As the summer fair begins to gear up, a battle over horse stables is prompting activists to question just how the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa is governed and how the future of the fairgrounds, in terms of public uses other than the annual summer fair, will be decided.
As Orange County Fair Board members consider a Performance Auditor to look under the hood, Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr. offers a review of how the revolutionary – now virtually extinct – auditing approach worked at the County of Orange and it’s potential use on a state property.
Local & Fed OC law enforcement agencies apparently target each over political investigations, prompting many to question who can be expected to regulate elected officials in Orange County. Meanwhile, south county mayors ignore the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ mandate on homelessness, insisting other cities continue to cover them on shelters. And with hundreds of millions being considered for affordable housing construction, voices are already calling for a new regional housing construction agency – independent of the Board of Supervisors.
After publicly confronting their own inability to craft a regional solution to the local homelessness crisis last week, Orange County Supervisors should face some hard questions about their own political futures. Yet instead of the usual recall talk, Orange County should think big picture…as in Part Time County Supervisors.
Today as many enjoy a day off thanks to President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. reflects on Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – a short, 272-word Oped that changed the meaning of freedom and offers a challenge to all of us to stay involved in our civic life.
Orange County Democrats confront an odd situation this Saturday in San Juan Capistrano, pondering at their pre-endorsement caucuses whether it’s better to let a host of untested candidates battle it out through June or quickly crown official challengers against a series of Republican incumbents for four key congressional races this fall.
Voice of OC enters 2018 in a strong position financially after readers responded overwhelmingly to our annual year-end online fundraiser, helped this year by a special national matching grant program, called NewsMatch.