Santana: Can DA Todd Spitzer and Sheriff Don Barnes Survive The Evidence Booking Scandal?

A disturbing OC Sheriff’s Department Audit of late evidence bookings finds that 30 percent of evidence booked by deputies over the last two years didn’t comply with policy. While photos and videos are the majority of late bookings, there’s also cash, drugs and guns among the items booked into evidence late, sometimes by as much as a month. The audit, kept secret until recently, raises a host of issues for Sheriff Don Barnes and District Attorney Todd Spitzer and could affect thousands of criminal cases across Orange County.

Irvine Approves Squishy Concept for $250 Million USA Water Polo Stadium at Great Park

City Council members voted but it’s ultimately homeowners in the Great Park neighborhood who will fund the stadium, estimated by the local developer at about $200 a month for each homeowner. Officials have apparently been privately discussing the plan for several years. Great Park developer, Five Point Holdings, is scheduled to come back with a plan for public review in February.