September 25, 2017

Orange County

Voice of OC: Audit: OCTA staff lowered performance standards for contractor

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) managers secretly lowered performance standards for a bus contractor with a history of late buses and missed trips, effectively making the contractor look better in monthly performance reports.


LA Times: Is Disney paying its share in Anaheim?

Support for various deals benefiting Disney has come from Anaheim City Council members who have received generous campaign contributions through a byzantine network of political action committees funded by the company.


OC Register: Housing crisis: See how state lawmakers are putting more teeth — and more money — into reform

SB 35: One of the most contentious measures of the session was this “streamlining” bill, designed to speed up the time it takes to win approval for new housing in local communities. Gov. Brown wanted it. Local governments fought it.


Daily Pilot: Amid residents' complaints, Newport Beach considers updating airport noise analysis

The low ranking for LAX comes amid several major projects underway, in the works or recently completed, including construction of a $1.6-billion terminal that began earlier this year.


OC Register: FivePoint CEO on Amazon bidding as HQ2 forces everyone to play nice

The change in tone was not lost on developer on Emile Haddad, chief executive of Irvine-based FivePoint Communities. He thinks, win or lose, there’s a bright side for everybody in the competition for Amazon: Reasoned discussion about economic opportunity.



Santa Cruz Sentinel: California’s Legislature is getting more family-friendly ­— and it’s not just politics behind the shift

With so many parents of young children in the Assembly, Speaker Anthony Rendon last year agreed to push Monday’s start time back an hour so that lawmakers could take their kids to school in the morning and still catch a flight to Sacramento.


Publication Date: September 25, 2017