July 10, 2018

Orange County

OC Register: Orange County streetcar costs top $400 million; construction start delayed until fall

Orange County Transportation Authority officials on Monday approved changes to the funding plan, taking the additional money needed from Measure M2, a local sales tax earmarked for public transportation projects.


OC Register: Did you know the average Anaheim hotel costs $197 a night?

Countywide occupancy was 79.5 percent, up from 79.3 percent a year earlier. A key measure of hotel cash flow known as “RevPar” for Anaheim increased 7.4 percent from a year earlier.


OC Register: Homebuying up 55% since the bubble burst in Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia, Yorba Linda

Countywide, we have reached a $710,000 median selling price, up 38.4 percent. Orange County sales totaled 7,800 residences, existing and new, vs. 4,419 a decade ago, a gain of 76.5 percent. Prices rose in 79 out of 83 Orange County ZIPs and sales were up in 76 out of 83 ZIPs.


Daily Pilot: It's almost time to ‘Free Your Inner Farmer’ at the Orange County Fair

Friday will bring the start of the 128th annual Orange County Fair and, with it, a renewed focus on the agrarian history embedded in the DNA of the county’s signature shindig, as its appropriately rustic theme would imply.


OCEA: Give the gift of life at the American Red Cross – OCEA Blood Drive Aug. 9

Every OCEA member who donates blood will get plenty of treats to keep those energy levels up. Donors are also automatically entered in an opportunity drawing for free tickets to one of Southern California’s premiere attractions. The blood drive will be held at OCEA headquarters.



New York Times: Fresh proof that strong unions help reduce income inequality

Powerful new insights come from a working paper, “Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data." A team of economists establish that unions have constrained income inequality far beyond their own membership ranks.


Publication Date: July 10, 2018