The San Juan Capistrano City Council voted to remove its former mayor and council member, Pam Patterson, from Southern Edison’s Community Engagement Panel (CEP). The CEP is a ratepayer funded forum controlled by Edison that educates the public on nuclear waste safety issues at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).
The vote has received howls of protest from local
nuclear safety advocates and consumer watchdogs
on the grounds that it does not serve the public
Palm Lane Elementary School will become Palm Lane Charter Elementary, the first conversion school in Anaheim under the Parent Trigger Law. The new charter school, operated by New Century Charter Public Schools, will open in August 2018, as it was approved unanimously (5-0) by the Anaheim Elementary School District Board.
The California Wildlife Conservation Board awarded $522,762 in support of a priority project in Orange County, the I-5 Bridge Array Fish Passage Project on Trabuco Creek. This grant will allow CalTrout to move forward with a significant fish passage improvement project on Trabuco Creek, a major tributary to San Juan Creek in Orange County.
Todd Spitzer has been a popular vote getter as a state Assemblyman and Orange County Supervisor. Now he’s running for district attorney. Why does he want to be Orange County’s prosecutor? And what are his beefs with incumbent Tony Rackauckas? Spitzer discusses the county’s jail informant scandal and his citizen arrest at a Wahoo’s Fish Taco. He responds to critics who question whether he has the temperament and judgment to be the county’s top prosecutor.
Holly Hagler and Bob Blancato write that Congress should amend the Affordable Care Act this month to prevent a panel, called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), from being formed as a way to propose cuts in Medicare funding.
Laguna Niguel City Council Member Jerry Slusiewicz submitted his resignation from the City Council just before the start of their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. He cited safety concerns for himself and his family as the reason for resigning.
Yuvaraj Sivalingam, a policy director for Orange County’s Young Democrats, writes that Orange County political leaders need to step up and actually address the homelessness crisis instead of putting together half measures with catchy names.
Santa Ana activist and consultant Madeleine Spencer writes that community-driven, opinion editorials in the Voice of OC offer residents a unique bridge of their own making — allowing people to publicly air their own narratives about issues that could otherwise define them without their consent.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed suit against One Source Facility Solution (One Source), a janitorial subcontracting company based in Orange County, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dilip Joshi.