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BY KELLIE MEJDRICH / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 30, 2014 Updated: Oct. 1, 2014 6:40 a.m.

Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved increasing the number of passengers allowed at John Wayne Airport by 9.2 percent within six years and permitting 10 more flights a day.

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VoiceofOC: Supervisors Turn Down Independent Ethics Oversight

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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:35 pm | Updated: 8:02 am, Wed Sep 17, 2014.
By NICK GERDA

The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday rejected, for the second time since last year, a grand jury proposal for stronger ethics oversight of county government.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tavaglione regrets past realignment support

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July 2, 2014

Three years ago, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione sponsored a resolution in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s public safety realignment plan, which shifted responsibility for low-level offenders from the state to counties.

It’s a move Tavaglione regrets. Using blunt language at times, he made his misgivings known during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

VoiceofOC: OCTA Fires Lobbying Firm After Record Fine for Illegal Gifts

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:08 pm | Updated: 7:39 am, Tue Mar 11, 2014.
By NICK GERDA

Orange County transportation officials fired their Sacramento lobbying firm Monday in the wake of a massive fine against the firm for giving illegal gifts to state lawmakers.

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OCRegister:Should deputies be paid for putting on their pants?

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Posted by MIKE REICHER
Published: Feb. 14, 2014 Updated: Feb. 16, 2014 1:17 p.m.

Most agree that taxpayers should pay police well for risking their lives in the line of duty.

But should they be paid for the time they spend strapping on their gun belt and bulletproof vest? Or tying their boot laces? What if the department insists they dress in the stationhouse, instead of at home?

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OCRegister: Supervisors chair gets free car plus ‘two-Mercedes’ car allowance

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Posted by MIKE REICHER
Published: Feb. 14, 2014 Updated: 1:49 p.m.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson zips around town in a silver Toyota Prius – a $44,000 plug-in hybrid – which he gets to drive for free.

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VoiceofOC: The Story Behind Orange County’s Hard Line Against Deputy Sheriffs

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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:41 pm | Updated: 8:35 am, Wed Jan 29, 2014.
By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

What a difference a county line makes.

In San Diego, a majority Republican Board of Supervisors is handing out big salary raises to sheriff’s deputies. Meanwhile, Orange County’s all-Republican Board of Supervisors is not only holding the line on salaries but demanding that deputies pay significantly more toward their pensions.

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OCRegister: Kelly Thomas case could hurt D.A. politically

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BY MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER
Published: Jan. 13, 2014 Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 1:17 p.m.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ failure to win a conviction in the Kelly Thomas case, combined with two other recent court rulings against him, leaves Rackauckas more politically vulnerable if he draws an opponent in his re-election bid.

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Voice of OC: OC Pension Board Backs Off Major Hike in Public Agency Payments

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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 10:39 pm | Updated: 11:33 pm, Mon Nov 18, 2013.
By NICK GERDA

Following months of intense debates over how to best handle $5.7 billion in unfunded retirement obligations, leaders of Orange County’s local pension system have struck a deal to avoid a major surge in public agency payments that officials warned could bankrupt small cities.

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LATimes: Fallout from report on O.C. city officials’ salaries still rankles

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Fred Smoller, who founded the master’s program in public administration at Brandman University, said the program he hoped would add an edge to public accountability in Orange County has been neutered. Brandman’s chancellor said Smoller got worked up over nothing. (Patrick T. Fallon, For The Times / August 30, 2013)

By Jeff Gottlieb
August 31, 2013, 7:44 p.m.

When a pair of graduate students from little-known Brandman University dug out the salaries of top administrators at all 34 cities in Orange County and made them public, they were showered with praise.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Orange County in tangled money web

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Four years ago, Lou Correa, a Democratic state senator from Orange County, refused to vote for a state budget deal until then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other legislators agreed to give his county more money.

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Voice of OC: OC Officials Warn of Budget Cuts as State Legislature Convenes

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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:08 pm | Updated: 6:56 am, Wed Aug 7, 2013.
By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

Just as Sacramento leaders return for the end of this year’s legislative session, Orange County leaders are sending an important message:

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Voice of OC: Gov. Brown to OC Supervisors: Cut Your Office Budgets

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 4:48 pm | Updated: 7:03 pm, Fri Jun 14, 2013.
By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said that when he and Supervisors’ Chairman Shawn Nelson joined state Sen. Lou Correa for a meeting on Thursday with the governor’s staff to discuss a dispute involving $73 million in property taxes, they were confronted over their straw votes this week to exempt themselves from budget cuts imposed on other departments.

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Voice of OC: Amid Uncertainty, County Unveils Its $5.4-Billion Budget

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:28 pm | Updated: 7:15 pm, Mon May 13, 2013.
By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

While Orange County finance managers Monday unveiled a largely status-quo, $5.4-billion budget for fiscal year 2013-14, they acknowledged that plans could change depending on the impact of a judge’s ruling against the county involving $73 million in property taxes.

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LATimes: O.C. supervisors deny $20,000 increase for grand jury

Janet Nguyen disputes grand jury report

Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who was criticized in a January report, said the grand jury never interviewed her. (Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times / March 18, 2008)

By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2013, 11:57 p.m.

The first grand jury report described Orange County as being a “hotbed of corruption, conflict of interest and abuse of authority” while the next blamed political leaders for the “implosion” of the county’s health plan for the poor.

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LATimes: O.C. owes state $150 million, judge says in tentative ruling

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By Nicole Santa Cruz
May 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Orange County may owe the state as much as $150 million after a judge tentatively ruled this week that it must pay back funds originally meant for local schools and community colleges.

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VoiceofOC: Ethics Commission Urged for OC Government

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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 6:00 am
By TRACY WOOD

The Orange County Grand Jury, citing the county’s 40-year history of political corruption, Monday recommended creation of an independent ethics commission to advise elected officials of ethical pitfalls and increase public confidence in government.

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OCRegister: County to grab $73 million from schools, force state to make up for it

November 14th, 2011, 4:07 pm
Posted by Kimberly Edds, Staff Writer

In a bold move to make up for $49.5 million in tax revenues lost to the state earlier this year the County of Orange will grab $73.5 million in property taxes once destined for local school districts, County Supervisors Chairman Bill Campbell said Monday.

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OCRegister: State money grab forces county cuts, layoffs

Published: Sept. 30, 2011 Updated: 5:56 p.m.
By KIMBERLY EDDS / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The County of Orange needs to make $29 million in cuts, lay off dozens of employees and dip into its reserves under a plan recommended by the county’s chief executive officer to recoup $49.5 million the state took to fix its own budget issues.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: County reaches settlement with prosecutors’ union

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Riverside County has settled a lawsuit with the union representing deputy district attorneys, a move that paves the way for 45 prosecutors to begin receiving pay raises.

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Calpensions: Court rejects retro pension cut, what’s next?

Friday, April 22, 2011
By Ed Mendel

Orange County supervisors led by John Moorlach took on the legal issue of boosting pensions for years already served under a less generous plan. They lost when the state Supreme Court last week unanimously refused to hear their appeal.

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InlandPolitics: Orange County supes blow millons on useless legal move

Thursday, April 21, 201 – 07:40 a.m.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors led by foolish supervisor John Moorlach just had their hats handed to them by the California Supreme Court.

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VoiceofOC: Supervisors to Consider Killing Pensions for Future Supervisors

By Norberto Santana, Jr.
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:54 pm | Updated: 6:41 pm, Tue Mar 15, 2011.

Ever since he was elected last summer, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson has been trying to get rid of pensions for local elected officials.

It hasn’t been easy.

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OCRegister: County files appeal to deputies’ pension case with Supreme Court

March 8th, 2011, 8:02 am
Posted by Kimberly Edds, Staff Writer

The County of Orange took the next step in its fight to overturn the county’s generous “3 percent at 50″ pension plan for sheriff’s deputies, filing its petition with the California Supreme Court.

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OCRegister: $228 million error has county pension officials on the hot seat

 

 

OC Watchdog ~ Your tax dollars at work
February 24th, 2011, 1:34 pm·
Posted by Tony Saavedra, Register investigative reporter

Two high-ranking officials at the Orange County Employees Retirement System have been placed on paid leave in connection with a $228 million mistake that has resulted in multi-million dollar pension catch-up bills for agencies countywide.

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