Santa Ana City Council Approves Controversial Apartments Project in Park Santiago Neighborhood

A much-disputed apartment complex is moving forward in north Santa Ana, after two years of uncertainty and protests by nearby homeowners who say the project is too large for the surrounding neighborhood. The proposed apartments at 2525 N. Main St. – located in the city’s Park Santiago neighborhood – were authorized to proceed by City Council members in a 4-3 vote at their Tuesday meeting, after much downsizing by developer Ryan Ogulnick’s company Vineyards Development Corp. Council members Ceci Iglesias, David Penaloza, Jose Solorio and Vicente Sarmiento voted in support of the project. Council members Juan Villegas, newly-elected Phil Bacerra, and Mayor Miguel Pulido opposed the project.

Newport to Consider New Bridge and Recreation Area Options Near Sunset Ridge Park

Editors’ Note: This dispatch is part of the Voice of OC Youth Media program, working with student journalists to cover public policy issues across Orange County. If you would like to submit your own student media project related to Orange County civics or if you have any response to this work, contact Digital Editor Sonya Quick at squick@voiceofoc.org. The Newport Beach City Council on Nov. 19 will discuss possible uses for a future recreational area at West Coast Highway and Superior Avenue, potentially including a dog park. Also under consideration will be plans to build an estimated $2.6 million pedestrian and bicycle bridge across Superior Avenue, connecting Sunset Ridge Park to the recreation area under discussion.

Newport Beach Set to Consider Water Rate Hike

Editors’ Note: This dispatch is part of the Voice of OC Youth Media program, working with student journalists to cover public policy issues across Orange County. If you would like to submit your own student media project related to Orange County civics or if you have any response to this work, contact Digital Editor Sonya Quick at squick@voiceofoc.org. The Newport Beach City Council Nov. 19 will consider an initial 7.4% water rate hike, which, if approved, is expected to generate about $1 million in fiscal year 2020. According to a staff report, a recent water rate study found that without the rate increase, the city’s water enterprise fund’s “reserve balances would dip below the minimum target over the next few years.” The funds generated from the water increase would go toward the rising cost of purchasing and pumping water, operational expenses and replacement of aging infrastructure.

Anaheim to Vote on New Public Utilities Facilities

Editors’ Note: This dispatch is part of the Voice of OC Youth Media program, working with student journalists to cover public policy issues across Orange County. If you would like to submit your own student media project related to Orange County civics or if you have any response to this work, contact Digital Editor Sonya Quick at squick@voiceofoc.org. Anaheim City Council members on Tuesday are expected to consider authorizing construction of two new buildings for the city’s public utility, at a total cost of $13 million. The deal is for Los Angeles-based firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, Inc., to design a utilities crew quarters building along with a $2.2 million sustainability education center. The construction of the two buildings is estimated to cost a total of $13 million.

Blizzard’s Apology Fails to Appease Protesters in Anaheim

Despite Blizzard’s apology for punishing a video game tournament player who expressed support for Hong Kong protesters, many protesters outside the Anaheim Convention Center and online continued to criticize the gaming company for its lack of action and sincerity.