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O.C. supervisors demand changes in planning department

In the wake of the latest critical audit of the Orange County Planning and Development Services Department, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted this morning to create a task force to monitor improvements to the beleaguered agency.

A 117-page county audit released in July said the department was in “critical condition” -- employees had not been performing required safety and environmental inspections, morale was down and customer service nearly nonexistent.

Audit director Steve Danley said “ongoing neglect” had contributed to these problems and major changes were required at all levels of the department.

“We can no longer allow these issues to continue,” Board Chairwoman Patricia Bates said. She said that nothing -- including closing down the department -- was off the table.

This was the fifth major review of the department. The board will begin receiving regular monthly reports of the department’s progress in September.

-- Tami Abdollah in Orange County

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does this sound typical or what. the politicians protecting turf once again. instead of just dismantling this worthless department and saving some bucks they protect this useless waste of taxpayers dollars. it probably gives them some important political contributions from developers and builders who gain access and clout from the management of this department. how much are the top dogs paid here...probalby 200K+ and what a waste...let's save a few hundred million and send them home with a layoff notice and shut the useless dept down....on no...wait...how about another commission to determine just how bad they are...lol


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