To sway public opinion, the Orange County toll road agency hired a group of consultants. Critics say the cost and service delivered are not acceptable.
Officials in San Clemente opposing an extension reviewed consultant billings, and they say the spending is a waster of public funds. Consultants were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for reading news stories and for other tasks that appear to be covered under retainer agreements. Still, San Clemente officials argue the high fees and political connections of the consulting firms calls for a full audit of the agency's billings.Original post