2012

December 18, 2012 
More Quiet Transfers of County Staff Trigger Questions

As county Supervisor Bill Campbell enters his last few weeks in office, some of the remnants of his county staff are quietly finding their way into the county bureaucracy, raising questions about political patronage in a county known for its conservative approach toward public payrolls.


December 18, 2012 
County Seeks Real Estate Manager

Faced without a high-level manager to keep track of its vast land holdings, Orange County leaders are pushing forward with plans to hire an executive for the job.


December 18, 2012 
O.C. reverses course, recognizes Harvey Milk Day

In addition to Constitution Week, Cyber Security Awareness Month and Wear Red for Women Day, Harvey Milk Day will now be officially recognized by Orange County supervisors.


December 18, 2012 
A Step Closer to Harvey Milk Day in Orange County

After two years of public snubs, the Orange County Board of Supervisors was set Tuesday to consider recognizing Harvey Milk Day as part of their yearly adoption of proclamations.


December 18, 2012 
County Supervisors Will Observe Harvey Milk Day for the First Time

After two years of public snubs, Orange County supervisors today unanimously approved recognizing Harvey Milk Day as part of their yearly adoption of proclamations.


December 15, 2012 
County managers to pay more toward pensions

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will publicly take up their first labor contract next Tuesday as they consider a three-year deal with the Orange County Managers Association.


December 14, 2012 
OC Supervisors Tackle Managers Labor Contract

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will publicly take up their first labor contract next Tuesday as they consider a three-year deal with the Orange County Managers Association.


December 5, 2012 
Rat cleanup saga offers window into county's workings

We can now bring you the conclusion of our multi-part tale of the $182,000 bill that the County of Orange got for a cleanup of rat droppings at two county buildings.


December 4, 2012 
Supervisors Place New Time Limit on Comments by the Public

Reacting to an upset resident who often speaks on issues seemingly unrelated to his complaint, Orange County supervisors approved new restrictions Tuesday on public speakers.


November 19, 2012 
Dance of the Electeds

Facing a host of vacancies for countywide elected offices, some of Orange County government's top players have found themselves in a high-stakes game of political musical chairs.


November 12, 2012 
Did county pay 10 times too much for rat cleanup?

We told you last month about the $182,000 bill the County of Orange received for an “emergency” cleanup of rat droppings that was done over Labor Day weekend at two county buildings in Orange.


October 26, 2012 
Cleanup for rats rings in at $182,165

Did union leaders spook county managers into spending the price of a small condominium to clean up the droppings of one rat? Or was the problem a failure by those same managers to communicate?


October 22, 2012 
Battle Over County Labor Contracts Is Heating Up

After watching the Orange County Board of Supervisors grant interim CEO Bob Franz a raise last month because of his expanded workload, the county’s social services eligibility workers want the same kind of treatment.


October 17, 2012 
Supervisors Delay Approval of Computer Contract

The Orange County Board of Supervisors delayed approval Tuesday of a computer contract that could be worth more than $200 million, amid questions from supervisors and strenuous protests from a local labor leader, who says the process for choosing a vendor has not been sufficiently open.


October 3, 2012 
Supervisors Approve Controversial Canyon Development Plan

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to amend the county’s land use plan for Modjeska and Silverado canyons to allow a controversial 65-home development into the rural canyons just northwest of Cook’s Corner.


September 25, 2012 
Interim County CEO Bob Franz Slated for 5.5 Percent Raise

Less than a month after being tapped as Interim County CEO, Bob Franz is slated for a 5.5 percent raise. At this morning’s public meeting, Orange County Supervisors will consider giving Franz a 5.5 percent raise while the county’s former chief financial officer acts as CEO and oversees a national search for his replacement.


July 27, 2012 
County on the Verge of Releasing Drakodaidis Letter

To date, only one county supervisor, Shawn Nelson, has argued publicly that the letter should be released. Nelson, himself an attorney, has said that the ...


July 26, 2012 
Orange County CEO Tom Mauk Resigns

Orange County Chief Financial Officer Bob Franz was appointed as interim CEO on a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Shawn Nelson dissenting.


July 26, 2012 
OC CEO Resigns

The supervisors voted 4-1 to appoint county Chief Financial Officer Robert Franz as interim CEO, with Supervisor Shawn Nelson casting the dissenting vote.


July 3, 2012 
OC District Attorney Details Sex Allegations That Prompted Councilman’s Arrest

SANTA ANA (CBS) — District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Tuesday described Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante as a sexual bully, who cornered women in his office and groped them, apparently without fear of being caught.


June 26, 2012 
County cuts $50,000 from O.C. Human Relations

The county's Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to cut $50,000 from a proposed $302,000 in funding for the Orange County Human Relations Commission, which tracks hate crimes, mediates disputes between police and citizens, and tries to cool tensions when ethnic conflicts arise.


June 3, 2012 
Measure B Would Limit Pensions for County Supervisors

Voters Tuesday will have a chance to keep Orange County Supervisors from picking the more generous pension options offered to county employees.


May 9, 2012 
NRA Radio Interview

Listen to Supervisor Nelson - NBA Radio Interview


May 2, 2012 
Cities, County at odds over Police, Fire deals

Most cities contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department year-to-year, but the county will seek at least a five-year commitment from now on, officials say. Cities want to keep their options open.


April 20, 2012 
Supervisor Nelson of OC: Only Those With $$ to Gain Think Choo Choo is Viable

Supervisor Shawn Nelson says supporters of the problematic California high-speed rail project would face less criticism if they would "just be honest" about the financial realities confronting the $68-billion plan.


April 9, 2012 
Bullet trains stop short of O.C. in new plan

ANAHEIM – For years, the idea of a high-speed rail system in California has been sold as a line that would whisk passengers from the San Francisco Bay Area to the resort area of Anaheim.


April 7, 2012 
Calif high speed rail drops Anaheim from $68B plan

The route of the planned Bay Area-to-Southern California high speed train system will stop short of Anaheim, state rail officials said.


April 7, 2012 
Latest change in bullet train plan a blow to Orange County

In a blow to Orange County's hopes for a boost to business and tourism, the California bullet train project has dropped a link to Anaheim from its current, $68-billion plan.


April 6, 2012 
Editorial: Cool toward idea of ARTIC in Anaheim

The Register's Editorial Board wonders why the Orange County Transportation Authority is pushing for a new, grandoise train station and bus depot in Anaheim, at an estimated cost of $180 million.


March 12, 2012 
Stopping Obamacare’s implementation with local Government

The Orange County Board of Supervisors, or at least three of the five, should be commended for voting to reject federal grant money available through Obamacare to the county's health care agency.


March 6, 2012 
Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson talks to Time Warner Cable Local Edition

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson talks to Time Warner Cable Local Edition host Leslie Leyton about pension reform and the local level.


March 6, 2012 
Supervisors reject $10 million it calls 'Obamacare' grants

Orange County's Board of Supervisors has blocked the county’s Health Care Agency from seeking more than $10 million in federal grants because some board members see the money as tainted by "ObamaCare."


March 1, 2012 
Voters to get a say on Board of Supervisors' pensions

Voters in June will get a chance to require that members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors take the lowest pension option offered to county employees.


February 28, 2012 
Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson Appointed to SCWC Board of Trustees

The Southern California Water Committee announced this week the appointment of Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson to its diverse and well-respected Board of Trustees.


February 28, 2012 
County Looking Into Previous Owners of Eckhoff Building

County officials have begun to look into an oil drilling company, the previous owner of a controversial Social Services Agency building in Orange that workers say is making them sick.


February 27, 2012 
New Supervisors’ Chairman Seeks to Extend Term Limits

It's been rumored for months that John Moorlach, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, wants to seek a third term. This week he made it official.


February 17, 2012 
Family of 3-year-old pleads for hit-and-run driver to step forward

The family of 3-year-old Miranda Palacios, who was fatally struck in a hit-and-run, pleaded at a news conference Friday morning for the driver to come forward.


February 17, 2012 
Family Of Toddler Killed In OC Hit-And-Run Pleads For Driver To Surrender

The family of a toddler killed in a hit-and-run in Anaheim last week on Friday urged the driver responsible for her death to surrender to police.


January 27, 2012 
Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson talks redevelopment

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson talks to Leslie Leyton, host of Time Warner Cable's "Local Edition" about the demise of redevelopment in California:


January 25, 2012 
O.C. pension battle ahead

John Moorlach, incoming chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, in his State of the County address Tuesday, outlined a plan to "preserve the financial viability of the county" by reining in skyrocketing pension costs facing the county.


January 10, 2012 
Moorlach Ready for the Super Bowl of Labor Negotiations

As Orange County government prepares for the Super Bowl of labor negotiations with contracts for the three major employee unions up for renewal in 2012, John Moorlach, arguably the county's highest-profile union opponent, is set to take over the chairmanship of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.