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|"Tio Tom," R.I.P.|
The board that governs Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College and assorted South County learning centers convened in May to appoint a trustee to serve out the just-expired Fuentes' unexpired term. That upset the trustee's widow, Jolene Fuentes, who even flirted with running herself in the November election. But no one filed candidacy papers to challenge replacement Trustee James Wright, who will now win the seat from voters, unopposed.
Equally boring will be the races that likely return veteran board member David Lang to his Trustee Area 1 (Irvine) seat and incumbent educator William O. "Bill" Jay to the Trustee Area 3 (Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach and unincorporated land) post. Lang is opposed by Irvine businessman David L. Martin. Jay, the only candidate who has so far been endorsed by the South Orange County Community College District Faculty Association, faces businesswoman and arts commissioner Arlene C. Greer and graduate student researcher Jennifer L. Long.
|John diSgraced Williams|
Williams left the board to become Orange County's public administrator/public guardian, elected/appointed offices that left Williams in charge of estates left by Orange Countians with no heirs and the affairs of living people who cannot fully care for themselves and have no family to help them. Williams was ultimately driven out of office by two separate grand jury reports and an Orange County Board of Supervisors that blasted his management of the offices. It was telling because friends and supporters of Williams were among those who told him to scram. His departure turned bizarre when he remained in his physical office after he said he'd leave, and the board was forced to have the locks changed to keep him out.
After Williams announced he would seek a return to the SOCCCD board, he filed this ballot statement:
As Orange County Public Administrator, department's budget was balanced and was praised by the 2009-2010 Orange County Grand Jury for exemplary budgetary, management, personnel practices, working with law enforcement to fight elder abuse.
|Spitzer on you!|
Through the intervention of the courts thanks to filings by Spitzer, who Rackauckas fired as a prosecutor for making what the DA considered an inappropriate phone call to then-administrator Williams, now-board candidate Williams had to change his ballot statement to:
As Orange County Public Administrator, my department's budget was always balanced, and I worked with law enforcement to fight elder abuse.
The event was postponed, but the supervisor had said he would be joined by former SOCCCD board president and current state Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine), Mission Viejo Mayor Frank Ury and Jemal. Wagner and Ury also support Jemal, according to Spitzer.
"Several elected and public officials will warn that Mr. Williams has breached the public trust and should not be serving in public office," read the invitation. "The elected and public officials will voice strong support for Tim Jemal to serve as the next Trustee for the South Orange County Community College District."