We have made it to the heart of budget season …

It took two votes to do it, but Irvine passed a budget this week. The city will have to take less from its reserve accounts than officials had previously expected.

Anaheim adopted its 2011-2012 budget.

And it looks like we have a state budget.

The Register’s Brian Joseph brings us Taiwanese-style fisticuffs in the state Assembly over the redevelopment bill. Joseph was even kind enough to show us some video. (The fisticuffs start at about 5:15 or so on the tape).

In one corner, it was Rep. Donald Wagner, R-Irvine. In the other, apparently swinging away, is Warren Furutani, D-Los Angeles.

In other news …

The city of Orange officially approved a controversial development proposal that calls for one-acre estates to be built on some of the city’s last remaining open space. Opponents of the plans are already putting together a referendum.

Newport Beach lifeguards continue to get above-the-fold attention.

Air Quality Management District official earns $400K compensation package.


Since you've made it this far,

You are obviously connected to your community and value good journalism. As an independent and local nonprofit, our news is accessible to all, regardless of what they can afford. Our newsroom centers on Orange County’s civic and cultural life, not ad-driven clickbait. Our reporters hold powerful interests accountable to protect your quality of life. But it’s not free to produce. It depends on donors like you.

Join the conversation: In lieu of comments, we encourage readers to engage with us across a variety of mediums. Join our Facebook discussion. Message us via our website or staff page. Send us a secure tip. Share your thoughts in a community opinion piece.