Editorial: Ming for O.C. Supervisor, District 5

Published: Oct. 16, 2014 Updated: 4:48 p.m.The contest to fill the Orange County Supervisor, District 5, seat being vacated by Supervisor Pat Bates – who is termed out and now running for state Senate – features Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming and Dana Point Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett, who is currently serving as mayor. Both candidates describe themselves as fiscally conservative, but we endorse Robert Ming because we found him to be more compelling and knowledgeable about difficult issues such as pension reform and budget management.In addition to his role on the Laguna Niguel City Council the past eight years, including two stints as mayor, Mr. Ming works as a managing director and associate general counsel at international investment banking firm Jefferies. Emphasizing his commitment to the role of county supervisor, he noted that he would take a significant pay cut if elected to the board.

Mr. Ming was also the founding president of the Association of California Cities – Orange County, which provides a forum and resources covering a range of public policy issues for city leaders from across the county. He now serves as the chairman of the organization’s Pension Reform Committee.

His knowledge of the pension issue would be very valuable on the Board of Supervisors, given that public employee pension liabilities and compensation have been such a big issue for so many local governments across the state and nation…

Read the full article here: