A mildly controversial vote against requiring restaurants to post letter grades from health inspection is becoming a hot potato in OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen‘s hands – as some of the Bolsavik’s readers have pointed out.
The vote by a majority of the Board of Supervisors went against the grand jury’s recommendation – that instead of posting an innocuous health inspection “pass” notice, restaurants should post what’s commonly seen in L.A. County: A sign that says “A” or “B” or “C” – the grade given by health inspectors.
The Orange Juice’s Art Pedroza was the first to react. In this posting, Pedroza pointed out that Janet’s husband Tom Bonikowski is a part owner of a Lee’s Sandwiches in Stanton (another part owner is Janet’s Chief of Staff and newly installed Garden Grove Councilman Andrew Do), and that restaurant has had a history of violations.
The Register then picked up the story. Apparently before the meeting Janet went to talk to the county counsel and asked if there’s any conflict of interest, and the county’s attorney said no.
That legal advice sounds fair enough. Lawyers in the legislature vote on laws affecting lawyers all the time, and nobody bats an eye. Pedroza, however, raised a valid (if not legal, then at least political) point: Janet could have avoided all this by saying, in open meeting, “My husband is a part owner in a sandwich shop, and so I have firsthand knowledge that etc.”
Pedroza also sought out Supervisor Chris Norby here, who said he had no idea of the Lee’s Sandwiches owned by Janet’s husband and employee, but sticks to his gun that the vote by the Supervisors was correct.
Here’s the Bolsavik laying a bet on 4:3 odds against the Trannies calling for letter grade postings on restaurants. (Meaning of 7 Trannies 3 will and 4 won’t.) But then again the Bolsavik is the same one who was betting that Linh Ho and Frank Tran would win their races…