Santana: California Publishers Gear Up for Battle Over Public Records Access

Today, Voice of OC leads a media coalition in Orange County appearing before Superior Court Judge Nathan Scott to oppose a deputy sheriff union request to block public access to police misconduct records. While State Attorney General Javier Becerra and local elected officials have largely given way to local police unions fighting against the implementation of SB1421, this week news publishers from across the state attending the California News Publishers Association capital conference in Sacramento reasserted their strong support for the myriad of public records lawsuits being waged across the state as a media coalition.

Santana: The Battle for OC in 2020 Shifts Early Into High Gear

The battle for the 2020 election in Orange County kicked off this month with both Democratic and Republican central committees electing new officers and debating new directions for both parties. Democrats are pondering whether they can sustain the Blue Wave while Republicans debate new get-out-the–vote dynamics such as ballot harvesting as well as public engagement strategies. The first real poll on both parties comes back in March with a heated special election for Third District County Supervisor, with both parties fielding high profile names in the race. Today is the filing deadline for candidates.

Santana: Santa Ana City Manager In Play Again

Santa Ana city council members have gone through five city managers in two years. The latest, City Manager Raul Godinez II, finds his future at city hall in play with just a little over a year in the job. City council members met this past Friday in secret session to discuss his severance, the latest in top executive severance agreements – which could soon collectively reach near the million dollar mark for Santa Ana taxpayers.