Press Releases

July 26, 2016 
Supervisors Honor 30-Year Promise to Dissolve Taxing Districts

Orange County supervisors formally dissolved eight special taxing districts in South Orange County on Tuesday and ordered $4.3 million in property owner tax credits, ranging from $49.84 to $3,664.01 per parcel. The districts were formed between 1986 and 1988 to cover the costs of building public facilities and improvements.


July 7, 2016 
New Board Will Oversee County’s CalOptima Health System

A new Board of Directors will meet next month to oversee CalOptima, Orange County's comprehensive health system for low-income residents, after being selected by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. CalOptima contracts with the State of California to administer the $3.3 billion health plan for nearly 800,000 people in Orange County, or nearly one in four of Orange County’s 3.1 million residents.


July 6, 2016 
Orange County Mourns Passing of Former Supervisor Marian Bergeson

County officials mourned the passing of former Supervisor Marian Bergeson, who was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1994 after a prestigious career in the state Legislature. Mrs. Bergeson left the Board in November 1996 after being appointed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson to serve as California's Secretary of Education.


June 29, 2016 
Supervisors Support Whole Person Care Application

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the County's application to the State Department of Health Care Services for a pilot program to ensure a more holistic approach to targeting the impacts of homelessness, and promoting mental and physical wellness. If Orange County is selected, a total of $23.5 million would be spent over the course of the five-year program.


June 23, 2016 
Clerk-Recorder Announces Conservation Project and Online Archives Catalog

Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen is pleased to announce two exciting enhancements at the Orange County Archives: An extensive conservation project to repair, clean, de-acidify, encapsulate and re-bind property indexes from 1889-1953 and the launch of an online catalog to search Archives collections.


June 21, 2016 
10-12 Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils Discovered at County Landfill

How did ancient sperm whale fossils wind up at an elevation of 1,272 feet? That's what paleontologists explained at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine, where a recent fossil find was unveiled with more than 20 sizable pieces, including teeth weighing at least one pound, a flipper bone and portions of jaw and skull bones from a sperm whale dating back 10-12 million years.


June 3, 2016 
County Welcomes New Chief of Human Resource Services

Brenda Diederichs, formerly with the City of Riverside, begins her new assignment today as the County's Chief Human Resources Officer. Diederichs brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience to the County. An attorney specializing in employment and labor law, she served for the past two years as Human Resources Director for the city of Riverside.


May 27, 2016 
Supervisors Approve Plan to Complete OC Bike Loop

Orange County supervisors have approved a seven-year plan to complete the 66-mile OC Loop, a recreational bikeway and trail system that will allow continuous access along the Coyote Creek-San Gabriel River Trails, the Pacific Coast Highway Corridor, the Santa Ana River Trail and the Union Pacific Right of Way Corridor.


May 25, 2016 
OC Health Care Agency’s Public Health Services Achieves National Accreditation

The County of Orange Health Care Agency's Public Health Services division has been awarded five-year national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board following a rigorous peer-review assessment process. HCA’s Public Health Services now joins a handful of health departments in California to reach this milestone, which demonstrates its capacity to meet the highest standards in providing services to Orange County residents.


May 19, 2016 
Special Workshop Set June 10 to Forecast County Finances

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will convene a special meeting on Friday, June 10, at 9 a.m. for a public workshop to discuss the County's strategic financial plan and evaluate County finances beyond the coming fiscal year. "As we look toward adopting a new Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget in June, it makes sense to discuss some additional forecasting so we have a better sense of what longer-range resources will be available," Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said.


May 9, 2016 
Orange County Unveils FY 2016-17 Recommended Budget

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2016-17 Recommended Budget has been released for review by the Board of Supervisors and the public. Budget hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, and if needed on Wednesday, June 15, at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. The final budget vote is scheduled for June 28, 2016.


April 26, 2016 
Trash Importation Approvals Assure Final Debt Repayment

Unanimous city approvals of agreements to allow continued acceptance of out-of-county trash through 2025 at local landfills will provide the revenue needed to fully repay the remaining creditors from the County's 1994 bankruptcy. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the pact on Tuesday.


April 12, 2016 
Design-Builder, Land Swap Approved for New OC Animal Shelter

The Board of Supervisors selected a designer-builder and took other actions Tuesday to fast-track construction beginning in July on a new $35 million Orange County Animal Shelter to be built on 10 acres of land at the former Tustin Marine base.


March 16, 2016 
Request for Qualifications Issued for Harbor Revitalization

The County of Orange has formally issued a request for real-estate development companies and/or teams to provide Statements of Qualification detailing their ability and interest in forming a partnership with the County to revitalize Dana Point Harbor.


March 15, 2016 
County Prevails in Court Appeal over Use of Fire Funds

A plan by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) to allow revenues received for fire protection to be used for any purpose has been struck down by the state Court of Appeal, which upheld a County challenge to the proposal.


March 10, 2016 
Supervisors Seek Public Input to Improve Mental Health Services

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett and Supervisor Andrew Do will hold a public hearing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016, to take testimony from the community on the County's mental health system.


March 1, 2016 
County of Orange Selected to Attend National “Stepping Up” Summit

The County of Orange has been selected following a highly competitive process to participate in the National "Stepping Up" Summit aimed at reducing the prevalence of individuals with mental illnesses in jail, to be held in April in Washington DC.


February 17, 2016 
Supervisors Will Discuss Potential for New 20-Year Civic Center Master Plan

An ambitious 20-year master plan that proposes to revamp and reorganize County government services within the Orange County Civic Center in Santa Ana will be presented for review on Tuesday, February 23, during a special study session before the Board of Supervisors.


February 5, 2016 
Clerk-Recorder to Offer Valentine's Day Marriage Ceremonies

For those looking to tie the knot on Valentine's Day, look no further. To accommodate couples, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen will be opening the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana on this Valentine’s Day from 9 am to 2 pm to perform marriage ceremonies only, even though the special day falls on a Sunday.


February 3, 2016 
Comprehensive Financial Accounting Report (CAFR) and OC Citizens’ Report Released

The Orange County Auditor-Controller released the Comprehensive Financial Accounting Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2014-15 and the OC Citizens' report, a companion piece written in non-technical language. According to Auditor-Controller Eric H. Woolery, "Orange County had a good fiscal year 2014-15, revenues were up, expenses were down, but the talk of the town is the new line item on the financial statements, the Net Pension Liability or NPL."


January 31, 2016 
Santa Ana Transit Terminal Open to Homeless During Storm

Eighty homeless individuals were housed Saturday evening at the Santa Ana Transit Terminal during Saturday evening rains, the first activation of the temporary shelter since its use was approved Friday by the Board of Supervisors.


January 30, 2016 
Board of Supervisors Praises Capture of All Three OC Jail Escapees

Representatives of the Orange County Board of Supervisors joined Sheriff Sandra Hutchens today as the Sheriff's Department announced the capture of escaped inmates Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu by the San Francisco Police Department. With these arrests, all three inmates that escaped from the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana are now in custody.


January 29, 2016 
Supervisors Approve Temporary Shelter for Homeless during Rains

A plan to provide emergency shelter beds for the homeless during El Niño rainstorms at the unused Santa Ana Transit Terminal was approved Friday by the Board of Supervisors in a special meeting held so the beds could be prepared before expected weekend rain.


January 27, 2016 
County of Orange Reports First Influenza-Related Death

The County of Orange Health Care Agency has confirmed Orange County's first influenza-related death in a person under 65 this season. The Public Health laboratory confirmed that the 50 year-old male, who was a resident of Westminster, was infected with influenza B virus.


January 27, 2016 
Federal Officials Approve Use of Transit Hub to Shelter Homeless

A plan to shelter the homeless during El Niño rainstorms at the unused Santa Ana Transit Terminal in the Orange County Civic Center has been approved on an interim basis through June by the Federal Transit Administration. The approval was delivered by letter today, two days after the Orange County Transportation Authority made the request on behalf of the County. The County opened escrow last month to buy the property from OCTA; a proposed lease for the interim use was sent last week to OCTA and required federal approval.


January 26, 2016 
Supervisors Increase Reward for Information on Jail Escapees

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved increasing the reward for information leading to the apprehension of three escaped inmates from the Orange County Men's Central Jail to a total of $200,000. Board members unanimously approved adding up to $50,000 each for information leading to the capture of inmates Hossein Nayeri, 37; Jonathan Tieu, 20; and Bac Duong, 43, who escaped from the jail sometime on Friday, January 22, 2016.


January 25, 2016 
New Property Owner? Check Online to See if You Owe Taxes

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich encourages all new property owners to visit ocgov.com/octaxbill to take advantage of multiple online resources to ensure that all secured property taxes have been paid. Don't be in doubt—check online! It’s quick and simple.


January 22, 2016 
County Seeks Restitution from Former Employee Sentenced for Crimes

The County of Orange formally asked a judge Friday to order former employee Carlos Bustamante to pay restitution as part of his sentencing for multiple crimes committed while he was an employee.


January 14, 2016 
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Elected 2016 Board Chairwoman

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, has been chosen unanimously by her colleagues to serve as chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors for 2016. She was the Board's vice chair in 2015. Supervisor Michelle Steel, Second District, will serve as the Board's new vice chair for 2016.


January 12, 2016 
New Online Services Available for Property Taxpayers

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich encourages all property taxpayers to visit ocgov.com/octaxbill to take advantage of multiple resources for current or previous owners of real property, boats, aircraft, or business property and equipment. The online information identifies property tax balances and provides copies of tax bills, a link to a GIS map, information on Mello-Roos assessments, penalty cancellation request forms, change of address forms and other services.


January 12, 2016 
Supervisors Applaud Mutual Aid for San Bernardino County

Orange County supervisors thanked Health Care Agency employees Tuesday for providing assistance to County of San Bernardino colleagues in the aftermath of the December 2, 2015, mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 dead and 22 wounded. Nineteen County of Orange behavioral health professionals provided crisis counseling and training services between December 15 and 17.


April 12, 2016 
3,600 Orange County Food Establishments Receive Awards of Excellence

The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) has issued the 2016 Award of Excellence to 3,630 Orange County food facilities to recognize local businesses for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2015.


June 10, 2016 
County Efforts Continue to Target Worker’s Compensation Fraud

An ongoing effort by the County of Orange to target suspected instances of worker's compensation fraud resulted in the arrest this week of a man who claimed to have been disabled after an on-the-job vehicle accident.


June 28, 2016 
County Wins 10 NACo Achievement Awards

Ten County of Orange programs earned 2016 Achievement Awards by the National Association of Counties (NACo). "We are proud of our employees who strive to think with foresight, innovation and vision when creating solution-oriented County programs for delivering excellent quality services to Orange County residents," said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District.


July 12, 2016 
New Public Defender Sharon Petrosino Earns Final Board Approval

The Orange County Board of Supervisors made official its selection of Sharon Petrosino as Orange County's new Public Defender. "We are pleased to welcome Sharon in her new and essential role as a part of Orange County's criminal justice system," Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, said. “Sharon has shown true commitment and resolve on behalf of her clients and all of the residents of Orange County.”