Whether it’s ensuring thoughtful evacuation of riverbed homeless encampments or switching out fueling contracts at John Wayne Airport, Orange County residents are increasingly challenging their government to be accountable, often on the front pages of Voice of OC. National media leaders and foundations, looking for models of civic engagement, are looking to Orange County.
Orange County’s Democratic Chairwoman Fran Sdao argues it’s a promising time for a progressive agenda in 2018. Democrats turned out in record numbers to vote last November. For the first time in 80 years the Democratic candidate for President won in Orange County. Frustrated Democrats are now turning out in record numbers to Democratic club meetings, State Party delegate elections and to meetings/events in their communities.
Orange County GOP Chairman Fred Whitaker notes Orange County’s impact from last year, such as helping re-elect Congressman Daryl Issa, and looks forward to 2018 to races such as the bid to re-elect State Senator Janet Nguyen.
A nasty fight over a fuel contract at John Wayne Airport could get even nastier today as county supervisors engage in a last-minute agenda scramble to re-approve a contract for a low-ranked bidder amidst calls for a federal probe into the process.
Last week county work crews pushed rocks in the way of a homeless tent city near Angels Stadium between the Santa Ana riverbed and the 57 freeway, prompting public protests, an ACLU lawsuit and numerous civic actions.
ByJim Pantone, Vincent Howard, Geraldine Ly, Jerry Gans, Douglas Vanderpool |
Following a controversial column by new OCBA President, several lawyers are calling on OCBA leadership to address this controversy by formally announcing a program of mandatory bias training for its leadership and staff.
Whether it’s before the Republican Orange County Board of Supervisors or the Democratic Santa Ana City Council, the public safety debate at the local level is one characterized by a toxic mix of unchecked spending and secrecy.