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Local Budgets Approved: with somewhat different approaches

The cities of Anaheim and Irvine approved their budgets for next fiscal year on Tuesday. Each city took similar approached to address projected shortfalls in revenue and public service needs with one Mayor vowing to travel to Sacramento to resist state efforts to raid city revenues. Two reports from Wednesdays’s Orange County Register… Irvine OKs $145…

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…