2014 Press Releases

December 12, 2014 
Mandatory Evacuations Lifted in Silverado Canyon

The mandatory evacuation issued early Friday for the Silverado Canyon burn area was lifted at 1:45 p.m. today by the Orange County Emergency Operations Center due to decreased forecasted rainfall levels. A road closure issued early Friday on Silverado Canyon Road has also been lifted. A Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect until 3 a.m. Saturday due to rainfall expected to continue through Friday night.

December 12, 2014 
County Announces Naming of New Chief Information Security Officer

Chief Information Officer Christina Koslosky has announced the appointment of Keith Tresh as the County's new chief information security officer. Tresh is responsible for managing the County’s information security programs, which protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all voice, data network, applications and computer infrastructure. His selection followed an open recruitment process.

December 12, 2014 
Flash Flood Warning Issued for Silverado Canyon

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center has been activated due to potential flooding in the Silverado burn area. A mandatory evacuation has been called for Silverado Canyon east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road. An evacuation center will open at 7 a.m. at El Modena High School. A hotline for more information has been established at (714) 628-7085.

December 3, 2014 
County Chief Information Officer Selected

Interim Chief Information Officer Christina Koslosky has been chosen by CEO Mike Giancola to permanently lead the County's Office of Information Technology, effective immediately.

November 26, 2014 
Supervisor-elect Bartlett to Take Oath of Office

A special meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, in the Board Hearing Room to administer the Oath of Office to Supervisor-elect Lisa Bartlett. The Board Hearing Room is located on the ground floor of the Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Building 10, Santa Ana.

November 19, 2014 
County of Orange Launches Interactive Budget Tool

"OpenGov" offers online, fingertip access to County budget; it's part of a financial transparency effort made accessible via technology.

October 23, 2014 
Permits Needed for Over-Road Displays in Unincorporated Areas

Property owners in the unincorporated areas of Orange County planning to stretch holiday displays over public roadways must coordinate with OC Public Works to assure the displays are safe and properly permitted.

October 22, 2014 
Public Update on Ebola Preparedness

Emergency planning is well underway in Orange County in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The risk of contracting Ebola in the United States and in Orange County is very low; there are currently no cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases. County officials are reviewing communicable disease response plans and conducting drills to exercise those plans.

September 12, 2014 
High Temperatures and Wildfire Smoke Pose Potential Health Risk

Higher than normal temperatures are expected throughout the weekend in many inland Orange County cities, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses. In addition, smoke from the wildland brush fire burning in Silverado Canyon may pose a health danger to some Orange County residents, especially those in certain high-risk groups. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a Smoke Advisory for portions of Orange County, including the Saddleback Valley and Capistrano Valley areas.

September 12, 2014 
How to Get Information on the Silverado Fire

Residents seeking information regarding the Silverado Fire can call the Emergency Operations Center Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085. There are no evacuations at this time, a portion of the Silverado Canyon Road remains closed but the SR 241 remains open at this time.

September 10, 2014 
Six County Programs Receive 2014 CSAC Awards

Six County of Orange programs have been honored for innovation and cost-effectiveness by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) through its 2014 Challenge Awards program.

September 9, 2014 
Permits Needed for Over-Road Displays in Unincorporated Areas

Property owners in the unincorporated areas of Orange County planning to stretch holiday displays over public roadways must coordinate with OC Public Works to assure the displays are safe and properly permitted. The festive over-roadway displays, popular in some neighborhoods during Halloween and Christmas, require an advance permit and safety inspection.

August 18, 2014 
Dana Point Harbor Cleanup & Cigarette Butt Roundup on Sept. 20

OC Dana Point Harbor is preparing for the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, part of the International Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer effort on the planet. The event will be held Saturday, September 20, in conjunction with the 12th Biannual Dana Point Harbor Underwater Cleanup and annual Cigarette Butt Roundup. New this year will be an On-the-Water Cleanup administered from kayaks and dinghies.

August 11, 2014 
OC’s 125th Birthday Chronicled in Exhibits and Online

The Old Orange County Courthouse is pleased to present "Orange County Circa 1889," a collection of historic photographic work taken 125 years ago documenting the founding year of Orange County's birth. The exhibit will run through October 10, 2014. Also at the Old Courthouse is “Celebrate OC,” describing the County’s separation from Los Angeles County. It will run through the end of the year.

August 7, 2014 
County Prevails in Lawsuit Challenging Fire Funds Rebate

An Orange County Superior Court judge has invalidated a plan by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) to redirect revenues paid to the Authority for fire protection, delivering a victory to County attorneys who claimed the payments constituted a gift of public funds.

July 31, 2014 
Property Assessment Appeals Accepted through Sept. 15

Property owners may file appeals to their annual property assessments now through September 15 with the office of the Orange County Clerk of the Board. Property owners should be aware that they may file an appeal themselves—there is no requirement to use a tax agent nor does the County of Orange charge a processing fee to file an appeal.

July 9, 2014 
Installment Plan Available for Unpaid 2013-14 Property Taxes

Real property with outstanding taxes, penalties, and fees levied for FY 2013-14 that were not paid or postmarked by June 30, 2014 is now considered tax defaulted. As of July 1, those taxpayers who have defaulted on property taxes can take advantage of an installment payment plan, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, announced. The taxpayer must qualify to enter into an installment plan by meeting certain criteria.

June 11, 2014 
Last Chance to Start a Payment Plan for Delinquent Property Taxes

A listing of all properties by city with delinquent taxes owed for five or more years has been published by Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, in the newspaper and online at ocgov.com/defaultedproperties. These properties may be subject to auction unless owners act now to enter into an installment plan for payment. Property owners have until June 30, 2014, to begin a Five-Year Installment Plan to pay the delinquent taxes on their properties.

June 2, 2014 
Public Budget Preview Scheduled for June 10

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2014-15 Recommended Budget will be previewed for the public from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, before regularly scheduled budget hearings begin before the Board of Supervisors. The preview will be held in the Hall of Administration Planning Commission Hearing Room.

June 2, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Celebrates One Year of Special Saturday Openings

The offices of Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen are celebrating a year of being open one Saturday a month, a service that has proven very popular with wedding parties and other customers. The Saturday hours are available at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana and the department's branch offices in Laguna Hills and downtown Fullerton.

May 22, 2014 
OC Beaches Get Clean Bill of Health for Summer

Orange County residents aren't the only ones who’ve been working to get fit for the summer season—the coastline has been watching its waste-line too. The environmental non-profit Heal the Bay has released its annual "Beach Bummer List" ranking California’s most polluted shorelines – without a single Orange County beach listed. This year marks the first time in six years that stubborn list-dweller Poche Beach in South Orange County hasn’t appeared on the list.

May 15, 2014 
Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan Advances

OC Dana Point Harbor has received approval for its years-in-the-making Revitalization Plan from the Dana Point Planning Commission. The approval culminates 15 years of planning, hundreds of public meetings and extensive community support. "This is a huge step that will finally bring the harbor revitalization project to reality," said Supervisor Patricia Bates, who represents Dana Point Harbor.

May 14, 2014 
Property Tax Collection Rates Soar; Help Is Available for Delinquent Taxpayers

The collection rate for secured property taxes for FY 2013-14 is at 97.9%--marking the highest collection rate in the last 20 years, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, announced. Incoming receipts are $190 million or 3.9% higher than at the same time last year. For those taxpayers unable to pay their secured taxes in full, the Treasurer offers an installment payment plan for delinquent secured taxes beginning July 1, 2014.

May 12, 2014 
Orange County Unveils FY 2014-15 Balanced Budget

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2014-15 Recommended Budget has been released for review. Public budget hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, and Wednesday, June 11, at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana. A one-hour Public Budget Preview will begin at 8 a.m. on June 10 in the Hall of Administration Planning Commission Hearing Room.

May 8, 2014 
Mike Bennett Appointed OC Agricultural Commissioner

Milton "Mike" Bennett has been appointed Orange County's Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures, effective immediately. The consolidated offices of Orange County Agricultural Commissioner and Orange County Sealer of Weights and Measures are state-mandated positions that serve upon the appointment of the Board of Supervisors to a four-year term.

May 2, 2014 
Rules Streamlined to Make It Easier for Craft Breweries to Operate

Who doesn't love an uncomplicated beer? When Anaheim asked the County for help to make the city more "brewery friendly," the County responded by agreeing to streamline inspections of craft breweries.

April 18, 2014 
Plan to Improve OC Health Available for Comment through April 30

The Orange County Health Care Agency and its partners are accepting comment on a plan to help improve the health of those who live, work and play in Orange County. The Orange County Health Improvement Plan is available for public comment through April 30, 2014.

April 2, 2014 
Property Tax Payment Deadline is Thursday April 10!

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich reminds taxpayers that the second installment of property taxes is due no later than Thursday, April 10. Payments not received by then, unless they have a United States Postal Service stamp showing a date on or before April 10, will incur a 10% late penalty fee plus a $23 fee.

March 27, 2014 
Vaccinations Recommended for Measles Outbreak

Orange County has confirmed 21 cases of measles so far this year, the most for any county in California. The Health Care Agency expects the measles outbreak will continue to spread and reminds the public that the best way to prevent this highly contagious disease is by getting vaccinated.

March 25, 2014 
Contract with Largest County Union Approved

The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to a new contract with the Orange County Employees Association, the largest union representing general County employees. All eight employee units represented by OCEA previously voted to ratify the contract.

March 13, 2014 
Thousands Take Advantage of Special Saturday Hours

More than 2,740 customers have obtained a marriage license during Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen’s special Saturday openings at the department’s offices in Santa Ana, Fullerton and Laguna Hills.

March 12, 2014 
OC Public Guardian/Asst. Public Administrator Retires

Orange County Public Guardian/Assistant Public Administrator Lucille Lyon will step down from the positions she has held since July 2011, part of a comprehensive reorganization of the two offices. Lyon will retire after nearly 38 years in the mental health field.

March 6, 2014 
Orange County Slated for $37.3 Million in New Federal Funds

Orange County is slated for a total of $37.3 million in new federal funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the next two years, on top of another $45.9 million in funds already authorized by the President and Congress. The decades-long Santa Ana River Mainstem project will receive the bulk of the funding.

January 29, 2014 
Social Services Agency Deputy Elevated to Director

The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Mike Ryan, Chief Deputy Director of the Social Services Agency to replace Dr. Michael Riley as the agency's new director. The appointment was made Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 
County Names Partner to Develop El Toro Property

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a comprehensive agreement with Lowe Enterprises to entitle and develop the County's 100+ acres of land at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine.

January 28, 2014 
Board of Supervisors Asks for Fire Funding Process Review

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to formally respond to a lawsuit filed by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) that seeks court validation of its plan to redirect excess tax money that the Authority claims is unneeded for fire protection.

January 28, 2014 
Chairman Nelson and Vice Chair Bates Will Serve for 2014

Board Chairman Shawn Nelson and Vice Chair Patricia Bates will remain in their leadership posts for another year, supervisors decided Tuesday.

January 23, 2014 
OC Acknowledged as National Leader in Elections

Orange County has been recognized by the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration for best practices, innovation and elections operations in a report recently presented to the White House.

January 8, 2014 
County’s Credit Rating Upgraded

A recovering local economy and "very strong" management practices led to a recent upgrade to the County's creditworthiness by national rating agency Standard & Poor's.

January 3, 2014 
Union Approves New County Contract

The Alliance of Orange County Workers, representing operations and maintenance employees, is the latest bargaining union to approve a new labor agreement with the County.

August 27, 2014 
Unsecured Property Tax Payment Deadline is September 2

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich reminds those with unsecured property taxes due for 2014-15 relating to business personal property, leased equipment, boats and aircraft to submit payment by September 2, 2014 to avoid late charges. Any unsecured payments received that do not show a US Postal Service date stamp on the 2nd or earlier will be charged a 10% delinquent fee and a $75 late charge.

August 29, 2014 
John Wayne Airport Provides Labor Day Weekend Travel Tips

John Wayne Airport anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period now through Tuesday, September 2 during the Labor Day holiday weekend. More than 145,000 passengers traveled through JWA during the same period in 2013 with the busiest travel days being the Friday before and Labor Day.

October 1, 2014 
Orange County Students Invited to Enter John Wayne Airport's 25th Annual Art Contest

The contest is underway. Students ingrades kindergarten through 12 are encouraged to submit artworkinspired by this year's theme: "OC125: Exploring Orange County'sStory."