Fifty days remain until the June 3 elections for three seats on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and, as usual, the campaign money race offers hints about the likely frontrunners. Based on contribution activity (and personalities), the four-person race to replace termed-out 2nd District Super ... More >>
A plan by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens to relieve jail overcrowding by sending some felons home with electronic monitoring devices received a lack of support from the county Board of Supervisors this week. The sheriff's department, which already uses home monitoring for some misdemeanor off ... More >>
Remember all that holler from a few years back about John Williams screwing things up so badly as Orange County's public administrator/public guardian that the Board of Supervisors drove him out of office? This week, the board finalized a plan to shift the public administrator half of the job to th ... More >>
Once again, the Board of Supervisors has cut by $50,000 the annual funding request by Orange County Human Relations, the watchdog on regional hate crimes.But the nonprofit, which won approval for $252,000 in county funding for this fiscal year, would have received another $50,000 less than that if o ... More >>
The draconian and ideological $200,000 slash proposed by Supervisor Shawn Nelson to the county-contracted core budget of the Orange County Human Relations Commission won't be enacted. The Board of Supervisors met earlier today after postponing any action last week and came to a negotiated compromise ... More >>
When you hear of a "grand opening" you might think of an Asian massage parlor ad, but once and future Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer is taking back the phrase if only for one day.Spitzer will celebrate the "grand opening" of his new campaign headquarters tomorrow afternoon.And how do we know ... More >>
The South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) board votes tonight on whether to pay a private lawyer $25,000 in taxpayer funds for helping negotiate what the district calls the "Mathur settlement." Why the district must settle anything with Raghu Mathur, who in January was fired/did ... More >>
bos.ocgov.comBoard of Supervisors Chairwoman Pat Bates speaks at last year's inaugural victims' rights rally in front of the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana.According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, a lot of people with blood on their hands have been passing through San ... More >>
We try to keep up with the tweets of our elected officials in Orange County, but sometimes we get distracted by Facebook. That's the only plausible explanation for how we missed the above gem from Dana "Mr. Taliban" Rohrabacher (R - Leviticus).This blunder--overlooking prime tweets from OC mover/ ... More >>
Mike Duvall spread more than the word of GodUntil recently, Irvine-based Republican fundraiser Desiree Mouzoon prominently listed a testimonial on her business website from Mike Duvall. Why not? Until recently, Duvall had been an Orange County state assemblyman who served as vice chairman of a po ... More >>
Bryan Speegle, director of Orange County Public Works and head of a planning department that was recently lambasted in a government audit and blasted by county supervisors, has announced his retirement, according to a statement from the county CEO's office."County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk ha ... More >>
Giant ceremonial scissors made an appearance along Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point this morning, as members of the city council and OC Board of Supervisors member Pat Bates dedicated a brand new pedestrian bridge.It's not just a pedestrian bridge, though. It's "beautification." It's a "great wor ... More >>
Sandra Hutchens, Orange County's Republican sheriff, registered as a Democrat for as long as a decade in both Los Angeles and OC, according to records reviewed by the Weekly.In an interview for a March profile, Hutchens told me she is a Republican; holds conservative views, particularly on fiscal ma ... More >>
What is it with the Orange County Board of Supervisors and their love of pedophile apologists? In 2006, Third District Supe Bill Campbell tried placing Monsignor John Urell, the right-hand man of Diocese of Orange bishops for a good decade of their sex-abuse scandal, on the county's human relations ... More >>
The most influential Orange County man you've never heard of is undoubtedly Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., heir to the Home Savings (remember that bank?) fortune. He rarely makes public appearances due to suffering from Tourette's Syndrome, but that hasn't stopped him from giving millions of dollars away ... More >>
Taking a wait-and-see stance toward OC’s new top cop
'Sometimes, when I am stressed, I go and stand on the shoulder of a toll road and smell the fumesI mean, fresh air'
Why do Supervisor Janet Nguyen's former supporters in OC's Republican power structure hate her so much?
Mike Schroeder will jump out of bed this morning in Corona del Mar, neatly hang his Darth Vader pajamas in the closet, shower, kneel at his USC football altar and don an expensive, natty suit befitting Orange County’s leading Republican strategist-slash-chiropractic insurance company king. It’ ... More >>
Eddie Rose writes: "In California this year, we have--with one notable exception--the WORST slate of candidates, including a man who can't pronounce the name of the state he claims to serve! Were it not for the importance of several ballot propositions, it probably wouldn't make much sense to go to ... More >>
Today we spoke with Cassie DeYoung, candidate for Orange County Supervisor. She has an uphill battle against Pat Bates, a former Assemblywoman and cog in the Republican Party machine. Bates has the support of Congressmen Ken Calvert and Gary Miller, the OC GOP, the Transportation Corridor Agencies, ... More >>
Ever committed adultery? Are you homosexual? Prop 90 supporter Howard Ahmanson Jr. wouldn't mind stoning you. Yesterday we discussed Howard S. Rich, a wealthy fellow from New York, and his intense desire to screw with California government by financing groups that back Proposition 90. And Prop 90 is ... More >>
Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine Company) has signed on to support Proposition 90, the Taxpayer Trap Initiative (or Save our Homes, if you're gullible). This is no surprise; back in September 2005, Prop 90's main backers poured $120,000 into Campbell for Congress, the campaign committee formed to ... More >>
If only it were a smile contest... I thought the Transportation Corridor Agencies were getting desperate when I saw their ads on cable. But now it looks like they're going so far as to cobble together campaign mailers for supporters. I say this because Pat Bate's latest mailer, which uses TCA endor ... More >>
Supervisor candidate on everything from the gropinator to O.J.
Wilsons flip-flop on CEO proves the specter of outside interests controls Orange County government
Did a smear campaign force Republican ''caveman'' out of key Assembly race?
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