September 27, 2017

Orange County

Voice of OC: OC supervisors OK broad powers to destroy county emails, texts

The Board's action creates two categories of county records: “official records” that must be kept for at least two years, and “transitory records” – which can apply to emails and text messages between county officials – that can be destroyed immediately.


Voice of OC: Veterans to immediately get all 125 acres for cemetery in Irvine

“The fact of the matter is within the last three weeks, they (staff) have been negotiating outside the parameters,” Councilwoman Christina Shea said. “That’s what was completely inappropriate and that’s why this brush-up happened.”


OC Register: Study: Irvine is nation’s 3rd most-prosperous large city while Hemet ranks 8th most-distressed small town

California’s 45th congressional district, centered around Irvine, ranked sixth nationally for prosperity. Hemet got its low ranking because, among other factors, the study showed 100 percent of its residents in distressed conditions. Youngstown, Ohio, was the most-distressed small town.


OC Register: Garden Grove RVs need to be registered with the city – and is there new hope for completing the Rusty Skeleton?

In a nutshell, starting Oct. 16, 2017, you will need a city-issued permit to park your RV on the street. Park on private property, no problem. But no permit on a city street? That’s a citation waiting to get written.


OC Register: Taxpayer cost for mass murderer Scott Dekraai’s case tops $2.5 million

That estimate would make the case more than twice as expensive as an average death penalty case – $1.08 million – from the date of arrest to sentencing, according to a 2011 study by a Loyola Law School professor and a senior federal appellate court judge..



Cal Labor Fed: Labor, community blasts billionaires, defeats AB 1217

AB 1217 was co-authored by State Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando) and State Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), but was propelled by Eli Broad, Mercury PR and the California Charter School Association, to create a publicly funded, but privately operated STEM school in LA that would have bypassed the local School Board, parents and educators.



Sacramento Bee: Here’s why California’s historic housing legislation won’t bring down costs anytime soon

The state says production now is at its lowest point since 1965. Statewide, the median single family home price has risen more than one percent in the past year alone, to $565,330, with sharper increases in the Bay Area and along the coast, according to August data from the California Association of Realtors.

Publication Date: September 27, 2017