Some Trabuco Canyon and Rancho Santa Margarita homeowners recently took to social media, shocked when their insurance companies raised prices and dropped customers following the 2018 California wildfires, leaving them scrambling to find alternative insurance options to protect their properties.
An Orange County grand jury took a look at how OC disaster alert systems work earlier this year. They weren’t impressed. County and city officials are falling behind in making the recommended improvements.
The same appeals court previously found the county’s environmental documents for the project failed to set standards for an evacuation plan; under-calculated water needs; and had an inaccurate map of protected land.
As the 1990s-era equipment becomes obsolete, county supervisors and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens have opted not to ask other companies what they could offer as a replacement for the current system. The upgrade project is expected to cost $140 million.
The personality conflicts that often bubble just under the surface on the county Board of Supervisors spilled onto the public dais Tuesday as supervisors considered plans for a controversial development in Yorba Linda.
The approval came after an organized group of residents raised a series of concerns, especially regarding fire evacuations. But the developer argued his project would act as a buffer between existing homes and a wildfire.