Judge Percy Anderson removed four of the five cities being sued in the closely-watched case, and rejected the existing legal arguments against the fifth. He left open the possibility of the case being re-filed as a series of separate lawsuits against cities.
City officials will revisit a controversial apartment complex proposal in north Santa Ana that the developer has scaled down after public outcry, though nearby residents say the project is still too large and shouldn’t move forward.
The Irvine City Council, joining at least six other Orange County cities, has adopted a controversial temporary policy that potentially shuts some council members out of holding public discussions on issues that others on the dais don’t want.
The San Clemente City Council, facing a fiery public comments session during a special meeting where several of the 12 speakers expressed frustration with council inaction over the city’s contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), unanimously approved the $16.3 million contract.
Larry Cabrera’s hiring, and his later contract expansion to $50,000, were not announced by the city or placed on a public City Council agenda. He reportedly was involved in a disputed decision to reject recall paperwork against two City Council members.
The Westminster Police Department fostered a culture of bullying and retaliation for years under former police chief Ralph Ornelas, three police officers allege in separate legal claims filed against the city.