Brea Planners Weighing Workforce Apartment Complex

Planning officials are considering a proposal to build high-density workforce apartments in an industrial zone in downtown Brea, reserving a portion of those units for those who work in the city and offering more affordable housing. 

OC Deputy Sheriff Inmate Shackling Policy Draws Public Protests

On Sunday, a host of community members came out to the Theo Lacy jail facility in Orange to support judicial restraint of a new policy by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes to  shackle inmates while they are transported to court and while they await court hearings in holding cells. Sheriff Barnes appealed the decision, arguing restraints are safer for inmates being transported to court. An appellate court decision is expected next month.

Irvine to Enact Stricter Smoking Regulations

Irvine City Council members are expected to tighten smoking laws to prohibit smoking in all public areas and regulate e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and marijuana products.

OC Disaster Alert System Lags

An Orange County grand jury took a look at how OC disaster alert systems work earlier this year. They weren’t impressed. County and city officials are falling behind in making the recommended improvements.