The Orange County mayor is arguably the most powerful elected post in Central Florida.You deserve to know what the candidates who want to fill that post plan on doing once they get there.So I asked the three leading contenders 5 questions — most of them culled from more than 100 questions suggested by readers.The topics deal with wages, housing, arts and culture, mental health, guns, opioids, mass transit, the convention center and more.This read is long. The topics are tough. Some of the solutions complex. Some of the responses are long because they are detailed. Some of the responses are long … but don’t actually say much.I’d encourage you read with a careful and skeptical eye.Did the candidate actually answer the question? If he wants to do something new, did he say how he was going to pay for it? If so, did he propose using revenues he can actually control ... or did he say he hoped someone else would pay?The answers below are unedited. I’ll also be … [Read more...] about 15 questions for the candidates for Orange County mayor. Where do they stand?
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By Brad A. Johnson | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: May 4, 2018 at 11:15 am | UPDATED: May 4, 2018 at 11:18 am Every meal, every glass of wine, every taco, every tasting menu, every extra mile added to the odometer (always more than 10,000 for this pursuit)… everything I do all year adds up to this. Through all the highs and lows of an incessant dining routine, my mission is always clear: provide a roadmap to the best places to eat in Orange County. These are the pins on that map. This year, we are revealing the list in reverse order, with 75-61 appearing Monday, April 30; 60-46 on Tuesday, May 1; 45-31 on Wednesday, May 2; 30-16 on Thursday, May 3; and finally, the top 15 on Friday, May 4. 15. Vine The original of Russ Bendel’s restaurant trifecta is still his best, even though it might appear from a distance to be the least polished. The bar scene sometimes gets rambunctious (because the bartenders are so good, and the lights are … [Read more...] about These 75 restaurants are the best places to eat in Orange County in 2018 (15-1)
By Jim Radcliffe | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterApril 28, 2018 at 6:07 am Q. Good morning, fearless leader. My beef is with the maniacs who continually speed through red lights endangering motorists and pedestrians. They see a yellow light and aggressively speed up, even if it means passing through the light after it turns red. This happens on a daily basis here in Rancho Santa Margarita. I would LOVE to see the return of the traffic cameras that could catch these scofflaws and prosecute them. Would this ever be an option here in California? Donna Hall, Rancho Santa Margarita A. Oh, red-light cameras still exist, but not to the same extent as they did in the past. A decade or so ago, Orange County was home to seven cities that had them, and at least two other municipalities here were considering installing them. And then their popularity tumbled among city leaders, probably in part after hearing from motorists. Now, Honk believes, only Garden Grove and … [Read more...] about Orange County leaders have largely turned their backs on red-light cameras
Universal Orlando is hitting the pause button on its stormwater lawsuit against Orange County, the city of Orlando and more than 40 property owners along International Drive.The olive branch in the three-year-old stormwater suit comes as the theme-park giant prepares hundreds of acres nearby for new development and a probable new theme park, for which it will need county permits and county infrastructure.Universal contends in the suit that stormwater is contaminating Sandy Lake, where it plans recreation for new hotels on its former Wet ‘n Wild property. Universal also accuses the county of allowing business on I-Drive to take advantage of the lake without consent, using an easement through the Enclave at Orlando property.For 45 days, Universal has agreed to set aside its lawsuit, while the city and county study ways to divert the stormwater. One possible solution is to design a new drainage system to divert the flow toward Carrier Drive and ultimately to Kirkman Road’s … [Read more...] about Universal hits pause button on stormwater lawsuit against Orange County
By Heide Janssen | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 15, 2017 at 9:34 am | UPDATED: June 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 209 theater students. Some plan to go to work and some are taking a gap year, but most are off to college, to study everything from acting to international studies to aeronautics. We’ve listed them by the school they will attend, including their major and minor fields of study, statements about how the arts have influenced their plans, and their reason for choosing the institute they’ll be headed to. $ = scholarship received Sophie Martin, Laguna Hills American University: musical theater major; Spanish language, minor (Photo courtesy of Sophie Martin)Rhianna McConnell, El Dorado Whittier College: sociology, undeclared major (Photo courtesy of Rhianna McConnell)Yasmeen Anand, OCSA USC: theater, and philosophy, politics, and law major; musical theater, … [Read more...] about Where are 2017 Orange County theater students going to college?