According to the third-term DA, his offices' forensic projects—which include attempting to gain DNA profiles for as many local criminal suspects as possible—have an obvious upside: more crimes will be solved, "whether the evidence exonerates or convicts a suspect."

Sources in the DA's office insist the sheriff's crime lab is often tardy in completing forensic work before trials.

THRIFTY CONGRESSMAN
Representative Ed Royce might need a booster seat to see over the steering wheel when he drives, but don't think you can teach him anything about finances. The Fullerton Republican reported that his campaign committee earned bank interest of nearly $25,000 in the last three months of 2007. Extrapolate the figure, and Royce's campaigns easily could be hauling in $150,000 in interest during each election cycle. Potential challengers must be in awe.

IT'S YOUR MONEY, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS IT
Though it acknowledges a "severe" budget crisis, the Placentia City Council voted in January to rubber-stamp a staff idea to drastically increase the pay of a city administrator who was threatening to retire. Robert Dominguez had been paid $77 per hour and given more than $35,000 per year in perks such as a $6,000 car allowance, while he watched his city waddle into scandal after scandal. Now he'll get what he calls a bargain $95-per-hour deal. Until his replacement can be hired, he'll take home $760 per day, plus free gas, at taxpayer expense. How out of whack is that? It's $571 more per month than Newport Beach Police Chief John Klein makes.

rscottmoxley@ocweekly.com

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