| August 30, 2011
Supervisor John Moorlach is again warning that the county government may be headed for
Anti-nuclear activists want equal time at a public debate over the San Onofre
nuclear plant, saying organizers only want to offer the podium to regulators and industry officials.
And Texas Gov. Rick Perry is
headed for OC, signaling where conservative support in California might be headed for the next year’s presidential race. — THE EDITORS
| August 29, 2011
Claudia Alvarez’s apology is not enough for Jewish leaders.
Latino Health Access offers a
door-to-door approach to health awareness.
County officials enter the final scramble to
recapture $48 million Gov. Jerry Brown snatched from them during the budget process.
Irvine Councilwoman Beth Krom draws criticism for a nearly $6,000
private reception at the Great Park.
Effort intensifies to reveal state lawmaker
State appeals court rejects
Costa Mesa claims that the city should be allowed to move forward with outsourcing plans.
New Yorker weighs in on Costa Mesa outsourcing.
David G. Sills, presiding judge for California’s 4th District Court of Appeal, dies at 73 after a long illness. — THE EDITORS
| August 29, 2011
OC Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom’s statement on the strength of county finances prompts Supervisor John Moorlach to backtrack on
predictions of bankruptcy.
Top county and labor leaders press Assembly Speaker John Perez for
relief on $48 million in vehicle license fees OC could lose.
Santa Ana City Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez
stays mum on comments from Democratic Party chair and others about her allegedly anti-Semitic statements.
Calls are also mounting for Alvarez to
step down from her City Council seat. And focus intensified on District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ general silence, given that Alvarez is a deputy district attorney.
Santa Ana downtown business tax
Irvine adopts changes to mixed-use development at Great Park. The
Register covers the contentious meeting, as did the Daily Pilot. — THE EDITORS
| August 25, 2011
Fullerton police officers getting
death threats over Kelly Thomas beating death.
Laguna Niguel opens up new $24-million City Hall built without incurring debt.
Potential congressional race between Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) starts to heat up.
Ballot initiative extending
retirement age for public sector pensions moves forward.
The latest from the
OC Weekly on the newest Costa Mesa controversy — this one on the city’s so-called “transparency rating.” The Daily Pilot’s Joe Serna also has a take. — THE EDITORS
| August 24, 2011
GOP leaders are confident that new
supervisorial districts will stay in Republican hands.
Concerns over splitting Little Saigon may prompt
lawsuit against statewide redistricting plans.
Huntington Beach and Newport Beach agree to share
OC Register columnist
Barbara Venezia takes aim at Costa Mesa City Council.
congressional candidate sentenced to prison term. — THE EDITORS
| August 23, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown might have officially nixed the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds last month, but that doesn’t mean
the scrutiny of the Fair Board is going away.
The Irvine Planning Commission has OK’d a 5,000-home development surrounding the Great Park, but the project’s builder is not happy with the
conditions attached to the approval.
Orange County gets a nearly $1-million grant to help
Opponents of a
Fullerton housing development say they have enough signatures to put approval of the development to a citywide referendum.
Two OC assemblymen — Alan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) and Jim Silva (R- Huntington Beach) — respond to calls for disclosures of their
Courts avoid central issue in
Newport Beach mayor is criticized over financial conflicts. — THE EDITORS
| August 22, 2011
A mainstay argument in the ongoing immigration debate is that immigrants — especially Latino immigrants — overburden emergency rooms. However,
the latest stats on hospitalization rates in Orange County don’t back up that argument.
OC Register analysis finds cities increasingly dipping into shrinking reserves to keep programs afloat while being choked by large public safety spending and spiraling pension obligations.
Laguna Niguel draws praise for focusing resources on first class parks and streets.
Brea faces stiff pension obligations.
Teacher pensions face problems.
Costa Mesa’s law firm over unauthorized leak of investigation into worker’s suicide. — THE EDITORS
| August 19, 2011
The number of
reported hate crimes is down. But does that mean actual hate crimes are down?
Five Years Later,
Bolsa Chica is thriving.
Three state lawmakers release
secret office budgets.
Newport Beach hires new city attorney.
Firm given contract for
Great Park. –THE EDITORS
| August 18, 2011
Hate crimes are down overall in Orange County but up slightly against African-Americans.
Fullerton mayor meets with father of
OC women lead effort to overturn state Senate districts drawn by
citizens redistricting committee.
OC supervisor draws the ire of Latino activists with her plans to add Vietnamese voters to her 1st District.
Former House Speaker
Newt Gingrich speaks in Yorba Linda.
San Juan Capistrano decides that Fourth of July fireworks are on.
Laguna Beach City Council bans smoking in an alley near Main Street.
Costa Mesa mayor criticizes OCEA General Manager Nick Berardino for sending letter to fair board colleagues asking for a citizens’ transparency task force. — THE EDITORS
| August 17, 2011
Janet Nguyen advocates for an expansion of Vietnamese voters in her district.
OC Weekly gives a detailed account of Nick Berardino, union leader and new Fair Board member, battling Fair Board Chairman Dave Ellis to establish a citizens’ transparency task force. The Daily Pilot’s Joe Serna is also covering the issue.
Safety violations at San Onofre nuclear plant. — THE EDITORS
| August 16, 2011
It’s been nearly nine months since Santa Ana City Attorney Joe Fletcher resigned. And it’s been a month since the city made an offer to its preferred candidate to replace him. But there’s
still no city attorney in Santa Ana.
However, while the city may be having a hard time filling its top jobs, the Santa Ana City Council finally
got something right when it comes to the Brown Act.
In other news …
OC Register columnist
Frank Mickadeit writes about the last days of former OC GOP Chairman Tom Fuentes.
Former House Speaker
Newt Gingrich to speak at the Nixon Library.
avoids political battles among GOP incumbents.
John Perez forms task force to review government secrecy.
Irvine 11 trial delayed.
The New York Times on
OC Weekly on Day Three of the
John Chamberlain murder trial. — THE EDITORS
| August 15, 2011
A hacker has apparently taken over the California Attorney General’s website home page.
Brian Joseph explores the Golden State’s penchant for secrecy.
California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility releases report calling on public employees to pay for half the annual costs of their pensions.
Criticism of DA
Tony Rackaukas over hiring of private trial attorney for the Toyota litigation.
Costa Mesa outsourcing plans dealt another delay because City Council neglected to follow city policies on studying outsourcing plans. The OC Register,
here. And Daily Pilot, here.
Questions raised about
Newport Beach Mayor Mike Henn’s votes on local developments and potential conflicts of interest. — THE EDITORS
| August 11, 2011
Fullerton Police Chief
takes medical leave amid calls for his resignation after the beating death of Kelly Thomas. Also, OC Register’s take.
disputes state fee for redevelopment agency.
attorney contract in Toyota lawsuit.
LA Times reports on Orange County supervisors considering adopting Laura’s Law on mental health outreach.
Newport Beach civic center project faces delays.
San Juan Capistrano mulls over new car dealership and is poised to pay redevelopment ransom to state. — THE EDITORS
| August 10, 2011
Families of mentally ill urge Orange County Supervisors to focus on their plight in the wake of the Kelly Thomas police beating death. Also, OC Register’s take.
County supervisors request
executive pay review in light of scathing audit. Also, OC Register’s take.
Santa Ana’s transgender community say they are receiving unfair treatment by police. Specifically, they say police falsely accuse transgender women of being prostitutes.
Chivas USA will not move to Santa Ana. Officials say team used possible move as a ploy to get a better deal in Los Angeles.
In other news …
David Whiting advises calm in Thomas case.
Costa Mesa releases employee compensation figures.
Irvine moves to save redevelopment agency while appealing price tag. — THE EDITORS
| August 8, 2011
Homeless man triggers sheriff’s deployment at county supervisors building after protesting the
death of Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police officers.
OC pension system gets a piece of Wachovia settlement.
OC Watchdog provides part two of the tale of DA Tony Rackauckas’ illegal gun transfer and subsequent loss of the pistol.
Costa Mesa releases records of worker who committed suicide in March. — THE EDITORS
| August 5, 2011
The ACLU says DA Tony Rackauckas
shouldn’t investigate the Kelly Thomas police beating death in Fullerton.
The OC Register is raising questions about Rackauckas’
possession of a gun.
Suddenly there are many more
Sacramento lobbyists, thanks to a new state law.
Costa Mesa releases information on
Mission Viejo set to pay $2 million to
keep redevelopment agency.
And the SEC fines former Angels star
Doug Decinces. — THE EDITORS
| August 4, 2011
Fullerton City councilwoman calls on police chief to resign over police beating death.
The Register and the LA Times cover the issue.
Costa Mesa officials
remove tree by mistake.
The Orange County Employees Retirement System
investment earnings draw attention.
Register investigative reporter Tony Saavedra details how the county retirement system made
a $228-million mistake. — THE EDITORS
| August 3, 2011
The focus on the Fullerton police beating continues to intensify as hundreds turned out Tuesday night to demand that City Council members take action. Tracy Wood filed this
dispatch for the Voice of OC. The OC Register’s Lou Ponsi also filed this story.
Santa Ana officials
suspend a nationwide search for a new city manager until November, leaving Police Chief Paul Walters in charge for now.
“National Night Out”
draws thousands across OC.
Gov. Jerry Brown
vetoes legislation that would have banned vote bounty hunters in counties.
Fired OC retirement official sues the Orange County Employees Retirement System
alleging discrimination based on her Parkinson’s disease.
And the Huntington Beach City Council
votes to pursue combining municipal services with Costa Mesa while warning they do not endorse the Costa Mesa council’s approach to labor issues.
— THE EDITORS
| August 2, 2011
Although the usual summer vacations make it a slow week in government and politics news, a number of news stories are bubbling.
In Fullerton, focus intensifies on the police department over the beating death of homeless resident Kelly Thomas.
The OC Register details how
video surveillance shows witnesses shocked over the intensity of the officers’ beating.
The paper also notes that Fullerton police officers’
morale is being affected by the community outcry over the killing.
Loretta Sanchez is happy over the citizens redistricting effort, as is the city of La Habra.
The fate of the
Crystal Cathedral remains up in the air as latest offer of $99 million from a Vietnamese pastor rolls in.
Anaheim condo complex is settting an interesting precedent: Free speech does extend to condo elections.
| August 1, 2011
Here are the top stories across the government and politics this morning.
set for June 2012 in California.
Fullerton councilwoman wants police officers involved in deadly beating of homeless man put on
OC Watchdog does the math on city managers in OC. They cost nearly
$7 million a year.
San Juan Capistrano mulls
Costa Mesa councilwoman wants colleagues to cut their
pay and benefits. — NORBERTO SANTANA JR.