Last month, Anaheim City Council members thought they had killed any and all plans for a streetcar in their city. But this week, the Orange County Transportation Authority’s board made it clear that a streetcar on Harbor Boulevard is still up for discussion.
Supporters of a plan to slash City Manager Paul Emery’s signing authority on city contracts from $100,000 to $50,000 say it will increase accountability. But opponents said it shows a lack of faith in Emery and will bog down the city government.
After a spate of officer-involved shootings in 2012 that led to protests and a night of rioting, the city set up a public safety board to keep watch over the police. Today, some residents say the board is a “joke.”
In 2016, Voice of OC delved into how corporations spend to influence public policy, the ways in which politicians pull the levers of government to stay in power, and how they use their public offices for private gain.
After years as the Anaheim City Council’s underdog, Mayor Tom Tait is now leading a four-member majority that promises to focus more on community services and less on subsidies for the city’s tourism industry.
The Anaheim City Council is set to appoint Arturo N. Fierro, the father of Councilman Jordan Brandman’s campaign manager and policy aide, as city attorney. If approved, Fierro will serve as interim city attorney for six months.