Another Orange County native, Nick first started covering local government in his mid-teens for WikiNews, before studying political science and journalism in college. After reporting for student newspapers in Egypt, New York City and Costa Mesa, he interned as an investigative producer at PBS SoCaL.
Since joining Voice of OC, Nick has written over 600 articles on numerous government issues. His investigation of the San Onofre radiation leak helped prompt a U.S. senator to demand key records, which ultimately led officials to determine that plant officials installed the faulty equipment despite knowing about key design flaws.
After an emotional and contentious debate Tuesday, council members voted 4-3 to put the districting issue to voters in June. Mayor Miguel Pulido, who opposes the measure, apparently has refused to sign the paperwork needed to put the measure on the ballot.
Orange County supervisors appear to have at least $230 million in unspent money they can use, in collaboration with other officials and community groups, to help address homelessness, a Voice of OC examination of county government finances has found.
The proposed mental health center is seen by advocates and officials as a major step toward addressing a severe shortage of mental health service options in Orange County. There was no word Tuesday on when services will start at the property.
Valentin is a longtime Santa Ana police officer and manager who has served as interim chief for the past nine months. His leadership of the police department has been supported by City Council members as well as the police officers' union.
County officials and lawyers for homeless people said they planned to work over the three-day holiday weekend to help ensure any homeless people who want motel rooms before the Tuesday deadline can quickly move into them.
The agreement, brokered by U.S. Dist. Judge David O. Carter, requires the county to provide motel rooms to those now living along the Santa Ana riverbed for at least 30 days. In return, officials can begin clearing the riverbed Tuesday morning.