Curry: Newport Beach State Gas Tax Reversal Highlights Power of Debate in Democracy

Former Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry credits city council members for voting to reverse track this month on their decision to forgo state gas tax funds. Yet it was the public and columnists like Tom Johnson and Barbara Venezia, Curry writes, that really moved the ball. Curry notes the experience underscores the need for strong public comment, debate and engagement in Orange County’s civic life.

Allen: Santa Ana Wins XQ Challenge with it’s Círculos Model

Santa Ana resident Daniel Allen writes that Santa Ana students won a contest to “Rethink High School,” which has officially been endorsed by the XQ Institute with a win of $2.5 million dollars to back the Círculos super school concept within SAUSD.

OCTA Seeks Public Input on Open Space Preserves

Public input is being sought on draft plans released this week that will guide the management of valuable wildlife and habitat on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s open space properties in the Aliso Canyon Preserve in Laguna Beach and Hayashi Preserve in Brea.