December 6, 2017

Orange County

Voice of OC: County buying building for mental health services along Santa Ana River

The center, if it comes to fruition, is seen by advocates and officials as a major step toward addressing a severe shortage of mental health service options in Orange County that health experts have said contributes to worsening mental illnesses and increased emergency hospitalizations for psychiatric crises.


Voice of OC: Norberto Santana Jr. honored by OC Business Journal as one of 2017’s 500 most influential leaders

Santana was particularly recognized for his successful lawsuit under the California Public Records Act against the County of Orange and his award by the OC Press Club as best columnist in 2017.


Voice of OC: Slusiewicz Resigns from Laguna Niguel City Council after finding possible bullet hole in office window

Slusiewicz, 56, has been the center of City Council controversy in recent months after discovering a $410,000 cost overrun in a city contract and then being accused of bullying by a former city manager.


OC Register: Here’s how bad the Santa Ana winds and fire risk are going to get this week

The most extreme Santa Ana wind conditions will be peaking for Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Thursday, Dec. 7. Northeast winds of 20-35 mph can be expected with gusts exceeding 60 mph over the higher terrain and in the more wind prone areas.


OC Register: L.A. business owner, four others plead guilty in scheme to underpay wages in Orange County

The owner of Mackone Development, Scott Sung Yang, 46, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of underpaying wages on a public works project and filing false documentation, said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Donde McCament.


OC Register: Orange County job growth may be double what we think it is

But economists warn employment growth is now being driven by construction, government and healthcare, and all are at risk going forward.


Daily Pilot: Mike Posey is new H.B. mayor; Erik Peterson is appointed mayor pro tem in split decision

Posey, who was elected to the council in 2014 and had been serving the past year as mayor pro tem, was selected as mayor Monday night on a unanimous vote. He replaces Barbara Delgleize in the one-year post.



The Atlantic: How politicians can use big data to win elections

Politicians have been redrawing districts to benefit their own political parties—a tactic known as Gerrymandering—since the 1970s. But recently, technology has enabled politicians to choose their voters more strategically than ever before.


Publication Date: December 6, 2017