The county Board of Supervisors this week approved plans to open a facility in Garden Grove that will treat patients, including children, who are experiencing mental health crisis. Scheduled to open in December, the facility will address the county’s acute shortage of psychiatric beds.
Supervisor Andrew Do says he is in “an ideal position” to lead county’s $3.4 billion healthcare plan for the county’s low-income, disabled and elderly residents as it continues to deal with past problems and confronts the promised Obamacare repeal.
A plan by Orange County supervisors to hire a former state prosecutor to be the director of the county’s Office of Independent Review has been scuttled. Supervisors apparently jumped gun on announcing the deal, and now are back to square one in their search.
Supervisors lambasted top airport officials for what they consider poor management of lucrative airport contracts for private plane services, and then rejected the staff recommendation for a big contract.
Starting next year, it will be legal to sell recreational marijuana in California. But local governments will have a lot of say in where the shops can operate, and the majority on the county Board of Supervisors seem to favor heavy restrictions.
While many challenges remain, 2016 will go down as a year in which Orange County officials finally began to address one of the county’s most shameful realities — its ever-increasing homeless population.
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.
The personality conflicts that often bubble just under the surface on the county Board of Supervisors spilled onto the public dais Tuesday as supervisors considered plans for a controversial development in Yorba Linda.
The county supervisor shot down a state-funded pilot program that would have brought social workers into the public defender’s office to help with prisoner re-entry. Elsewhere, similar programs have been found to be hugely successful.