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 Staff report | PUBLISHED: January 22, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: January 22, 2018 at 7:20 am On the move Gregory C. Scott is the new president and chief executive of the Community Action Partnership / Orange County Food Bank in Garden Grove, replacing Buddy Ray. Scott brings 20 years of vision and executive leadership in economic and community development, having most recently served as the president and CEO of New Directions for Veterans. Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, has hired David Rash as an associate in its Irvine office.Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, has hired Heather Martone as an associate in its Irvine office.Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, has hired Sara Zimmerman as an associate in its Irvine office.Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, has hired Lauren Stockunas as an … [Read more...] about Orange County Food Bank has new CEO; business seminars ahead in February
By Theresa Walker | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: December 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm Several gatherings planned in Orange County to mark National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on Thursday, Dec. 21, began with a blustery morning ceremony at the Santa Ana Civic Center near where the organizer, Tim Houchen, once slept on the concrete when he was homeless. “These are people who paid the ultimate price for our collective failure to adequately address homelessness,” Houchen said of the more than 200 names displayed on a mock stone memorial wall. Some listed were old friends Houchen lost this year, others were gathered from the Orange County coroner’s office. The memorial was going to be displayed at events throughout the day Thursday. Houchen, who moved to supportive housing in 2015 and started the advocacy group Hope 4 Restoration, was the first to address a small crowd of about 50 that included state … [Read more...] about Homeless people who died the past year in Orange County are not forgotten
By Heide Janssen | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 15, 2017 at 10:09 am | UPDATED: June 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 159 dance students. Some plan to go to work and some are taking a gap year, but most are off to college, to study everything from dance to economics to human biology. 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 Kathleen De Nicola, OCSA UCLA: dance (Photo courtesy of Kathleen De Nicola)Natalie Conn, Orange Lutheran Pace University: commercial dance (Photo courtesy of Natalie Conn)Alissa Harris, Western San Francisco State University: drama major; dance, undeclared minor (Photo courtesy of Alissa Harris)Sophia Yacap (left), Santa Margarita Catholic UC … [Read more...] about Where are 2017 Orange County dance students going to college?
By Erika I. Ritchie | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: December 31, 2017 at 9:35 am | UPDATED: January 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm Sea lions congregate on a buoy near Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Sea lions take over a boat in Dana Point Harbor. (Register File Photo)A dock in Dana Point Harbor that has been damaged by sea lions in Dana Point on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Patrotic colored inflatable tube men have appeared at Orange County Harbor Patrol’s dock at Dana Point Harbor as a way to keep sea lions away. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)Some of the docks in Dana Point Harbor have been attaching a product called Seal Stop to prevent sea lions from getting up on the docks in Dana Point on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Boaters in Dana Point Harbor Sea place plastic … [Read more...] about Patrols seek to stop hefty sea lions from crushing docks and sinking boats in Orange County harbors
By Kelly Puente | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: December 30, 2017 at 11:06 am | UPDATED: December 30, 2017 at 11:35 am When it comes to sensational trials, Orange County has seen its share of headline-makers. Here are 10 court cases over the past dozen or so years that shocked the nation: Daniel WozniakTrial began: December 2015 In one of the county’s most-recent death penalty cases, Daniel Wozniak, an out-of-work community theater actor from Costa Mesa, killed two friends in a 2010 plot to bankroll his wedding and honeymoon. He lured his neighbor, Sam Herr, 26, to an attic where he shot and killed him. He then used Herr’s cell phone to lure mutual friend Julie Kibuishi to Herr’s apartment, where he shot her twice in the head in an attempt to frame her for the first murder. Wozniak later cut off Herr’s head and hands and tossed them in El Dorado Park in Long Beach to hide evidence. That night, Wozniak took the stage as the lead in the … [Read more...] about Sensational trials: A look back at 10 of Orange County’s most-shocking court cases
William Bonin, nicknamed the Freeway Killer, raped, tortured and murdered 21 boys along Southern California freeways over a 10-month period. Most were hitchhikers whom Bonin lured into his green van and strangled. Bonin was executed in 1996. Married couple Cynthia Coffman and James Marlow, an ex-convict from Kentucky known as “The Folsom Wolf,” after serving time at Folsom Prison, they beat, raped and strangled college student Lynell Murray, 19, who worked in Huntington Beach, and left her body in a bathtub in November 1986. Marlow was sentenced to death and Coffman sentenced to life in prison without parole for Murray's murder. Both remain in prison. Dixie Dyson plotted with her lover and another man to kill her husband in his sleep -- and collect $135,000 in life insurance in their Huntington Harbour condo. An Orange County jury agreed, convicting her of first-degree murder in 1988. After her trial, Dyson cooperated in the prosecution of her lover, Enrico … [Read more...] about Killer tales: 15 of Orange County’s most notorious murder cases
By Staff report | PUBLISHED: December 22, 2017 at 4:46 pm | UPDATED: January 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm Charlie Zhang, 62, Laguna Niguel. The founder of Pick Up Stix started OC Music and Dance, a nonprofit performing arts school in Irvine that offers music and dance training for children, regardless of their skill levels. (File photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)Billy Eppler, 42, Anaheim. The Angels' general manager made huge moves in the off-season, most notably by landing Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, that should make the team strong contenders. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBrady Heiner, 38, Long Beach. Heiner is the director of Project Rebound, which helps former inmates get college degrees once they're out of prison. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Rev. Canon Cindy Voorhees, Newport Beach. The pastor of St. James the Great Episcopal Church in Newport Beach, which was evicted … [Read more...] about Most Influential 2017: Meet the 100 top influencers in Orange County
By Nancy Luna | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: December 28, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: December 29, 2017 at 6:30 am Orange County closed out 2017 with yet another round of closures impacting older brands such as Pick Up Stix and Mimi’s Cafe. Here’s the rundown: Pick Up Stix Laguna Hills-based Pick Up Stix, one of the first fast-casual Asian concepts in Southern California, continues to downsize. The company has closed at least four locations, according to its website. Locations in Irvine, Mission Viejo, Carlsbad (La Costa) and Temecula are listed as permanently closed. Attempts to reach the company this week have been unsuccessful. Pick Up Stix, founded in 1989 in Rancho Santa Margarita, has about 65 locations stretching from Ventura to San Diego. In 2006, Pick Up Stix operated 124 locations. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf One coffee shop replaces another at The Market Place. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf recently closed on the Irvine side of the … [Read more...] about 5 restaurant closures in Orange County include Mimi’s Cafe and 2 Pick Up Stix eateries
'The Real Housewives of Orange County," a new reality series about trophy wives living the comfy life in a Southern California gated community, will do nothing to dispel stereotypes. Breast implants, Botox, expensive cars, McMansions - it's what's on the outside that counts. As one "housewife" says during the series opener: "Image is everything in my world. " "I know you may find them appalling at first," said executive producer Scott Dunlop, "but I think that there is humanity there, and you come to know these women and see that they go through the same universal elements that all parents go through. " The show (tomorrow at 10 p. m. on Bravo), with its opening montage culminating in the "housewives" holding oranges rather than apples, mines the glamour and the dysfunction of "Desperate Housewives" and "The O. C. " Jeana Keough is a former Playboy Playmate who sells real estate. She and her husband, a former major-league pitcher, have three teenagers. Jo De … [Read more...] about THE FACTS OF WIFE, ORANGE COUNTY STYLE