September 11, 2017

Orange County

OC Register: Beuthin: Union members laboring for disaster victims in Houston, Florida

Into this historic challenge stepped thousands of federal, state and local workers — most of them union members — drawn not by obligation, but rather by nothing more than a simple desire to help those who needed help. Read Jennifer Beuthin’s column published last Friday.


Voice of OC: Rackauckas faces $21,000 fine for late reports of $190,000 in Behested Payments

Between September and December 2016, Rackauckas solicited $190,000 for the nonprofit he heads, known as the Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership. State law requires elected officials to report donations they solicit within 30 days of receiving the money, known as behested payments


Voice of OC: CalOptima takes mental health administration in-house

This will be the third time in three years the agency has made a major change in the management of its mental health services, and the change comes just one year after the agency approved its original contract with Magellan Health.


OC Register: 261 more apartments coming to north Orange County

The projects are part of 10,704 units being built countywide that will give apartment seekers some much-needed housing options. The countywide vacancy rate was steady at 4.1 percent.


Daily Pilot: 'Granny flats' rules and sober-living permits are up for review by Costa Mesa's Planning Commission today

The changes outlined in Monday’s agenda are meant both to make Costa Mesa’s regulations consistent with state law and create standards that help preserve the character of local neighborhoods, according to city staff.



LA Times: Initiative to give younger homeowners property tax breaks will cost local and state governments billions of dollars

The fiscal analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office found that cities and counties would receive less money because the measure would reduce the increase in property taxes that often accompanies the purchase of a new home


LA Times: The political parties would like voters to kill California's top-two primary system in 2018

Its impact has been “inconsistent,” concluded an April study co-written by Eric McGhee, a researcher at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.


Publication Date: September 11, 2017