Southern California grocery workers, who have been working under an expired contract, are ramping up their efforts against the three big supermarket chains. David Washburn examines the issues on the table and whether a strike is possible.
Vending trucks are everywhere in Santa Ana, and they provide an important service to many residents who cannot afford or find transportation to supermarkets. But they also contribute to childhood obesity. Voice of OC contributing writer Amy DePaul examines this paradox.
As the Orange County Board of Supervisors gears up for negotiations with the county’s major unions, it is considering a range of items to try to take back at the negotiating table. However, as Norberto Santana Jr. reports, the board is today set to vote on a contract with managers that expands a controversial bonus program.
Just in case you don’t have your redistricting calendar, here is a rundown by Tracy Wood of what to expect this week.
And Adam Elmahrek has the highlights of the Irvine City Council agenda, which includes a proposal for an early vote for president and the controversial iShuttle program.
In other news …
State Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Brown agree on budget. Here are reports from the LA Times and OC Register.
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is a director at the Fullerton Community Bank, which is under watch by the federal Office of Thrift Supervision. This is the same bank that in the past made substantial loans to Pulido and his business partner.
Call it the politics of fat. Orange County supervisors seem ready to walk away from the chance at millions in federal grant money because it would link them to Obamacare.
Is Santa Ana a hardcore soccer town? Ask the SAPD. They cleared a crowd of 4,000 that flooded Bristol Street after Mexico beat the U.S. in the Concacaf Gold Cup this weekend in Pasadena.
Costa Mesa continues to dominate the political news in Orange County with a weekend slugfest on NBC’s “Today in L.A.: Weekend” between Councilman Jim Righeimer and Don Drozd, general counsel for the Orange County Employees Association. R. Scott Moxley offers an insightful blow-by-blow in OC Weekly’s Navel Gazing.
There are two sides to every story, and that is certainly the case in the ouster of Santa Ana’s El Centro Cultural de Mexico from its Fifth Street location. Members of Irving Chase’s family say they are kicking the group out because it neglected the building. Group leaders say it’s because they don’t fit into Chase’s gentrified vision for downtown.
The OC Register and California Watch teamed up to do this report on the myriad problems with the state’s $43-billion high-speed rail program. If this story hasn’t fully quenched your thirst for all the controversy surrounding the program, you can read Tracy Wood’s coverage, which dates back to March 2010.
Costa Mesa police chief’s resignation triggers a rebuke from the city attorney’s law firm and cancellation of his consulting contract with the firm. Here is the Daily Pilot’s take, and here is the Register’s.
If you’re a real political junkie, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time in recent weeks at meetings on redistricting. And you’re also likely noticing that some are drawing much bigger crowds than others. Our Tracy Wood explains why.
One would think there was already enough controversy and recrimination in Costa Mesa. But just for good measure, interim Police Chief Steve Staveley abruptly resigned Monday and called the Costa Mesa City Council majority corrupt in his resignation letter.
Rumor had it that Santa Ana officials were trying to woo the pro soccer team Chivas USA to town. Now those rumors are confirmed, and though Santa Ana City Council members are excited at the possibility, some school officials are nervous.
In other news …
State Sen. Lou Correa proposes a gift ban for state officeholders.
The Register’s Brian Joseph brings us Taiwanese-style fisticuffs in the state Assembly over the redevelopment bill. Joseph was even kind enough to show us some video. (The fisticuffs start at about 5:15 or so on the tape).
In one corner, it was Rep. Donald Wagner, R-Irvine. In the other, apparently swinging away, is Warren Furutani, D-Los Angeles.
In other news …
The city of Orange officially approved a controversial development proposal that calls for one-acre estates to be built on some of the city’s last remaining open space. Opponents of the plans are already putting together a referendum.
If the cities of North Orange County are to do anything about their dearth of parkland, they cannot look to the past for solutions. The third and final installment of our series on parkland disparity in Orange County examines options for planners and policymakers.
The redistricting rock thrown into OC’s political pond continues to create ripples. Now it’s Supervisor Shawn Nelson who sees an opportunity.
Spend any time traveling through Orange County and you’ll have a hard time missing the huge disparity in parkland as you go from north to south. How did South Orange County become so park rich, while North Orange County was left so park poor?
Our Tracy Wood answers that question today in the first installment of a three-part series on how parkland plays such an important role in community health and why many county residents are park deprived.
We also have a dispatch from Norberto Santana Jr. on the backlash supervisors are facing over their objection last week to bilingualism in health care outreach. The OC Weekly’s managing editor, Gustavo Arellano, has been all over it as well.
And from the better late than never department, we finally published the latest from David Nazar and Nick Gerda on the alleged kickback scheme involving coaches throughought Southern California.
In other news…
Reactions to the first redistricting drafts from California’s independent commission had insiders buzzing late Friday to see who’s affected. The Daily Pilot has an overall story.
It’s been no secret that Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has been pining to bring the Chivas USA soccer team to Santa Ana, but some are upset about the secrecy surrounding his effort to make it happen.
If that’s not enough secrecy for you, our partners at PBS SoCal have another installment of their investigation into alleged secret slush funds for high school and college coaches throughout Southern California.
Still more secrecy …
County grand jury slams county officials for lack of transparency on salaries and contracts.
The Santa Ana Register (the original name of the OC Register) is back with the Register’s SA reporter, Andrew Galvin, starting out a new blog on the city. Today’s catch is the city police chief’s salary now that he is the city manager.
County supervisors will appoint an ad hoc committee of supervisors and county executives to study the county’s Human Resources Department in light of the performance auditor’s highly critical review of how the department operates. Labor leaders tried in vain to persuade the supervisors that a third-party review is needed.
Orange County CEO Tom Mauk and Performance Auditor Steve Danley are disputing each other’s assertions regarding the list of county executives who received questionable raises in recent years.
Long considered one of the nation’s most desirable retirement destinations, Orange County now must worry about whether there will be enough young folks to take care of all the old folks as the baby boomers keep getting on in years.
Wayne Quint has officially stepped down as president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs and is being replaced by Tom Dominguez.
The state Senate has passed a bill that would make the Brown Act part of the state constitution.
Costa Mesa keeps OC in the LA headlines. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez blows into Costa Mesa and is taken aback by Jim Righeimer’s approach to the city budget (pink slips). He hangs out with former Mayor Sandy Genis and Bubbling Cauldron blogger Geoff West and offers his take.
The Register’s Doug Irving pens an interesting look at Laguna Hill’s newest councilwoman, Barbara Kogerman, who appears to be adjusting to the life of counting to three.
The Register’s Brian Joseph has the story on state Sen. Lou Correa’s interest in holding hearings on debt collectors after one company tried to garnish his wages by mistake.
Apparently, Sarah Palin has been haulin’ tail through New England on her presidential tour, driving reporters crazy trying to follow her caravan. Kasie Hunt for Politico gives a hilarious account of trying to keep up with Palin as she blows through red lights and comes close to hitting a bicyclist.
State Sen. Lou Correa already lost pay when his wages were erroneously garnished by a debt collector who had the wrong guy.
The Register’s Scott Martindale gets a fascinating interview with ex-Capo Unified School Superintendant James Fleming, who reflects on the creation of an “enemies list” and the aftermath for the district.
Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez is fighting obesity in Orange County one pedal at a time.
State bill that would kill the sale of the OC Fairgrounds passes overwhelmingly, with the former mayor of Costa Mesa, and now Assemblyman Alan Mansoor, voting against it. Here’s the LA Times, and the Daily Pilot.
The Register’s Frank Mickadeit takes stock of the national media that have been focusing on Costa Mesa.
Costa Mesa police release a report on the death of Huy Pham, a city worker who committed suicide just as layoff notices were circulating through City Hall.