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October 9, 2015 
Appellate Court Ruling Affirms Musick Expansion

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has again found in favor of the County's plans to expand the James A. Musick Jail Facility in Irvine, rejecting the fourth lawsuit filed against the expansion since 1996.

October 2, 2015 
Social Services Agency Recognized for Outstanding Delivery of Benefits

For the second consecutive year, the California Department of Social Services has recognized the County of Orange Social Services Agency for its outstanding delivery of CalFresh benefits to Orange County residents. CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps, is California's largest nutrition assistance program and provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels.

October 2, 2015 
30-Day Comment Period for Kraemer Site Opens

The public has until October 30, 2015, to comment on a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration before the Board of Supervisors considers finalizing the purchase of the property at 1000 N. Kraemer Place for use as an Emergency Temporary Shelter and Multi-Service Center to serve the homeless.

October 1, 2015 
Reminder: Holiday Display Permit Required in Unincorporated Areas

OC Public Works reminds residents in the unincorporated areas of Orange County that they must obtain an "encroachment" permit if they plan to stretch holiday displays, including strings of lights, over public roads.

September 22, 2015 
Largest-Ever AlertOC Test Call to Reach 2.5 Million Residents Thursday

As part of National Preparedness Month, nearly 2.5 million Orange County residents will receive a phone call and email on September 24, 2015 to test the County's mass notification system. This is the sixth annual (and largest-ever) regional test of AlertOC, involving 25 participating cities and the County's unincorporated areas.

September 22, 2015 
Health Care Agency Reports West Nile Virus Related Fatality

An 80 year-old Buena Park resident died last week with complications of West Nile virus (WNV) infection. Test results received this week confirmed the diagnosis. This is the first human death associated with WNV infection for this year's season in Orange County.

September 22, 2015 
Treasurer-Tax Collector Mails Secured Property Tax Bills

The Treasurer-Tax Collector's office will mail fiscal year 2015-16 secured property tax bills to Orange County taxpayers starting this week. The bills are already available to view, print or pay online at ocgov.com/octaxbill. Please know that first installment is due November 1, 2015.

September 18, 2015 
Community Forum Announced for Input on 1000 N. Kraemer Place, Anaheim

The County of Orange will conduct a Community Forum on September 30, 2015. The Kraemer Community Forum will be held at Eastside Christian Church located at 3330 East Miraloma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Community Forum is open to the public and will be structured to give residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders the opportunity to receive additional details on the County's best practice shelter plan, which includes operational and management guidelines as well as public safety and security strategies.

September 17, 2015 
JWA Celebrates 25 Years in Thomas F. Riley Terminal

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has launced a yearlong celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. Over the next 12 months, on the 16th day of the month, JWA will feature people, programs and history from the past 25 years to highlight the important role the Terminal and Airport play in the Orange County community.

September 11, 2015 
County Prevails in Complaint over Trash Facility Permit

The director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) this week upheld a review by County regulators of the operating permit issued to Rainbow Environmental Services' trash facility in Huntington Beach.

September 10, 2015 
Limited Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Cancelled

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District has cancelled aerial spraying activities planned for this week. No aerial applications have been conducted or will be conducted for the remainder of the 2015 mosquito season. The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District is a separate government agency from the County of Orange. Residents wanting more information should visit the district's website at www.ocvcd.org.

September 9, 2015 
Clerk-Recorder Plans Special Saturday Hours for Sept. 19

The Clerk-Recorder will open all three Orange County locations (and provide free parking) for the special Saturday hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 19, 2015. To save time, marriage license, ceremony and passport applications can be completed online at http://ocrecorder.com/. Appointments for civil marriage ceremonies and passport applications will fill up fast, and are recommended.

September 9, 2015 
US Airways Ticketing Moves to Terminal A at JWA

Effective Thursday, September 10, 2015, the US Airways ticket counter at John Wayne Airport will be located in Terminal A, next to American Airlines. Passengers being dropped off, checking in luggage and needing assistance from a ticket agent should proceed to Terminal A on the Departures (upper) Level of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

September 9, 2015 
Four County Programs Receive 2015 Statewide Awards

Four County of Orange programs have been honored for innovation and cost-effectiveness by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) through its 2015 Challenge Awards program. "Providing work training for veterans and helping foster youth are award-winning programs that show how the County of Orange is reaching out to help people and touching lives every day in multiple ways," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer, Third District. “Congratulations to all of this year's worthy award winners.”

September 8, 2015 
High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures around 100 degrees this week, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.

September 3, 2015 
Limited Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Planned for Sept. 9 and 10

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District will be conducting aerial spraying September 9 and 10 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (weather permitting) to reduce adult mosquitoes and suppress the spread of West Nile Virus over the cities of Orange, Tustin, Villa Park and portions of Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Stanton.

August 25, 2015 
Supervisors Appoint Peter Hughes as Performance Audit Director

The Board of Supervisors has appointed Peter Hughes to a three-year term as the County's permanent performance audit director. Since April, Hughes has been serving as the interim performance audit director following the departure of Philip Cheng.

August 21, 2015 
Unsecured Property Taxes Due by August 31, 2015

The Treasurer-Tax Collector has issued a reminder that payment of unsecured property tax bills is due on or before August 31, 2015. Unsecured property taxes cover business personal property, leased equipment, boats and aircraft assessments.

August 18, 2015 
Record Adoption Numbers at OC Animal Care During Clear the Shelters Adoption Event

More than 300 pet adopters lined up as early as 6 a.m. for the chance to adopt a needy pet during the Clear the Shelters Adoption Event at OC Animal Care on August 15. The event, hosted by NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo, was a first-of-its-kind nationwide pet adoption initiative aimed at finding thousands of pets permanent homes.

August 7, 2015 
OC Reports First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2015

A 51 year-old resident of the city of Orange tested positive this week for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, becoming the County's first human WNV infection in 2015. This is the 19th human case of WNV reported in California this year. The man experienced symptoms during the third week of July and has completely recovered.

August 6, 2015 
Sheriff's Department Hosts Career Fair

The Orange County Sheriff's Department will host a career fair on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Tustin. This informational event is open to the public, free to attend, and will enable attendees to meet current personnel and learn about various professional opportunities in the law enforcement field.

July 13, 2015 
Supervisors Meetings Now Viewable on Mobile Devices

Beginning Tuesday, live streaming and archived videos of Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings will be accessible on mobile devices, including phones and tablets, thanks to a series of webcasting upgrades provided through GovTV. Viewers also will be able to watch Board meetings in higher resolution with improved image quality and a 16 x 9 wide-screen viewer experience.

July 13, 2015 
County Public Health Officer Eric Handler Named 2015 Physician of the Year

County of Orange Public Health Officer Eric Handler, MD, is the 2015 Physician of the Year, an honor bestowed by the Orange County Medical Association. The award recognizes physicians for being hard-working, exhibiting extraordinary professional competence, serving as an educator and mentor for associates and nurses, being a strong motivator and displaying good rapport with patients. Handler was selected from among 40 nominees.

July 9, 2015 
OC Zoo Welcomes New Bear

The OC Zoo will introduce its newest animal – a young California black bear – at a special event Saturday, July 25. The female bear, named Elinor, is believed to be a little more than one year old. Her official welcome will take place at 1:30 p.m. during the OC Zoo's Zookeeper Appreciation Day event. Elinor was found last year wandering alone in Humboldt County as a young cub and is believed to have been hit by a car. The cub recovered, but would not have survived in the wild.

July 1, 2015 
Clerk of the Board Issues Annual Assessment Appeals Reminder

The Orange County Clerk of the Board reminds residents that the new Annual Filing Period for filing an assessment appeal is July 2, 2015 through November 30, 2015. If you believe the value of your property was less than the assessed value established by the Assessor for the January 1, 2015 lien date, you can challenge your assessment by filing an assessment appeal and have it heard by a three (3) member appeals board or a single hearing officer under certain circumstances.

June 29, 2015 
Assessor Delivers 2015-16 Local Assessment Roll of Values

The Assessor has delivered the 2015-16 Local Assessment Roll of Values, which is 5.89%, or $27.7 billion more than last year (2014-15). Each of Orange County's 34 cities and the unincorporated areas had a year-to-year increase in net taxable value. Value changes are reflecting the Orange County real estate markets that show continued appreciation in property values this year and the restoration of values previously reduced under Proposition 8 decline in market value provisions.

June 26, 2015 
John Wayne Airport Provides Fourth of July Holiday Travel Tips

Summer travel is underway at John Wayne Airport (JWA) and with the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, JWA anticipates a busy travel period from Friday, June 26 through Sunday, July 5. Passengers and visitors are encouraged to check construction alerts at www.ocair.com and plan ahead if visiting JWA during this time. Passengers are also reminded that fireworks are prohibited in or around the Airport.

June 23, 2015 
Supervisors Approve Balanced FY 2015-16 Budget

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a $5.8 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year—July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016—including $723 million in General Purpose revenue, of which $687 million is available for discretionary programs.

June 18, 2015 
Clerk-Recorder to Offer Extended Summer Hours

From July 1 through September 30, 2015, the Clerk-Recorder will keep the department's offices in Santa Ana, Laguna Hills and Fullerton open for an additional hour every Wednesday. This will give busy individuals and families an opportunity during the summer to obtain important services such as passports, marriage ceremonies and licenses, birth, death and marriage certificates, fictitious business names and notary registrations.

June 17, 2015 
Community Forums Set for Input on 1000 N. Kraemer Site Use

The County of Orange will hold a Community Forum on the potential uses for 1000 N. Kraemer Place in Anaheim, including use as a year-round emergency shelter and multi-service center. The Kraemer Community Forum, scheduled for Friday, June 26, at 5:30 pm at the Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, will be the first in a series of community meetings to receive input on the potential site acquisition and use.

June 16, 2015 
Leon J. Page Appointed as New County Counsel

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has selected Leon J. Page to assume the duties of County Counsel following the retirement of outgoing County Counsel Nicholas S. Chrisos on July 24, 2015.

June 10, 2015 
Help is Available for Delinquent Orange County Taxpayers

For taxpayers who are unable to pay their secured property taxes in full, the Treasurer offers a five-year installment payment plan for delinquent secured taxes starting on July 1, 2015. Taxpayers must qualify to enter into an installment plan by meeting certain criteria. The plan allows for installment payments of at least 20% per year for five years, usually reducing the overall penalties charged by allowing partial payments of the outstanding property taxes.

June 10, 2015 
Ten County Programs Receive NACo Achievement Awards

Ten County of Orange programs were selected to receive a 2015 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo). Founded in 1935, NACo represents the nation's 3,069 County governments in support of the pursuit of excellence in public service.

June 8, 2015 
Campylobacter Cases Associated with Consumption of Raw Goat Milk

Orange County has confirmed three cases of campylobacteriosis infection associated with consumption of raw goat milk distributed by Claravale Farm of San Benito County, California. All three patients are young children less than 5 years of age. One patient was hospitalized, and all of them are expected to recover.

June 5, 2015 
Auditor-Controller Releases First Independent Analysis under COIN

Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery will release the first fiscal impact report under the COIN (Civic Openness in Negotiations) Ordinance on Monday, June 8, prepared as part of labor negotiations with the Alliance of Orange County Workers (AOCW). A public workshop will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Orange County Hall of Records to present the report and answer questions regarding the methodology leading to the report's findings.

June 3, 2015 
New Chief Financial Officer Appointed

County Executive Officer Frank Kim has announced the selection of Michelle Aguirre to serve as the County's new chief financial officer (CFO) effective immediately. She fills the vacancy left by Kim, who had served as CFO since 2013 and was named county executive officer in May 2015.

June 3, 2015 
Purchase Agreement Approved for Property in Anaheim

On June 2, 2015, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a purchase and sale agreement for property at 1000 N. Kraemer Place in Anaheim, authorizing an investigation period to examine potential uses for the site, which include a year-round emergency shelter and multi-service center.

May 28, 2015 
New Wellness Website Focuses on Health Information and Data

Orange County has a new interactive and easy to navigate website, OCHealthierTogether.org, that allows anyone to find data and information about health and wellness in Orange County. The website presents more than 170 indicators related to the health of Orange County organized by topics such as maternal, child health; exercise, nutrition and weight; diabetes; heart disease and cancer.

May 12, 2015 
Frank Kim Takes Helm as New County CEO

The Orange County Board of Supervisors welcomed new County Executive Officer Frank Kim to his first official day on the job after unanimously ratifying his contract and honoring outgoing CEO Mike Giancola.

May 11, 2015 
Orange County Unveils FY 2015-16 Recommended Budget

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2015-16 Recommended Budget has been released for review by the Board of Supervisors and the public. Public budget hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, and Wednesday, June 10 at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana.

May 6, 2015 
John Wayne Airport Unveils Collectible Trading Card

John Wayne Airport (JWA) has debuted its first ever trading card. The "SNA" card reflects JWA's official airport code and is part of the North American Airport Collectors Series™, which was created to offer aviation enthusiasts a unique collectible to commemorate their travels through U.S. and Canadian airports.

May 6, 2015 
Clerk-Recorder Offers Special Saturday Hours

Plan now to take advantage of special Saturday hours available at the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Santa Ana, Fullerton and Laguna Hills. Appointments for civil marriage ceremonies and passports are recommended due to limited space.

May 5, 2015 
Frank Kim Selected as Incoming County Executive Officer Effective May 12

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today announced that Chief Financial Officer Frank Kim will assume the duties of County Executive Officer, effective May 12, following the Board's ratification of Mr. Kim’s contract.

April 30, 2015 
Health Care Agency Releases Immersion and Drowning Report

The Health Care Agency has released a research report titled, "Immersion Incidents & Drowning Deaths in OC." Drowning remains one of the top five causes of unintentional injury death across all age groups in Orange County. The goal of this report is to better guide prevention efforts aimed at reducing the number of immersions and drowning deaths.

April 21, 2015 
Board of Supervisors Approves High-Tech Renewable Energy Project

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today gave a green light to an academic-government-business partnership that will convert landfill gas into clean energy at the closed Santiago Canyon Landfill. In addition to the County's closed landfill, the partnership includes UC Irvine's Advanced Power & Energy Program and Ener-Core, an Irvine-based company.

April 14, 2015 
State Awards $17.5 Million for New County Juvenile Probation Center

The California Board of State and Community Corrections has awarded $17.5 million to the County of Orange to build a multi-purpose rehabilitation facility at the Juvenile Hall and Youth Leadership Academy campus in Orange, including a visitation center, meeting rooms and a gymnasium.

March 31, 2015 
John Wayne Airport Approves Permits for Ridesharing Companies

John Wayne Airport has issued permits for two ridesharing companies to begin providing passenger pickups. Uber and Wingz were the first two Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to submit the documentation required to receive the new TNC Ground Transportation Permit.

March 30, 2015 
OC Animal Care Needs Public Assistance Locating Dog and Owner

OC Animal Care is investigating a dog involved in an attack on two horses in O'Neill Regional Park on March 27, 2015. The dog reportedly was being walked off-leash by its owner at the time of the attack. Anyone with information on the dog, the owner or the attack is encouraged to contact OC Animal Care Operations at (714) 796-6460.

March 23, 2015 
37th Senate District Special Primary Election Certified

Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley has certified the official results of the 37th Senate District Special Primary Election held on March 17, 2015. Total turnout from the election was 15.7 percent, with 13.6 percent of voters casting their ballot by mail and 2.1 percent of voters voting in their polling place.

March 17, 2015 
Court Upholds Proper Use of Civilian Workers in County Jails

A state appeals court has again ruled in favor of the County's use of civilian workers in the jail system, denying a demand by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs for as much as $8 million in damages.

March 16, 2015 
Eco Challenge Poster Contest Underway

Orange County residents between the ages of 8 and 14 are invited to enter the Eco Challenge poster contest, now underway. One lucky winner from each County Supervisorial District will be awarded the status of "Honorary Bat Kid" during an Angels home game in 2015.

March 4, 2015 
Process Approved for Transportation Network Companies to Serve John Wayne Airport

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved an operating permit that will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), which include "ridesharing" services such as Uber and Lyft, to begin serving John Wayne Airport.

February 26, 2015 
Property Tax Auction Set for March 5, 2015

Orange County Treasurer Shari L. Freidenrich announced that the next tax auction is Thursday, March 5, at 12:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 333 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Building 10 in Santa Ana.

February 26, 2015 
Bill Introduced to Designate John Wayne Airport as a Port of Entry

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Congresswoman Mimi Walters have introduced a bill, H.R. 1051, that would require the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to designate John Wayne Airport (JWA) as a Port of Entry. A Port of Entry airport provides customs and immigration services for arriving foreign visitors on incoming flights.

February 20, 2015 
Bat Found in Huntington Beach Tests Positive for Rabies

A live, rabid bat was found on the ground in the Big Lots shopping center parking lot located at the corner of Warner and Golden West in Huntington Beach on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity 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 20, 2015 
Southwest Announces New Nonstop Service from John Wayne Airport

More nonstop flights are taking off from John Wayne Airport. Travelers will be able to fly on Southwest Airlines to Seattle and Chicago beginning June 28, 2015 and to Portland beginning August 9, 2015

February 6, 2015 
New Security Measures Planned for Board Meetings

Beginning March 3, 2015, those attending Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings will be required to pass through a metal detector before entering the Board Meeting Room, a move designed to boost security in line with other large urban California counties.

February 5, 2015 
Bat Found at Fullerton College Tests Positive for Rabies

A live, rabid bat was found on an outside step on the east side of the "1100 Building" at Fullerton College on January 29, 2015. Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat 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 to determine the risk for rabies.

February 2, 2015 
Election of Supervisor Andrew Do Certified

Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley has certified the official results of the Orange County Board of Supervisors' First District Special Election held on January 27, 2015.

January 30, 2015 
Two County Department Heads Announce Retirement Plans

Two longtime County executives who began their government careers in the same year at the same department will retire in February: John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy and Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Susan Novak.

January 27, 2015 
John Wayne Airport Posts December 2014 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in December 2014 as compared to December 2013. In December 2014, the Airport served 803,492 passengers, an increase of 1.8% when compared to the December 2013 passenger traffic count of 789,342.

January 26, 2015 
County Awarded $19.5 Million for Homeless Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $19.5 million to the County of Orange and its community partners for homeless housing assistance and other programs under the 2014 Continuum of Care grant competition.

January 22, 2015 
New Renewable Energy Plant at County Landfill

Board Chairman and Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer joined today with area government and business officials to present details on the environmental and economic benefits to be gained from a renewable "green" energy plant at the Frank R. Bowerman landfill northeast of Irvine.

January 20, 2015 
Measles Continues to Spread in Orange County

Orange County now has sixteen confirmed cases of measles. Ten of the reported measles cases in Orange County, along with others throughout California and in other states, are connected to visiting Disneyland or Disneyland California Adventure Park in December. The source of the infection for the four most recent cases is not known; they were not exposed at Disneyland and had no known contact to any of the confirmed Disney-associated cases.

January 15, 2015 
Deadline to Apply for Grand Jury Service Extended

The deadline to apply for Grand Jury service has been extended to Jan. 30, 2015. The Grand Jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating County and City agencies, jails, schools, and special districts within Orange County and writes a final report with its findings and recommendations. The Grand Jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in felony cases and reviews complaints submitted by citizens.

January 15, 2015 
Supervisor Spitzer Will Serve as Board Chairman for 2015

Supervisor Todd Spitzer has been chosen unanimously by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors for 2015. Supervisor Lisa Bartlett will serve as the Board's vice chair.

January 8, 2015 
Illness Associated with Rosca de Reyes Bread

Over 30 people from multiple unrelated groups became ill with symptoms including dizziness, palpitations and numbness after eating Rosca de Reyes Bread distributed by Cholula's Bakery in Santa Ana. The Health Care Agency is investigating the cause of the illnesses, and the bakery is closed pending the outcome of the investigation.

October 8, 2015 
Apply Now to Serve on the Next Orange County Grand Jury

The Superior Court of Orange County is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of the next Grand Jury. The new, 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one year term that begins July 1, 2016. The deadline to apply for consideration is January 22, 2016, and applications are available on-line at www.ocgrandjury.org.