As the summer fair begins to gear up, a battle over horse stables is prompting activists to question just how the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa is governed and how the future of the fairgrounds, in terms of public uses other than the annual summer fair, will be decided.
As Orange County Fair Board members consider a Performance Auditor to look under the hood, Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr. offers a review of how the revolutionary – now virtually extinct – auditing approach worked at the County of Orange and it’s potential use on a state property.
Exposure of a quiet lobby effort by OC Fairgrounds executives to downsize community horse stables at the 150-acre state fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, prompts community questioning about whether the OC Fairgrounds needs a performance auditor in place before the July fair.
A $20 million consultant cost estimate to rebuild an equestrian center at the OC Fair and Event Center is drawing controversy and questions about a master plan for the future of the 150-acre property in the midst of Costa Mesa.
With the OC Board of Supervisors incapable of leading a regional affordable housing solution, business and civic leaders are asking whether it’s time for a regional housing agency — to manage expected state, county and private resources and actually build needed affordable and permanent-supportive housing across Orange County?
Local & Fed OC law enforcement agencies apparently target each over political investigations, prompting many to question who can be expected to regulate elected officials in Orange County. Meanwhile, south county mayors ignore the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ mandate on homelessness, insisting other cities continue to cover them on shelters. And with hundreds of millions being considered for affordable housing construction, voices are already calling for a new regional housing construction agency – independent of the Board of Supervisors.
After publicly confronting their own inability to craft a regional solution to the local homelessness crisis last week, Orange County Supervisors should face some hard questions about their own political futures. Yet instead of the usual recall talk, Orange County should think big picture…as in Part Time County Supervisors.
Homelessness, housing and traffic have replaced crime and race as chief concerns amongst the new demographic majority of residents taking root in Orange County, a new Chapman poll finds. So what do we do about it?
After freaking out residents across Orange County last week with a half-baked homeless sheltering plan aimed at Laguna Niguel, Irvine and Huntington Beach – which triggered mass protests – county supervisors this week turn to what they do best, ideology. Now it’s time to debate sanctuary city status and the federal lawsuit against the State of California.