Quietly, and without warning, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach has introduced a proposal to place on the November 2014 ballot a Charter amendment requiring that all special elections for County offices be conducted by mail only. Under his plan, voters would not be able to vote in person at their local precinct on the day of a special election. His public rationale is simple, he want’s to save a few bucks in special election costs.
On Monday, Community College District trustee Jose Solorio challenged his opponent for State Senate, Supervisor Janet Nguyen, to “return contributions with connections to possible corrupt activities.” Solorio’s call for the return of contributions follows a report in OC Weekly, “Little Saigon Politicians Linked To Alleged Police-Tied Loan Sharking Operation.”
Yesterday the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for former OC Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante began in the courtroom of OC Superior Court Judge Kazuharu Makino. The former rising star in the Orange County Republican party and former Santa Ana City Councilman is charged with 12 felony and four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, false imprisonment, stalking, and grand theft.
We read in the Orange County Register that the Anaheim canine police officer named Bruno, who was shot by a suspect who was subsequently shot and killed by police officers, is retiring because of his injuries. We would like to take this opportunity to suggest that rather than running for mayor, that Anaheim council member Lucille Kring follow Bruno into retirement.
Voice of OC is unveiling a new content distribution partnership with The Orange County Register, the county’s most far-reaching news organization. “Good government is directly fueled by vigorous public affairs news coverage,” said Norberto Santana Jr., editor-in-chief of the nonprofit newsroom. “Our agreement with the Orange County Register greatly expands our reach and takes our mission to a new level.”