2011

December 14, 2011 
Demotions, pay cuts ordered for county executives

Orange County's assistant chief executive officer will be demoted and a deputy CEO will lose a $27,000 raise after a vote Tuesday by county supervisors responding to an audit criticizing unjustified promotions and pay raises.


December 13, 2011 
Supervisors Revoke Executive Raises

The Orange County Board of Supervisors rescinded a series of controversial discretionary raises for the county's top executives Tuesday, refusing CEO Tom Mauk's request for more time to study the issue.


December 12, 2011 
OCTA Board Voices Its Worries About High-Speed Rail Project

The Orange County Transportation Authority voted unanimously Monday to send two messages to Sacramento and Washington lawmakers about the planned $98-billion high-speed rail project.


December 1, 2011 
OC Set to divert 73.5 million dollars

Listen to Supervisor Nelson's latest radio interview with Warren Only on Which Way LA Channel 89.9FM


November 18, 2011 
O.C. Sanitation throws out illegal pay vote

The Orange County Sanitation District has taken back an illegal vote that gave pay raises to some top employees.


November 8, 2011 
Sanitation District secretly votes on pay raises

But for County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, the Orange County Sanition District might have gotten away with a fast one.


November 7, 2011 
Supervisors want executives demoted, $27,000 raise revoked

The county's assistant chief executive officer should be demoted and lose his executive benefits and a deputy CEO should have her $27,000 a year raise revoked, a Board of Supervisors committee targeting unjustified promotions and raises has recommended.


November 2, 2011 
Watch Supervisor Nelson on KTLA

Supervisor Shawn Nelson, along with other government officials, is working to prevent the use and abuse of bath salts. Taking bath salts internally is the newest dangerous drug of choice for an increasing number of people. Although the state has recently passed a law prohibiting the sale of bath salts, Supervisor Nelson warns that these drugs are just being relabeled to get around the ban. Please use the link below to watch the KTLA report on the bath salt problem, including interviews with Supervisor Shawn Nelson, State Senator Lou Correa and State Assemblyman Chris Norby.


October 19, 2011 
Supervisors Vote to Swap Pensions for Social Security

Supervisor Shawn Nelson also announced he would soon be seeking a charter amendment that would force county supervisors who do choose to participate in the local pension plan to accept a lower pension benefit formula.


October 18, 2011 
Sports Day teams kids with athletes

Hundreds of children and teens got to play with elite athletes and coaches during the OC Parks' Sports Day on Saturday at Craig Regional Park.


October 3, 2011 
Sports Day – Save the Date! – October 16th!

OC Parks Sports Day is an event for children ages 6 to 17 to learn the skills of soccer, baseball, basketball, football, racquetball, volleyball and softball.


October 3, 2011 
Plan to Put Nguyen on CalOPTIMA Board Runs into Opposition

A plan to give Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen a permanent seat on the county's CalOPTIMA board is triggering a firestorm of controversy, even before its Tuesday debut at the board's regular meeting.


August 31, 2011 
Super Senior Saturday

Watch a video of Supervisor Shawn Nelson at the Super Seniot Saturday at the Buena Park Senior Center.


August 30, 2011 
Nelson party pooper on $50,000 airport grand opening

One thing is certain. There will be a party to celebrate the opening of John Wayne Airport's new terminal and parking structure.


August 24, 2011 
A $50,000 Party for a Parking Lot?

The long-awaited new terminal and parking lot at John Wayne Airport is finished, and on Tuesday airport staff unveiled plans for a $50,000 celebration.


August 4, 2011 
Fullerton Stands Up for Kelly Thomas

From his days as a record-setting, star high-school and college running back in Fullerton in the late '70s and early '80s, Tony Bushala learned that when the ball is put in your hands, you must charge forward regardless of large, menacing obstacles.


August 2, 2011 
FBI, district attorney probe death of homeless man repeatedly struck by officers

FULLERTON, Calif. -- As they boarded an Orange County transit bus the night of July 5, passengers recounted a disturbing story in graphic detail: A homeless man near the bus station was under attack by police officers.


July 30, 2011 
FBI investigating Fullerton police beating

FULLERTON, Calif. (KABC) -- The FBI is joining the investigation in the case of a homeless man who died following a struggle with Fullerton police.


July 30, 2011 
Officers in fatal fight taken off street duty

The FBI will investigate the death of a homeless man fatally injured during a fight with Fullerton police, authorities confirmed Friday, as the police chief temporarily took the officers involved in the confrontation off street duty.


June 21, 2011 
County Bigwigs Rant About Multimillion-Dollar Cost Overruns

Millions of dollars in cost overruns left Orange County officials fuming Tuesday, but that was about all they could do.


June 8, 2011 
Pay raises at top leave county employees in tears

A dozen county employees, including a county librarian who walked away in tears, told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday they felt betrayed after revelations by a county auditor that top county executives received double-digit raises while hundreds of county employees were being laid off and furloughed.


June 8, 2011 
Editorial: Foxes in the county henhouse

The Orange County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Tuesday discussed recent audit findings that showed county executives and managers benefited from unjustified pay increases and promotions. The board's solution: Create a committee to review the county auditor's findings and recommend corrective action.


May 24, 2011 
CBS News - OC Mother Sets Off Political Firestorm

Watch the CBS News video - OC Mother Sets Off Political Firestorm.


May 19, 2011 
County Executive Ranks, Labor Groups Benefit From Lax HR Department

Thursday, May 19, 2010 | A scathing report released Wednesday by the Orange County performance auditor revealed a culture of excess within the county's human resources department in recent years that has allowed lavish pay increases for executives and sweetheart deals for labor groups while county revenues have plummeted.


May 11, 2011 
Retired transit official gets $211,884 double-dip

The Orange County Transportation Authority board awarded its former director of special projects a $195,000 two-year contract to essentially provide the same services he offered while employed by the OCTA.


April 14, 2011 
Inside OC - Interview with Rick Reiff

Watch the Inside OC Interview with Rick Reiff.


March 22, 2011 
New OC Rule Aims To Protect Kids From Registered Sex Offenders

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A new ordinance is pushing to make it a crime for registered sex offenders to enter areas where children regularly gather in Orange County.


March 22, 2011 
CBS News - Sex Offender Restrictions

Watch the CBS News video on Sex Offender Restrictions.


March 17, 2011 
Law Would Keep Sex Offenders Out Of Parks

SANTA ANA – Registered sex offenders who venture into county parks and playgrounds could face misdemeanor charges under a proposed new law to go before the Board of Supervisors next month.


March 16, 2011 
Ban on Sex Offenders in Orange County Parks Proposed by D.A.

Registered sex offenders would be barred from Orange County parks and recreation areas under an ordinance proposed Wednesday by the district attorney's office and county Supervisor Shawn Nelson.


March 15, 2011 
Supervisors to Consider Killing Pensions for Future Supervisors

Ever since he was elected last summer, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson has been trying to get rid of pensions for local elected officials.


March 15, 2011 
Orange County Supervisors Back Diocese's Senior Apartment Plan

SANTA ANA — Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved a plan by the Diocese of Orange to build apartments for seniors in an unincorporated area of north Tustin, prompting opponents to say they will likely try to block the project with a lawsuit.


March 4, 2011 
Supes: Public Guardian Issue To Be Resolved Soon

The fate of Public Administrator/Public Guardian John S. Williams is expected to be resolved in the next few days, county supervisors said following a special closed door meeting Friday morning.


March 1, 2011 
Editorial: Pensions Pumped as Public Alarm Grew

Did government agencies deliberately boost pension benefits the past three years, anticipating voter criticism and the restraints on pensions it might bring? From our vantage point, that looks to be the case.


February 22, 2011 
Supervisor Nelson to Receive Legal Leaders Award

(Santa Ana) - Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson will be the first in this year's series of rising government attorneys to be awarded the Whittier Law School Alumni Association's Legal Leaders Award in qppreciation of their contributions to the Orange County legal community.


February 22, 2011 
Rising Government Attorneys to be Awarded Legal Leader Awards at Upcoming MCLE Luncheon Series

Orange County Supervisor and the only attorney on the Board, Shawn Nelson, will be the first out of a series of rising government attorneys to be awarded Whittier Law School Alumni Association's Legal Leader’s Award in appreciation of their contributions to the Orange County legal community.


February 14, 2011 
OCTA Board Tweaks Fuding Guidelines For Transit Hub

Orange County Transportation officials modified funding guidelines Monday to receive nearly $100 million for the building of a major transportation hub in Anaheim and voted to continue their support for the project.


February 11, 2011 
City Services Seen As Lures To Annexation

An agency that oversees boundaries in Orange County is looking to nudge some unincorporated communities toward accepting services from adjacent cities rather than fight them on annexation.


February 7, 2011 
Nelson Wants Taxes on Phones, Gas Returned

The County of Orange may be paying an extra $30,000 a month for a federal tax it doesn't have to pay, and Supervisor Shawn Nelson is leading the charge to recover more than $1 million in overpaid taxes over the last three years.


February 2, 2011 
Brewery Receives Entrepreneur Award

FULLERTON – On an industrial street in Fullerton, surrounded by warehouses and right next to the train tracks, sits a not-so-well-kept local secret.


February 1, 2011 
Should O.C. Appeal Pension Case?

On the same day last week that an appellate court in Southern California ruled that a public entity – in this case, the County of Orange – must pay retroactive pension benefits it promised workers, an appellate court in Northern California ruled the opposite.


February 1, 2011 
Lobby Reform Passes

The Orange County Board of Supervisors took a big step toward transparency Tuesday by unanimously approving the first reading of an ordinance that would require lobbyists who are paid more than $500 to register with the county and file annual reports.


January 13, 2011 
Orange County's planned mega transit center questioned

Some prominent Orange County officials are questioning the wisdom of building a long-planned mega transit center in Anaheim that would help deliver tourists to Disneyland and link local rail and bus services to the state's proposed bullet train.


January 11, 2011 
Three County Supervisors Sworn In

Supervisors John Moorlach, Shawn Nelson and Pat Bates were sworn in for their next four-year terms in front of an overflowing crowd at Tuesday's board meeting.


January 10, 2011 
La Habra honors football heroes ... again

LA HABRA – In what seems to be becoming a yearly event, the La Habra High football team was honored by the city Saturday for winning a CIF championship.


January 8, 2011 
Orange County Government Executives Take Back 5 Percent Pay Cut

With Orange County facing the possibility of $100 million in budget cuts over the next five years, and Gov. Jerry Brown set to propose an austere state budget, county government executives are seeing their paychecks fatten by an extra 5 percent.