MOORLACH UPDATE — Old Chair Is New Chair — January 28, 2014

We enjoyed a lengthy Board meeting today, concluding around 4:30 p.m. The Voice of OC, in their early morning story below, predicted that Chairman Nelson would retain the position of Chair for a second year. Serving two years as Chair is a protocol that has not been done with the current Board members in the last seven years. The Voice of OC was right. The motion included Vice Chair Bates serving a second year as Vice Chair. I believe the Vice Chair position should be occupied by someone who will be on the Board next year, as did Supervisor Spitzer. The motion passed three votes to two.

Nelson Likely to Stay as Chairman of County Supervisors

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson (right) speaks with fellow supervisors at a recent meeting. (Nick Gerda / Voice of OC)


Indications are that the Orange County Board of Supervisors is set to break tradition and elect Shawn Nelson as chairman for another year.

Supervisor Pat Bates was in line to take the reins, with Supervisor Janet Nguyen scheduled to take over as vice chairwoman. But with both Bates and Nguyen running for state Senate seats and the so-called Super Bowl of labor negotiations running into overtime, continuity appears to be the order of the day.

Bates on Monday confirmed that she would not be nominating herself for the chairmanship if the board, as scheduled, takes up the vote at today’s regular meeting,

“I think that if possible, we’ll keep the status quo being that we are involved in a lot of issues, given that continuity is important,” Bates said. “It’s driven more in my mind by the continuity