By Zach Arnold | June 26, 2012
A few items of note from today’s tension-filled South El Monte, California CSAC hearing.
- All of the major bean counters from Department of Consumer Affairs were there. DCA wanted George Dodd out.
- The CSAC board voted to censure George Dodd and will have him continue as Executive Director under supervision.
- Attorneys were in the room not related to DCA. This caught the politicians by surprise.
- Public comment was held to three minutes per person. This didn’t go over well with a couple of people who wanted to speak. DCA officials were reportedly very upset by what took place in regards to what was discussed in public comment.
- There were various referees, judges, and other officials who spoke out in support of Dodd at today’s hearing. Whether DCA/CSAC thinks this was orchestrated by someone in the room or not, people did show up at today’s hearing to back Dodd. It caught DCA flat-footed.
- Dean Grafilo, Jerry Brown’s new appointment to the CSAC, voted during quorum on Dodd’s job status. He shouldn’t have… because he’s not been confirmed, yet, by the state Senate.
- What today’s decision means is that there are real cracks developing and people are not on the same page.
CSAC censured its EO George Dodd this afternoon for failing to inform the regulatory body of its insolvency. He retains his job, however.
CSAC retains its right to fire Dodd when it wants. Also, Dodd is instructed to work with the Dept. of Consumer Affairs to resolve the issue.
It was nice, but that’s not what helped him necessarily… telling Dodd to work with DCA on the budget is like telling Dodd to have a fox guard a hen house. DCA is the one pulling the budget strings. The more people learn about DCA’s practices, the less juice they have in convincing outsiders that Dodd is acting as a lone wolf. Not a chance. DCA does not want to deal with a lawsuit from Dodd, considering they just got slapped with a retaliation & age discrimination lawsuit by someone of high credibility.
If you’ve followed all the inside baseball here with us for this civil war, you have a much better understanding about what is going on. DCA didn’t send their staff from Sacramento to El Monte to watch someone get a reprieve.