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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The Orange County Commission officially backed down Tuesday on a proposal to allow liquor stores to be built closer together in the parts of the county they control, keeping distance requirements at 5,000 feet. However, county stores can now be built much closer to stores in cities — just 750 feet apart — in a compromise which was mostly agreed to by business owners. Mayor Teresa Jacobs and commissioners had indicated at the Jan. 9 meeting they would not reduce the required distance between liquor stores in the unincorporated part of the county from 5,000 to 3,500 feet, citing vocal opposition from owners worried corporations would move in and endanger their businesses. But the question of what the rules should be across city borders, where municipalities have their own rules, led a final vote to be postponed until Tuesday. The commission had debated in January on whether to make distances across city borders the same as in the respective cities, including places like … [Read more...] about Orange County keeps most liquor store distance requirements
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 Jonathan Lansner | [email protected] and Jeff Collins | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: January 18, 2018 at 5:07 pm | UPDATED: January 19, 2018 at 7:01 am Local leaders said Orange County still could be in the running to host Amazon’s new second headquarters after a company spokesman said the firm is looking at the “LA metropolitan area” as one of 20 finalists. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant announced Thursday, Jan. 18, it had narrowed its list of North American cities to 20 possible locations for what’s been dubbed “HQ2.” Besides places such as New York, Boston, Toronto and Washington, D.C., the initial statement included “Los Angeles, CA,” but didn’t specify where in Los Angeles. And, the statement didn’t say whether that included areas outside the city or county of Los Angeles. “It includes LA Metropolitan Area,” an email from Amazon spokesman Adam Sedo said in response to a … [Read more...] about Say what? Orange County still might be in the running for Amazon HQ2
By Tomoya Shimura | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: January 16, 2018 at 12:34 pm | UPDATED: January 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm IRVINE — Orange County’s highest tier professional soccer team is on a mission to establish a global talent development system, striking a partnership with former AC Milan striker and Japanese star Keisuke Honda. The Irvine-based Orange County Soccer Club — which is part of the 31-team United Soccer League and plays at the Orange County Great Park’s new championship stadium — recently announced Honda’s youth soccer program, Soltilo, has become an investor. The two organizations will collaborate on youth player development, tournaments, camps and exchange programs, officials said. “Soccer is a global game, and having the opportunity to associate with a guy like Keisuke, one of the groundbreaking Asian soccer players … is an incredible honor,” OCSC owner and president James Keston … [Read more...] about Former AC Milan striker and Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda partners with Orange County soccer club
By Staff report | PUBLISHED: January 15, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: January 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm The credit union business is humming in Orange County with more than 102,000 new members joining local institutions as of the third quarter of 2017, according to a report by the Ontario-based California Credit Union League. A record high 1.38 million people were “member-owners” of 20 locally based credit unions, the report says. Membership has doubled from 690,000 since the early 2000s. Data for the report was drawn from the National Credit Union Administration as of Sept. 30, 2017. The report highlights several third-quarter, year-over-year borrowing milestones: — $13 billion in loans, a 15 percent increase. That’s up 60 percent from a post-recession low in 2012 of $8.1 billion and represents a record amount for members borrowing money for first-mortgages, second-mortgages, HELOCs, business loans, new and used auto loans, credit cards, and sometimes … [Read more...] about Status Update: Orange County credit unions hit lending records in 2017’s third quarter
Orange County is moving forward with restricting the number of airboat businesses operating at the county-owned ramp on the St. Johns River. Matt Suedmeyer, parks and recreation manager, told the County Commission on Tuesday his department will draft an ordinance limiting to three the number of airboat businesses allowed at the State Route 50 boat ramp. As many as seven independent airboat operators have used the ramp, some of them for decades, often warily co-existing with Airboat Rides at Midway across the highway. Independent owners have said they’re worried they could be put out of business if the county went out to bid for permits, while Midway owner Derrick Lockhart said rival boats were operating without oversight. An ordinance also would allow the county to enforce codes and penalties, Suedmeyer said. Commissioner Emily Bonilla said she would prefer expanding the limit at S.R. 50 to five boat operators to make sure there was some level of competition. In addition, both … [Read more...] about Orange County plans to limit airboats on St. Johns ramp
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