OCTA Audit Finds Problems With Software Contract

Orange County Transportation Authority staff broke a number of procedures when they awarded a software contract to Clearwater Analytics in 2012, according to an internal audit of the agency’s investment management contracts.

OC Sheriff Could Be Required to Testify on Jailhouse Informants

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens could be called to testify in a hearing later this month, which will explore whether her department attempted to cover up a jailhouse informants program by intentionally destroying or withholding key discovery documents related to the case of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.

County Budget Proposes Large Increase for Sheriff’s Department

The proposed $6.2 billion Orange County budget for the next fiscal year calls for a large increase in discretionary funds allocated to the Sheriff’s Department and comparatively tiny discretionary increases for social and health services. Public budget hearings will take place in June.

OC Supervisors Expand Immigration Detention in County Jails

The unanimous decision came after more than three dozen public commenters spoke against the expansion and none supported it. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said the expansion will bring an additional $5 million in revenue to the county without requiring more staff.