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OCTA Reaches Major Milestone in Preserving O.C. Wilderness
EIR and conservation plan OK’d for seven properties that help offset impacts of 13 freeway projects
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors on Monday unanimously approved a conservation plan that ensures more than 1,300 acres of wilderness will remain preserved and forever protected from development. The approval of the environmental documents related to the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program marks a major milestone in efforts to protect natural habitat and rare animal and plant species in Orange County. The certification of the final conservation plans, known as the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan and the associated Environmental Impact Report, is the culmination of a nearly 10-year effort that involved OCTA staff working closely with members of the public, environmental and community groups, and state and federal wildlife officials. “Today is a landmark day for Orange County that demonstrates we can move forward on improving our freeways and transportation system while at the same time protecting the environment that makes our county such a special place to live,” said OCTA Chair Lori Donchak.
Should the Newport Beach City Council condemn campaign signs used in the 2016 election with racial overtones and communicate in the strongest possible way that such tactics are out of place in Newport Beach and will not be tolerated?
Scammers promising green cards and low-cost legal services to immigrants are likely to proliferate in the coming months along with mounting worries that President-elect Donald Trump will turn his anti-immigrant rhetoric into action.
This week as we say goodbye to the iconic Caribbean tyrant Fidel Castro, we must remember that every day, even in a democracy, we all have to fight public officials who threaten our basic rights and freedoms.
ByHAROLD PIERCE And STEPHANIE INNES of The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative |
Estimates of valley fever cases recorded by local, state and federal agencies vary so widely that they call into question the accuracy of the figures released to the public, a Center for Health Journalism Collaborative investigation has found.
The 4th District Court of Appeal unanimously supported the 2015 ruling by Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals that removed District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ team from the case after evidence violations involving jailhouse informants.