2008

December 23, 2008 
Moorlach Sees Up to 10 Municipal Bankruptcies in Coming Year

The accountant who predicted the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy says as many as 10 insolvencies will roil the $2.7 trillion U.S. market for state, county and city debt next year as public finances worsen amid calls for federal aid to state and local governments.


December 22, 2008 
Investment Losses At CalPERS

Our governor has signed budgets with annual expenditure increases greater than those of his predecessor. So it is disingenuous for him to be critical of the Legislature now. For more than four years he has been guilty of pushing problems out into the future. Gov. Schwarzenegger, please do not lecture us now about requiring a balanced budget, requesting spending caps or being horrified at the lack of a "rainy day" fund. You're a classic finger-pointer, with most fingers pointing back in your direction.


December 22, 2008 
CalPERS' Long-Term Investment Strategy Helps Weather The Market

It seems that every time the stock market suffers a major setback, those who don't fully understand how government pensions work begin sounding alarm bells that it will absolutely drive up the cost of government pensions. A close examination of history and the facts suggests it's way too early to make such assumptions.


December 21, 2008 
Editorial: We Get To Cover CalPERS Risky Bets

Look out – another massive taxpayer-funded bailout is coming down the pike.


December 17, 2008 
O.C. Rejects Letter Grade System For Restaurants

Despite a warning from the county grand jury, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declined Tuesday to impose a letter grading system designed to inform would-be diners about the health safety record of restaurants.


December 5, 2008 
Los Alamitos Race on the Base Event - February 21, 2009

The 28th Annual Los Alamitos Race on the Base will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009.


December 4, 2008 
Federal Official Urges Locals To End Homelessness

When it's cold and you're homeless and you have nowhere else to turn, wouldn't you knock on every last door?


November 26, 2008 
OC Jail Audit: More Deputies, Investment Needed

A long-awaited jail audit report landed with a thud Tuesday at the County Board of Supervisors as two private consultants called for hiring nearly 500 more deputies as well as spending more on aging jail facilities.


November 19, 2008 
Easing On Concealed Weapons

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach thinks Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is doing a bang-up job in her new post, despite a battle that erupted earlier this week between 2nd Amendment advocates and the sheriff.


November 13, 2008 
The State Worker: Voters Take Aim At Civil Service Pay

About 75 percent of voters there last week passed a measure that makes county employee and elected official retirement contracts contingent on approval at the ballot box.


November 5, 2008 
Voters Overwhelmingly Support Effort To Block Pension Spikes

Voters have overwhelmingly endorsed limiting the power of county supervisors to sweeten pension payouts for public employees supporting Measure J by a whopping 75 percent.


October 23, 2008 
OC Health Officials Propose Color-Coded Restaurant-Inspection Seals

Orange County restaurants would have to post color-coded inspection seals on their windows to give customers more information about the cleanliness of their kitchens under a plan being put forward by health officials.


October 23, 2008 
O.C. Sheriff's Dept.'s Lack of Policy Blamed for Skyrocketing Overtime

Overtime pay in the Orange County Sheriff's Department has skyrocketed in recent years because the department lacks a comprehensive policy or effective controls on the extra pay, according to an audit released Wednesday.


September 20, 2008 
Rossmoor Homeowners Group Backs Cityhood

ROSSMOOR - The Rossmoor Homeowners Association issued a statement this week in support of making the unincorporated tract on Long Beach's eastern flank Orange County's newest city.


September 6, 2008 
Cities Mull Over Traffic Solutions

One option stands above the rest of the possible solutions to deal with the often unbearable traffic on the 55 Freeway and Newport Boulevard, according to a new study by the Orange County Transportation Authority.


August 6, 2008 
Jail Death Results in New Oversight Panel

On the night that John Derek Chamberlain was stomped to death at Theo Lacy jail in 2006, Sheriff's deputies waved off District Attorney investigators that showed up to look into the murder.


July 30, 2008 
County Pension Hike Issue To Go On Orange County Ballot

Orange County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to place a measure on the November ballot letting voters decide if future pension increases for county government workers should be put to a public vote.


July 30, 2008 
Supervisors OK Ballot Measure For Voter-Approved Pension Hikes

SANTA ANA – Orange County supervisors diluted their own power Tuesday by approving an initiative that would require voters to OK any increases in public workers' pensions.


July 29, 2008 
Give Workers a Say on County Pensions

Six years ago the voters of Orange County approved Measure V, converting us to a charter county. It was poorly constructed, but we now have the opportunity to allow the voters to add provisions to the Charter that instruct the County's Supervisors on how to proceed on financial and business matters.


July 16, 2008 
Pension Hikes for O.C. Workers Should Get Voters' OK, Supervisor Says

Concerned about the skyrocketing cost of Orange County employee retirement benefits, Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach on Tuesday proposed requiring voter approval for any future increases to employee pensions.


June 24, 2008 
UPDATE: Sandra Hutchens Publicly Sworn in as Sheriff

SANTA ANA – Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was publicly sworn in as Orange County's first female top officer today in a large public ceremony held under sunny skies with calls for an end of "dark days."


June 13, 2008 
Overtime policies push 100 sheriff's officers over $150,000

Over the past decade, Orange County officials transformed the post of sheriff's deputy into a six-figure job based on the belief that overtime was cheaper than hiring new officers.


June 12, 2008 
Finally, A New Sheriff

After a long, miserable haul with former Sheriff Mike Carona, our neighbors in Orange County have a promising new leader in Sandra Hutchens. What a refreshing change.


June 12, 2008 
From Carona to Hutchens: How OC Got a New Sheriff

October 30, 2007 - A federal grand jury indictment is unsealed naming Carona, his wife, Debbie, and his "longtime mistress," Debra V. Hoffman, as part of a conspiracy to get Carona elected sheriff to enrich himself and others.


June 10, 2008 
New Sheriff is Self-Described 'Change Agent'

SANTA ANA – Sandra Hutchens, named Orange County’s first female sheriff on Tuesday, described herself as a "change agent" who promised to clean up a department rattled by scandals.


May 28, 2008 
Orange County Supervisors Near Decision on Sheriff

Nine law enforcement veterans competing to become Orange County's next sheriff appeared before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in an unprecedented public interview session to determine which one should replace the top cop who left office under indictment.


March 7, 2008 
Paint-Off Attracts Renowned Artists

Irvine, Calif. – The Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC), along with the Capistrano Valley Conservancy (CVC), will host the 2nd Annual Paint-Off on March 29. The unique event will be held at The Irvine Ranch Historical Park, site of the original Irvine Ranch Headquarters, at 13042 Old Myford Road in Irvine. The park site includes the Ranch’s headquarters building, the James Irvine II Home, which houses the brand-new Katie Wheeler Branch Library, and numerous barns and other residential buildings.


January 30, 2008 
County Feeling Fiscal Stress, Official Says

Orange County faces state budget cuts, dwindling tax revenue and rising crime rates, Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach said in his State of the County address Tuesday.


January 30, 2008 
O.C. to Sue to Reduce Pensions

After months of legal preparation, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to file a lawsuit seeking to repeal part of their pension agreement with sheriff's deputies, saying the county cannot afford the expense.


January 29, 2008 
Some Boundaries Blur for Orange and L.A. Counties

Bill Yee doesn't have far to go to cross county lines.


January 26, 2008 
THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Ticket fines to increase

The Orange County Board of Supervisors recently voted 4-1 to increase traffic ticket fees to fund medical care for the uninsured. Supervisor John Moorlach, who calls the moving violation hike “nefarious,” cast the only dissenting vote.