In The News – December 23, 2011

December 23, 2011 — With just two days until Christmas, like many people across the nation, we’re busy getting ready for the holiday and wrapping up last minute shopping. But to appease the political news junkies out there, here are some stories that we’re following today.

From the Voice of OC:

Santa Ana City Council Might Be Able to Release Measure D Report
The currently secret report focuses on whether Santa Ana City Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez may run for an unprecedented fourth term.

Could ‘Lean’ Concept Work for Orange County Government?
A labor chief leads a delegation to study how Washington state’s King County has streamlined government by implementing a corporate efficiency program. Could it work in Orange County?

From the Orange County Register:

Los Alamitos council majority seeks Brown Act investigation
The City Council majority this week voted to seek input from the city attorney on whether one of their colleagues, Warren Kusumoto, disclosed confidential information discussed in closed session about a lawsuit against the city and violated the Brown Act.

Democratic leader celebrated for his generosity, friendship
Former Orange County Democratic Chairman Howard Adler was remembered Thursday as a kind and generous man, a passionate Democrat, and someone who actively practiced the ideals he held. Adler died in his home Sunday at the age of 68 after a prolonged illness.

From KQED Capitol Notes:

The Frenzy Over ProPublica’s Redistricting Report
California’s political class is all abuzz over a new and lengthy report on the state’s first ever independent redistricting process, one that describes in great detail private machinations apparently employed to help influence the final placement of district lines.