2007 Press Releases

December 19, 2007 
Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect for Orange County (Press Release #4)

There are no evacuation orders or road closures in place at this time. This is an advisory Weather Statement only.


December 18, 2007 
Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information Hotlines Activated (Press Release #3)

The County of Orange activated and staffed the Emergency Operations Center with County agency representatives at 1300 hours on December 18, 2007.


December 18, 2007 
Animal Information (Press Release #2)

There are no evacuation orders or road closures in place at this time


December 18, 2007 
Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Orange County (Press Release #1)

There are no evacuation orders or road closures in place at this time. This is an Advisory Weather Statement only.


December 7, 2007 
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted

As of 10:30 a.m. the Mandatory Evacuations for Modjeska Canyon, Williams Canyon and Silverado Canyon have been lifted. Residents returning to their homes should travel with caution as roads are still slick and could contain debris.


December 7, 2007 
Shelter Location Closure

The shelter location at El Modena High School (3920 Spring St., Orange, CA) is now closed.


December 7, 2007 
Emergency Operations Center Deactivated

As of 12:00 p.m. the Orange County Emergency Operations Center has been deactivated. At this time all evacuation orders have been lifted and the emergency shelter at El Modena High School has been closed. The Orange County Emergency Hotline has also been deactivated.


December 6, 2007 
Mandatory Evacuations for Canyon Residents

Mandatory evacuations are ordered for residents living in the areas of Modjeska Canyon, Williams Canyon and Silverado Canyon beginning at 5:00 p.m. Residents will have access to their homes to retrieve necessary items and pets until approximately 8:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. access to the Canyons will be restricted.


December 6, 2007 
Temporary Shelters Available for Animals Evacuated from the Canyons

Orange County Animal Care Services (ACS) will accept domestic animals from the evacuated areas at the Orange County Animal Care Center, 561 The City Drive in Orange. Animal owners are asked to bring identification, vet information, and any special foods or medicines along with their animals in order to ensure their animals receive appropriate care and they can be reunited with their animals when the evacuation is over.


December 6, 2007 
Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information Hotlines Activated

All voluntary evacuation orders in Modjeska, Williams, Trabuco and Silverado Canyons have been lifted. Cleanup work continues. Throughout the weekend, traffic in the canyon areas is requested for residents only.


December 1, 2007 
Evacuation Status Update

All voluntary evacuation orders in Modjeska, Williams, Trabuco and Silverado Canyons have been lifted. Cleanup work continues. Throughout the weekend, traffic in the canyon areas is requested for residents only.


November 30, 2007 
November Modjeska Canyon Rain Event Update

The mandatory evacuation order for Modjeska Canyon was lifted at 2030 hours but voluntary evacuation status remains in effect. Modjeska Canyon is open only to residents. Voluntary evacuation status is also in effect for Silverado Canyon. There are no restrictions remaining in effect for Williams or Trabuco Canyons. Residents are cautioned to drive carefully due to fog, darkness, wet roads and mud and debris on the roadway.


November 30, 2007 
Silverado Branch Library Closure

The Silverado Branch Library located at 28192 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado, will be closed on Saturday, December 1.


November 30, 2007 
Mandatory Evacuations Ordered for Modjeska and Willams Canyon

The Orange County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center has ordered an immediate mandatory evacuation of Modjeska and Williams Canyons. Silverado Canyon has been upgraded to voluntary evacuation status. We are closely monitoring the situation for all other canyon areas.


November 30, 2007 
Temporary Shelters Available for Animals Evacutated from the Canyons

Temporary shelters are available for domestic animals and livestock for residents who are evacuating from the canyon areas. Orange County Animal Care Services (ACS) is accepting domestic animals at 401 The City Drive in Orange. Animal owners are asked to bring identification, vet information, and any special foods or medicines along with their animals in order to ensure their animals receive appropriate care and they can be reunited with their animals when the evacuation is over.


November 30, 2007 
Evacuation Status Clarification

(Santa Ana, CA)-To clarify evacuation status in the canyon areas of Orange County, there are voluntary evacuations in place for Modjeska and Williams Canyons. All other canyon areas in Eastern Orange County, including Silverado and Trabuco Canyons, are on heightened awareness.


November 30, 2007 
Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information Hotlines

(Santa Ana, CA)-The County of Orange activated and staffed the Emergency Operations Center with County agency representatives at 1100 hours on November 30, 2007. The Public Information Hotline has been staffed and is ready to accept calls of inquiry in regard to evacuations in the Canyon communities of Orange County.


November 30, 2007 
Evacuation Status Update

The mandatory evacuation order for Modjeska Canyon remains in place until further notice. Williams Canyon has been downgraded to a voluntary evacuation status. Silverado Canyon remains under voluntary evacuation status and Trabuco Canyon remains under heightened awareness. Residents returning to homes in the canyon areas are advised to drive carefully due to fog, darkness, and muddy conditions on the roads.


November 20, 2007 
Board Finalizes Disaster Relief Fund

(Santa Ana, CA)-The Board of Supervisors today finalized the agreement establishing the Orange County Disaster Relief Fund and allocated $100,000 to the fund to provide disaster relief for County residents. The fund, which will be administered by the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), was formed in response to the recent Santiago Fire and for future disaster declarations.


October 24, 2007 
New Deputy CEO for Government & Public Services Begins

(Santa Ana, CA)-County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk announced the appointment of Steve Dunivent as Deputy County Executive Officer for Government and Public Services for the County of Orange. His appointment was made October 18, 2007.


October 19, 2007 
Agreement with AOCDS Moves Forward

(Santa Ana, CA)- County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk announced today that agreement was reached with the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS). The agreement, expected to soon be ratified by approximately 1,600 deputies, is for a three-year term from October 2006 through October 2009. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the agreement at their October 23rd meeting.


September 21, 2007 
Board of Supervisors Selects Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Defers Retirement Litigation Decision

(Santa Ana, CA) - The Board of Supervisors on September 18th made no decision to pursue litigation for the 3% at 50 retirement issue. During Closed Session the Board voted unanimously to retain the services of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to examine the issue, report back to them in sixty to ninety days and represent the County in litigation if the Board should decide at a future date to pursue litigation.


September 5, 2007 
County Unveils New Display at State Capitol

(Santa Ana, CA) - To the pleased smiles and cheers of numerous State and City officials, Chair Chris Norby today unveiled the new Orange County display case at the State Capitol. The display is one of fifty-eight county displays that will be seen by approximately 480,000 people who visit the Capitol each year.


August 28, 2007 
Electronic Property Assessment Bill Advances to Governor

(Santa Ana, CA) - Chair Chris Norby of the Orange County Board of Supervisors announced today that AB 1042 has passed both the State Senate and Assembly and is now awaiting final approval by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


August 22, 2007 
CEO Names New Director for Dana Point Harbor Department

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today appointed Brad Gross as Director for the Dana Point Harbor Department. Gross will assume his new position on September 28, 2007.


July 31, 2007 
Board of Supervisors Approves OCEA Agreement

(Santa Ana, CA) - The Board of Supervisors this morning unanimously approved agreements with the eight bargaining units of the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA). The agreements, already ratified by the OCEA membership, cover salary, pension reform and health benefits and are for a two-year term.


May 21, 2007 
County Launches Live Internet Access to Board Meetings

(Santa Ana, CA) - Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Norby announced today that the County will begin live Internet broadcast of meetings of the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. Live streaming video of the Board meetings as well as archives of past meetings since January 2007 will be available at http://ocvideo.ocgov.com.


May 8, 2007 
New Deputy CEO for Infrastructure & Environmental Services Begins

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk announced today that Alisa Drakodaidis is beginning her new role as Deputy County Executive Officer for Infrastructure and Environmental Services for the County of Orange. Her appointment was made April 2, 2007.


May 1, 2007 
Dana Point Harbor Department Director Resigns

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today accepted the resignation of George Caravalho, Dana Point Department Director. The resignation is effective June 30, 2007.


February 15, 2007 
County Launches AccessOC Web Site Enhancement

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today announced the official launch for a new web site feature that will provide an easy-to-use tool for the public to access County services from any computer.


January 18, 2007 
Rating Agency Upgrades Orange County Credit Rating

(Santa Ana, CA) - Standard & Poor's released a report recently which announced that the County's long term credit rating was being upgraded from A+ to AA-. The primary reasons give for the upgrade are the County's strong reserves, reduced liability for the Retiree Medical Grant and the paying down of debt over the past several years.


January 30, 2007 
Mauk Staying as Orange County CEO

(Santa Ana, CA) Thomas G. Mauk, Chief Executive Officer, is pleased to announce that he is staying with Orange County as CEO.