A sampling of the latest politics and government news in Orange County:

Voice of OC’s Tracy Wood examines battles being waged in the city of Orange and Fullerton over some of North Orange County’s last remaining open space. Both city councils are poised to approve developments, but community groups are fighting hard against them.

Our Adam Elmahrek reports on Irvine City Council passing a prevailing wage law along partisan lines.

Obama’s long form birth certificate is released and Laguna Niguel attorney Orly Taitz has a new conspiracy theory. The Register’s Marty Wiskcol has the write up at Total Buzz.

Michael Gardner of the San Diego Union-Tribune writing on the California Project with the OC Register and Voice of OC board member Daniel Weintraub has a good take on the state’s special funds, which hold more than $8 billion in revenues.

The Register’s Terry Sforza has a fascinating look at the state’s top-paid cemetery district executives. And guess what? OC tops the list.

Also in the Register is a Jon Lanser report on the 73 toll road. The road was supposed to pay for itself is now six years further in debt.

The Register’s Claudia Koerner has an interesting profile of Laguna Beach Republican Fred Karger, who is running for president.

Dana Point heads to court in beach access battle.

Rancho Santa Margarita city council mulls appointing for a vacant council seat.


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