2011 Press Releases

November 29, 2011 
County Homeless Emergency Shelters To Open

(Santa Ana, CA) - The County of Orange announces the opening of the Armory Emergency Shelter Program, the seasonal program that provides up to 400 beds for homeless families and individuals, on December 1, 2011.

October 7, 2011 
Delinquent Notices Mailed for Unsecured Property

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, announced that her office will be mailing over 23,000 delinquent notices to taxpayers who have unsecured property taxes outstanding as of September 30, 2011.

October 5, 2011 
Legal Fee Settlement Reached

The County of Orange has reached a mediated settlement with the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) on legal fees stemming from a lawsuit filed by the County over the retroactive portion of the “3% @ 50” pension benefit that was granted to many County peace officers.

October 3, 2011 
OC Public Works and Health Care Agency Programs Receive 2011 CSAC Merit Awards

(Santa Ana, CA) - Two County of Orange programs were chosen to receive 2011 Merit Awards by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC).

October 3, 2011 
Department Heads Announce Retirement

Two County of Orange department heads have announced their plans to retire in the coming months.

September 13, 2011 
County Treasurer is President-Elect of National Organization

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich is serving as President-Elect of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada.

September 9, 2011 
Orange County Emergency Operations Center Deactivated

Due to the restoration of electrical power in the San Diego Gas & Electric service area in Orange County, the Orange County Emergency Operations Center has deactivated as of 4 a.m. on Friday, September 9.

September 9, 2011 
Orange County Residents Encouraged to Register Phone Numbers and Other Devices With AlertOC

The major power outage affecting Orange County serves as a reminder of the importance of registering all of your phone numbers and mobile devices with AlertOC, the County's emergency mass notification system.

September 9, 2011 
Capistrano Unified School District Schools Closed Friday, September 9, 2011

The Capistrano Unified School District has announced its schools will be closed Friday, September 9, 2011 due to the power outage.

September 9, 2011 
Food Safety Precautions for Areas Impacted by Power Outage

Food safety should be a consideration for all Orange County residents affected by the power outage.

September 9, 2011 
Power Outage Causing Traffic Congestion

The County of Orange is experiencing traffic congestion at several major intersections in South Orange County due to the power outage.

September 9, 2011 
Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information Hotline Activated

The County of Orange activated its Emergency Operations Center at 4:45 p.m. on September 8, 2011 in response to the power outage affecting Orange and San Diego Counties.

July 29, 2011 
New Public Guardian Takes Office

Orange County's new Public Guardian began her duties today following approval of her appointment this week by the Board of Supervisors.

July 27, 2011 
Interim Public Defender Appointed

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has appointed a veteran employee of the Offices of the Public Defender to serve as Interim Public Defender.

July 11, 2011 
Supervisors to Hold Redistricting Public Hearing on July 19

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will conduct its first Public Hearing on Redistricting proposals at the Board's July 19 meeting at the Hall of Administration in Santa Ana.

July 7, 2011 
Brush Fire Prompts AlertOC Activation, Community Members Encouraged to Register

(Santa Ana, CA) - The City of Brea today activated the AlertOC regional emergency notification system to keep the community informed during a multi-acre brush fire in Carbon Canyon.

June 28, 2011 
Proposed State Budget Would Result In $48 Million Cut for Orange County

(Santa Ana, CA) - The proposed State Budget agreement would cut $48 million in guaranteed funding for Orange County.

June 28, 2011 
Proposed $48 Million State Budget Cut Would Impact Orange County Bond Financing

(Santa Ana, CA) A $48 million cut to funding for Orange County that is included in the proposed State Budget agreement would impact the County's ability to issue short term debt that provides cash flow to support critical County services and operations.

June 15, 2011 
County Receives Seventeen NACo Awards, Including One "Best in Category"

(Santa Ana, CA) - Seventeen County of Orange programs were selected to receive a 2011 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo). Among these, the Probation Department's Center for Opportunity. Reentry and Education (CORE) Program was designated "Best in Category" in Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

May 24, 2011 
Response to Grand Jury Report on Jails

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved the response to the 2010-11 Grand Jury report on Detention Facilities.

May 18, 2011 
Orange County Public Budget Workshop Set for Friday, May 27

Orange County residents are invited to attend the County's annual Budget Workshop for an introduction to the County's Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget.

May 12, 2011 
County Staff to Brief Media

County Chief Financial Officer and Budget staff will distribute the 2011-12 budget workbook and augmentation requests.

January 21, 2011 
County of Orange seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration for Winter Storm Damage

(Santa Ana, CA) - Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Campbell and Fifth District Supervisor Patricia C. Bates today sent President Obama and Federal officials a letter urging the issuance of a disaster declaration for Orange County and other California counties as a result of damage from the devastating December 2010 winter storms.