[UPDATE: More Stupidity from Supes, and Silliness from Local Press] What Does the Orange County Board of Supervisors Have Against Spanish and Latinos?

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Nelson: Still dumb when it comes to Mexis...
UPDATE: Okay, so Janet Nguyen is REALLY stupid--I mean, stupider than what we already knew. Unlike the other supervisors, she knows exactly what Latino Health Access is about--she received an award from them a couple of years ago, according to sources who requested anonymity. In addition, Nguyen was present at a LHA community fair highlighted in Bill Moyers' Journal back in 2009 where LHA head America Bracho specifically said her organization, while obviously concerned about Latinos in SanTana, helps ALL. Nguyen can't excuse playing the dumb innocent in this story, although it's hardly hard for her to do so.

Also? This current board (save the grinning fool to the right) previously entered into an agreement with LHA to provide countywide service--and they didn't bitch about semantics then.

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In May of last year, the Board (minus Nelson, who at the time was campaigning to fill the Fourth Supervisorial District seat left vacant by Chris Norby) entered into an agreement with LHA to provide elder care countywide. The Health Care Agency staff report explicitly states that LHA helps "higher risk older adults (individuals aged 60 or older) without regard to race or ethnicity" (my emphasis, to get it through the thick skull of the Board). Nguyen, Moorlach, Campbell and Bates didn't have a problem with the "Latino" in LHA's name then--what has changed since?

On the media front, the Voice of OC and the Liberal OC are also covering the story, but have added nothing nor cited us for breaking it--and the Liberal OC is citing the Voice of OC as breaking the story. HILARIOUS...
 
Original post, June 8, 2: 20 p.m.: It's always hilarious to see local politicians veer into the realm of bigotry when dealing with Latinos--and here in la naranja, it happens as often as SanTana Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Pulido uttering a lie. That's exactly what happened at this week's Board of Supervisors meeting. After a good hour or so of droning report after droning report, the supes came upon Agenda Item 31, a seemingly straightforward $1.5 million contract with nationally known nonprofit Latino Health Access (LHA) to train people and organizations across OC to combat the early signs of mental illness. Specifically, LHA proposed to teach other their promotora program, which is nothing more than training community members how to be leaders in their respective neighborhoods with regards to health issues as to not burden the health system with preventable illnesses. It's a system that has worked wonders in SanTana, and has earned praise across the country.

Empowering people to not rely on government--sounds like red meat for the all-Republican Board, no? But from their reactions to the agenda item, you'd figure LHA was proposing to force everyone in the county to wear sombreros.

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Moorlach: No le gusta Spanish
After board member Janet Nguyen moved to have the motion passed, and chair Bill Campbell seconded it, John Moorlach jumped in.

"I have a question about the name," he intoned in his sotto baritone, face barely concealing his glee. "Does it have to be called 'promotora program?' And why?"

The deputy agency director of the Health Care Agency went to the podium to answer Moorlach's question. He explained that promotora was a Spanish word for "community health worker," which is exactly what LHA does, and that the HCA would change the name of the program "if the board desires."

What a wimp! What's wrong if a group with a contract with the county, which calls itself by an English name, decides to call one of its programs in a different language? Only in Orange County...but then it got better.

Moorlach said he'd prefer that without giving explanation; Nguyen--who represents SanTana, where LHA has its offices--agreed. Then Shawn Nelson asked if LHA's work for the county would only target Latinos or everyone in the county; the HCA guy said there was an explicit clause in the contract to train all people regardless of race or ethnicity, since the contract dealt with mental health. "

"Semantics are just that," Nelson said, face contorted, "but I think if a bidder on county services for a countywide contract that was not specific for an ethnic community came forward and was the Anglo Catholic Health Care Provider System...we wouldn't stand for that."

STOP RIGHT THERE! Last year, Nelson and the board did exactly that when they unanimously approved renewing a contract with, among other NGOs, The Cambodian Family and Catholic Charities, to help refugees in Orange County. The refugees weren't all Cambodian and weren't all Catholic, yet Nelson didn't have a cow about that issue. Wonder why?

Anyhoo, Nelson continued being a pendejo. "I think it's ridiculous that we've got an agency that's going to name itself the Latino Health Access, yet they are going to provide countywide benefits to members of every community...I think it's extraordinary that we would even allow that to happen. By its very name, it's suggestive that people aren't even eligible.

"Unless this agency wants to rename itself," Nelson continued, "I have absolutely no interest in supporting this sort of approach to countywide delivery of anything. This suggests that we believe in and encourage segmenting out our market...I will not support this agency on that alone."

This, of course, isn't the first time Nelson has had a problem with an Orange County Latino landmark. Back when he was councilmember in Fullerton, Nelson proposed whitewashing historic Chicano murals, a move that was met with immediate ridicule.

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Nguyen: Should know better, never does
Campbell was surprised by the insolence of Nelson and Moorlach, saying "I'm not as tied up with the name of an entity" as long as they met the obligation of their contract." Then Nguyen--who, as we said earlier should know better--asked if LHA knew that they had to help everyone, not just Latinos--you know, because Mexicans only help themselves, spitting out the name "Latino Health Access" as if she just swallowed a rotten bánh mì. ¡Otra pendeja! The poor HCA guy repeated--again--that LHA knew this.

The board then was ready to decide, by a 4-1 vote, to approve the contract with LHA only if they changed the name of their Promotora Program to the English "community health worker." Then Patricia Bates--who had stayed quiet during the entire preceding conversation--jumped in. She asked if they could continue the motion for a week because she didn't think her constituents in the "canyons" would take kindly to something called the "Latino Access Group" servicing them. She wasn't opposed to the contract, per se, just the use of Spanish--this, coming from a woman who represents an area whose street names and cities are nearly all en español.

The vote was moved to the next board meeting. Then, irony of ironies, the following agenda item dealt with a contract with a group that had "Vietnamese" in it that also proposed to do services for all groups, not just Vietnamese. Instead of railing on and on about how discriminatory and bad giving a countywide contract to a group with an ethnic group in its name, the board stayed quiet. Double standards against Mexis? You know it! Ah, Orange County...

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Asdf
Asdf

everyone hates mexicans. you are not wanted here.  leave

johnnydilznik
johnnydilznik

More blather from one of the biggest race hustlers out there.  Gus Arellano.  Can you feel it slipping away Gus?  Born in East LA at the Fullerton Library?  Really?  It seems like it was all down hill when KFI told you to take a hike.  Oh yeah I forgot....Bill Handle liked you though.........????

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Dsfweqe

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Guest
Guest

As an conservative American male and former military pilot, I suppose my locution can be treated with contempt by midges eager to infer that their nefarious proclivities and concupiscent quest for colonization is an accredited formal education.

Being pap intolerant, a casual peek at a surname will usually divulge what's on the intinerary before we proceed recklessly down the road to perdition, then floor it heading southbound to cataclysm.

Vexation, from our fair weather Latin America friends has increasingly become that nagging pimple on our derrieres, the multicolored jalopy grinding to a sudden halt after losing its rear wheel on the highway in rush-hour traffic, the stowaway stealing into the future of our nation, the Deep Venous Thrombosis embedded in the continuity of our prosperity, and the malignant neoplasm affecting the healthy cells of our living standards.  

The continuation of our inherited love for this country, ettiquette, decency, and mores depends upon increased rigid barriers from transients armed with computer keyboards, smiles, and intoxicating anticipation of some perceived power that allegedly will conclude with their growing illegitimate population lording over us all.

It is an incontrovertible truth that the civil institutions of the US have been seriously infiltrated, our homes have been broken into, all facets of our society breached, and that they now stand in imminent peril from the accelerated and stupendous incursion by those of Mexican birth; imbued with the Mexican chauvinistic mindset; and of Mexican arrogance, ignorance and immoral character; who receive - under present cowardice by our leaders and lax of enforcing laws - our elective franchise and the feigned rights of entitlement to birth-fraud, set-asides, and still have time left in the day to deem Americans their enemy while standing on American soil, and the fact that their very subsistence is funded by our American tax dollars.

Our lack of decision means a choice between two conditions. By continuing at our present course, we can wait until the Voyager 1 spacecraft, traveling at 38,160 mph takes another 73,600 years before reaching the nearest star outside our Solar System, Proxima Centauri, or we choose that which is producing a massive plutocratic caste class of paraylzed nobodies afraid to even speak about the ravages of the illegal alien invasion in public so not to trigger the racism alarms, relying upon the industrial slavery of an uninvited tsumani of subversives and low standard of living toilers.

By stopping an invasion that is somehow removed from the squatters scope of reality, we as a nation must forcibly take control of the helm once again, discard the binnacle list, give the command to reverse the ship's course, and chart the conditions that will give to US citizens a decent and comfortable standard of living.

This desired result can be obtained without the tsumani of tens of millions of people who think we should speak Spanish, the devastating scorched-Earth deficits left in their wake,  and American taxpayers subsidizing this invasion and Mexico to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

Illegal Alien Care

Federal Expenditures:Title I Program $1,332,900,000 Migrant Education program $236,900,000 Title III Program $538,000,000 Education Subtotal $2,107,800,000 Emergency Medical Care $250,000,000 Fraudulent Use of Medicad $1,235,000,000 Medicaid Cost of Childbirth $1,238,100,000 Medicaid for Children $1,626,800,000 Other Medical Outlays $1,600,000,000 Medical Subtotal $5,949,900,000 SCAAP Compensation $330,000,000 Federal Incarceration $678,400,000 Byrne Grants $24,300,000 Detention and Removal $2,545,000,000 Project Safe Neighborhoods $39,500,000 Residual ICE Functions $2,824,000,000 Exec. Office of Imm. Review $222,500,000 Southwest Border Prosecution $33,000,000 National Guard $642,000,000 Coast Guard $500,000,000 Justice Subtotal $7,838,700,000 Free and Red. Meal Program $2,264,600,000 Temp. Assist. Needy Families $1,030,000,000 Housing Assistance Programs $787,000,000 Child Care & Dev. Fund $633,000,000 Welfare Subtotal $29,184,400,000 Average State/Local Expenditures:Education $69,397,100,000 Medical $20,823,500,000 Justice $28,687,200,000 Welfare $25,484,900,000 General $19,817,900,000

California K-12 | LEP | UNIV. | MEDICAID | SCHIP+ | JUSTICE | WELFARE+ | GENERAL+ |  $39,756,000,000 

GROSS TOTAL $113,006,400,000 Federal taxes collected from illegals (2009) - $9,456,600,000     State and local taxes collected from illegals  - $3,955,200,000     NET TOTAL $99,594,600,000 Mexican Parasitic Care

Merida Initiative $1,600,000,000Thirteen Bell 412 EP helicopters (5 with INCLE funds for the Federal Police and 8 with FMF funds for the military).Eight UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters (three with INCLE funds for the Federal Police and 5 with FMF funds for the Mexican Air Force).Four CASA CN-235 transport aircraft.Counterterrorism $3,000,000Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) $900,000Stabilization Operations and Security Sector Reform $989,000Counter-Narcotics $249,000,000Transnational Crime $10,000,000HIV/AIDS $2,200,000Tuberculosis $1,258,000 Funding Mexican Trucking Carriers to US Safety Standards to Travel US Hwys $2,000,000,000

After executing and completion of our decisive uncontested mutiny, this nation's traitors will be forced to walk the plank. We will eventually hear the call "land ho," and return to honest American wage structures, culture, language and dividends.

And you can actually ask with a straight face what does anyone have against Spanish and Latinos? Nothing at all Gus...

BORN IN OC
BORN IN OC

It is a disgrace to this county to have such idiotic, nonsensical politicians getting in the way of one of the few non-profit organizations that actually function and provide services that provide aid, education, assistance with professionalism and dignity.The obvious source of this bafoonery must be ignorance. At least I hope it is. Had anyone asked for a history of programs run by LHA? Hey, if you can't get lead, at least get out of the way.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Gustavo -- you're inaccurate. TheLiberalOC referenced the Voice of OC story.  Nowhere in our post did we say they broke the story.  I'd ask for a retraction but I won;t hold my breath.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

hey, im all for giving every mexican a psychological exam...but you know they will all be diagnosed as being mentally retarded, right? lol

Steve Thompson
Steve Thompson

Gustavo you seem like someone who really wants to make a difference, you do. So why not do something more constructive to change what you think needs changing. Run for office. Because right now your current "mission statement" is to bitch, moan, and complain about things like this. And it's old. Really old. Why not try to go on to big and better things? I'm sure you've asked yourself that question a thousand times by now. Because at some point you are going to get tired of having so much anger in you, and it will wear you down. Maybe that won't happen until you age and mature more. But seriously, look for other, better ways to make a difference.

Jack123
Jack123

where is nativo lopez wen u need him...?

Oh thats right, IN JAIL...

OY VEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll bitch-slap Morlach next time I see at McCormick and Schimk's...

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Shockingly, Nelson does have a point hidden deep within his babosadas. If I, the most güero gabachón ever to roam these fair orange acres, were in need of LHA's services, I probably wouldn't call them, figuring that their mission was to improve health access to Latinos, for the same reason a Catholic probably wouldn't apply to live in a managed-care facility run by the Presbyterian Homes Association.

Still, the comments (even stripped of the description of facial expressions) sound just like the usual tripe coming from people who wistfully remember a time that never existed.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Why are we spending tax dollars on programs like this. We need so many other things right now!

janetmask
janetmask

Healthcare is not subject to normal market forces! Anything that you have to buy at any random moment in order not to die is not something to which a rational supply/demand calculus can apply. Check out "Penny Health Insurance" articles on how to reduce the cost of insurance.

Art Pendejo
Art Pendejo

Why isn't Art Pedroza, the self proclaimed hero of the Chicano people, praising Janet Nguyen for working with LHA and condemning Shawn Nelson? He is such a pathetic tool.

Joelle Casteix
Joelle Casteix

If the Supervisors have an issue with the term "promotora," then they should also question the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, The Orange County Children's Bureau, The Delhi Center, FACT OC (the umbrella organization over every family resource center in the county), every single Orange County School district, MOMs (another award-winning OC non profit), Children's Hospital of Orange County, the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Orange County Social Services Agency, Healthy Smiles of Orange County and the DOZENS of other organizations that utilize county funds ... and also use the "promotora" model.

mitch young
mitch young

Oh, and the reason for the double standard is everyone still feels guilty about the whole Vietnam war thing. 

mitch young
mitch young

"She wasn't opposed to the contract, per se, just the use of Spanish--this, coming from a woman who represents an area whose street names and cities are all in Spanish."

Dude, that was OC's big mistake, naming all the new streets and cities in Spanish. Its sort of ironic, really, that the English named areas are all Mexican now -- just like if a high school is named 'Roosevelt' or Garfield or some other WASP name, there will be no WASPs --or Diversity(tm)-- among the student body.

BTW Canyon is not Spanish, it is Catalan just Serra and Casper Portola. You can tell from the 'ny' -- just like in Espa*ny*ol -- Barcelona's working class balompie club.

Anyways, I'd be glad to support a 'Latino' health whatever -- esp. for mental health, not for nothing has 'loco' entered the English lexicon. First, however, there should be separate and equal funding is available for a white health project.

Chris Prevatt
Chris Prevatt

Gustavo, Sorry you feel slighted. I did indeed learn about this action from a tweet from Norberto Santana at 12:20 pm on Tuesday, June 7th. Below is the original tweet I received on Tuesday. For the record, I never claimed that Voice of OC broke the story. However since you're such a stickler for such details, given that Norberto wrote about it a day before you I'm comfortable making that claim.@NorbertoSantana: Bilingualism isn't smart when it comes to OC supervisors. They just canceled a project because it used "promotora" instead of outreach.Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/NorbertoSan...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oh, please, but hey: we're also holding our breath for you guys to say something bad about Agran!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

And here's the Bullied Chinito to add his pendejadas to the mix...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Steve: What you call "bitch, moan, and complain" any sane person would call "investigative reporting."

mitch young
mitch young

Hey Jack

We're all still waiting for that 'the right county, the white county' flyer...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Dave: Don't bother with the skin below. While I understand your argument, it also doesn't fly in the face of reality. As I pointed out in my piece, the Cambodian Family, although having Cambodian in their name, actually mostly helps out other refugees and also runs English classes in which the majority of its students are Latinos. And check out the most recent update I did...

mitch young
mitch young

Sense out of an OC Weekly guy.

BTW are you the Dave Lieberman that used to have the show on Food Network? That proto-hipster 20 something cook-for-cheap show? That was pretty cool.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yes, because we should spend much more in the future than spend a bit in the present. What a maroon...

BK NSABlogger
BK NSABlogger

Art was in bankruptcy court yesterday, committing perjury by lying about hidden income.  Get ready to be dragged away in handcuffs Pedroza!

mitch young
mitch young

Ah, yes, more ethnically exclusive organizations. Here is the 'about the Delhi Center'.

 

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Our mission is to increase the leadership capacity and participation of Latinos for the construction of their own health and social well-being. The fact that so many of these organizations need to use a 'promotora' model is yet another example of the socialization of the costs of immigration. No doubt most of the 'clients' using 'promotora' programs are immigrants or first generation -- an we are all paying for it via grants and tax breaks.

mitch young
mitch young

I'd vote for Arellano just for the comedy!

Cancel Everything
Cancel Everything

You are an idiot Mitch. Try the government shouldn't be spending 1.5 million on a bs group that probably over pays their leadership and doesn't really accomplish jack in terms of making headway towards fixing all that is wrong with the mental health issues affecting orange county residents. But you can go punch sand over all things WASP.

lydiawow
lydiawow

mission is to increase the leadership capacity and participation of Latinos for the construction of their own health and social well-being. The fact that so many of these organizations need to use a 'promotora' model is yet another example of the socialization of the costs of immigration.I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on--seekcougar.com--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Your hard-on for the Catalans is HILARIOUS. They're as pure as you are smart.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Jo no soc espanyol, i els membres del ajuntament no són d'aquest món.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

who's fighting? We merely pointed out to Gustavo that 1. we didn't report that Voice of OC broke the story and #2, that Voice of OC actually tweeted it first.  And in spite of being informed of both of these, he hasn't corrected the post to reflect the facts.  But loved the post he wrote on this.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Non-sequitur.  You accuse so many others of changing the subject; don't go doing that yourself.

Question..is a tweet considered "breaking news?"  Can you claim to have broken the story by tweeting about it first?  Yes or no?

Steve Thompson
Steve Thompson

Come on, that was not investigative reporting. Did you interview, or even try to interview, any of the Supervisors you took exception to? Did you do anything that you might not have included in your post? I'm not trying to be combative here. I'm just asking if there is more to the story. (Pun intended).

I can see the BOS point about the name possibly being misleading. Please note I said possibly. And I don't mean misleading in a bad way. Only that someone could mistakenly conclude that they were not eligible for services by this provider. Personally, just based on the name, I wouldn't consider them for services because I would think I wasn't eligible. I wouldn't try to do any research to see what their mission statement is.

Also, just because LHA had a prior contract with the county and provided services to all doesn't mean that there might not have been confusion previously, and that the Supervisor was aware of the problem.

I wasn't there, so I can't say for sure, but it seems plausable that there are other explanations other than the BOS has something against Hispanics. It's not always a conspiracy.

mitch young
mitch young

Corre, Calvito, Corre. I'll see if I can get you A3P's endorsement.

mitch young
mitch young

Gustavo, when you comment after someone, *your* comment is below theirs. So you should say 'don't bother with the skin [sic] *above*'

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I am about as far from a hipster as it's possible to be, and my 20s are in the rearview mirror, so no. I'm not that Dave Lieberman. He's much better looking than I.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, I'm going to post one of my few disagreements with you Gustavo, actually spending on health in the present is investment in the future. Look how well Ronnie's program to "mainstream" ill folks worked. I was a member of the "Reagan for President" club to get him out of California, never dreamed that there were enough pendejos in the country to actually elect him, silly me.

Anon
Anon

Is it true there's a warrant out?

mitch young
mitch young

Would you say 'You can punch sand over all things [black, Latino, gay, Asian, Jewish]?

mitch young
mitch young

You talkin' to me? I hate those polacos. Andalucia, baby. That's where its at. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Wow, did you make up "Weakly" yourself? Good for you!

Fred
Fred

Your hatred and patronizing attitude towards nonraza exposed.  Thanks for your honesty, now get back to your marginal periodista career at the Weakly.

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