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 Jonathan Lansner | March 3, 2018 at 6:00 am Want another reason for the high cost of local living? By one widely-watched home-price benchmark, the strongest appreciation nationwide this century was in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The S&P/Case-Shiller indexes are curious real estate yardsticks, invented by and named for two pioneering professors in housing economics. This benchmark is narrow in scope as it follows housing in just 20 large U.S. markets. Think of it as housing’s equivalent to the Dow Jones industrial index, the venerable Wall Street tracker of 30 publicly traded and well-known companies. When I tossed S&P/Case-Shiller data into my trusty spreadsheet I learned prices in L.A.-O.C. have surged to a nation’s best 171 percent since January 2000. (Ahem, that includes the housing bubble bursting!) And these 21st-century gains easily topped a 105 percent gain for S&P/Case-Shiller’s composite index that tracks all 20 cities. Oh, … [Read more...] about Los Angeles, Orange counties No. 1 in U.S. home-price gains by this index
By Sean Emery | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: February 21, 2018 at 5:43 pm | UPDATED: February 21, 2018 at 5:51 pm A family of companies and managers who were awarded a $10.3 million contract for a project at the Orange County Fairgrounds are facing a consumer protection lawsuit brought by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office alleging they failed to pay more than $200,000 in wages and taxes. Prosecutors in the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court allege that officials with AWI Builders, Construction Contractors Corporation and TSOSC committed more than 2,000 “violations of law, fraudulent acts and unfair business practices” while constructing a new lobby and entrance to the Pacific Amphitheater at the fairgrounds. The suspected unfair business practices allowed the companies named in the lawsuit to underbid 15 other contractors for the fair project in 2013, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said … [Read more...] about District Attorney files lawsuit against family of companies who carried out Orange County Fairgrounds project
Teresa Nguyen, left, and Phu Nguyen, right, with the family's first car, a Ford Pinto. Phu's family came as boat people in 1981, when Phu was age 3. Several children died when the boat got stranded for 29 days . In Orange County Phat Nguyen salvaged junk in alleys, then started a small market. Now they run cargo business, then a money transfer business with 30 branches in the US and 100 employees in Vietnam. Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Phu Nguyen stands in front of the oldest branch of Hoa Phat, the family money transfer business named after his parents Phat Nguyen and Hoa Nguyen. The family experienced a harrowing escape from Vietnam. Today the family gained financial success in the US and Vietnam. Now the family runs a cargo business, and a money transfer business with 30 branches in the US and 100 employees in Vietnam. These identification cards, given to the Loan Pham Thai family in December 1979, were typical of those issued to refugees from Vietnam … [Read more...] about How they became us: Orange County changed forever in the 40 years since the fall of Saigon
Orange County’s hotel tax continued to rise in December with revenue up 15 percent compared to the same time period in 2016. The 6 percent tax on hotels, motels and short-term rentals generated about $23 million, according to the county comptroller’s office. “I thought that there was a good chance that we would close out 2017 with a strong December. However, December clearly surpassed our expectations,” said Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond in a statement. In November, the tax generated about $21.8 million. The hotel tax helps pay for projects that are intended to grow tourism, including expansions at Orange County Convention Center or landing more high-profile sporting events such as the NFL Pro Bowl that took place last month at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Some lawmakers have argued the hotel tax should be spent on items that benefit local residents, and have called for the money to be spent on public services such as roads. Disney, union to … [Read more...] about Orange County tourism-tax revenue grows again