Norberto Santana Jr., is an award-winning investigative reporter with 20 years of experience at major daily newspapers.
Before founding Voice of OC in 2009, Santana was a lead investigative reporter for the Orange County Register and spent a decade covering local governments across Southern California. His work has included exposes on Orange County public safety spending, deportation policies and misuse of funds at the San Diego Red Cross.
In addition to his experience as a journalist, the Southern California native has a master’s in Latin American Studies and has worked as an elections analyst with the National Endowment for Democracy. He also has direct experience on Internet start-ups as one of the founders of CubaNet.org, a website for dissident writers inside Cuba that has operated since 1995.
County Supervisor Andrew Do’s chief of staff, Brian Probolsky, is the latest top-level staffer to depart from the fifth floor of the Hall of Administration and take a job in the county bureaucracy, again fueling speculation about how political patronage plays a role in hiring.
Jeff Lalloway’s departure as Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s chief of staff is another window into the dysfunction that is Orange County government. It’s fitting that it comes as more records violations come to light in the jailhouse snitch case.
ACLU officials are reaching out to the City of Laguna Beach with a settlement proposal, in the form of an open letter, seeking to end a 2015 lawsuit filed on behalf of the city’s homeless living at the Laguna Beach Shelter.
Orange County residents carry the highest housing cost burden in California, according to a new state report. Local elected officials can change that by developing smart policies and engaging with the communities they serve.
In 2017, county officials have the opportunity to build on the successes of last year — notably the Courtyard shelter in downtown Santa Ana — and fashion a full-fledged, realistic policy to combat homelessness.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the nation’s leading journalism funder, has chosen Voice of OC to join a select group of nonprofit newsrooms across the country eligible for a month-long matching grant challenge.
OC Superior Court Judge Walter Schwarm this past week granted a Voice of OC motion to quash a county government interrogation demand for Publisher Norberto Santana Jr., in connection with an open records lawsuit against the County of Orange involving County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and his handcuffing of an evangelist at a Wahoos restaurant.
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine law school and one of the nation’s foremost constitutional scholars, writes that the federal probe into unconstitutional use of jail informants by county law enforcement is welcome news.