Universities More Rigorously Reporting Sexual Assaults on Campuses

The number of sexual assault cases reported on college campuses in Orange County has risen over the last three years. Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton, have seen double the number of incidents reported while University of California, Irvine, numbers fluctuated over that period. 

Tustin Residents Will Get to Vote on City Council Pay

Tustin voters will have the chance next year to approve a monthly salary for City Council members. 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 council has unanimously voted to add to the November 2020 ballot the question whether councilmembers should receive a $600 monthly salary. If approved, the compensation would not take effect until December 2022.

Habitat for Humanity to Build Three Duplexes in Stanton

Stanton will sell the property at Cerritos and Flower avenues, currently a free public parking lot, to the nonprofit for $210,000, according to a city staff report. The fair market value of the land is $570,000, the report said.

Laguna Beach Working with Neighboring Cities to Share Wildfire Safety Resources

Laguna Beach is teaming up with Irvine and Newport Beach to increase wildfire safety. 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 agreement, proposed by the Laguna Beach Wildfire Mitigation and Fire Safety Subcommittee, will authorize sharing of emergency management personnel, facilities, operational functions, and technology during significant events. Laguna Beach currently has no alternate emergency operations center outside the city.

Improved Credit Rating Impacts Placentia’s Financing of Projects

Placentia’s upgraded credit rating is having an immediate impact on city projects, including the financing of $1.8 million for new fire apparatus, city officials say. 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. In November, S&P Global ratcheted up the city’s rating by three notches to BBB+, a move that enables Placentia to get better financing rates. “Our credit rating had not been looked at for six years, so this is a really big deal for the city.