help get people off the streets and onto a productive path,” Do said during the meeting. ...read more
Andrew Do for O.C. supervisor
By Orange County Register Editorial, Orange County Register
June 5, 2016
The race for First District Orange County Supervisor sees incumbent Andrew Do facing off against Garden Grove Councilman Phat Bui, Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez and local eccentric Steve Rocco.
While both Ms. Martinez and Mr. Bui have done well representing their communities, and we are especially pleased with Mr. Bui’s focus on transparency in Garden Grove, we simply don’t see a reason to unseat Mr. Do...read more
“I trust Supervisor Andrew Do on public safety,” said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, the county’s highest-ranking law enforcement official. “Over the past year, Supervisor Andrew Do has led the effort to provide the Orange County Sheriff’s Department with more resources to respond to the state’s early release of convicted criminals.”
In 2015, Supervisor Andrew Do worked with his colleagues to provide an additional $24 million for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which increased jail capacity and upgraded equipment at Orange County’s Crime Lab.
“As a former Orange County prosecutor, Andrew Do has a record of keeping violent criminals and sexual predators off our streets,” said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, who was recently elected president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association.
Supervisor Andrew Do says he will continue to work with Orange County’s top cop to make public safety the county’s top priority.“Orange County is in good hands under the leadership of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens,” said Supervisor Andrew Do. “I am honored to have the support of one of the most respected law enforcement officials in the country.”
A formerOrange County prosecutor, Supervisor Andrew Do represents the First District communities of Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Midway City, Santa Ana & Westminster.
Proposal Includes Contribution Tracking, Ethics Training to Add Teeth to TINCUP
In an effort to add teeth to TINCUP, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do is proposing an Orange County Ethics Commission to enforce and administer the county’s landmark campaign finance law. The new commission, as proposed by Supervisor Do, would have the power to subpoena bank records, investigate campaign finance violations, and create an independent campaign contribution tracking system.
Supervisor Do’s proposal incorporates all of the recommendations of the Orange County Ethics Committee, which produced a 245-page report that has received universal praise from ethics watchdogs. The six major provisions of Do’s proposal give the
Orange County Ethics Commission the power to:
- Subpoena bank statements of campaign committees;
- Enforce and investigate campaign committees’ compliance with TINCUP;
- Enforce and investigate the county’s gift ban;
- Enforce and investigate the county’s Code of Ethics;
- Create an independent tracking system of campaign contributions; and
- Develop and organize an annual ethics training program for county officials and their staff.
“Orange County needs to add teeth to TINCUP. An ethics commission can help restore the public’s trust in government and ensure that all campaigns play by the same rules.”
— Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do
Supervisor Andrew Do: Card catalogs and typewriters don’t cut it in 2015
Since 1978, volunteer citizen watchdog Shirley Grindle has tracked campaign contributions using her antiquated, but effective system of typewritten note cards. Supervisor Do believes the county is long overdue for a technological upgrade.
“Card catalogs and typewriters don’t cut it anymore for tracking campaign contributions,” Supervisor Do said in reference to Grindle’s years of effective volunteer service. “We need to institute an independent and formal process — instead of outsourcing the work to one citizen watchdog.”
At a recent Orange County Board of Supervisors hearing, Grindle passionately argued that subpoena power was needed to “get into the bank records” in order to verify the accuracy of campaign finance statements — a provision of Supervisor Do’s plan. “You need to have subpoena power in order to get into the bank records, campaign bank accounts,” Grindle said at the Orange County Board of Supervisors September 22nd meeting.
Supervisor Do’s ethics proposal could also help prevent embezzlement by campaign treasurers. In 2012, prominent Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee was sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzling $7 million from more than 50 people, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Loretta Sanchez. Earlier this year, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher accused his former campaign treasurer of embezzling more than $170,000 in campaign funds.
Independent Campaign Contribution Tracking System
Although campaign treasurer embezzlement schemes attract national headlines, the overwhelming majority of campaign violations are for excess contributions. “Based on 37 years of TINCUP history, approximately 95% of all violations will be remedied without an Administrative Hearing before the Commission,” Grindle, William R. Mitchell and Prof. Mario Mainero, three citizen activists that have been pushing for an ethic commission, wrote in a recent report. In addition to excess contributions, campaign committees occasionally file incomplete campaign finance documents that contain math errors or omit accrued expenses, loans, or outstanding debts. “Ninety-five percent of the violations involved excess contributions, which most of the time are inadvertently accepted,” Grindle told the OC Board of Supervisors at itsSeptember 22nd hearing. “We’re blessed in this county with some very good professional treasurer… I can’t think of anyone other than the former sheriff that refused to return an excess contribution.” Following the example of the state’s independent redistricting commission, Supervisor Do’s proposed ordinance includes strict qualifications for ethics commissioners and a ten-year ban on lobbyists, elected officials, campaign consultants, county executives and political party officers.
Proposal Could Be Placed on June 2016
The proposed ordinance will be considered by the Orange County Board of Supervisors at its October 6 meeting. If approved, the charter amendment would be placed on the June 2016 ballot for approval by Orange County voters. Supervisor Do’s proposed ordinance is the culmination of a yearlong effort to upgrade the county’s ethics laws. Over the summer, the Orange County Ethics Committee held 10 meetings, solicited testimony from more than 20 subject-matter experts and stakeholders, obtained feedback from more than a dozen speakers, and reviewed more than a dozen background materials on the best practices for ethics and transparency.