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Quirk-Silva Legislation Resolves VLFAA Dispute and Ensures Critical County Funds

Sharon Quirk-Silva (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

As we reported earlier this week, Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva is introducing legislation to resolve the dispute between the County of Orange and the State of California over VLFAA property tax funds. The enabling legislation will be introduced in the Senate today. The legislation allows Orange County to maintain a balanced budget and avoid further cuts to critical public services provided by the county.

AQMD’s Next Move: Banning wood-burning fireplaces in homes

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Last week the Air Quality Management District Board voted 7-6 to issue a new rule banning beach fire pits within 700 feet of homes. AQMD Staff indicated that standing around a beach fire pit is equivalent to breathing the air from 3 diesel trucks or 800 cigarettes. The new regulations will coincidentally cause the removal of fire pits from Newport Beach, the ONLY city that has been advocating for their removal.