2005 Press Releases

December 30, 2005 
Supervisors Take Oath of Office on January 3

(Santa Ana, CA) - Returning Supervisor Bill Campbell and newly elected Lou Correa will take their oaths of office as Orange County Supervisors at 9 a.m. Monday in the Board hearing room of the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.

December 6, 2005 
County of Orange Receives Bond Buyer Award

SANTA ANA-The County of Orange will receive an award presented by the Bond Buyer Newspaper as part of the paper's annual "Bond Buyer's Deal of the Year." The esteemed award recognizes the county's unique and innovative use of public financing, which has proven vital in its economic recovery since the County's declared bankruptcy in 1994.

December 3, 2005 
Ceremony Salutes Military Heroes

WHAT: Dedication of plaques honoring 11 military heroes by AMVETS and the County of Orange. WHEN: Friday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

September 7, 2005 
County Plans Ahead for Potential Katrina Evacuees

(Santa Ana, CA) - At the direction of Board Chairman Bill Campbell, a multi-agency task force has been meeting since last week to assess resources and develop preliminary plans to receive evacuees from Hurricane Katrina if Orange County is needed as a relocation site. Key agencies involved in the planning are Housing and Community Services (HCS), Social Services Agency, Health Care Agency and the Sheriff's Department.

August 23, 2005 
County Names New Chief Probation Officer

(Santa Ana, CA) - The County Board of Supervisors today announced the appointment of Colleene Preciado, a County employee for 29 years, as Chief Probation Officer. She replaces Stephanie Lewis, who recently retired. The appointment is effective today.

August 18, 2005 
Debt Refunding Saves County $505 Million

(Santa Ana, CA) - This morning at 8:30, the refunding of Recovery Bonds, Series 2005 A in the principal amount of $146 million closed successfully in the offices of County bond counsel in San Francisco.

August 4, 2005 
County Refinancing Ends Bankruptcy Debt 10 Years Sooner

(Santa Ana, CA) - Today the County priced the refunding of the 1995 Recovery Bonds. This is the second and final marketing phase of the refunding and restructuring of the County's bankruptcy recovery debt.

July 19, 2005 
CEO Tom Mauk Appoints Social Services Agency Director

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Tom Mauk today appointed a leader with nearly 40 years experience in the social services arena to the position of Social Services Agency (SSA) Director. Ingrid Harita, who has worked for the County of Orange for 22 years, will assume the Director's spot on July 22 upon the retirement of Angelo Doti, the current SSA Director.

June 2, 2005 
Chief Information Officer Resigns

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today accepted the resignation of Dan Hatton, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy County Executive Officer. The resignation is effective June 17. He joined the County in January 2003.

May 19, 2005 
County Workshop To Feature Proposed Budget

(Santa Ana, CA) - The County of Orange will sponsor a budget workshop next week to inform the community about its budget process and anticipated issues for the upcoming fiscal year. It will be held at 9 a.m., May 27 in the Hall of Administration Board hearing room on the first floor, 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.

May 13, 2005 
OC Departments Enhance Online Services

(Santa Ana, CA) - Two County departments have launched new online services to better serve the public. The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA)/Environmental Health Division and RDMD/Harbors Beaches and Parks (HBP) are making it easier for their customers to do business and get to the information they need most.

April 8, 2005 
County Volunteers Provide $22 Million in Services

(Santa Ana, CA) - Approximately 19,000 volunteers providing 984,423 hours of service were valued at more than $22 million in avoided costs for County government in 2004. To commemorate these achievements, the Board of Supervisors will acknowledge volunteers at the ninth annual Countywide volunteer recognition ceremony.

April 8, 2005 
2005 Strategic Financial Plan Workshop Set for April 12

(Santa Ana, CA) - The Orange County Board of Supervisors will hold a special workshop at 1:30 p.m., April 12 to consider the 2005 Strategic Financial Plan. The workshop will be held in the Board Hearing Room at the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza, first floor, Santa Ana.

February 28, 2005 
County Names New Director of Dana Point Harbor

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today announced that George Caravalho has been named Director of Dana Point Harbor for the County of Orange. He comes on board to consolidate the daily operations and revitalization of the Harbor.

January 26, 2005 
County awarded $11.3 million for homeless services

(Santa Ana, CA) - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the County of Orange $11,367,654 in a homeless assistance grant competition under the Continuum of Care Super Notice of Funding Availability (SuperNOFA). This is the largest homeless assistance grant in Orange County's history. The SuperNOFA is an annual process, and the grant award is a direct result of the County's partnership with cities and hundreds of non-profit organizations to address the issue of homelessness in Orange County.