Author: Matthew Cunningham

County To Evict Homeless Encampment On Santa River By The Honda Center

The Orange County Public Works (OCPW) department has begun posting notices informing the homeless living in illegal encampments along the Santa Ana River by the Honda Center will have to leave by July 17. According to the notice, OCPW will be “conducting maintenance and/or flood control project activities in this section of Flood Control District property” and will install “permanent security fencing and a gate to control access” to the this section of the river bank from Katella Avenue to the railroad bridge located 2,300 feet upstream. As is the case with all the homeless encampments along the Santa...

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County Partners With City Net To Entice Homeless Out Of Santa Ana River Camps

From the County of Orange: County Partners with City Net for Santa Ana River Flood Control Channel Homeless Engagement Initiative Starting July 1, 2017, the County of Orange began a partnership with the nonprofit City Net for directed supplemental engagement services for individuals experiencing homelessness encamped along the Santa Ana River flood control channel. The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved $750,000 on June 6, 2017, for the County to provide enhanced services to the encamped homeless population between Chapman Avenue and Katella Avenue. The Board identified the greatest areas of need to include services like triage operations, intensive...

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State Supreme Court Denies Anaheim School District Attempt To Squash Charter Status for Palm Lane School

The Palm Lane Elementary School parents have won another court victory over the Anaheim Elementary School District’s legal battle to stop the school’s conversion to charter status: today the California Supreme Court denied the school district’s petition for review of its appellate court defeat. Former state Senator and school choice reformer Gloria Romero, who has been fighting alongside these parents from the beginning, has this to say to OC Daily: “With one word–“Denied”–the CA Supreme Court denied further obstruction by the Anaheim School District and stood up for the rights of Palm Lane parents using the Parent Trigger law...

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Emery Out; City Clerk Linda Andal Named Interim City Manager

The Anaheim City Council began its closed session meeting at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon to decide the fate of City Manager Paul Emery and appoint an interim city manager. They didn’t emerge until nearly 6:00 p.m. – long past the official 5:00 p.m. start time for the regular council meeting. City Manager Paul Emery tendered a forced resignation which was accepted on a 4-3 vote. Mayor Tom Tait and Councilmembers Jose F. Moreno, Denise Barnes and James Vadnerbilt voting in favor, and C0uncilmembers Kris Murray, Lucille Kring and Steve Faessel opposed. The council voted 4-3 to authorize offering Emery...

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Todd Spitzer Is Officially A Candidate for OC District Attorney

3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer has been unofficially running against District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for months, and earlier today he made it official by filing his official candidate intention statement and issuing a 4-page press release. Spitzer opened with a broadside aimed at Rackauckas: “Every day we read and hear that crime is on the rise in our communities.  Under Tony Rackauckas’ failed watch as Orange County District Attorney crime rates have skyrocketed 23 percent in 2015 and there are over three times as many crimes per square mile just in Santa Ana as the rest of California, where shootings alone are...

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