Public’s Voice silenced at Edison Community Engagement Panel

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
interest.

CalTrout awarded $1.8M to pursue restoration and fish passage projects: $717K to benefit Southern California Steelhead

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.

Reiff: DA Candidate Spitzer Sounds Off on Incumbent Rackauckas, OC Corruption, Wahoo’s

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.

Blancato and Hagler: Keep Congress in Charge of Medicare

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.

City Council Member Jerry Slusiewicz Resigns

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.