San Juan Capistrano cuts ties to former city manager.
Costa Mesa parents say local public employee union has hired a private detective to investigate disappearing campaign signs with an emphasis on football players tied to City Councilman Steve Mensinger.
The Orange County Supervisors Tuesday named Lucille Lyon as the county’s new public guardian, thus finally putting to bed the long-running controversy over former Public Guardian/Administrator John Williams. … But wait, there’s more.
Supervisor John Moorlach voted against appointing Lyons because someone who used to work for Williams passed her over for a job in Los Angeles County.
A long-running dispute between the Irvine Unified School District and the developer of Great Park Neighborhoods has been settled.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have saved the state’s adult day health care program.
Supervisorial candidate Todd Spitzer makes headlines over bid to become a reserve deputy. The OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley broke the story last Friday. The OC Register followed on Tuesday with this filing.
As Santa Ana moves toward replacing longtime City Manager Dave Ream and City Attorney Joe Fletcher, it’s become clear that Mayor Miguel Pulido is not controlling the process. What will the ultimate choices for these posts say about Pulido’s influence inside City Hall?
Orange County supervisors got a first look Tuesday at new district maps drawn by their aides, and at the behest of Supervisor Janet Nguyen, they sent the 1st District back to the drawing board because it breaks up the Vietnamese community.
The state’s $43-billion high-speed rail program is at a political crossroads, says an influential state senator. Meanwhile, former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle announced Monday that he is resigning as chairman of the High-Speed Rail Authority.
For months there has been a behind-the-scenes battle brewing between the Irvine Unified School District and the developer of new Great Park neighborhoods over the building of schools. Now the two sides appear close to a deal to end the dispute.
OC Superior Court judge enjoins Costa Mesa officials from outsourcing to the private sector and enacting layoffs connected to outsourcing. Here is the OC Register’s take, and here is the Daily Pilot’s.
Also on Friday, the judge in the Costa Mesa outsourcing case clarified the preliminary injunction she issued earlier this month that halts any layoffs until a case brought by the Orange County Employees Association is heard.
Another lawsuit that focuses on public sector budget cutting has been filed. Advocates for adult day healthcare services filed suit against the state to prevent patients being institutionalized should the state cut the services.
And we have a rundown of what’s on the public agendas this week in Orange County.
Sarah Palin doesn’t sell well in her OC debut on Friday.
Andre Birotte, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, announces major crackdown on gangs in Orange County. Here is the OC Register’s story. And here is the Daily Pilot’s.
President of San Diego State University gets a pay hike while raising student tuition. The Register’s data guru, Ron Campbell, includes a searchable database for story on pay at California state universities.
After a particularly embarrassing media relations episode earlier this year, Santa Ana decided to hire a contract public information officer. His contract is not being renewed.
While they may be great at saving the world, nonprofits can sometimes have a hard time paying the rent or even getting a copier. That is where Bill Podlich and Warren Lortie and their “Shared Spaces” concept comes in.
In other news …
The Register’s Teri Sforza tackles the future of online voting.
Irvine’s Great Park has certainly had its share of fits and starts over the past decade. But park leaders say Saturday’s celebration of the openings of the North Lawn and Palm Court Arts Complex are part of a new era of tangible progress.
Type 2 diabetes rates are high in the Mexican-American community, but the reasons, says UC Irvine’s Michael Montoya, are environmental, not genetic.
In other news …
The OC Register’s Teri Sforza crunches the numbers to find out which city council in Orange County makes the most money.
Our Tracy Wood caught up to Orange County Transportation Authority CEO Will Kempton to talk about the critical report on high-speed rail that he and other members of the project’s Peer Review Group just released.
Our Norberto Santana Jr. details how the $48-million tax grab that Gov. Jerry Brown executed on Orange County last week has its roots in a decision made by local officials in 2005 — and in those not made in the ensuing years.
The OC Register reports that Assemblyman Jim Silva, who was a county supervisor in 2006 when the county bankruptcy debt refinancing issue arose, questions the legislative fix proposed by Assemblyman Jose Solorio to keep the $48 million in Orange County.
Our Tracy Wood examines yet another bad report card brought home by the managers of the state’s high-speed rail program.
An appellate court has delivered what looks like the deathblow to an effort by the private company Facilities Management West to purchase the Orange County Fairgrounds. Here is our story, and here is the Daily Pilot’s take.
In other news …
Our media partner, PBS So Cal, starts construction on a new studio.
The Morning Report leads off today with the Costa Mesa city employees’ day in court.
An OC Superior Court judge put a temporary halt on the Costa Mesa layoffs, a ruling that the employees called a victory in their fight against the city’s outsourcing plan. City officials, meanwhile, say the ruling only delays possible moves that they were going to wait to make anyway.