2014 Headline News Archive

December 30, 2014 
Auditor-Controller Releases the CAFR and OC Citizens' Report

The Orange County Auditor-Controller Department released the Annual OC Citizens' Report today, also called the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). This report presents financial highlights for the County of Orange, California for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 and provides the general public a summary of the information contained in the County's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


December 17, 2014 
Three Cases of Wound Botulism Associated with Heroin Use Reported in OC

Three cases of botulism associated with heroin use have been reported in Orange County adults in the last month. All were hospitalized and two required admission to the intensive care unit. Most people with injection drug-associated botulism are users of so-called "black tar heroin", a specific preparation of heroin.


December 17, 2014 
Laguna Beach Resident's Fine Art Photography on Display at JWA

A selection of photographic art by Laguna Beach resident and award winning artist Martha Fuller is now on exhibit in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Community Focus Space Program. Always on a quest to discover, Fuller's collection synthesizes photographs from her travels to Africa and the Caribbean.


December 16, 2014 
Get a Flu Vaccination for a Healthy Holiday Season

Influenza activity has begun to increase in Orange County. The Health Care Agency reminds community members that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Peak flu season has not yet arrived and it is not too late to vaccinate. Influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, and is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over 50, and for those with chronic medical conditions.


December 12, 2014 
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted in Silverado Canyon

The mandatory evacuation issued early Friday for the Silverado Canyon burn area was lifted at 1:45 p.m. today by the Orange County Emergency Operations Center due to decreased forecasted rainfall levels. A road closure issued early Friday on Silverado Canyon Road has also been lifted. A Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 3 a.m. Saturday due to rainfall expected to continue through Friday night.


December 12, 2014 
County Announces Naming of New Chief Information Security Officer

Chief Information Officer Christina Koslosky has announced the appointment of Keith Tresh as the County's new chief information security officer. Tresh is responsible for managing the County’s information security programs, which protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all voice, data network, applications and computer infrastructure. His selection followed an open recruitment process.


December 8, 2014 
New Study Finds Over One-Third of Orange County Deaths are Premature

A new study by the Orange County Health Care Agency examines the leading causes of premature death in Orange County residents.


December 3, 2014 
County Chief Information Officer Selected

Interim Chief Information Officer Christina Koslosky has been chosen by CEO Mike Giancola to permanently lead the County's Office of Information Technology, effective immediately.


December 1, 2014 
First Installment Property Tax Payment Deadline

The Treasurer-Tax Collector reminds Orange County property owners that the first installment of 2014-2015 secured property taxes must be paid by December 10, 2014 to avoid late charges.


November 26, 2014 
Supervisor-elect Bartlett to Take Oath of Office

A special meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, in the Board Hearing Room to administer the Oath of Office to Supervisor-elect Lisa Bartlett. The Board Hearing Room is located on the ground floor of the Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Building 10, Santa Ana.


November 25, 2014 
Haster Basin Project Yields Award for OC Parks and OC Public Works

The Orange County Business Council has announced the recipients of its 4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards, a program developed to recognize leaders, policies and programs in local government that eliminate barriers to economic growth and private sector jobs creation. The Haster Basin Recreation Park received the Award for Sustainable and Green Development, which recognized the effort's improvement of a 100-year-old flood protection system and addition of two acres of high-quality park land to an area in need of recreational space.


November 19, 2014 
County of Orange Launches Interactive Budget Tool

"OpenGov" offers online, fingertip access to County budget; it's part of a financial transparency effort made accessible via technology.


November 18, 2014 
Board of Supervisors Accepts 2,500-Acre Gift

Today the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to accept 2,500 acres of open space, donated by the Irvine Company to the County for preservation and public recreation. The donation provides additional connectivity to the 20,000 acres the Irvine Company donated to the County in 2010, which marked the largest single donation of land to the County in its history. The land accepted today was previously slated for construction of approximately 5,000 homes.


November 17, 2014 
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Works in Orange County

A new report from the Orange County Health Care Agency found that adult clients of the County's drug and alcohol treatment programs experienced significant reduction in drug use, improved health, and social functioning; increased employment rates; and a reduction in arrest, incarceration and reliance on medical services.


November 10, 2014 
Bob Hope USO Opens at John Wayne Airport

More than 50,000 military members and their families each year can now receive the hallmark USO airport welcome at the first Orange County USO since World War II.


October 23, 2014 
Permits Needed for Over-Road Displays in Unincorporated Areas

Property owners in the unincorporated areas of Orange County planning to stretch holiday displays over public roadways must coordinate with OC Public Works to assure the displays are safe and properly permitted.


October 22, 2014 
Board Approves Renewable Energy Plant at Irvine Area Landfill

A proposed state-of-the-art renewable energy plant to convert landfill gas to electricity has been approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The Board, in a unanimous vote at its regular meeting on Oct. 21, gave the go-ahead for OC Waste & Recycling, the department that manages the County's three landfills, to revise and update a previous agreement with a private contractor to build a gas-to-energy facility at the County's Frank R. Bowerman Landfill.


October 22, 2014 
Public Update on Ebola Preparedness

Emergency planning is well underway in Orange County in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The risk of contracting Ebola in the United States and in Orange County is very low; there are currently no cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases. County officials are reviewing communicable disease response plans and conducting drills to exercise those plans.


October 17, 2014 
Veterans Resource Directory Now Available Online

The updated County of Orange Veterans Resource Directory is now available to view and print online. Community members may also request a copy by calling the Veterans Service Office at (714) 480-6555.


October 9, 2014 
Airport Arts Program at John Wayne Airport

Even non-travelers can enjoy a visit to John Wayne Airport (JWA), thanks to the Airport Arts Program.

  • JWA's 25th annual Student Art Contest is underway. All Orange County public and private school students in grades kindergarten through 12 are encouraged to submit artwork inspired by this year's theme: "OC125: Exploring Orange County's Story." Click here to learn more.
  • Visitors and residents can explore Orange County's rich 125-year history through "OC 125: Exploring Orange County's Story," a curated exhibition of sites and experiences, on display at John Wayne Airport now through February of 2015. Click here to learn more.

October 6, 2014 
Free Seasonal Flu Shots on October 10th

Free influenza vaccine will be offered Oct. 10, 2014 to adults and children at two Orange County locations. Flu shots will be provided at no cost to adults and children three years of age and older on a first-come first-served basis. Both locations will offer both walk-up and drive-through flu shots.


October 6, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Offers Services in Westminster

Beginning Oct. 9, 2014, the Clerk-Recorder Department will begin accepting and processing passport applications as well as issuing marriage licenses at the County Community Service Center, located in the City of Westminster.


October 1, 2014 
High Temperatures Pose Potential Health Risk

Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach highs above 95 degrees this week, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.


October 1, 2014 
Board Unanimously Approves JWA Settlement Agreement Amendment

By a vote of 5-0, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 30th to approve the proposed John Wayne Airport (JWA) Settlement Agreement Amendment and to certify Environmental Impact Report 617.


September 30, 2014 
Get Ready to ShakeOut

The County of Orange will join millions of people worldwide to practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.


September 25, 2014 
Scavenger Hunt Raises Literacy Awareness at OC Public Libraries

You are invited to take part in a Literacy Scavenger Hunt hosted by OC Public Libraries and READ/OC throughout the month of October. The winner, selected from entries received by Oct. 31st, will be awarded a Kindle Paperwhite 6" eReader with WiFi (valued at $120), and a $75 Amazon gift card.


September 17, 2014 
Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Orange County

The Orange County Historical Commission and OC Parks invite you to visit Orange County's past at the 125th Anniversary Celebration. The event will present historic highlights and demonstrations by special guests and Park Rangers in the newly restored Soda Fountain Pavilion located in Group 2 of the park.


September 15, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Reaches Milestone: 7 Million E-Documents

The Clerk-Recorder Department has recorded 7 million electronically submitted documents. Orange County was a pioneer in the development and implementation of electronic recording.


September 12, 2014 
High Temperatures and Wildfire Smoke Pose Potential Health Risk

Higher than normal temperatures are expected throughout the weekend in many inland Orange County cities, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses. In addition, smoke from the wildland brush fire burning in Silverado Canyon may pose a health danger to some Orange County residents, especially those in certain high-risk groups. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a Smoke Advisory for portions of Orange County, including the Saddleback Valley and Capistrano Valley areas.


September 12, 2014 
How to Get Information on the Silverado Fire

Residents seeking information regarding the Silverado Fire can call the Emergency Operations Center Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085. There are no evacuations at this time, a portion of the Silverado Canyon Road remains closed but the SR 241 remains open at this time.


September 10, 2014 
Six County Programs Receive 2014 CSAC Awards

Six County of Orange programs have been honored for innovation and cost-effectiveness by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) through its 2014 Challenge Awards program.


September 4, 2014 
Register Now For the 5th Annual AlertOC Regional Test

On September 23rd, over two million Orange County residents will receive a call to test the AlertOC mass notification system. This is the fifth annual regional test of the system and will include 25 participating cities and the County's unincorporated areas. Residents are encouraged to self-register their email addresses, cell phone numbers and other alternate numbers to be a part of the regional test.


September 3, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Offers Special Saturday Hours

The Clerk-Recorder will offer special Saturday hours at all three Orange County locations on September 20th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations for civil wedding ceremonies and passports are recommended due to limited space. Please call (714) 834-2500 for more information.


August 18, 2014 
Dana Point Harbor Cleanup & Cigarette Butt Roundup on Sept. 20

OC Dana Point Harbor is preparing for the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, part of the International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort on the planet. The event will be held Saturday, September 20, in conjunction with the 12th Biannual Dana Point Harbor Underwater Cleanup and annual Cigarette Butt Roundup. New this year will be an On-the-Water Cleanup administered from kayaks and dinghies.


August 11, 2014 
OC’s 125th Birthday Chronicled in Exhibits and Online

The Old Orange County Courthouse is pleased to present "Orange County Circa 1889," a collection of historic photographic work taken 125 years ago documenting the founding year of Orange County's birth. The exhibit will run through October 10, 2014. Also at the Old Courthouse is “Celebrate OC,” describing the County’s separation from Los Angeles County. It will run through the end of the year.


August 7, 2014 
County Prevails in Lawsuit Challenging Fire Funds Rebate

An Orange County Superior Court judge has invalidated a plan by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) to redirect revenues paid to the Authority for fire protection, delivering a victory to County attorneys who claimed the payments constituted a gift of public funds.


July 31, 2014 
Property Assessment Appeals Accepted through Sept. 15

Property owners may file appeals to their annual property assessments now through September 15 with the office of the Orange County Clerk of the Board. Property owners should be aware that they may file an appeal themselves—there is no requirement to use a tax agent nor does the County of Orange charge a processing fee to file an appeal.


July 9, 2014 
Installment Plan Available for Unpaid 2013-14 Property Taxes

Real property with outstanding taxes, penalties, and fees levied for FY 2013-14 that were not paid or postmarked by June 30, 2014 is now considered tax defaulted. As of July 1, those taxpayers who have defaulted on property taxes can take advantage of an installment payment plan, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, announced. The taxpayer must qualify to enter into an installment plan by meeting certain criteria.


June 11, 2014 
Last Chance to Start a Payment Plan for Delinquent Property Taxes

A listing of all properties by city with delinquent taxes owed for five or more years has been published by Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, in the newspaper and online at ocgov.com/defaultedproperties. These properties may be subject to auction unless owners act now to enter into an installment plan for payment. Property owners have until June 30, 2014, to begin a Five-Year Installment Plan to pay the delinquent taxes on their properties.


June 2, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Celebrates One Year of Special Saturday Openings

The offices of Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen are celebrating a year of being open one Saturday a month, a service that has proven very popular with wedding parties and other customers. The Saturday hours are available at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and the department's branch offices in Laguna Hills and downtown Fullerton.


May 22, 2014 
OC Beaches Get Clean Bill of Health for Summer

Orange County residents aren't the only ones who’ve been working to get fit for the summer season—the coastline has been watching its waste-line too. The environmental non-profit Heal the Bay has released its annual "Beach Bummer List" ranking California’s most polluted shorelines – without a single Orange County beach listed. This year marks the first time in six years that stubborn list-dweller Poche Beach in South Orange County hasn’t appeared on the list.


May 15, 2014 
Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan Advances

OC Dana Point Harbor has received approval for its years-in-the-making Revitalization Plan from the Dana Point Planning Commission. The approval culminates 15 years of planning, hundreds of public meetings and extensive community support. "This is a huge step that will finally bring the harbor revitalization project to reality," said Supervisor Patricia Bates, who represents Dana Point Harbor.


May 14, 2014 
Property Tax Collection Rates Soar; Help Is Available for Delinquent Taxpayers

The collection rate for secured property taxes for FY 2013-14 is at 97.9%--marking the highest collection rate in the last 20 years, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, announced. Incoming receipts are $190 million or 3.9% higher than at the same time last year. For those taxpayers unable to pay their secured taxes in full, the Treasurer offers an installment payment plan for delinquent secured taxes beginning July 1, 2014.


May 12, 2014 
Orange County Unveils FY 2014-15 Balanced Budget

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2014-15 Recommended Budget has been released for review. Public budget hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11, at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. A one-hour Public Budget Preview will begin at 8 a.m. on June 10 in the Hall of Administration Planning Commission Hearing Room.


May 8, 2014 
Mike Bennett Appointed OC Agricultural Commissioner

Milton "Mike" Bennett has been appointed Orange County's Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures, effective immediately. The consolidated offices of Orange County Agricultural Commissioner and Orange County Sealer of Weights and Measures are state-mandated positions that serve upon the appointment of the Board of Supervisors to a four-year term.


May 2, 2014 
Rules Streamlined to Make It Easier for Craft Breweries to Operate

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 27, 2014 
Vaccinations Recommended for Measles Outbreak

Orange County has confirmed 21 cases of measles so far this year, the most for any county in California. The Health Care Agency expects the measles outbreak will continue to spread and reminds the public that the best way to prevent this highly contagious disease is by getting vaccinated.


March 6, 2014 
Orange County Slated for $37.3 Million in New Federal Funds

Orange County is slated for a total of $37.3 million in new federal funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the next two years, on top of another $45.9 million in funds already authorized by the President and Congress. The decades-long Santa Ana River Mainstem project will receive the bulk of the funding.


March 3, 2014 
County of Orange and Discovery Science Center Present 2014 Eco Challenge Poster Contest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (February 27, 2014) – Beginning today, young Orange County residents have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Eco Challenge poster contest presented by the County of Orange, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball for the chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2014 Angels baseball game. Visit www.discoverycube.org/batkid for contest rules and eligibility.


February 26, 2014 
Auditor-Controller Releases OC Citizens' Report

The Auditor-Controller has released its annual OC Citizens' Report, which presents County of Orange financial highlights for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 and provides a high-level summary of information contained in the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


February 21, 2014 
Potential Public Exposure to Measles

The Health Care Agency has confirmed four cases of measles in Orange County in the last seven weeks, which is consistent with an increase seen throughout California. These cases raise the possibility that Orange County residents may be exposed to measles. The most recent case spent time in public locations in Orange County while contagious.


February 20, 2014 
Registration Opens for South County Senior Summit

Registration is underway now through March 14th for the 7th Annual South County Senior Summit, hosted by OC Supervisor Patricia C. Bates, the OC Office on Aging, Age Well Senior Services, and Laguna Woods Village. The event, which takes place Friday, March 21st in Laguna Woods, will feature speakers on the topic of "Are You Prepared to Age-in-Place?" as well as complimentary breakfast and lunch.


February 19, 2014 
Bat Found at Fullerton College Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat found on the ground at Fullerton College near the Music Building on February 18, 2014 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Fullerton College located in the City of Fullerton is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.


February 18, 2014 
266 Couples Married on Valentine's Day

A record number of couples – 266 – were married this Valentine's Day in civil ceremonies at the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department’s three marriage locations, breaking the long-standing Valentine’s Day record of 173 couples wed in 1997.


February 6, 2014 
Confirmed Measles Activity in Orange County

The Health Care Agency has confirmed three cases of measles in Orange County in the last six weeks and reminds community members that the way to protect yourself and your family against the measles is to get the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.


January 29, 2014 
Social Services Agency Deputy Elevated to Director

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Mike Ryan, Chief Deputy Director of the Social Services Agency to replace Dr. Michael Riley as the agency's new director. The appointment was made Tuesday.


January 28, 2014 
County Names Partner to Develop El Toro Property

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a comprehensive agreement with Lowe Enterprises to entitle and develop the County's 100+ acres of land at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine.


January 28, 2014 
Board of Supervisors Asks for Fire Funding Process Review

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to formally respond to a lawsuit filed by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) that seeks court validation of its plan to redirect excess tax money that the Authority claims is unneeded for fire protection.


January 28, 2014 
Chairman Nelson and Vice Chair Bates Will Serve for 2014

Board Chairman Shawn Nelson and Vice Chair Patricia Bates will remain in their leadership posts for another year, supervisors decided Tuesday.


January 24, 2014 
Treasurer-Tax Collector Lists Top Ten Property Taxpayers for FY 13/14

The Treasurer-Tax Collector has announced the top ten Orange County property taxpayers in the secured and unsecured categories for fiscal year 13/14.


January 23, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Extends Office Hours in Fullerton and Laguna Hills

Effective February 3rd, the Orange County Clerk-Recorder will be extending the hours at the department's branch offices in Downtown Fullerton and the Laguna Hills Civic Center. These locations will now be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


January 23, 2014 
OC Acknowledged as National Leader in Elections

Orange County has been recognized by the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration for best practices, innovation and elections operations in a report recently presented to the White House.


January 22, 2014 
February is Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month

OC Animal Care is offering a $20 discount and a free goodie bag with each rabbit adoption during the month of February from the shelter in Orange.


January 8, 2014 
County’s Credit Rating Upgraded

A recovering local economy and "very strong" management practices led to a recent upgrade to the County's creditworthiness by national rating agency Standard & Poor's.


January 3, 2014 
Union Approves New County Contract

The Alliance of Orange County Workers, representing operations and maintenance employees, is the latest bargaining union to approve a new labor agreement with the County.


January 2, 2014 
Season's First Influenza Death in Orange County

The Orange County Health Care Agency reports that a 28-year-old woman died last week from influenza A-related disease. This is the first influenza-related death of a person under 65 years of age reported in the county this flu season. Reports of influenza have increased in Orange County recently.