2001 Press Releases

December 3, 2001 
County Awarded $8.7 Million for Homeless

(Santa Ana) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded an $8.7 million homeless assistance grant to the County of Orange under the Continuum of Care Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA). The County was recognized for collaboration with hundreds of non-profit organizations and cities on a regional plan to reduce the number of the estimated 19,000 homeless individuals and families in Orange County. The grant is the largest awarded to the County to date.

November 30, 2001 
Fiscal Impact Analysis: "The Orange County Central Park and Nature Preserve Initiative"

Santa Ana - Today Auditor-Controller David E. Sundstrom filed with the Board of Supervisors a report on the fiscal impact of the Central Park Initiative that is being considered for placement on the March 5 ballot. The report was requested by the County Board of Supervisors on September 11, in conformance with Section 9111 of the State of California Elections Code. The consulting firm Public Financial Management (PFM) prepared the report on the Auditor Controller's behalf and presents what Sundstrom believes "to be a fair and objective analysis of the fiscal impacts stemming from the initiative."

November 29, 2001 
County of Orange Cold Weather Armory Program Begins Service December 1st to Aide Homeless

(Santa Ana) - Providing up 250 beds each night for homeless families and individuals, the County of Orange's Cold Weather Armory Program is set to open Saturday night, December 1st at the California National Guard Armories in the City of Santa Ana (612 W. Warner) and Fullerton (400 S. Brookhurst). The Cold Weather Armory Program is operated by the County of Orange through a contract with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to provide a safe and clean place to stay as well as a nutritious meal, warm shower, clothes and outreach services to Orange County's homeless population. Bus transportation for persons requiring shelter is available from two locations each in Anaheim and Santa Ana. The Cold Weather Armory Program is contracted to run through March 31, 2002.

November 9, 2001 
County Sponsors "Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week"

Santa Ana - For the first time in history, Orange County's estimated 20,000 homeless residents, 40% of which are children, will be the focus of a national effort dedicated to increasing awareness and community involvement.

October 29, 2001 
2002 Strategic Financial Plan Funding To Be Discussed

(Santa Ana)-The Orange County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Tuesday, October 30 to consider the 2002 Strategic Financial Plan and discuss a lack of funding and preparation for an economic downturn.

October 26, 2001 
Interim Director Tapped For Permanent IWMD Position

(Santa Ana ) - After serving six months as interim director of the Integrated Waste Management Department (IWMD), Jan Goss was appointed director by County Executive Officer Michael Schumacher, Ph.D.

August 14, 2001 
Ben de Mayo Named County Counsel

(Santa Ana) - Benjamin de Mayo, a County attorney for 24 years, was today unanimously named County Counsel by the Board of Supervisors. De Mayo succeeds Laurence Watson who recently retired. De Mayo, 51, has headed the County's litigation team of 39 attorneys for nearly a year. For seven years prior to that, he led County Counsel's land use/infrastructure team. County Counsel has a staff of 98 including 61attorneys. De Mayo reports directly to the Board of Supervisors.

July 19, 2001 
Community Leaders Look at Education for Homeless Children

(Santa Ana) - The educational needs of homeless children will be discussed at the July 23 Continuum of Care Community Forum. The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. in the LA Times Mirror meeting room, 1375 Sunflower Avenue, Costa Mesa.

July 6, 2001 
First Online Assessment Appeal Services Offered

(Santa Ana) - For the first time Orange County residents can challenge the assessed value of their property online and, if successful, lower their property tax. Property tax is the assessed value of your property applied to the tax rate.

June 20, 2001 
Redistricting Hearings

(Santa Ana) - The Board of Supervisors has scheduled three public hearings regarding redistricting. The Board will review redistricting proposals at two hearings, then adopt an ordinance reflecting the new supervisorial boundaries at the third hearing. All three hearings are open to the public. The first is at 9:30 a.m., June 26 in the Board hearing room, Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

June 4, 2001 
Chair Coad Awards $10,500 to Orange County Students LIFE Applicants

(Santa Ana)- Cynthia P. Coad, Board of Supervisors Chair, is helping 14 students go to college. Each student will receive a Community Service Award Grant in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m., June 6, El Modena High School, 3920 Spring Street, Orange.

June 4, 2001 
County Hires Child Care Coordinator

(Santa Ana, CA) - A child care expert with nearly 30 years of experience starts work this week to help the County improve the quality and number of affordable child care facilities in Orange County. Anne Broussard will be on County Executive Office staff as Child Care Coordinator.

May 22, 2001 
Public Workshop Looks At County Budget for 2001-02

(Santa Ana)- Esmael Adibi, director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, will discuss his expectations for continued economic strength at the County's unveiling next week of its 2001-02 budget.

May 21, 2001 
County Exposition Commemorates "The Forgotten War"

(Santa Ana)- Almost 1,000 re-enactors dressed in U.S military uniforms from the last 225 years will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War on Memorial Day weekend.

April 25, 2001 
Redistricting Package Available to Residents

(Santa Ana, CA) - Orange County residents have the opportunity to submit plans to the Board of Supervisors on how the County should be divided into Supervisorial districts for the next 10 years. Redistricting packages containing all necessary information and forms are now available.

April 19, 2001 
Third Annual El Modena Clean-Up Day

(Santa Ana, CA) - A third year of spring cleaning with refreshments, food and games will come to the unincorporated county area of El Modena from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 21 at the El Modena Community Center, 18672 East Center Street in Orange.

April 13, 2001 
Volunteer Hours Valued at $13 Million

(Santa Ana, CA) - An 80-year-old dubbed "Bicycle Bill," a newlywed from Thailand, and an intern who helped prove a young man's innocence are some of the 50 individuals and three groups the Board of Supervisors will honor for their volunteer efforts. The fifth annual County of Orange volunteer recognition ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m., April 18 in the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

April 10, 2001 
County Redistricting Package Debut

(Santa Ana, CA) - The County's redistricting committee will present the redistricting package to County residents at 2 p.m., April 11 in the Board hearing room, Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana. The redistricting package contains all information and forms necessary for a member of the public to submit a redistricting proposal to the County.

April 5, 2001 
Orange County Board of Supervisors Receives Lifesaving AED

(SANTA ANA, April 9, 2001) - Forging a new partnership for a healthier Orange County, the Women's Council of the American Heart Association will present Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Cynthia P. Coad and First District Supervisor Chuck Smith with an automated external defibrillator (AED) at Santa Ana College at 11 A.M., Monday.

March 26, 2001 
Homeless Assistance Funding (SuperNOFA) To Be Topic of Community Forum

(SANTA ANA) - Funding opportunities for homeless assistance will be the topic of the March 28 Continuum of Care (CoC) Community Forum at 1:30 p.m. at the LA Times Mirror Meeting Room, 1375 Sunflower Avenue in Costa Mesa.

March 25, 2001 
Bike and Hike Summit

(Santa Ana)- The first conference on trails for bicyclists and walkers in north Orange County will occur at 1 p.m., May 29, at Anaheim Union School District Offices, 501 Crescent Way, Anaheim.

March 20, 2001 
License Plate Purchases Benefit Veterans

(SANTA ANA) -- Sales proceeds from California license plates honoring the armed forces or veterans service organizations flow directly to veterans' services statewide, said Ron Melendez, the County's Veterans Service Officer.

March 19, 2001 
John Wayne Airport Bond Ratings

(Santa Ana, CA) - Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the underlying rating for the Airport Revenue Bonds of Orange County's John Wayne Airport (JWA) to Aa3 from A1. This upgrade applies to approximately $186 million outstanding Airport bonds.

March 19, 2001 
2001 Orange County Community Indicators Report Released this Month

SANTA ANA (CA), (March 19, 2001) - The second annual Orange County Community Indicators report for 2001 was formally released this month to Orange County government, business and community organizations by the project director, Michael M. Ruane.

March 14, 2001 
CEO Appoints Director of Health Care Agency

(SANTA ANA) - Julie Poulson, RN MN, 53, of Irvine was appointed director of the Health Care Agency (HCA) yesterday by County Executive Officer Michael Schumacher, Ph.D.

March 12, 2001 
March Declared Social Worker Month

(Santa Ana) - Tomorrow at the regular meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Chair Cynthia P. Coad will present a resolution recognizing March as Social Work Month in Orange County.

February 27, 2001 
Flood Control District To Become Historic Landmark

(SANTA ANA) - Founded in 1927, the Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD) will soon join Newport Harbor, Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Tustin Blimp Hangers as a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The OCFCD is only the seventh landmark to be dedicated in Orange County.

February 23, 2001 
Housing Help for Orange County Teachers Celebrated

(Santa Ana, CA) - Monte Vista Elementary School teacher Emily Benavides and her husband David were welcomed into their new home today by California State Treasurer Philip Angelides as one of the first borrowers through a new homeownership incentive program for Orange County teachers. The "Extra Credit Teacher Home Purchase Program" offers reduced rate mortgages and $7,500 in down payment assistance to help teachers, principals, and assistant principals purchase homes in the high-cost Orange County housing market as incentive to continue teaching in local low-performing schools.

February 20, 2001 
Input Sought on Public Participation Plan for County Redistricting

The County's redistricting committee will meet next week to receive public comment on the draft public participation plan for the upcoming redrawing of boundaries of the five Supervisorial Districts. The new Districts will be drawn using 2000 Census data to be released in April.

February 14, 2001 
Applications Sought for Proposition 10 Orange County Children and Families Commission

(SANTA ANA) - The County of Orange is now soliciting applications for at least one existing vacancy as well as future openings on the Orange County Children and Families Commission, which has been established by the Board of Supervisors to receive and distribute revenue from Proposition 10, the voter-approved Tobacco Tax Initiative.

February 7, 2001 
Some Veterans Can Save Money On Dependent's Education

(SANTA ANA) -- Veterans with service-connected disabilities may be able to save money on their dependents' tuition at California universities, colleges and community colleges. Through California's Fee Waiver Program, dependents of former military personnel who have a service-connected disability are exempt from paying tuition fees while they attend a state school. The program does not apply to private schools or to non-residents of California, and it only applies to state schools within California.

January 26, 2001 
AAA Director to Meet Senior Community

(SANTA ANA) - Government officials, providers of senior services, and Orange County seniors will attend a reception next week for the County's recently appointed director of the Area Agency on Aging. The event begins at 9 a.m., January 31 at the Old County Courthouse, 211 West Santa Ana Boulevard in Santa Ana.

January 8, 2001 
Family Resource Center To Be Introduced to Midway City

(Santa Ana) - Family resource centers (FRCs) are built on the needs of the families in their communities. To introduce Midway City's families to FRCs, Orange County Supervisor Charles V. Smith will host a town hall meeting from 6 - 8 p.m., January 10 at the Midway City Community Center, 14400 Park Lane, Midway City, 92655.

January 5, 2001 
Re-elected Supervisors Take Oath of Office

(SANTA ANA) - Re-elected Orange County Supervisors Charles V. Smith and Todd Spitzer will each take an oath of office at 9:30 a.m. on January 9. The ceremony will precede a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors in the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

April 5, 2001 
Orange County Receives $4.1 million in Homeless Assistance Grant

(Santa Ana, CA) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today a $4.1 million homeless assistance grant award to the County of Orange. The grant, awarded under the Continuum of Care Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA) process, recognizes the County of Orange's collaboration with hundreds of non-profit organizations, cities and County agencies on a regional plan to reduce the growing number of homeless. Led by the County's Housing & Community Development Department (H&CD), the CEO Homeless Coordinator and the Continuum of Care Leadership Cabinet, the grant award will be used by five applicants to care for and assist the County's estimated 18,000 homeless.

March 5, 2001 
Coad, Correa Provide Information to Potential LIFE Applicants

(Santa Ana) – As a result of last year's passage of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE) by Congress, limited immigration reform was enacted, and foreign-born residents began looking for answers.

February 8, 2001 
Virtual County Application Demonstration

(Santa Ana) - The County of Orange is taking its first steps into e-recruiting for new employees. And tomorrow morning, Supervisor Todd Spitzer will demonstrate the County's new virtual job application with Santiago Canyon College students at 11 a.m., February 9 at Santiago Canyon College, Room U118. SCC President Mark Rocha will participate in the hands-on demo.