September 7, 2017

Orange County

Voice of OC: Audit uncovers cost overruns in Laguna Niguel

A long-awaited audit that looked at 21 Laguna Niguel vendors found a $410,000 cost overrun in a tree trimming contract among problems that affected eight of the city contractors.


OC Register: Seniors, not lenders, to pay for FHA losses on reverse mortgages

According to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development analysis released last fall, more than 18 percent of reverse mortgage loans taken out since late 2009 are expected to go into default because these borrowers are not able to cover their property taxes and insurance.


OC Register: Donated golf carts help those helping the homeless living along the Santa Ana River

The City Council in August approved donating two Taylor-Dunn utility carts from the Anaheim Convention Center to assist their partner agency, City Net, navigate the riverbed, where a large homeless encampment has sprouted in recent years.


OC Register: Costa Mesa council directs planning commission to review motel ordinance

The ordinance was adopted in 2014 and limits guest stays at motels to no more than 30 consecutive days or 30 days with a 60-day period unless the motel has obtained a conditional use permit that allows for long-term occupancy.


Daily Pilot: Financially strained Huntington Beach air show gets a $100,000 boost from city

The council’s decision will double the $15 parking fee at all south beach lots and the hourly rates at the Main Promenade Parking Structure, with a maximum daily rate of $30. A $1,600 recreational vehicle pass will allow camping from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.


Daily Pilot: Mesa Water plans to raise meter and usage charges about 5% per year for 5 years

District board members voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue a blended approach for the increase — meaning customers would see increases both in the fixed charge they pay for their meters and the cost of the amount of water they use



Public Policy Institute: Millennial voters and California politics

Six in ten millennials would prefer paying higher taxes for a state government that provides more services, compared to half or fewer older adults (50% gen X, 48% boomer, 40% silent).



Politico: Senate passes hurricane aid, government funding package

The package would send more than $15 billion in immediate relief to Texas and Louisiana, double the amount approved by the House on Wednesday.


Publication Date: September 7, 2017