Irvine City staff are asking questions about the future of idle portions of a proposed 125-acre veterans’ cemetery – possibly eyeing vacant parcels for commercial development. Veteran leaders are publicly worrying that an expected Tuesday vote to finalize a controversial land swap for the vets cemetery could be in doubt along with key aspects of the deal to bring a state veterans’ cemetery to Irvine.
FivePoint Holdings CEO Emile Haddad tells OC Insider Rick Reiff that he’s ready to be part of the effort kick-started by Donald Bren’s Irvine Company to woo the giant on-line retailer, Amazon, to Irvine. The discussion airs Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. on PBS SoCal and is also broadcast on KDOC, Cox and YouTube.
Orange County Supervisors keep wasting precious time with an anemic response to the homelessness explosion along the Santa Ana riverbed and downtown civic center. With Hep A outbreaks prompting action in both LA and San Diego Counties, how much longer will it take county supervisors to step up and protect public safety in Orange County?
Brea resident Marc Prushan reminds Orange County that confronting history doesn’t just happen in the deep South. As Brea celebrates its centennial year, Prushan and others are re-examining the KKK past of the namesake for William E. Fanning elementary school.
Sandra Robbie describes its importance of Mendez v. Westminster and why she produced the documentary that depicts this important case. The year 2017 marks the 70-year anniversary. Random Act of Mendez celebrates a new Hispanic heritage tradition.
Dr. Steven Viele a San Clemente resident counters arguments that the 241 Toll Road extension through San Clemente is critical to the region’s health, noting that toll roads bring innumerable negative health impacts to residents living nearby.
Following significant salary hikes granted by Orange County Supervisors to Sheriff Deputies, fueling a 33 percent increase in costs over the past decade, contract cities are now starting to publicly question whether they need to look into alternatives. OC’s biggest contract city, Mission Viejo, takes leadership on a new audit of Sheriff’s patrol services. Big questions also loom over whether city or county taxpayers own the long-term pension obligations for both Deputy Sheriff’s and Firefighters if cities bolt from current regional policing and fire protection models.
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.
Westminster resident Keith Burgoyne writes that citizens of a representative democracy have ownership responsibility for the operation of their government but government officials undermine that role when they engage in efforts to obscure information from the citizen-owners of our government.