PETE HARDIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON OCDA SPITZER’S CONTINUED ABSENCE FROM HOMELESSNESS COMMISSION

OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer has failed to attend at least half of the commission’s meetings since becoming a member.

SANTA ANA – Today, Pete Hardin’s campaign for Orange County District Attorney released the following statement in response to Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer’s absence from the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness’ July meeting, despite his status as a voting member. The commission has cancelled more than half of its scheduled meetings since 2020, with Spitzer having only attended two of the meetings that took place.

“Homelessness in Orange County has skyrocketed on Spitzer’s watch, and yet he has failed to address the issue, repeatedly not even bothering to show up at commission meetings,” said former Judge Advocate Pete Hardin, “the connection between homelessness and increased rates of crime and recidivism has been shown time and again. Nonetheless, Spitzer continues to neglect the issue. Not only has he skirted his responsibilities as a voting member of the commission, but he has also gone so far as to enact prosecutorial policies that actively exacerbate homelessness. The simple fact is that Spitzer’s rhetoric addressing homelessness is hollow, and his policies only serve to make our communities less safe.

“The DA ought to be a leader in addressing the stark rise in homelessness in our community, not only for the well-being of these individuals but also as a matter of public safety. I am committed to working with a broad range of stakeholders across Orange County to get to the root of this issue and help break the cycles that recycle folks through the criminal justice system.”

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Current Orange County District Attorney Republican Todd Spitzer’s tenure has been defined by scandal. Four women in Spitzer’s office have filed claims asserting Spitzer promoted an employee and close friend despite having been made aware of the sexual harassment complaints against him. Spitzer later allowed the employee, who was the best man at his wedding, to retire with top-flight benefits. Spitzer also attempted to drop sexual assault charges against high-profile defendants, leading a judge to remove him from the case.  Survivors of the sexual assault survivors were “dragged through the mud” and “grossly mistreated” by Spitzer for two and a half years, leading two of them to abandon their case. 

Spitzer has been involved in an evidence booking scandal, a jailhouse informant scandal, and has defamed a victim of OC’s deadliest mass shooting as retaliation for peaceful protest. Spitzer has also defended a DNA collection program known informally as “Spit and Acquit” that coerces defendants to give up their DNA to law enforcement, a practice the ACLU has called “unconstitutional.

Pete Hardin is a former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and one of Southern California’s leading litigators running for Orange County District Attorney. Pete entered public service when, in 2005, he earned his commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. A combat veteran, Pete served in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012 as a member of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Pete is a member of the Democratic Party.

Orange County’s rapidly changing electorate has led Democrats to now outnumber Republicans in Orange County holding a 4.1% voter registration advantage.