(Orange County, CA) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a legislative proposal permitting the County to recover costs of extraordinary search or rescue from residents, age sixteen or older, who, by wanton or reckless conduct, caused the need for the County’s search or rescue. Currently, California law does not allow a county to recover costs of a search or rescue in such situations.
"Taxpayer funded searches and rescues are intended for accidents, not for 'on purposes' that are a result of negligence or criminal activity," Spitzer said. "Individuals who recklessly put themselves and others in danger should pay the cost for such rescues. Innocent taxpayers should not bear the burden of these exorbitant costs."
(Orange County, CA) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors and the OC Parks Department will host a crime victims’ memorial unveiling and inaugural candlelight vigil on Wednesday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m.
On April 9, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the creation of the Orange County Crime Victims’ Memorial. Each Supervisor will appoint two people to a committee that will judge the design competition for the memorial.
A committee of volunteers will raise the money for the cost of constructing the Crime Victims' Memorial through a designated sub-fund of the Orange County Parks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
(Orange County, CA) — Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer has been a longtime advocate of transparent and open government. He is the author of OC's Charter to give voters the right to choose a vacant supervisor position. Since his swearing-in on January 7, 2013, he has worked to make the governmental process open to citizens throughout Orange County because one of the pillars of governing is trust and faith in public servants.
Since his swearing-in, Spitzer has been working with long-time government watchdog, Shirley Grindle, to put together a citizens’ commission with a professional staff to provide oversight and enforcement of campaign contribution violations in county government.