Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas filed a civil lawsuit yesterday, Feb. 20, 2018, against a family of companies and their officers for failing to pay over $200,000 in prevailing wages and taxes on a project at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
Supervisor Todd Spitzer, champion for government accountability, commended Judge Geoffrey Glass of the Orange County Superior Court for upholding the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) decision to partially forfeit former County employee Carlos Bustamante’s retirement pension.
That's what U.S. District Judge David O. Carter asked at this morning's latest federal hearing in Santa Ana on the homelessness crisis in Orange County. Our reporter Nick Gerda raised his hand halfway from the audience. Judge Carter said to Gerda, “Thank you for being here.”
Carter then turned to homeless advocates and said “(Voice of OC) will solve it...the notoriety will let good people step up (and) solve it.”
The moment captured the essence of what makes Voice of OC an essential part of civic engagement in Orange County. Covering a story such as the homeless communities living in the riverbed and the surrounding community cannot be done by dropping in once a month or once a week. Indeed, our newsroom has penned nearly a dozen stories on the crisis in recent weeks.
Updates on the environmental remediation project that required the County of Orange to temporarily close a portion of the Santa Ana River Trail from Memory Lane/Garden Grove Boulevard in Orange to Taft Avenue/Ball Road in Anaheim beginning January 22.
This morning, the Public Law Center, Orange County's Pro Bono Law Firm, and our partner, The Kennedy Commission, filed a Amicus Curiae "Friend of the Court" Brief in support of the plaintiffs in Orange County Catholic Worker v. Orange County.
Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., was asked to comment on the new ownership of the Los Angeles Times. He was one of several prominent people in Southern California identified by Southern California Public Radio. "It’s a very important thing for the owner to be a person of color. The news industry is one of the least diverse industries anywhere, and that impacts coverage. And a person of color at the top understands that.