Chuck DeVore- Contributor
DeVore represents 450,000 residents of Orange County
70th Assembly District.. He served as a Reagan White House
appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988 and was Senior
Assistant to Cong. Chris Cox. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Army
National Guard. Chuck’s novel, CHINA
ATTACKS, sells internationally and has been translated
into Chinese for sales in Taiwan. [go to DeVore index]
Government hires “soul”…
[Chuck DeVore] 7/15/05
What if a
local government decided to bring in a representative of a
nearby Catholic diocese
to help coach their city employees
on spirituality, teamwork and ethics? Now, imagine if that government
entity signed a yearly contract with the diocese for $180,000
per year. The ACLU would sue more quickly than you could say, “Establishment
On July 12
the Orange County Register reported that the Orange County
District has paid $390,000 to a firm called
Dharma Consulting over the past few years to help seek its “corporate
soul”. The sewer district extended Dharma’s contract
in May for another $180,000. Another government agency, the Orange
County Fire Authority, gave $6,000 to Dharma for a series of
training sessions three years ago.
The Orange County Sanitation District serves 2.3 million people
in a 470-square-mile area of central and northwest Orange County.
In June, the financially strapped sewer district raised its user
fees by $36 a year, boosting yearly charges to taxpayers to $151
with rates set to go up again to $181 next year and $217 in 2007.
is headquartered in Leucadia in San Diego County and is run
by the husband and wife team of Eric and Deborah
Klein. “Dharma” is a Sanskrit word that means “Law” and
in the context of Buddhism is translated as “Spiritual
Reality” or “Spirituality”.
himself as “…one of the few westerners
to be ordained as a yoga priest in a 5,000 year old lineage.” His
tome, Awakening Corporate Soul: Four Paths to Unleash the Power
of People at Work, is distributed to new fire fighter recruits
at the O.C. Fire Authority and is a staple at the sewer district.
Corporate Soul is said to build “…upon
the Zen Buddhist tradition of focused and deliberate physical
labor… …the book lays out a systematic plan for the
revival of both the corporate and the individual soul via the
building of real work-communities.”
Mr. and Mrs.
Klein also run something called Wisdom Heart Community, billed
as “…an interfaith ministry based in Encinitas,
California”. Wisdom Heart Community, Inc. is registered
as a California corporation.
has been the General Manager of the Orange County Sanitation
since 2000. Anderson contracted with Klein’s
Dharma Consulting to improve employee performance at the public
agency. According to his official biography, Anderson got his
start in environmental policy in 1970 as a result of the first
Earth Day. Anderson’s comfort with Klein’s alternative
spiritual outlook may in part be due to that fact that his wife,
the Rev. Giovanna Piazza, is an “ordained” “Ecumenical
Catholic priest” (the “Ecumenical Catholic Church” is
a dissident offshoot of the Catholic Church). The church’s
liberal views and progressive social agenda offer a “spiritual” program
that one might say is quite stereotypically Californian.
Klein’s latest book To Do or Not to Do: How Successful
Leaders Make Better Decisions was published in early 2005 by
Klein-owned publishing house Wisdom Heart Press. Interestingly,
the sewer district’s Anderson wrote the forward for book
while Klein thanked Anderson in the book’s acknowledgments
along with his spiritual mentor, the famed guru and astrology
expert Goswami Kriyananda.
to merely hand out books and run seminars for spiritually needy
Dharma’s sewer district goals for 2005
include the deepening of “dialogue skills”, implementation
of “a values-based teamwork (‘ethics’) program” (one
wonders, whose values?) and, assisting in the “selection
of new finance director.” One supposes that a CPA who practices
yoga would be preferred.
Orange County Sanitation District’s actions
do not likely violate the Establishment Clause, does anyone really
believe that if the district contracted with a Christian pastor
to teach the spirituality and ethics of Jesus that the ACLU wouldn’t
have filed suit the next day? The existing politically correct
double standard approves spiritual instruction of a non-Judeo-Christian
origin while instantly attacking anything deemed traditional,
such as President Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives.
Lest those around the nation feel too smug towards California,
Dharma Consulting is an authorized supplier to the General Services
Administration under the Management, Organizational and Business
Improvement Services (MOBIS) contract, so Dharma may be coming
to a federal bureaucracy near you.
(R-Irvine) represents 450,000 people in coastal Orange County’s
70th Assembly District. He also serves as a major in the Army
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