Sacramento Taxpayers Paying For White Noise To Stop Eavesdroppers

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A $15,000 white noise machine is the latest in a string of questionable purchases by Sacramento County’s CEO.

Backlash on the big purchases is now coming from the board of supervisor.

When Phil Serna won a spot on the Sacramento board of supervisors, he spent his own money to furnish his office.

“Because I think it’s important to walk the talk,” said Serna.

Now Supervisor Serna is among those questioning the New Sacramento County CEO Brad Hudson. Hudson billed Sacramento County taxpayers for his new office expenditures including a white noise machine Hudson claims will keep eavesdroppers from hearing confidential meetings.

“Does the county need a white noise machine? That’s a great question. This is a subject that I’m still learning about,” said Phil Serna.

In addition to that $15,000 white noise machine, Hudson has also billed taxpayers for his $21,000 in new office furniture and a $78 shoe shine machine.

“I cannot see the County of Sacramento that has shed 3,000 jobs in the last several years, to pay for my office decorations,” said Serna.

Serna asked Hudson to itemize the purchases and pay for the extravagant ones.

“His response to me was that he didn’t want to do that,” said Serna.

Hudson said ‘no,’ but then last week agreed to a voluntary pay cut from county-high $257,000 to $245,000 — a reduction of about $11,000 dollars or 4.6 percent. It’s the same voluntary percentage cut every supervisor took this year.

It won’t make up for the price of those questionable purchases.

The furniture, a shoeshine machine, and then the white noise, does this put Don Hudson’s job in jeopardy?

“No, and it shouldn’t,” said Serna.

Serna isn’t calling for Hudson’s job, but the new CEO is suddenly on a short leash with every purchase now under scrutiny.

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One Comment

  1. nothingchanges says:

    Typical of a California politician.

  2. m smith says:

    That is just the tip of the iceberg!! If you want a real story about corruption and greed look into Hudson’s recent personel moves. He has fired or demoted supervisors in order to put into position his hand picked goons. In addition, those “friends of Hudson” also received salary increases to boot. Who scrutinizes the board of supervisors? They hired this corrupt person yet standby and do nothing as he takes money from tax payers and rewards the pockets of his friends.

    1. Dvonne Pitruzzello says:

      He did the exact same thing in Riverside, left us in a shambles and cost the taxpayers billions of dollars. your supervisors were warned but they did not due their job. We are telling on you Brad.

  3. state worker says:

    The Board is a joke as well!! They hired this clown and will never admit to making a bad decision. Sacramento county will be run into bankruptcy over the next few years. Hudson will move on laughing all the way to the bank. Isn’t there an ethics board that oversees stuff like this. He thinks he is untouchable!!

    1. Inland Empress says:

      Report him to the state controller they already know about him.

  4. sharpone says:

    A white noise machine so people can’t here what he’s up to?

  5. stan atkinson says:

    The noise machine is to drown out the sound of the volume on his on-line porn sites he is visiting while he is supposed to be working. What a frickin’ turd he is.

    1. nothingchanges says:

      LMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Inland Empress says:

      Or the fact that he might be having an affair with his assistant manager like he was in Riverside.

  6. Lady63 says:

    You have got to be kidding a shoe shine machine. That seem like it is a personal item, not a business exspence. A noise machine I beleive is not needed. Seems like he’s trying to hide something. If he feels he needs those things, he should pay for it. We have cut back on police and fire fighters. I think he needs to do some cut backs himself.

  7. mike says:

    He sounds like an untouchable Al Capone want-a-be, his office should be in a linen closet, noise machine, what the heck does he not want the public to hear. Who oked this purchase?

  8. stan atkinson says:

    Hudson has no shame. He gets his jollies by living life as a blue collar thief.

  9. Arizona says:

    Who hired this bum? Rhetorical question… 🙂 Make him pay for his own fancy unnecessary stuff!

  10. bri says:

    OMG…good question….Who hired this bum

  11. Rafael says:

    White noise generators are freeware on computers. Throw in a cheap computer speaker and there you are.

    Recall Brad Hudson

    1. garbAGE says:

      Or you can go get a cheap box floor fan at walmart for ten bucks. A shoe shine machine>? Really? How freak n lazy is that? Shine your own damn shoes!
      And as a matter of 21000 in office furniture…Honey I can furnish my four bedroom 3 bath home with that plus! {With damn nice stuff I might add!}
      This guy needs to go and go now!

  12. FBM says:

    Nobody in Riverside’s surprised by all this. Lots more fun to be had involving the former city manager who abruptly left our city for your county.

  13. veronica says:

    This is why voting doesn’t matter,These people use your money as there money.And another POINT OF fact.About the county giving money for a THIRD ARENA…..A million dollar arena for a D league playing team..I no longer vote or pay taxes THANK GOD….Has the city collected the over due loan from the maloofs..80,
    or so million dollars

  14. Ann Nogales says:

    I got what you intend,bookmarked, very nice site.

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