Orange County supervisors heard Tuesday from their new homeless czar, who noted both progress and gaps in the county’s effort to alleviate chronic homelessness. While showing an interest in improving services, supervisors would not make funding commitments.
The decision by the Orange County Transportation Authority board came after board members heard from riders and advocates during a public hearing Monday. Other proposed fare changes will go to a vote in October.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer wants to hire Orange County Divorce Lawyer Jeff Lalloway as a public policy advisor for the County of Orange for $190,000 a year next Tuesday. Irvine City Councilwoman Beth Krom calls it cronyism.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer is proposing the county pay Irvine Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway $190,000 to be his policy advisor, which is potentially controversial given that Irvine and the county often have opposing interests.
For years, local political leaders largely ignored Orange County’s severe shortage of psychiatric beds, which has contributed to, among other things, the current homelessness crisis. But they are beginning to direct their policymaking to the problem.
County supervisors are increasingly taking advantage of a state law that allows lobbyists and wealthy contributors to give money and in-kind donations requested by elected officials for their favored charities or government-sponsored events.
The county Board of Supervisors during a special meeting Tuesday challenged Santa Ana leaders to decide before Election Day whether they will join with the county in an effort to address the homelessness crisis at the downtown Civic Center.