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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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