This week, the nation celebrates Sunshine Week, an annual event recognizing the need for more open government and access to public records. Here in Orange County, Voice of OC marks the holiday in court. On Tuesday, a yearlong battle to get public records about a bizarre incident – involving a county supervisor, an evangelist, a gun and handcuffs – goes to trial.
Expect a packed hall at this week’s city council meeting in Anaheim, where once again, a police shooting will dominate the agenda. Yet this week, the very structure for reviewing such incidents, the Public Safety Board, is itself up for review.
Santana challenges county supervisors to address the homeless situation on their front steps by offering the civic center’s homeless community a better transition center at a nearby abandoned bus shelter.
Santana writes that county supervisors are set to reauthorize a murky program – set up to investigate top officials’ misdeeds. Except, no one’s ever heard much about how these are done, how much they cost. And the biggest probe in recent memory, involving the County COO, seems stalled.
Amidst video game violence summits, sea lion legislation, judicial recalls, Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. notes recent grand jury report on county animal shelter is a stark reminder to electeds to stay focused on the job at hand.
County supervisors may soon be able to heighten transparency for private sector contracting at public agencies if Sacramento legislators pass a proposed law dubbed “CRONEY.” Will they seize the opportunity?