Voice of OC welcomes new summer interns

Voice of OC welcomes two student journalists as reporting interns this summer: Brandon Pho and Kassidy Dillon. Pho began journalism work as a student at Cal State Fullerton, where in January 2017 he joined the school’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Titan, as a news assistant. Pho went on to become the news editor, where he spoke about journalism in New York City as part of the 2018 College Media Association conference. Read Pho’s first story for Voice of OC: Border Patrol says human smuggling by boat increased in OC and So Cal. He has been recognized by the LA Press Club, the California College Media Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Veterans Cemetery Location in Irvine Still Unclear

The location of Orange County’s first veterans cemetery remains unclear after the Irvine City Council directed staff to identify a site in or around the Great Park and put the project through the planning process. Councilman Jeff Lalloway brought a motion Tuesday night to reinstate original cemetery site near the heart of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, adjacent to the Great Park. But, before it could go to a vote, Mayor Don Wagner introduced a substitute motion that directs different commissions and city staff to start studying the original site and explore other city-owned land. “Give me a site,” Wagner told Voice of OC after the meeting. “You tell me where it can be … is it a golf course (that’s slated to be built in the Great Park)?

Judge Rules Against Destructive Harmony Development in Southern California

In an important victory against sprawl, a judge has ruled against a large proposed development in Southern California. Real Parties in Interest are County of Orange, OC Flood Control District and OC Board of Supervisors. The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by public interest groups over the Harmony project, which proposed constructing 3,600 houses in habitat for endangered species, rare wetlands and crucial wildlife connectivity corridors while bringing more air pollution and traffic to the community.