Here are some of the news stories on the radar screen that you may want to be aware of…
Voice of OC Receives California Endowment Grant (VOC):Â Voice of OC has received a substantial grant from the California Endowment that will help us fund a beat dedicated to community health reporting. The grant is part of the Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, a 10-year plan to create “communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn.” Read More
Costa Mesa police chief, captain placed on leave (OCR):Â Costa Mesa Police Chief Chris Shawkey and Capt. Ron Smith were placed on administrative leave Thursday, but city officials arenâ€™t talking about why. Costa Mesa policeÂ officers told The WatchdogÂ thatÂ Shawkey and Smith were seldom at the departmentâ€™s Fair Drive headquarters over the last year.Â ShawkeyÂ spends a lot of time in Arizona, according to these sources.Â Smith, who was disappointed when he failed to get the chiefâ€™s job in 2006, Â teaches law enforcement at Golden West College. Read More
Nelson Pushes Lobby Reform II (VOC):Â Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson has introduced his own version of lobby reform on this week’s Board of Supervisors agenda. Read More.Â Here is the link toÂ theÂ proposal introduced by both Supervisor Nelson and Supervisor Bates..