With the first wave of President Donald Trump’s long-promised crackdown on immigration arriving this week, immigrant advocates in Orange County are scrambling to mobilize on behalf of the many county residents who could be impacted by the directives.
A years-long battle between Anaheim City Council members over the salary of Mayor Tom Tait’s policy aide flared again Tuesday night, with the mayor pushing through a proposal to make the position full time and include a significant pay bump.
Dubbed OC Bus 360, the program was a response to a 30-percent decline in ridership from 2008 to 2014. But early indications are that the declines are continuing despite the program, according to a preliminary report presented to the Orange County Transportation Authority board.
City council members Tuesday did away with the policy, which had been in place for more than a decade, in response to a spate of ethics complaints filed against city officials in the run-up to last year’s election.
The state Fair Political Practices Commission is fining the campaign committee behind a ballot measure for a county ethics commission because it failed to disclose funding of a robocall call featuring Supervisor Todd Spitzer.
While a number of cities across California have loudly declared themselves sanctuaries from federal immigration authorities, in Anaheim — which is more than half Latino — officials are approaching the issue with caution.
At a recent meeting, city council members made tweaks to the city’s ban on short-term rentals that were largely in response to lawsuits filed by operators and hosting platforms. Some residents say they felt blindsided by the changes.