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OCEA Media Brief: April 17, 2012

Anaheim

Anaheim: Buy Us Two Computers and We’ll Provide Public Records
Anaheim officials say they need to buy two $7,000 servers to comply with a Voice of OC request, made under the California Public Records Act, for emails deleted from department heads' computers and city servers.

 

Costa Mesa

On The Agenda
Top issues on this week’s public meeting agendas include Costa Mesa canceling layoff notices for its firefighters and cities approving bans on the sale of dogs and cats at retail stores.

Mickadeit Misses The Mark
This evening Orange County Register columnist, law student and good old boy Frank Mickadeit published a column titled, "Costa Mesa keeps its Fire Department", HERE. Now, old Frank is an interesting guy who writes some pretty good stuff and this one is OK as far as it goes, but he only tells part of the story. And it raises some interesting questions, too.

Costa Mesa keeps its Fire Department
We tend not to write "the-sky-isn't-falling" because who wants to read that? But given the nightmarish projections thrown around and all the national media attention about Costa Mesa possibly getting rid of many city employees in favor of contracted services, an item buried at the bottom of Tuesday night's City Council agenda bears note: The city will not be firing its Fire Department and contracting with the county Fire Authority.

 

County

County Melt Down, Part II
“Last summer I did a post on the disastrous leadership at the County, and how I hoped the Supervisors would perform a certain kind of cranial extraction and take care of business. Of course that was months ago, and the disasters keep mounting due to the indifference of the antiquated and exhausted CEO, Thomas Mauk.”

 

State

Jerry Brown says budget gap could grow by $1 billion or more
Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that the state budget deficit could be $1 billion or more greater than the $9.2 billion he previously thought.

Paycheck initiative gets $250,000 donation, faculty union trumps it
Former Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio gave $250,000 last month to support a ballot measure that would ban payroll deductions for raising money for political purposes, according to documents filed with the state.

Date Created: 4/17/2012 3:53:42 PM

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