The most prized object on Maria Vann's desk isn’t a framed vacation photo or favorite coffee mug – it’s a prescription bottle with a story as colorful as the bouquet of orange, artificial flowers it holds.
This tale has two main characters: a homeless man in Orange County without regular medical care who struggled for years to figure out what medication might help his heart condition, and Maria, a paralegal with the Office of the Public Defender assigned to the Homeless Outreach Court.
In baseball, a utility player is a member of the team so versatile and talented that the coach can rely on them in a pinch to fill almost any position.
As leader of his department, Registrar of Voters (ROV) Neal Kelley depends on the flexibility of in-house utility players like Anya Sarinana to help his team hit a home run when the pressure is on during election season.
Sheriff's deputies serving three Orange County cities are now carrying the drug Naloxone in patrol cars as part of a six-month pilot program - which has already saved a Stanton man from a potentially fatal overdose.
At approximately 1:45 p.m., on October 27, 2015, deputies responded to a local motel to assist Orange County Fire Authority paramedics on a possible overdose with a subject reportedly unconscious and possibly not breathing. Deputies arrived in three minutes and immediately assessed the subject found lying on the floor of his motel room. The subject's breathing was slow and shallow and a hypodermic syringe was located next to his body with a band tied around his arm.
Thomas Adams received an unusual call when he arrived to work early one morning last June that set the tone for a series of surprises that would continue through the summer:
The combination of an offshore tropical storm and high tide had caused a huge swell overnight that wreaked serious havoc on Capistrano Beach, one of 11 sites the South Coastal Operations maintenance division of OC Parks cares for. The series of massive waves had demolished portions of the sidewalk, completely sunk all of the fire pits into the sand and thrown giant rocks from the sea onto land.
Weather forecasters predict that El Niño conditions are highly likely this winter, and ocean temperatures indicate this year's El Niño could be among the strongest since 1950. The County's 320 miles of roadways, 350 miles of flood control channels, seven pump stations and five dams are managed by OC Public Works, which works all year long to ensure those facilities are working properly and are ready for heavy rain.
When the first class of recruits graduated from the OCSD Basic Academy, the population of Orange County had just topped one million and a gallon of gas cost 31 cents and a gallon of milk cost 35 cents.
That was 1965, and the training needs for Sheriff's deputies have changed as radically as the population has blossomed and as sharply as prices have increased. But the graduation celebrations for the members of this 50th anniversary class link the generations.
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