SANTA ANA – Orange County's Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appeal a judge's ruling that requires the county to repay $147 million it withheld from a state fund that supports schools and community colleges.
Toward the end of a meeting that lasted more than seven hours on Tuesday, Orange County's Board of Supervisors agreed that they would like to hire Chandra Waller to be the County's top manager, but they couldn't agree on how much to pay her.
A handful of Fullerton residents -- armed with statistics, charts, and what they described at their own good sense -- showed up Tuesday to the OC Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver the following message: Don't put a homeless shelter in my back yard.
In the wake of a blistering report by Orange County's Grand Jury that raised troubling questions about hospital lobbyists writing controversial changes to the county's $1.5 billion health plan for the poor and then fundraising for Supervisor Janet Nguyen, a majority of her colleagues Friday said they supported changing the board governance for CalOptima.
SANTA ANA – Orange County's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of a former furniture store in Fullerton for conversion into a year-round emergency shelter for the homeless, the county's first.
Vice Chairman Greg Winterbottom was unanimously selected as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors. Winterbottom replaces outgoing Chairman Paul Glaab.
Shawn Nelson took over Tuesday as chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Nelson was elected by a 5-0 vote of his colleagues despite concerns publicly voiced by Supervisor Janet Nguyen to the Orange County Register that his often-combative style of questioning staff from the dais would be an issue.
“I didn’t expect any surprises today,” Nelson said after the vote.
The county supervisor, who represents north Orange County, can be discomfortingly direct in public meetings, speaking up about things that others might prefer were left unsaid.
The concern he raised at the Dec. 18 Board of Supervisors meeting is familiar to anyone who has worked to create affordable housing – especially for larger households – in ZIP codes where the cost of shelter is well above average.