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August 26, 2014 
Celebrating OC125 at John Wayne Airport

The OC125 exhibit, part of John Wayne Airport's Orange County: Destination Art & Culture program, is scheduled to be on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal from August 14, 2014 through March 1, 2015. On the occasion of Orange County's 125th Anniversary, you are invited to explore some of the people, places and events that bring Orange County's story to life.


August 19, 2014 
OC125 Slideshow courtesy of Assistant Archivist Chris Jepsen

Please click here to view the slideshow.


August 5, 2014 
OC125 Birthday Party Celebration at BOS Meeting

Event: OC125 Birthday Party Celebration at BOS Meeting – 08.05.14


August 1, 2014 
Quasquicentennial Ceremony at the OC Fair

Event: Quasquicentennial Ceremony at the OC Fair – 08.01.14


July 31, 2014 
Press Conference on the 405 Toll Roads hosted by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor

Event: Press Conference on the 405 Toll Roads hosted by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor – 07.31.14

Please click here for the video link.


July 30, 2014 
Tour of Los Pinos

Event: Tour of Los Pinos – 07.30.14


June 25, 2014 
Troy Edgar Proclamation

with Troy Edgar, Chair of the Orange County Sanitation District


June 23, 2014 
Celebrating 125 Years of History and Service 1889 - 2014

Celebrating 125 Years of History and Service 1889 - 2014


June 22, 2014 
OCC’s Titan Arum

Here's a photo taken at Orange Coast College with the titan arum, better known as the corpse flower because of the odor it emits. The college's horticulture department anxiously awaits the inaugural bloom.


June 18, 2014 
Cypress Chamber of Commerce 2014 Man of the Year

From left to right: Sr. Vice President & Regional Manager, Brenda Hale with Branch Manager Miriam Melville - Cypress Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business of the Year; Shelley Henderson - 2014 Woman of the Year; Supervisor Moorlach – 2014 Man of the Year Award; Tim & Linda Keenan - 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award


June 18, 2014 
Jim Palmer’s Birthday

Here is a photo from Jim Palmer’s birthday party last week (President of Orange County Rescue Mission). He is looking over the Supervisor’s right shoulder.


June 13, 2014 
OC’s 125th Birthday Party Celebration – OC Historical Society

Event: OC’s 125th Birthday Party Celebration – OC Historical Society – 06.13.14


May 31, 2014 
Orange County Walk of Honor

Here’s a photo with volunteers in front of the Orange County Walk of Honor. To my right is Senator Lou Correa, District Director Max Madrid is to my left, and Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Jim Torres, to my far left - 05.31.14


May 30, 2014 
Jim Palmer Resolution Presentation

Honoring Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission, at the Commission To End Homelessness Meeting - 05.30.14


May 27, 2014 
Santa Ana Heights Neighborhood Improvement Project Dedication

Event: Santa Ana Heights Neighborhood Improvement Project Dedication - 05.27.14


May 17, 2014 
Coyote Canyon Community Expo

Coyote Canyon Community Expo - 05.17.14


May 10, 2014 
2014 OCPW Annual Open House

Public Works Director Shane Silsby and his children helping me present the OC Public Works Resolution at the annual OCPW Open House


April 29, 2014 
Vanguard Men’s Basketball Team win their first ever NAIA Championship!

Vanguard Men's Basketball Team and Coaches receive Board of Supervisor's recognition in honor of their 2014 NAIA National Championship, the first ever in Vanguard history. Congratulations!


April 4, 2014 
La Pata road extension construction kick-off project

Representatives of Orange County Public Works and other area officials kick off construction of the $73 million La Pata road extension that will link San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. The extension is scheduled to be ready by fall 2016.

Photo Credit: JOSHUA SUDOCK, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER, OC REGISTER


March 27, 2014 
The Exchange Club of Newport Beach

The Exchange Club of Newport Beach - 3.27.14


March 8, 2014 
Supervisor Moorlach Honoring Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers

With a mixture of military pomp, personal pride and a hint of humor, more than 750 people – including seven Medal of Honor recipients – bid good-bye to an American hero Saturday in unseasonably warm weather at Riverside National Cemetery.

Buena Park resident Walter Ehlers died Feb. 19 at age 92. Ehlers had been the last survivor among nine recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's most revered military honor, who braved withering fire on the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The service, less than three months before the invasion's 70th anniversary, was held in front of the cemetery's Medal of Honor Memorial, which Ehlers helped to establish.

--OC Register--


February 27, 2014 
19th Annual Director of the Year Awards

Event: 19th Annual Director of the Year Awards - 2.27.14


February 13, 2014 
John Wayne Airport Tour

Event – John Wayne Airport Tour - 2.13.14


February 7, 2014 
2014 Newport Beach Mayor's Dinner

Supervisor Moorlach with President and CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Steve Rosansky


February 6, 2014 
2014 State of the County

Supervisor Moorlach addresses his final State of the County – 02.06.14


January 30, 2014 
Speaking engagement at the Rotary Club – 01.30.14

Supervisor Moorlach with Steven Pollack, President of the Rotary Club of Villa Park.


January 24, 2014 
Installation of the 2014 President of the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of Orange County

Supervisor Moorlach swearing in the 2014 President of the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of Orange County, Nick Lieberman.


January 23, 2014 
Lunar New Year 2014 - South Coast Plaza

Event: Lunar New Year 2014 - South Coast Plaza - 1.23.14


January 22, 2014 
Interview for upcoming television show "Across America" featuring Jewish History in Orange County

Supervisor Moorlach was interviewed by award-winning broadcast journalist Susan Neisloss on her upcoming television show "Across America" featuring Jewish History in Orange County.


December 9, 2013 
Assemblyman Allan Mansoor OCTA I-405 Press Conference

From Left to right – Supervisor John M. W. Moorlach; Assemblyman Allan Mansoor; Westminster City Council Diana Carey; Seal Beach City Council Mike Levitt; Los Alamitos Mayor Warren Kusumoto; Fountain Valley Mayor Pro Tem Steve Nagal


November 26, 2013 
Second Harvest Food Bank of OC

I attended the Second Harvest Food Bank of OC yesterday where Nicole Suydam (speaker) gave a heartfelt speech on the topic of Ending Hunger in OC. According to her recent column in the OC Register, "Nearly 400,000 people in our community don't always know where their next meal will come from. One in five OC children are at risk of going to bed hungry each night. Solutions are well within our reach and each and every one of us is capable of making a huge difference." - 11.26.13


November 23, 2013 
New Tustin Ranch Road Bridge

I had the privilege of attending the Tustin City Council’s dedication of the new Tustin Ranch Road bridge, which extends the road to The District on the former Tustin Marine Base. Here I am with Jim Palmer, former Council Member of the City of Tustin - 11.23.13


November 19, 2013 
CSAC Conference in San Jose

With Herschel Walker after his motivational speech @ CSAC Conference in San Jose – 11.19.13


November 15, 2013 
Warner Cable taping with Leslie Layton

Supervisor Moorlach and Leslie Layton discussed the proposed toll lanes for the San Diego I-405 Freeway, which could cost $15 per day, or $75 per week, for a cost of $300 per month, if utilized every week day. The OCTA meeting of December 9th was also mentioned.


November 14, 2013 
Newport Beach Men's Luncheon

Newport Beach Men's Luncheon – 11.14.13


October 30, 2013 
Martin Aviation celebrates its 90th Anniversary

from left to right: Mr. Bruce B. Junor, OC Airport Commission - Third District; Supervisor John M. W. Moorlach; General William Lyon, Owner of Martin Aviation and Chairman & CEO of William Lyon Homes, Inc.; Mark Foster, President of Martin Aviation - Lyon Air Museum


October 29, 2013 
405 Fwy Toll Lane Public Hearing Meeting

Supervisor Moorlach speaks at the 405 Fwy Toll Lane Public Hearing Meeting - 10.29.13


October 17, 2013 
The Great ShakeOut – 10.17.13 @ 10:17A.M

Supervisor Moorlach participates in The Great ShakeOut – 10:17A.M. on 10.17.13


October 10, 2013 
OC Fire Service Memorial – 10.10.13

Supervisor Moorlach attends the OC Fire Service Memorial at the Santa Ana Civic Center - 10.10.2013


September 12, 2013 
OCPW Adopt A Channel

Event: OC Public Works Adopt A Channel, Clean Channels Healthy Ocean - 9.12.13


September 11, 2013 
First and Second District Bike Collaborative Workshop at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center

Event: First and Second District Bike Collaborative Workshop at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center – 9.11.13


September 3, 2013 
Interview with Supervisor Moorlach for the Discovery Science Center’s Renaissance Celebration Gala Video

Interview with Supervisor Moorlach for the Discovery Science Center’s Renaissance Celebration Gala Video – 9.3.13


September 3, 2013 
Pre-game on field ceremony at Angel Stadium

Supervisor Moorlach takes part in a pre-game on field ceremony at Angel Stadium to recognize the County’s Eco Challenge Poster Contest winners


August 15, 2013 
I-405 Closure Press Conference

Supervisor Moorlach at the I-405 Closure Press Conference – Photo courtesy of OCTA


July 29, 2013 
Interview with David Nazar of SoCalPBS

Event: Interview with David Nazar of SoCalPBS - 7.29.13


July 12, 2013 
SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff Interview

Event: SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff Interview – 7.12.13


June 10, 2013 
OCTA Bravo Ceremony

Bravo! Route 543 – the new limited-stop bus service along Harbor Boulevard gives commuters an opportunity to make it to their destination more quickly.


June 4, 2013 
Event: Inside the Outdoors Tour – 6.4.13

Supervisor Moorlach with Pam Johnson, Executive Officer, Inside the Outdoors


June 3, 2013 
Event: 20th Annual Balboa Island Parade – 6.3.13

Several thousand happy onlookers watched and cheered their approval as the color guard, school bands, bag pipers, tap dancers, old-fashioned swing dancers, floats, and baton twirlers paraded down Marine Avenue at The 20th Annual Balboa Island Parade on Sunday, June 2, 2013.


June 1, 2013 
Bolsa Chica Conservancy – Coastal Ecology Event

Supervisor John Moorlach and wife Trina at the Bolsa Chica Conservancy Coastal Ecology Event


May 15, 2013 
Event: Kay Family Foundation Dinner – 5.15.13

Kay Family Foundation Dinner


March 8, 2013 
Event: 2013 Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast – 3.8.13

2013 Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast


March 6, 2013 
Event: 18th Annual Forum for Corporate Directors Director of the Year Awards – The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel – 3.6.13

From left, John M. W. Moorlach, Supervisor County of Orange, Chris Cox, Partner Bingham McCutchen LLP and former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Hoshi Printer pose during the 18th Annual Forum for Corporate Directors Director of the Year Awards held at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel on Wed., March 6, 2013 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)


February 20, 2013 
Event: Fairview Park Wetlands & Riparian Habitat Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Celebrating the dedication of the Fairview Park Wetlands and Riparian Habitat where many can bike, hike, or simply savor the beauty of this nature preserve.


February 13, 2013 
State of the County 2013 - A Year in Review

State of the County 2013 - A Year in Review


February 13, 2013 
The new February edition of COAST Magazine includes an interview with Supervisor John Moorlach

Interview with John Moorlach

This former OC Treasurer and current Supervisor always tells it like he sees it – good or bad. Here, he talks about OC's former bankruptcy, and why we may be on track for another.

BY Terence Loose


February 8, 2013 
Event: Newport Beach Mayor’s Dinner – 2.8.13

Supervisor John Moorlach with wife Trina at the 2013 Speak Up Newport Mayor’s Dinner


February 7, 2013 
Event: 2013 State of the County – 2.7.13

Supervisor John Moorlach with President/CEO of the Cypress Chamber of Commerce Ed Munson


February 7, 2013 
Event: Lunar New Year – South Coast Plaza – 2.7.13

Supervisor Moorlach with Ruth Ding, Founder Performing Arts Center /Orange County Chinese Cultural Club


January 31, 2013 
Event: Holocaust Exhibit

Supervisor Moorlach attended the opening of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance traveling exhibit “Courage to Remember” at the Santa Ana Police Department.


January 31, 2013 
18th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County, sponsored by The Orange County Children’s Partnership – 1.31.13

Supervisor John M. W. Moorlach speaking at the 18th Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County.


January 4, 2013 
Interview with ABC 7

Supervisor Moorlach interviewed on the topic of adding Upper and Lower Trestles as an official landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.


November 6, 2012 
Memorandum from John Wayne Airport

Memorandum from John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy, discussing the new Transportation Security Administration PreCheck Program


November 6, 2012 
Election Night

Supervisor John Moorlach at the Republican election night party in Costa Mesa.


October 30, 2012 
Honoring 2012 Olympians from Orange County and CSAC Awards Presentation during the October 30, 2012 Board Meeting

The Orange County Board of Supervisors honored the Olympians who live and train in Orange County, as well as the organizations that support their Olympic endeavors.

Interim Executive Director Steve Keil presented three CSAC Challenge Awards to Orange County Agencies.


October 19, 2012 
Broadrock / Olinda Alpha Landfill Ribbon Cutting

Broadrock / Olinda Alpha Landfill Ribbon Cutting


October 18, 2012 
United Way Dine at the Dump Luncheon

United Way Dine at the Dump Luncheon


September 26, 2012 
United Way Leadership Breakfast @ Phoenix Club

Event: United Way Leadership Breakfast @ Phoenix Club – 9.26.12


August 24, 2012 
District 2 End of Summer Beach BBQ & Bonfire

Event: District 2 End of Summer Beach BBQ & Bonfire – 8.24.12


August 13, 2012 
Orange County Young Republicans

The Orange County Young Republicans (OCYR) is an organization consisting of young professionals and political activists who are committed to a common sense approach to politics.


July 19, 2012 
OC Veteran Advisory Council

Event: OC Veteran Advisory Council - 7.19.12


July 3, 2012 
Limestone Canyon Hike

Event: Limestone Canyon Hike – 7.3.12


June 26, 2012 
Board Meeting Presentation – Mike Mullen K-9 Training Facility

John Wayne Airport’s Explosive Detection Team’s exercise yard shall be known as the Mike Mullen K-9 Training Facility


June 19, 2012 
Orange County Leadership Academy – David Kurtz Servant Leadership Award

This year’s award winner, Jackie Cole of the Offices of the Public Defender


June 14, 2012 
ACEC-OC Annual Dinner

Supervisor Moorlach with JWA’s Director Alan Murphy


June 11, 2012 
OCTA 40th Anniversary

Celebrating Bus Transit in Orange County


June 7, 2012 
ExplorOcean Newport Harbor Nautical Museum

ExplorOcean is a thrilling new interactive experience, where the planet’s vast and mysterious oceans are the gateway to the adventure of a lifetime.


June 5, 2012 
Kline Drive Dedication

City of Newport Beach dedication of Kline Drive, the last dirt road in Newport Beach


June 3, 2012 
The 18th Annual Balboa Island Parade

Supervisor Moorlach at the 18th Annual Balboa Island Parade


May 22, 2012 
May 22nd Board Meeting Presentations

Dalia Taft, Archivist of the Orange County Jewish Historical Society. David W. Epstein and Gladys Sturman, current publishers of Western States Jewish History.


May 19, 2012 
OC Public Works Annual Open House

Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach presenting the National Public Works Week Resolution


May 15, 2012 
Fourth Annual Orange County Tourism Conference

The mission of this conference was to showcase the Orange County Tourism Council's role, through branding, in the development and sustainability of tourism to Orange County and to serve as an information resource to visitor industry stakeholders.


May 10, 2012 
2-1-1 Orange County Honoree Wine Tasting Event

2-1-1 Orange County offers a comprehensive information and referral system linking Orange County residents to community health and human services and support.


May 5, 2012 
Chi State Convention, Irvine

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.


May 4, 2012 
Engage in Life Fundraising Luncheon

The Council on Aging – Orange County promotes the independence, health and dignity of older adults through compassion, education and advocacy.


April 27, 2012 
7th Street Bridge Dedication 2012

After a yearlong closure, the 7th Street bridge that connects commuters from Orange County to Long Beach reopened Friday morning.


April 11, 2012 
Board of Directors Installation 2012

Chairman John M.W. Moorlach at the Board of Directors Installation 2012 Event where he administered the Oath of Office to the new Board of Directors.


March 29, 2012 
March - National Social Worker Recognition Month

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed March as National Social Worker Recognition Month. Today, there are over 4,000 dedicated, caring, and compassionate social workers serving the residents of Orange County in a variety of settings.


March 29, 2012 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Orange County Rescue Mission’s New Mobile Legal Clinic

The Orange County Rescue Mission, in a joint venture with Trinity School of Law, has created a Mobile Legal Clinic to help homeless men and women in Orange County to resolve any legal issues they may face.


February 14, 2012 
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Michael W. Mullen, Jr. passed away on January 16, 2012

Mullen, Michael W. Jr., Lieutenant, Orange County Sheriff Dept., 47, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2012.


February 4, 2012 
Farmers Airship Tour Over OC

View a video of the Farmers Airship Tour Over OC


January 21, 2012 
Stanton Island Community Clean Up Day

View a Picture collage from the Stanton Island Community Clean Up Day.


November 9, 2011 
Welcoming the City of Buena Park to the 2nd District

See what Buena Park has to offer.


November 8, 2011 
OCTA – Second Harvest Food Bank

Watch a video on the OCTA – Second Harvest Food Bank.


November 3, 2011 
Serve on the Grand Jury

The Superior Court of Orange County encourages qualified citizens to apply to serve on the 2012/2013 Grand Jury. Service is a full-time commitment for one year, from July 2, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Nineteen Orange County residents will be selected.


October 5, 2011 
Community Commentary: Sky didn't fall with annexation

As supervisor for the 2nd District, which includes Sunset Beach, and as chairman of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which governs the annexation of territory to cities, I have long supported annexation. I knew that in the long-term, the county would not be able to afford to provide the level of municipal services Sunset Beach residents enjoy.


October 4, 2011 
O.C. Board of Supes to tackle nearly $50M budget gap

SANTA ANA - The Orange County Board of Supervisors today will consider two plans to bridge a nearly $50 million gap in the budget -- one that would make severe cuts in service, the other less drastic.


July 26, 2011 
OC Parks Invites You to Become a Talbert Trailblazer

Join preserve staff and other volunteers on the first Saturday of each month at Talbert Nature Preserve working on park improvement projects which may include: non-native plant removal, weeding, watering, trail maintenance, trash cleanup and planting native species.


July 14, 2011 
John Wayne Airport Begins Roll Out of New Parking System

SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport (JWA) began rolling out the first phase of its new state-of-the-art Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) on Thursday, July 7, 2011.


July 13, 2011 
O.C.’s ‘Red Rocks’ will open to public

The ‘Red Rocks’ section of Black Star Canyon that is usually closed to all but guided tours will be opened to the public for a day on July 23.


June 29, 2011 
Land Swap Changes Borders for Long Beach, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach

Designed to tidy the county boundaries, the change affects local trails and five homes in Los Alamitos.


June 16, 2011 
Rossmoor To Seek Authority Over Police Services Amid Concerns Of Los Alamitos Takeover

One of the justifications for the Rossmoor Community Services District to ask for authority over police services is concern Orange County might transfer the responsibility from the Sheriff’s Department, to the Los Alamitos Police Department. Whether that concern is well founded, or whether it is something to be feared by Rossmoor residents, was one of the topics which came up several times during Monday’s public hearing (see related article.)


May 2, 2011 
HomeAid’s 2011 Essentials For Young Lives Donation Drive

HomeAid, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, will collect diapers, baby food and baby hygiene products including baby wipes and lotion which are then distributed to 16 shelters here in Orange County.


April 27, 2011 
Demolition Notice: 7th Street Bridge

Crews will perform nighttime work to demolish the westbound SR-22 / 7th Street connector bridge over the I-405 freeway.


April 18, 2011 
Straight Talk: The DB Versus DC Pension Problem

The March/April edition of Straight Talk Magazine by Art Levine has been published featuring and editorial by Supervisor John Moorlach


April 13, 2011 
John Wayne Airport Named Historic Landmark by American Society of Civil Engineers

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has been named a Local Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch and is one of only three airports worldwide bestowed with this honor.


December 10, 2010 
HomeAid's Essentials Donation Drive

HomeAid, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, will collect diapers, baby food and baby hygiene products including baby wipes and lotion which are then distributed to 16 shelters here in Orange County.


August 24, 2010 
OC Touted for 'Level-Headed' Pension Reform

A group of county supervisors and labor leaders sitting across the table from each other at a public meeting having a calm discussion, even offering each other complements. There was no shouting, no finger pointing and even the posturing was kept to a relative minimum. What made it even more remarkable was the topic: public pensions.


August 17, 2010 
City Seeks Greater Return on Investments

In the face of tight finances and rising pension costs, the city is taking a number of steps to increase returns on its investments and save the money it pays to financial advisers. The moves, while still within state guidelines, may ultimately result in a less diverse portfolio, fewer people handling the city's investments and diminished liquidity.


August 2, 2010 
John Wayne Airport turns 25!

This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the landmark deal that lead the creation of Orange County's airport: John Wayne Airport


February 10, 2010 
Waste Free OC

OC Waste and Recycling, along with the Orange County Board of Supervisors, launched the Waste Free OC Campaign at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine on February 10, 2010.


January 6, 2010 
Bolsa Chica Footbridge To Be Installed Today

HUNTINGTON BEACH Bolsa Chica enthusiasts will start the New Year with a long-awaited footbridge connecting the Outer Bolsa Bay with the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve's upper wetlands and mesa, Bolsa Chica Land Trust officials reported.


December 16, 2009 
Orange County and City of Costa Mesa Approve OC Fairgrounds Agreement

The Orange County Board of Supervisors and Costa Mesa City Council have approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the proposed purchase, governance, and operation of the Orange County Fairgrounds.


October 29, 2009 
John Wayne Airport Construction Alert

WHAT: A portion of John Wayne Airport's Terminal roadways near Terminal B will be narrowed to allow for construction of Terminal C and Parking Structure C through 2011.


June 22, 2009 
HOMEOWNERS - Challenging Your Property Assessment

The Assessor will be sending out property value notices next month. Be sure to read your notice carefully. If there are two values shown on your assessment notice, the LOWER of the two values will be enrolled and that will be the basis for your 2009 Property Taxes. If you only have one value listed that is your enrolled value and no temporary reduction in value was made by the Assessor.


February 19, 2009 
California lawmakers Pass Long Awaited Budget Plan

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - California lawmakers approved on Thursday a state budget package to close a $42 billion deficit, ending a lengthy standoff with a slate of bills that aim to raise taxes, slash spending and increase borrowing with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature.


February 18, 2009 
Disputed Pension Spikes

If a government employee is ready to retire and just before walking out the door his or her employer increases pension benefits 50 percent, would that be an earned increase or a gift of public funds? The answer to taxpayers is obvious.


January 7, 2009 
Muni Bonds: Proceed With Caution

After months of declines, municipal bonds look too cheap to pass up, and signs suggest the market may be ready to rebound.


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.


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.


December 14, 2006 
A County in California Allows Merrill to Come Back

After 12 years in the penalty box, Merrill Lynch is back in business in Orange County.

The county, in Southern California, once accused Merrill of helping tip it into bankruptcy. This week, the county’s board of supervisors voted to put the investment bank on its list of firms qualified to provide it with underwriting services.


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