2014 Press Releases

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.