Wylie Aitken, a prominent local attorney, chairman for the Chapman University Board of Trustees and the Voice of OC Board of Directors, writes about his experience watching this year’s political hit mail in Anaheim’s mayoral and city council races, raising questions about the impact on local civic life.
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.
Rigo Rodríguez, who is a Governing Board Member for the Santa Ana Unified School District, questions implementation of a district plan to shift 25 of 38 District Security Officers (DSOs) from their middle schools and high schools to other sites, urging cooperation, just as labor leaders meet today with school district officials on the shift.
Two new members are inducted to the beautiful Walk of Honor at Heroes Hall Museum at the Orange County Fairgrounds. In addition, a plaque will be erected to honor those killed in 1965 when U.S. Air Force C-135 aircraft crashed into Loma Ridge after leaving El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
Rick kicks off a new baseball season with ’90’s pitching phenom Ila Borders, only woman in modern times to win a game in professional ball. She discusses the struggles of being a sports pioneer, and the secret she hid until now. Rick also talks with Jean Hastings Ardell, Ila’s co-author on their new book, “Making My Pitch”; original Los Angeles Angel and “one-hit wonder” Dan Ardell and Whittier College professor and prolific National Anthem singer Joe Price.
University of California, Irvine criminologist Charis Kubrin and retired Anaheim police captain Joe Vargas discuss and debate the uptick in crime rates and the causes. They examine the impacts of gangs, immigration and sanctuary cities, and problems with prisoner rehabilitation programs.
Yorba Linda resident Bob Kanne challenges county supervisors on the latest plan before them on Tuesday for developing the Esperanza Hills tract, questioning whether only one road access in the plan adequately covers public safety needs. Kanne argues Tuesday’s vote will be a good indicator of whether county supervisors have absorbed lessons learned from the 2008 Freeway Complex Fire.
Santa Ana has only one full-service public library to serve over 330,000 residents. Marytza Rubio writes there are no general interest bookstores in her city — compared to over 50 bars and liquor stores, 20 marijuana dispensaries, and at least 4 fancy sneaker shops.
Clara Turner argues it’s time to put a measure on the ballot in Santa Ana proposing district-based elections in place of the city’s current system, in which city council members are elected at-large (voted upon by the entire city) but must live in a specific district.