A state bill AB 1479 – up for vote on Friday – would create a fine for agencies that grossly violate California’s Public Records Act. A recent successful Voice of OC lawsuit against the County of Orange, appealing denied public records about an evangelist handcuffed by a county supervisor while armed, is a prime test case for the fine.
Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent Stefanie P. Phillips reports that students in Santa Ana have achieved a significant increase of 11.5% in graduation rates over the last seven years, surpassing the State and County average with 91.6% of the District’s high school seniors graduating with their diploma and a direct pathway to college.
Rossmoor resident Joel Block headed to the California Democratic Party Convention last weekend and writes back that an influx of new, young delegates caused close elections and experienced procedural chaos.
As homeless encampments continue to pop up in places like local libraries, civic centers and the riverbed along the 57 Freeway, a growing chorus is asking if a housing bond, similar to the popular, Measure M transportation tax, for affordable and supportive housing could spur a true continuum of homelessness care in Orange County.
Cord Bauer, co-founder of San Clemente Cares, questions the need for the new Toll Road agency plan for expanding road infrastructure into the nearly 100-year old town once marketed as the Spanish Village near the Sea.
Santa Ana resident and activist Madeleine Spencer writes that local economic development leaders and education administrative leaders need to come together to create a strong and effective pipeline for local students to achieve financial success.
Rick kicks off a new baseball season with ’90’s pitching phenom Ila Borders, only woman in modern times to win a game in professional ball. She discusses the struggles of being a sports pioneer, and the secret she hid until now. Rick also talks with Jean Hastings Ardell, Ila’s co-author on their new book, “Making My Pitch”; original Los Angeles Angel and “one-hit wonder” Dan Ardell and Whittier College professor and prolific National Anthem singer Joe Price.