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Regional property tax rolls show signs of rebounding.

Supervisor Shawn Nelson calls on FBI to investigate homeless man’s death in Fullerton at the hands of police. Officers involved in beating return to work.

New redistricting maps set up potential showdown between U.S. Rep. Ed Royce and Gary Miller.

Marian Bergeson, former OC supervisor, state senator and assemblywoman, searches for the killer of her daughter.

OC has the most cities among comparable counties.

San Juan Capistrano cuts ties to former city manager.

Costa Mesa parents say local public employee union has hired a private detective to investigate disappearing campaign signs with an emphasis on football players tied to City Councilman Steve Mensinger.

Costa Mesa looks into outsourcing jails.

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The Orange County Supervisors Tuesday named Lucille Lyon as the county’s new public guardian, thus finally putting to bed the long-running controversy over former Public Guardian/Administrator John Williams. … But wait, there’s more.

Supervisor John Moorlach voted against appointing Lyons because someone who used to work for Williams passed her over for a job in Los Angeles County.

A long-running dispute between the Irvine Unified School District and the developer of Great Park Neighborhoods has been settled.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have saved the state’s adult day health care program.

In other news …

Two top county-employee retirement officials depart under pressure.

Supervisorial candidate Todd Spitzer makes headlines over bid to become a reserve deputy. The OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley broke the story last Friday. The OC Register followed on Tuesday with this filing.

Southern California Edison moves generator parts from their San Onofre nuclear plant near San Clemente.

Newport Beach revokes permits for drug recovery home, fueling potential lawsuits.

Costa Mesa lauded as one of state’s most walkable.

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As Santa Ana moves toward replacing longtime City Manager Dave Ream and City Attorney Joe Fletcher, it’s become clear  that Mayor Miguel Pulido is not controlling the process. What will the ultimate choices for these posts say about Pulido’s influence inside City Hall?

In other news …

State officials harrass nude sunbathers.

Top-paid city building executives across OC.

New measure to regulate marijuana moves toward the ballot.

Looking at the cost of the DA’s action against Irvine protest students.

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Local Latino and Vietnamese groups remain frustrated by what they see as a lack of public engagement by Orange County’s redistricting committee as it draws new boundaries for supervisorial districts.

There is a new face at Latino Health Access, Dolores Gonzalez-Hayes. She took time to talk with Voice of OC about why she joined the organization and what she hopes to accomplish.

In other news …

Fullerton city councilman speaks out on police beating.

OC Watchdog delves further into grand jury public salary study.

California Watch takes aim at Prime Healthcare chain and their efforts to boost Medicare patients.

Santa Ana debates future of last orange orchard.

Former President of South Vietnam has died.

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Congrats to OC Watchdog on its third birthday!

Local and federal governments’ new accounting rules on pensions.

Top paid IT directors in OC.

Newport, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach consider combining services.

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Orange County Performance Auditor Steve Danely, who earlier this year issued a highly critical report of the county’s HR department, has several new assignments.

Santa Ana still can’t get its Brown Act together.

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State prison system has lax fiscal controls.

Aliso Viejo Councilman Phil Tsunoda wants Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to share a special public safety sales tax with cities who contract with the Sheriff’s Dept.

The grand jury’s city salary probe provokes a response from Laguna Niguel officials.

San Clemente addresses issues raised by activists opposed to Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear plant.

Poche Beach clean-up debated in San Clemente.

San Clemente debates paying $1 million to keep its redevelopment agency.

Costa Mesa to consider outsourcing fire services to other jurisdictions.

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The state’s $43-billion high-speed rail program is at a political crossroads, says an influential state senator. Meanwhile, former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle announced Monday that he is resigning as chairman of the High-Speed Rail Authority.

For months there has been a behind-the-scenes battle brewing between the Irvine Unified School District and the developer of new Great Park neighborhoods over the building of schools. Now the two sides appear close to a deal to end the dispute.

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OC Supervisors consider redistricting plans.

OC Superior Court judge enjoins Costa Mesa officials from outsourcing to the private sector and enacting layoffs connected to outsourcing. Here is the OC Register’s take, and here is the Daily Pilot’s.

Costa Mesa renews consultant contracts.

OC backcountry park district battles developer over land in Silverado.

Courts reject another Chriss Street bid at redemption.

Public pension systems and others react to their robust investment returns.

Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear plant draws criticism from local activist group.

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Two years ago this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put a for-sale sign on the Orange County Fairgrounds. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown took the sign down, at least for now.

Also on Friday, the judge in the Costa Mesa outsourcing case clarified the preliminary injunction she issued earlier this month that halts any layoffs until a case brought by the Orange County Employees Association is heard.

Another lawsuit that focuses on public sector budget cutting has been filed. Advocates for adult day healthcare services filed suit against the state to prevent patients being institutionalized should the state cut the services.

And we have a rundown of what’s on the public agendas this week in Orange County.

Sarah Palin doesn’t sell well in her OC debut on Friday.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez ties the knot this past weekend.

Dana Point officials express unease over potential split by state redistricting committee.

San Clemente leaders react to losing OCTA bus service.

County gets a new Public Guardian.

New Latvian Prime Minister reaches out for OC connections at Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall.

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Judge gives Santa Ana voters another chance to decide whether they want the 37-story One Broadway Plaza built downtown.

Although the summer break is half over, a number of Orange County school districts are struggling to meet the state’s whooping cough vaccine deadline.

State confirms tax revenue projections falling short.

OC Register columnist David Whiting talks about county jails.

Ed Royce wants to hear business gripes.

OC Watchdog Teri Sforza takes on city community development directors and their paychecks.

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Will the Great Park’s status as a former military base save it from Sacramento’s redevelopment budget ax?

Capistrano Unified School District confirms kickback scandal with sports coaches.

Andre Birotte, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, announces major crackdown on gangs in Orange County. Here is the OC Register’s story. And here is the Daily Pilot’s.

President of San Diego State University gets a pay hike while raising student tuition. The Register’s data guru, Ron Campbell, includes a searchable database for story on pay at California state universities.

OC Watchdog Teri Sforza exposes top OC city parks officials earning above the $200K mark.

San Clemente debates solar power.

Costa Mesa City Council discusses city finances … five years ahead.

Newport Beach considers enacting tax on local beach physical trainers and coaches working out on the beach areas.

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After a particularly embarrassing media relations episode earlier this year, Santa Ana decided to hire a contract public information officer. His contract is not being renewed.

While they may be great at saving the world, nonprofits can sometimes have a hard time paying the rent or even getting a copier. That is where Bill Podlich and Warren Lortie and their “Shared Spaces” concept comes in.

In other news …

The Register’s Teri Sforza tackles the future of online voting.

A roundup of pay for city councils pay and parks and rec directors.

Nearly $50 million to evaluate sexual predators

Assemblywoman Diane Harkey speaking out on redistricting plans for Dana Point.

Dana Point wins $138,000 against medical pot clinics in lawsuit.

Federal authorities hold 14 Mexican nationals after their boat capsizes off the OC coast.

Longtime Democratic volunteer Marti Shrank being roasted on Thursday.

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Irvine’s Great Park has certainly had its share of fits and starts over the past decade. But park leaders say Saturday’s celebration of the openings of the North Lawn and Palm Court Arts Complex are part of a new era of tangible progress.

Type 2 diabetes rates are high in the Mexican-American community, but the reasons, says UC Irvine’s Michael Montoya, are environmental, not genetic.

In other news …

The OC Register’s Teri Sforza crunches the numbers to find out which city council in Orange County makes the most money.

Demand at LA and OC food pantries is skyrocketing.

Customers of a small water district in Santa Ana get relief thanks to Assemblyman Jose Solorio.

Costa Mesa City Council works to develop five-year financial plan.

Historic Laguna Beach Cottages are dismantled.

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Our Norberto Santana Jr. details how the $48-million tax grab that Gov. Jerry Brown executed on Orange County last week has its roots in a decision made by local officials in 2005 — and in those not made in the ensuing years.

The OC Register reports that Assemblyman Jim Silva, who was a county supervisor in 2006 when the county bankruptcy debt refinancing issue arose, questions the legislative fix proposed by Assemblyman Jose Solorio to keep the $48 million in Orange County.

Our Tracy Wood examines yet another bad report card brought home by the managers of the state’s high-speed rail program.

An appellate court has delivered what looks like the deathblow to an effort by the private company Facilities Management West to purchase the Orange County Fairgrounds. Here is our story, and here is the Daily Pilot’s take.

In other news …

Our media partner, PBS So Cal, starts construction on a new studio.

San Juan Capistrano city councilman wants to allow unloaded guns at parks.

OC Watchdog Teri Sforza takes apart Orange County water boards for their director pay and perks.

Finalists appear for Costa Mesa police chief job.

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Dr. Riba’s Health Club is open for business in Santa Ana, and it’s helping to change how we think about fighting childhood obesity.

You can add small cities to the list of those unhappy about some of the preliminary redistricting plans.

California’s high-speed rail system seems to be veering off track again as its problems continue to mount.

State Assemblyman Jose Solorio offers legislation to salvage $48-million mess in state budget for OC coffers.

OC County government pays out $2.1 million for jail death.

Costa Mesa police chief selection enters finals.

Costa Mesa mulls potential transition to county firefighters.

San Juan Capistrano and developer reach agreement on Plaza Banderas, a new hotel, restaurant and retail space.

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Is redistricting about equal representation or incumbent protection? Angry Latino leaders are saying it is the latter when it comes to Orange County.

Orange County labor leader Nick Berardino was just appointed to the Orange County Fair Board, and he is already saying that the current board has some explaining to do.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s dismantling this week of the state’s redevelopment program will be a blow to Irvine’s Great Park, but city officials must wait to find out how big a blow it will be.

In other news …

The OC Register’s beach expert, Laylan Connelly, offers a good rundown of why Doheny Beach is one of the dirtiest beaches in the nation.

Loretta Sanchez gets most of her congressional district back.

Westminster reverses its 20-year fireworks ban.

Controversial Newport-Mesa schools chief Jeffrey Hubbard returns to work. The Daily Pilot story here and the Register story here.

Judge backs controversial San Clemente pierside development.

Costa Mesa grounds its helicopter fleet.

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