It’s not the first time the board members took a stance against masks — last year they made national headlines when they recommended schools reopen without any pandemic safety measures.
Both major parties are rebuking the comments from last week’s county supervisors’ meeting, where in-person public speakers have become increasingly hostile towards chairman Andrew Do and others.
A set of debates up and down Orange County’s scenic coast has residents questioning whether ideas about public coastal access only have the wealthy in mind.
Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery said the city needs to use some of the land to build homes if the city is to meet the state’s housing goals, while conservationists want no development on the land.
After two property owners complain, city council members directed staff to work with the trash company to create a billing dispute process.
OC supervisors continue fighting efforts to allow for remote public comments as COVID-19 cases surge around the county. It’s drawn criticism from the ACLU and the First Amendment Coalition.
Cities across the county have grappled with how to fill an empty seat on the dais in recent years — sparking debates over a special election or an appointment to fill the vacancy.
The state is leaving it to cities and counties to decide whether or not resident oversight commissions will be reviewing the massive new spending.
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