Nelson in the News

November 17, 2014 
OC Supes to Vote on Purchase of "Possible" Homeless Shelter in Santa Ana, Whatever That Means

On Tuesday, the county's Board of Supervisors is set to vote on whether to complete the purchase of a Santa Ana warehouse for use as the county's first-ever public, year-round homeless shelter.


May 2, 2014 
County Streamlines Regulations for Craft Breweries

(Santa Ana, CA) — Who doesn’t love an uncomplicated beer? When Anaheim asked the County for help to make the city more “brewery friendly,” the County responded by agreeing to streamline inspections of craft breweries.


March 31, 2014 
Orange County officials mull applying for earthquake aid

Local leaders in Fullerton, Brea, La Habra and other cities most impacted by Friday's 5.1 earthquake and its aftershocks huddled in meetings Monday to tally the damages and determine what state and federal disaster assistance might be available.


March 25, 2014 
Supes Decide to Pass Along Cost of Paramedics to Residents who Call for Them

The Orange County Fire Authority's fee amounts to about $300 for a resident requiring "advanced-level life support," which includes an ambulance and a paramedic.


February 25, 2014 
County Workers Granted New Options for Charitable Giving

Orange County supervisors on Tuesday broke a monopoly the local United Way had on county employee charitable giving through paycheck deductions, approving a change that allows employees to direct their money to other "county-sponsored" nonprofits.


February 4, 2014 
Supervisors: Health industry power led to CalOptima problems

The county’s health plan for the poor and elderly fell into turmoil after medical industry leaders made a political power play, critics say, and in the end, patients paid the price.


January 13, 2014 
OC Supervisor Nelson chosen as OCTA chairman

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson was unanimously selected today as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors.


January 11, 2014 
Court Strikes Down Laws Barring Sex Offenders from O.C. Parks

A panel of appellate court justices today struck down all Orange County laws banning registered sex offenders from parks, ruling they conflicted with state law.


January 10, 2014 
Union, county reach accord

A union representing more than 400 Orange County workers has approved a new labor agreement with the county, extending its term to June 11, 2015.


November 7, 2013 
It's Official: Supes Will Now Pay Into Their Own Pensions

Following the lead of their rank-and-file workers, managers and attorneys, county supervisors voted Tuesday to end taxpayer “pick ups” of their own employee share of pension costs.


November 6, 2013 
Supervisors Clash Over Proposed Alcohol Law

The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday delayed voting on new criminal penalties for allowing underage drinking at home after two supervisors openly clashed over whether it would save lives or encroach on civil liberties.


September 18, 2013 
Supervisor Shawn Nelson talks to Time Warner Cable

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson talks to Time Warner Cable Local Edition host, Leslie Leyton , about the competition between Sacramento and Orange County and the vehicle licensing fees, among other topics.


August 27, 2013 
Community Editorial: OC Roads Can Be More Bike Friendly

As public demand grows for safe ways to bicycle around town, local governments need to better focus on implementing the Complete Streets Act -- a recent state law aimed at making roadways safer for cyclists and pedestrians, according to activists and officials gathered at a Voice of OC Community Editorial Board meeting last week.


August 6, 2013 
PBS: County Supervisors Upset Over Scope of FBI Task Force Probe

News that an FBI task force is investigating public officials in Orange County isn't sitting well with county supervisors, who are angry that there could be a perception of guilt when there really is none, reports PBS SoCaL's David Nazar.


July 7, 2013 
Supporters of O.C. Fire Rings Hold Bonfire

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — People who want to keep existing fire rings in the sand at Huntington Beach vowed to fight fire with fire on Sunday.


May 15, 2013 
Orange County supervisors won’t ask Calif. hikers to pay back $160,000 in rescue costs

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won’t be charged the $160,000 it took to find them.


May 15, 2013 
Supervisors will appeal court's $147M demand

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.


May 1, 2013 
Supervisors Poised to Hire New CEO

The Orange County Board of Supervisors seems poised to hire the head of county's trash department as its next CEO.


March 26, 2013 
Supervisor Shawn Nelson deserves credit for speaking at Los Amigos Meeting

O.C. Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson spoke on Wednesday to approximately 60 members of Los Amigos of Orange County


March 25, 2013 
Supervisors inch toward response to CalOptima report

A split county Board of Supervisors is moving forward to craft a response to a scathing grand jury report from earlier this year


March 19, 2013 
Supervisors disagree on new-CEO salary

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.


March 13, 2013 
Hundreds turn out at town hall meeting for shelter

Many of the 250-plus residents who turned out for a town hall meeting expressed concern or disdain over a proposed year-round homeless shelter in their neighborhood.


March 12, 2013 
Despite Complaints, Supervisors still back homeless shelter

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.


February 7, 2013 
Clerk-recorder job draws 900 applicants

SANTA ANA – Binders full of women – and men – have been delivered to the offices of the five county supervisors.

Now the real work begins: winnowing nearly 900 applicants for the county's vacant clerk-recorder job to a maximum of 10 before conducting public interviews with the surviving candidates.


January 28, 2013 
Orange County Homeless Shelter - PBS SOCal Video

Orange County Homeless Shelter - PBS SOCal Video


January 24, 2013 
OC Grand Jury Issues Scathing Report on CalOptima

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.


January 16, 2013 
Supervisors OK buying Fullerton building for year-round shelter

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.


January 15, 2013 
Orange County spending $3.2 million to create Fullerton homeless shelter

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to spend $3.2 million to acquire a closed Linder's Furniture site in Fullerton to convert into a year-round homeless shelter.


January 14, 2013 
OCTA Board selects Winterbottom as chairman, Nelson as vice chairman

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.


January 8, 2013 
Shawn Nelson Elected Chairman of OC Supervisors

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.


January 8, 2013 
District 4 Supervisor Nelson elected chairman

Supervisor Shawn Nelson, representing the Fourth District, was unanimously elected Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors today during an annual reorganization of the Board.


January 5, 2013 
Affordable housing plan provokes objection

SANTA ANA – It was a classic Shawn Nelson moment.

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.


May 13, 2014 
Orange County Adopts Laura’s Law

Orange County on Tuesday became the first large county in California to adopt a controversial law that allows court-ordered outpatient treatment of adults with severe mental illnesses.