Irvine-based 5 Bars Communities won contracts with at least three Orange County cities, saying it could protect them from impacts of state legislation taking away city power to say where wireless transmitters are installed. Lake Forest may opt Nov. 7 to handle the issue itself.
Mission Viejo could move from at-large elections to district elections after a voting rights attorney sent a demand letter warning the city it is violating state law because the current voting system disenfranchises minorities from getting elected.
All 13 Orange County cities that contract with the Sheriff’s department will conduct a joint study on how to curb the rising costs for police services after some cities worried about spending nearly half of their budget on sheriff’s services.
Mission Viejo’s Mayor Pro Tem Ed Sachs told a city council meeting it could be time for south county cities to form their own police force due to the rising costs of contracting with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Mike Robbins, who works with the Anaheim Poverty task force, writes that Mission Viejo leaders should avoid adopting harsh anti-homeless ordinances urging civic leaders to help, rather than harass, those who have fallen on hard times.
The camping ordinance is a revision of the city’s previous camping law, which only addressed sleeping in cars, campers, recreational vehicles and trailers. The new ordinance applies to individuals sleeping anywhere on public property in the city.