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OCEA Media Brief: Feb. 16, 2012

County

OC Register: Jury finds social worker didn’t lie in abuse case
By a 9-3 vote, an Orange County jury today found that an Irvine couple did not prove that a social worker lied or acted maliciously when she listed them on a statewide index of child abusers.

Voice of OC: Moorlach and Walters chat about County’s homelessness issues
Board of Supervisors Chairman John Moorlach and acting Santa Ana City Manager Paul Walters Tuesday "gave each other tasks to pursue" in coming weeks in an effort to aid the large numbers of homeless adults who live in and around the Civic Center.

The Liberal OC: Campaign watchdog Grindle questions Martinez contribution
Hat tip to the Voice of OC, as campaign finance watchdog Shirley Grindle has called into question a campaign donation made to Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s Assembly campaign. The contribution, from a vendor awarded a contract by the city of Santa Ana, came after Martinez voted to award the vendor a city contract. Grindle was quick to point out she believes Martinez accepted the contribution in error.

 

Anaheim

Voice of OC: District Attorney opens inquiry into Sidhu campaign contributions
The Orange County district attorney has opened an inquiry into whether Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu accepted $3,400 in illegal campaign contributions from a hotelier during Sidhu's 2010 campaign for Orange County supervisor, DA Chief of Staff Susan Schroeder wrote in an email this week.

 

Costa Mesa

Voice of OC: Residents challenge facts in Costa Mesa’s charter mailer
The city's brochure, titled "An Important Message from City Hall," arrived at residences late last week ahead of a final charter hearing on Monday. It provides background information about city charters and answers "some of the most frequently asked questions" about Costa Mesa's proposed charter. But a group of residents calling themselves Costa Mesans for Responsible Government is disputing several of the brochure's assertions. In a counterflier issued early this week, they challenge eight of the city's statements.

OC Public Square (Councilwoman Wendy Leece’s blog): Hubris in Costa Mesa
“Monday's meeting was another epiphany for me. I honestly thought that we would sift through many of the submitted suggestions to the Charter. Why did we ask for public input if we were not sincere in reading the hundreds of emails or listening to resident comments and discussing additions to the charter? All those hours spent by staff to organize the emails was a waste.”

A Bubbling Cauldron: Contemplating the charter hearing again
Re-examining Monday night’s Costa Mesa charter meeting.

Voice of OC: City’s secrecy about pot shop letter was illegal, expert says
The decision to send the October letter, which preceded a federal crackdown on the dispensaries last month, was made "as part of litigation and in closed session," said city spokesman Bill Lobdell, referring to an exemption in the open meetings law known as the Ralph M. Brown Act. But the council was prohibited from making any decisions about the letter — or even discussing it — in closed session while under that Brown Act exemption, according to Francke, who is the general counsel of Californians Aware, a statewide First Amendment advocacy organization.

 

Pensions

Sacramento Bee: CalPERS—Jerry Brown’s hybrid pension plan won’t significantly cut state’s costs
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to put future state and local government employees into hybrid retirement plans won't significantly cut the state's pension costs and could cost some employers more than their current defined benefit plans, the California Public Employees' Retirement System said in an analysis released Tuesday afternoon.

 

President in OC

LA Times: Dueling demonstrations await Obama at OC fundraiser
Thursday morning, a gaggle of the president's backers and critics had gathered near the home to welcome the president.

OC Register: Lively scene outside Obama’s O.C. fundraiser
Competing rallies from both sides of the political spectrum sprung up this morning near the site of President Barack Obama’s Orange County visit, with as many as a hundred people lining the street across from the Corona Del Mar neighborhood where his fundraiser was planned.

 

Other

Ventura County Star: Closing of postal centers could cause trouble with mail ballots, Bowen says
In the last statewide primary election two years ago, more than 12,500 mail-in ballots in Riverside County were nearly invalidated because of what postal officials described as "a change in process" that caused them to be delivered after Election Day.

Date Created: 2/16/2012 10:38:08 AM

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