Santana: Brea’s Private Water Woes

Brea City Treasurer Rick Rios along with Brea resident activist and downtown developer Dwight Manley keep pressing uncomfortable questions about the city’s main water wholesaler, Cal Domestic Water. Their probe, which has already drawn a DA review and state sanctions over past dealings, may soon be headed to OC Superior Court.

Santana: Fishing Comes Back to Irvine Lake

A defunct but popular Orange County fishing spot comes back to life on Saturday, Aug. 17 after Supervisor Don Wagner – who is up for re-election next year, successfully leads negotiations with two neighboring water districts to re-open Irvine Lake, which has been shut down since 2016.

Santana: We Are Not Ready

This weekend’s earthquake, centered in the community of Ridgecrest, is a stark reminder that we are all behind in terms of being ready for the big quake. Voice of OC has been working on a disaster page project this summer, with the aim of providing readers with solid coverage and resources on disaster prep and response across Orange County. Help us source and fund the page.

Santana: OC Sheriff Under Fire For Illegal Takeover of Public Docks in Newport Harbor

With Memorial Day weekend signaling the unofficial start of the summer, activists are raising questions about an underused public beach and boating slips just off Bayside Drive in Newport Beach where Sheriff’s officials have illegally shut down public access. State Coastal authorities have now intervened and are working to get the public back onto the beach and boating docks established for them.

Santana: OC Sheriff Don Barnes Moves at Sloth Pace to Release Deputy Misconduct Records

Barnes, who benefited from more than $600K in campaign cash from the same OC deputy union that fought disclosure of SB 1421 police misconduct records, has put a tiny staff on the biggest public records challenge ever, likely ensuring that Orange County taxpayers – who have paid out nearly $100 million in legal payouts from Sheriff’s Department misdeeds since 1990 – remain in the dark along with any kind of potential reform.