Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) managers secretly lowered performance standards for a bus contractor with a history of late buses and missed trips, effectively making the contractor look better in monthly performance reports.
Nelson received $539 worth of wine from Potomac Partners, a Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm, a few weeks after he cast a deciding vote to award them a county contract. He says his approach is legal because he paid the contractors for the items out of campaign funds and will use them at an office event.
Using Santa Ana’s jail to house transgender undocumented immigrants is not the way to go for a Sanctuary City, writes Laura Kanter. Ending the city’s ICE contract is.
A February cyber attack on Orange County Transportation Authority servers resulted in the total shutdown of email, voicemail and numerous other services. Officials kept the attack secret, which could be a violation of the state’s open meetings law.
The Orange County Water District’s Board of Directors has several committees that meet outside of public view. And several of them appear to be doing so illegally, according to open government expert Terry Francke.
Garden Grove City Council at crossroads on March 22 with Council District Map requirements and the DA’s findings in the Secret Barlag Deal.
The public vote on a $17,000 bonus for City Manager David Cavazos came after questions were raised about a closed-session vote on the bonus last month.
Orange County supervisors chose a firm with connections to the higher echelons of county politics over one that finished first in a competitive bidding process and was recommended by county staff.
The Orange County Transportation Authority’s transit committee agreed with staff’s recommendation of a different contractor, Cincinnati-based First Transit, Inc., for the outsourced fixed-route bus services.
Audit report slams top county executives for allowing contracts to go to a friend of a former OC Parks deputy director and be split up to avoid scrutiny from the Board of Supervisors.