By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Surely, even in OC, that’s a no-no?
KEEP YOUR EX-ENEMIES CLOSER?
There was a time when Assemblyman Todd Spitzer (R-Brea) wasn’t a fan of DA Tony Rackauckas and vice versa, but those days are apparently long gone with Spitzer set to retire from his legislative job and rejoin the OCDA on Dec. 1.
“We are excited about the wealth of talent Todd will bring to our office,” DA spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder, who hasn’t been a Spitzer fan in the past, tells me. “He has gained extensive experience in the criminal-law arena since he left the office.”
The assemblyman, who made himself a pro-law-enforcement advocate in Sacramento during three terms, was coy with me about what role he’ll play. However, Schroeder says he’ll be a key prosecutor, a member of Rackauckas’ senior management team and the only one with the special title of senior trial counsel.
“We are going to look for every way to utilize his talents,” Schroeder says. “His role is still under development, but I expect his duties will include felony trial work.”
Mike Madigan, an accomplished private detective who writes the Twisted Badge website, broke the news last week that Spitzer spent a recent day talking to his future colleagues and sitting through a training course.
Does any of this matter? Yes. Spitzer, a former county supervisor, is conventional wisdom’s frontrunner to become the county’s top prosecutor after Rackauckas retires.
ANTI-AMERICAN, PRO-HATE CROWD WEIGHS IN ON JUDICIAL RACE
The freaks who claim gay Americans prompted God to aid the 9/11 terrorists in their attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon want Kermit Marsh to win OC’s lone contested judicial contest.
Do you need another reason to vote for Debra Carrillo?
Marsh is a standard-issue Westminster GOP pol; Carrillo is a deputy district attorney who chases white-collar crooks.
In its current issue, Vanity Fair profiles accused corporate crook/sex freak/drug addict Henry Nicholas of Newport Coast and Broadcom fame. Written by Bethany McLean, a superb journalist in the Enron scandal, this story ends with a pivotal 2004 quote from Nicholas but fails to mention the source: my then-OC Weekly colleague, Dave Wielenga, who wrote the seminal pre-FBI-indictment article about Nicholas. In contrast, the story credited the LA Times when it swiped from that paper.
IT’S YOUR MONEY, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS IT
The Board of Supervisors ignored shrinking public coffers to recently give a well-connected local law firm a whopping $60-per-hour raise for consulting services; taxpayers must now pay $460 per hour plus expenses to Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth—which you might recognize as the firm that sponsors Rick Reiff’s Inside OC KOCE broadcast.