Press Releases

July 17, 2014 
Celebrate Orange County’s 125th Birthday at the OC Fair!

Come celebrate Orange County's Quasquicentennial on Friday, August 1, when the OC Fair presents "Orange County Day" with a special ceremony honoring the county’s birth on August 1, 1889. The celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the fairground’s Hangar building. On Tuesday, August 5, a reception commemorating the very first Board of Supervisors meeting held 125 years before will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Hall of Administration.


July 9, 2014 
Installment Plan Available for Unpaid 2013-14 Property Taxes

Real property with outstanding taxes, penalties, and fees levied for FY 2013-14 that were not paid or postmarked by June 30, 2014 is now considered tax defaulted. As of July 1, those taxpayers who have defaulted on property taxes can take advantage of an installment payment plan, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, announced. The taxpayer must qualify to enter into an installment plan by meeting certain criteria.


June 2, 2014 
Public Budget Preview Scheduled for June 10

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2014-15 Recommended Budget will be previewed for the public from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, before regularly scheduled budget hearings begin before the Board of Supervisors. The preview will be held in the Hall of Administration Planning Commission Hearing Room.


June 2, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Celebrates One Year of Special Saturday Openings

The offices of Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen are celebrating a year of being open one Saturday a month, a service that has proven very popular with wedding parties and other customers. The Saturday hours are available at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and the department's branch offices in Laguna Hills and downtown Fullerton.


May 22, 2014 
OC Beaches Get Clean Bill of Health for Summer

Orange County residents aren't the only ones who’ve been working to get fit for the summer season—the coastline has been watching its waste-line too. The environmental non-profit Heal the Bay has released its annual "Beach Bummer List" ranking California’s most polluted shorelines – without a single Orange County beach listed. This year marks the first time in six years that stubborn list-dweller Poche Beach in South Orange County hasn’t appeared on the list.


May 15, 2014 
Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan Advances

OC Dana Point Harbor has received approval for its years-in-the-making Revitalization Plan from the Dana Point Planning Commission. The approval culminates 15 years of planning, hundreds of public meetings and extensive community support. "This is a huge step that will finally bring the harbor revitalization project to reality," said Supervisor Patricia Bates, who represents Dana Point Harbor.


May 14, 2014 
Property Tax Collection Rates Soar; Help Is Available for Delinquent Taxpayers

The collection rate for secured property taxes for FY 2013-14 is at 97.9%--marking the highest collection rate in the last 20 years, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, announced. Incoming receipts are $190 million or 3.9% higher than at the same time last year. For those taxpayers unable to pay their secured taxes in full, the Treasurer offers an installment payment plan for delinquent secured taxes beginning July 1, 2014.


May 12, 2014 
Orange County Unveils FY 2014-15 Balanced Budget

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2014-15 Recommended Budget has been released for review. Public budget hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11, at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. A one-hour Public Budget Preview will begin at 8 a.m. on June 10 in the Hall of Administration Planning Commission Hearing Room.


May 8, 2014 
Mike Bennett Appointed OC Agricultural Commissioner

Milton "Mike" Bennett has been appointed Orange County's Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures, effective immediately. The consolidated offices of Orange County Agricultural Commissioner and Orange County Sealer of Weights and Measures are state-mandated positions that serve upon the appointment of the Board of Supervisors to a four-year term.


May 2, 2014 
Rules Streamlined to Make It Easier for Craft Breweries to Operate

Who doesn't love an uncomplicated beer? When Anaheim asked the County for help to make the city more "brewery friendly," the County responded by agreeing to streamline inspections of craft breweries.


April 18, 2014 
Plan to Improve OC Health Available for Comment through April 30

The Orange County Health Care Agency and its partners are accepting comment on a plan to help improve the health of those who live, work and play in Orange County. The Orange County Health Improvement Plan is available for public comment through April 30, 2014.


April 7, 2014 
OC Crime Victims’ Monument Design to Be Unveiled Saturday

The public is invited to attend a program commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights Week on Saturday April 12, where the winner of the Orange County Crime Victims’ Monument Design Contest will be announced. The design competition was sponsored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks. The program begins at 10 a.m. at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.


April 2, 2014 
Property Tax Payment Deadline is Thursday April 10!

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich reminds taxpayers that the second installment of property taxes is due no later than Thursday, April 10. Payments not received by then, unless they have a United States Postal Service stamp showing a date on or before April 10, will incur a 10% late penalty fee plus a $23 fee.


March 27, 2014 
Vaccinations Recommended for Measles Outbreak

Orange County has confirmed 21 cases of measles so far this year, the most for any county in California. The Health Care Agency expects the measles outbreak will continue to spread and reminds the public that the best way to prevent this highly contagious disease is by getting vaccinated.


March 25, 2014 
Contract with Largest County Union Approved

The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to a new contract with the Orange County Employees Association, the largest union representing general County employees. All eight employee units represented by OCEA previously voted to ratify the contract.


March 13, 2014 
Thousands Take Advantage of Special Saturday Hours

More than 2,740 customers have obtained a marriage license during Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen’s special Saturday openings at the department’s offices in Santa Ana, Fullerton and Laguna Hills.


March 12, 2014 
OC Public Guardian/Asst. Public Administrator Retires

Orange County Public Guardian/Assistant Public Administrator Lucille Lyon will step down from the positions she has held since July 2011, part of a comprehensive reorganization of the two offices. Lyon will retire after nearly 38 years in the mental health field.


March 6, 2014 
Orange County Slated for $37.3 Million in New Federal Funds

Orange County is slated for a total of $37.3 million in new federal funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the next two years, on top of another $45.9 million in funds already authorized by the President and Congress. The decades-long Santa Ana River Mainstem project will receive the bulk of the funding.


February 11, 2014 
Mountain Lion Sightings Reported at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Recent mountain lion sightings at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Foothill Ranch have prompted OC Parks to step up trail monitoring and post notification signs alerting park patrons to the activity.


January 29, 2014 
Social Services Agency Deputy Elevated to Director

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Mike Ryan, Chief Deputy Director of the Social Services Agency to replace Dr. Michael Riley as the agency's new director. The appointment was made Tuesday.


January 28, 2014 
County Names Partner to Develop El Toro Property

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a comprehensive agreement with Lowe Enterprises to entitle and develop the County's 100+ acres of land at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine.


January 28, 2014 
Board of Supervisors Asks for Fire Funding Process Review

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to formally respond to a lawsuit filed by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) that seeks court validation of its plan to redirect excess tax money that the Authority claims is unneeded for fire protection.


January 28, 2014 
Chairman Nelson and Vice Chair Bates Will Serve for 2014

Board Chairman Shawn Nelson and Vice Chair Patricia Bates will remain in their leadership posts for another year, supervisors decided Tuesday.


January 23, 2014 
OC Acknowledged as National Leader in Elections

Orange County has been recognized by the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration for best practices, innovation and elections operations in a report recently presented to the White House.


January 8, 2014 
County’s Credit Rating Upgraded

A recovering local economy and "very strong" management practices led to a recent upgrade to the County's creditworthiness by national rating agency Standard & Poor's.


January 3, 2014 
Union Approves New County Contract

The Alliance of Orange County Workers, representing operations and maintenance employees, is the latest bargaining union to approve a new labor agreement with the County.


June 11, 2014 
Last Chance to Start a Payment Plan for Delinquent Property Taxes

A listing of all properties by city with delinquent taxes owed for five or more years has been published by Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, in the newspaper and online at ocgov.com/defaultedproperties. These properties may be subject to auction unless owners act now to enter into an installment plan for payment. Property owners have until June 30, 2014, to begin a Five-Year Installment Plan to pay the delinquent taxes on their properties.