2007

December 19, 2007 
Concerns Grow Over Work of Official in California

Chriss W. Street was called a hero in 1994, when he sounded the alarm on high-risk investments in the Orange County portfolio and predicted the county’s $1.7 billion bankruptcy filing.


December 11, 2007 
Sheriff’s-Coroner’s Current Job Status

The Sheriff has stated that he has delegated his duties to Undersheriff Galisky.


December 9, 2007 
After 13th anniversary of county's financial downfall, political fallout over controversial treasurer gears up.

It was the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history.

Thirteen years ago, Orange County politicians were busy telling the public that the county was bankrupt.


November 21, 2007 
O.C. Board Stiffens Assistant Sheriff Rules

In a slap at indicted Sheriff Michael S. Carona, Orange County supervisors Tuesday eliminated a waiver granted in 1998 that allowed him to promote two outsiders to be assistant sheriffs.


October 24, 2007 
Supervisors OK Contract with O.C. Deputies

After more than a year of contentious labor talks, the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a new contract with sheriff's deputies that will increase pay more than 12% over three years and reform the medical benefits program for retirees.


October 20, 2007 
LAX Leader Proposes Charging OC to Fly

Share the burden or cough up the cash.

That's the message airport commissioner Walter Zifkin sent this week by suggesting Orange County residents be charged a special fee to use Los Angeles International Airport.


October 19, 2007 
From his scuffles with deputies to his success in getting Santa Ana Heights redevelopment projects moving, no one can say John Moorlach hasn't been busy his first year in office. His eyes are already set on next year's horizon.

Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach is unquestionably influential, but whether his influence is good or bad depends on whether you’re asking a sheriff's deputy.


July 31, 2007 
Presentations made to the Board regarding unconstitutional retroactive pension increases.

2 presentations made to the Board regarding unconstitutional retroactive pension increases.


July 25, 2007 
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: Perseverance Pays

John Crean always said 99% of success was just outliving your competition and never giving up. Through the years our ad and syndication sales grew because I never gave up. If I learned anything in my years working on that show, it was that perseverance, coupled with patience, pays off.


July 17, 2007 
County Supervisors approve ID program, but many cities still refuse to allow dispensaries.

SANTA ANA - Medical marijuana users will finally be able to get county-issued photo identification cards within four months even though their ability to buy cannibis at legal local dispensaries is growing increasingly difficult.


July 11, 2007 
Money will fund improvements to the Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center and help build a pedestrian bridge.

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy serves thousands of visitors a year who take its tours, feel sea creatures in its touch tank, and learn about wetlands ecology in its many classes. But a recent remodel to its Interpretive Center cost a lot, as will a planned bridge to get visitors there more safely. That's why county officials have come to the rescue.


May 23, 2007 
The panel's details will be refined before final approval, but supervisors back it unanimously, over the protests of the sheriff and district attorney.

May 23, 2007 Orange County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with the creation of a civilian commission that would review misconduct complaints against county law enforcement.


May 19, 2007 
Santa Ana assemblyman plans to introduce a bill that would prevent Newport Beach from taking over the Harbor Patrol.

Newport Beach and Orange County officials may take their battle for control of the Harbor Patrol to a new venue: Sacramento.


May 4, 2007 
Newport Beach plans to ask for management duties. A law enforcement group opposes the idea, saying it would hurt public safety.

The ongoing debate about who should run the Harbor Patrol in Newport Beach may become more intense, with city and county officials bidding for control.


May 3, 2007 
County supervisor may hold the wildcard in ongoing standoff between Newport, Costa Mesa over which city gets what.

Years of arguing and months of negotiations over unincorporated areas between Costa Mesa and Newport Beach may come to a head Wednesday, when the commission that decides annexations in Orange County meets.


April 27, 2007 
Report shows that the tech work saved about $700 per employee per year, or about $130,000 in a $25-million-a-year pact

Dealing a blow to the logic of outsourcing government work to private companies, a new Orange County report finds little savings in a $25-million-per-year contract awarded to a firm that manages the county's technology systems.


April 17, 2007 
A Civilian Review Panel Deserves Board Approval

A free society should have as much oversight of its government as possible. That's why in larger communities in California, police agencies typically are monitored by a civilian oversight panel that can review allegations of official misconduct and assure that internal investigations are thorough. This level of independent review can benefit the agency and deputies themselves, as it can bolster confidence in the criminal justice system, and in those who enforce the laws.


February 27, 2007 
Requiring Workers in Nonsafety Jobs to Retire Later Could Save the System

The cost of keeping the promise of generous retirement benefits for state and local government employees is starting to break California taxpayers and government agencies. Elected officials hoping to avoid accountability for massive public debts have mustered only a timid response to this growing fiscal crisis.


February 21, 2007 
Pension Gap Divides Public and Private Workers

Johnnie Nichols, a civilian Defense Department employee, contributes to a federal pension that will let him retire at age 56, after 32 years of service.


February 15, 2007 
County Supervisor Says That in General, Cities Should Control Parks Within Their Boundaries

Newport Beach could take over the Upper Newport Bay and Costa Mesa would manage Talbert Nature Preserve under a proposal from Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach


January 10, 2007 
Supervisor Sees Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Rossmoor and Sunset Beach as one 'supercity.'

It's worked with sodas and fast food, so why not geography? Call it supersizing, city style.


January 8, 2007 
My First Month as County Supervisor

The other night a close friend and neighbor asked if anything had surprised me in my first few days in my new office.