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Orange County Budget Slated For Approval Today

SANTA ANA – Today being the last day of the County fiscal year it is also the last day for the Board of Supervisors to approve their final budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year. As we saw in the budget hearings last week, there will be significant cuts to programs and services due to the…

Sheriff Hutchens Delivers Her First Year Status Report

Sheriff cites progress in first year on the job Hutchens details changes she said improve accountability and transparency in law-enforcement agency. By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ and KIMBERLY EDDS The Orange County Register SANTA ANA – Marking one year since she was appointed, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Monday her administration has made “significant progress” in…

State Transportation Chief Hired As New CEO of OCTA

Will Kempton, a 35-year industry veteran, will take over the reins Aug. 3 ORANGE – Will Kempton, head of the California Department of Transportation for the past five years, was hired today to become the new chief executive officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority.Kempton, who is expected to begin Aug. 3, brings to OCTA…

Orange County Republicans Shed Crocodile Tears Over the Effects of Prop 13 on Local Cities

Republican crocodile tears flowed this weekend in Orange County as a group of city officials called F.I.S.T. – “Fight Insane State Theft” – comprised of 14 Orange County mayors and 42 city council members, nearly all of them Republicans – protested Republican Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to take away billions in state property tax revenue from…

Demonstration in Irvine to Protest Violence in Iran

More than 1,000 people, mostly Iranian-Americans, gathered  for a second time at the corner of Barranca Parkway and Jamboree Road in Irvine on Sunday to demonstrate support for the protesters in Iran.  Sunday their peacefull demonstration was to highlight the violent crackdown on protesters in Tehran expressing their displeasure with the decision of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to…

Jaramillo gets almost $500,000 in back pay

The Orange County Register Crime Scene Blog has the story. Jaramillo wins back pay from county in judge’s ruling by Andrew Galvin SANTA ANA – Former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo is entitled to four years of back pay and benefits from the county on his claim that he was unlawfully terminated by former Sheriff Mike…