Orange County News Bits 3-9-2011

Here are a few of the stories that caught our eye this morning:

OC Register:

Los Al council extends public comment time

In a city where residents like to have their say, the question of when they should speak and how much they should speak came to a head this week.

Santa Ana mayor says he will challenge census numbers

Santa Ana’s population fell by 4 percent in the past decade, dropping it into second place behind Anaheim among Orange County cities, according to the 2010 census.

San Clemente voters reject North Beach project

Asked to decide whether to transform a beach parking lot into a seaside commercial village or maintain it as public parking, San Clemente voters Tuesday overturned the City Council’s approval of the Playa del Norte project.

Who makes more — public or private workers?

The answer is “yes.” If you have a high school diploma and/or just some college, you’re generally better off working in the public sector. If you have an advanced degree, you’re generally going to make a lot more working in the private sector.

Costa Mesa police chief resigns

Christopher Shawkey has resigned as police chief, Costa Mesa City Manager Tom Hatch has confirmed.

Voice of OC:

OC Cities Rush to Protect Redevelopment Assets

At least three OC cities this week are planning to take steps that would shield redevelopment resources from being absorbed by Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies.