2015 Press Releases

December 29, 2015 
Orange County's Top Twenty Property Taxpayers for Fiscal 2015-16

The Irvine Company and Time Warner Cable remain as the #1 secured and unsecured property taxpayers consistent with their #1 rank for the last four years. Holding the #2 and #3 secured property tax spots, as they did for the past four years, are Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Southern California Edison.

December 16, 2015 
Vote Planned on Tentative Agreement with County's Largest Employee Union

Orange County Supervisors have scheduled a special meeting for Friday, December 18, at 8:30 a.m. to allow for public comment on details of a proposed tentative agreement with the membership of the Orange County Employees Association for a new contract that would extend to June 30, 2018. If ratified by OCEA, the agreement would be presented for adoption at a second special Board meeting on Wednesday, December 23.

December 3, 2015 
Celebrate Christmas at the OC Zoo

Join OC Parks and the animals of the OC Zoo to celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas at the OC Zoo invites children to a special story time with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Jolly Old St. Nicholas. Guests will enjoy seasonally inspired crafts and a photo area. Watch the animals of the OC Zoo receive treat-filled gifts hidden inside of Christmas trees and inside gift boxes throughout the day.

December 8, 2015 
Board of Supervisors Awards $102 Million Contract for Thomas F. Riley Terminal Improvements

The Board of Supervisors has awarded a multi-year design-build contract to Swinerton Builders for $101,837,386 to complete a series of improvements to Terminals A and B at John Wayne Airport. The upgrades focus on safety, code compliance, comfort, convenience and aesthetics to bring the airport's two older terminals in line with similar enhancements designed into Terminal C and Parking Structure C, which opened in 2011. Terminals A and B opened in 1990.

November 17, 2015 
Robin Stieler Appointed Clerk of the Board

The Board of Supervisors has appointed Robin Stieler, an 18-year veteran of the Clerk's office, to formally take over the duties of Clerk of the Board. She has filled the position on an interim basis since former Clerk Susan Novak retired in February.

October 30, 2015 
County Targets Fraud in Worker’s Compensation Claims

A 10-year County employee was arrested this month on four felony counts of worker's compensation fraud as part of a multi-level effort by County officials to target those suspected of collecting benefits they did not earn.

October 20, 2015 
New Director of John Wayne Airport Named

The director of operations for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which operates Los Angeles International Airport, has been selected by the Orange County Board of Supervisors as the new Director of John Wayne Airport. Barry Rondinella replaces Alan Murphy, who retired in February.

October 9, 2015 
Appellate Court Ruling Affirms Musick Expansion

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has again found in favor of the County's plans to expand the James A. Musick Jail Facility in Irvine, rejecting the fourth lawsuit filed against the expansion since 1996.

October 2, 2015 
30-Day Comment Period for Kraemer Site Opens

The public has until October 30, 2015, to comment on a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration before the Board of Supervisors considers finalizing the purchase of the property at 1000 N. Kraemer Place for use as an Emergency Temporary Shelter and Multi-Service Center to serve the homeless.

September 22, 2015 
Largest-Ever AlertOC Test Call to Reach 2.5 Million Residents Thursday

As part of National Preparedness Month, nearly 2.5 million Orange County residents will receive a phone call and email on September 24, 2015 to test the County's mass notification system. This is the sixth annual (and largest-ever) regional test of AlertOC, involving 25 participating cities and the County's unincorporated areas.

September 18, 2015 
Community Forum Announced for Input on 1000 N. Kraemer Place, Anaheim

The County of Orange will conduct a Community Forum on September 30, 2015. The Kraemer Community Forum will be held at Eastside Christian Church located at 3330 East Miraloma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Community Forum is open to the public and will be structured to give residents, businesses and other interested stakeholders the opportunity to receive additional details on the County's best practice shelter plan, which includes operational and management guidelines as well as public safety and security strategies.

September 11, 2015 
County Prevails in Complaint over Trash Facility Permit

The director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) this week upheld a review by County regulators of the operating permit issued to Rainbow Environmental Services' trash facility in Huntington Beach.

September 9, 2015 
Four County Programs Receive 2015 Statewide Awards

Four County of Orange programs have been honored for innovation and cost-effectiveness by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) through its 2015 Challenge Awards program. "Providing work training for veterans and helping foster youth are award-winning programs that show how the County of Orange is reaching out to help people and touching lives every day in multiple ways," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer, Third District. “Congratulations to all of this year's worthy award winners.”

August 25, 2015 
Supervisors Appoint Peter Hughes as Performance Audit Director

The Board of Supervisors has appointed Peter Hughes to a three-year term as the County's permanent performance audit director. Since April, Hughes has been serving as the interim performance audit director following the departure of Philip Cheng.

August 18, 2015 
Record Adoption Numbers at OC Animal Care During Clear the Shelters Adoption Event

More than 300 pet adopters lined up as early as 6 a.m. for the chance to adopt a needy pet during the Clear the Shelters Adoption Event at OC Animal Care on August 15. The event, hosted by NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo, was a first-of-its-kind nationwide pet adoption initiative aimed at finding thousands of pets permanent homes.

July 23, 2015 
Chairman Todd Spitzer Calls Special Board of Supervisors Hearing on Public Safety Oversight

Chairman Todd Spitzer has called a Special Board Hearing regarding the potential adoption of a new public safety oversight model to be held Friday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Board Hearing Room at 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana. The meeting is open to the community and will provide a time for public comments.

July 13, 2015 
County Public Health Officer Eric Handler Named 2015 Physician of the Year

County of Orange Public Health Officer Eric Handler, MD, is the 2015 Physician of the Year, an honor bestowed by the Orange County Medical Association. The award recognizes physicians for being hard-working, exhibiting extraordinary professional competence, serving as an educator and mentor for associates and nurses, being a strong motivator and displaying good rapport with patients. Handler was selected from among 40 nominees.

June 23, 2015 
Supervisors Approve Balanced FY 2015-16 Budget

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a $5.8 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year—July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016—including $723 million in General Purpose revenue, of which $687 million is available for discretionary programs.

June 17, 2015 
Community Forums Set for Input on 1000 N. Kraemer Site Use

The County of Orange will hold a Community Forum on the potential uses for 1000 N. Kraemer Place in Anaheim, including use as a year-round emergency shelter and multi-service center. The Kraemer Community Forum, scheduled for Friday, June 26, at 5:30 pm at the Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, will be the first in a series of community meetings to receive input on the potential site acquisition and use.

June 16, 2015 
Leon J. Page Appointed as New County Counsel

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has selected Leon J. Page to assume the duties of County Counsel following the retirement of outgoing County Counsel Nicholas S. Chrisos on July 24, 2015.

June 10, 2015 
Ten County Programs Receive NACo Achievement Awards

Ten County of Orange programs were selected to receive a 2015 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo). Founded in 1935, NACo represents the nation's 3,069 County governments in support of the pursuit of excellence in public service.

June 5, 2015 
Auditor-Controller Releases First Independent Analysis under COIN

Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery will release the first fiscal impact report under the COIN (Civic Openness in Negotiations) Ordinance on Monday, June 8, prepared as part of labor negotiations with the Alliance of Orange County Workers (AOCW). A public workshop will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Orange County Hall of Records to present the report and answer questions regarding the methodology leading to the report's findings.

June 3, 2015 
New Chief Financial Officer Appointed

County Executive Officer Frank Kim has announced the selection of Michelle Aguirre to serve as the County's new chief financial officer (CFO) effective immediately. She fills the vacancy left by Kim, who had served as CFO since 2013 and was named county executive officer in May 2015.

June 3, 2015 
Purchase Agreement Approved for Property in Anaheim

On June 2, 2015, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a purchase and sale agreement for property at 1000 N. Kraemer Place in Anaheim, authorizing an investigation period to examine potential uses for the site, which include a year-round emergency shelter and multi-service center.

May 12, 2015 
Frank Kim Takes Helm as New County CEO

The Orange County Board of Supervisors welcomed new County Executive Officer Frank Kim to his first official day on the job after unanimously ratifying his contract and honoring outgoing CEO Mike Giancola.

May 11, 2015 
Orange County Unveils FY 2015-16 Recommended Budget

Orange County's Fiscal Year 2015-16 Recommended Budget has been released for review by the Board of Supervisors and the public. Public budget hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, and Wednesday, June 10 at the Hall of Administration Board Hearing Room, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana.

May 5, 2015 
Frank Kim Selected as Incoming County Executive Officer Effective May 12

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today announced that Chief Financial Officer Frank Kim will assume the duties of County Executive Officer, effective May 12, following the Board's ratification of Mr. Kim’s contract.

April 14, 2015 
State Awards $17.5 Million for New County Juvenile Probation Center

The California Board of State and Community Corrections has awarded $17.5 million to the County of Orange to build a multi-purpose rehabilitation facility at the Juvenile Hall and Youth Leadership Academy campus in Orange, including a visitation center, meeting rooms and a gymnasium.

March 30, 2015 
OC Animal Care Needs Public Assistance Locating Dog and Owner

OC Animal Care is investigating a dog involved in an attack on two horses in O'Neill Regional Park on March 27, 2015. The dog reportedly was being walked off-leash by its owner at the time of the attack. Anyone with information on the dog, the owner or the attack is encouraged to contact OC Animal Care Operations at (714) 796-6460.

March 17, 2015 
Court Upholds Proper Use of Civilian Workers in County Jails

A state appeals court has again ruled in favor of the County's use of civilian workers in the jail system, denying a demand by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs for as much as $8 million in damages.

March 4, 2015 
Process Approved for Transportation Network Companies to Serve John Wayne Airport

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved an operating permit that will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), which include "ridesharing" services such as Uber and Lyft, to begin serving John Wayne Airport.

February 26, 2015 
Bill Introduced to Designate John Wayne Airport as a Port of Entry

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Congresswoman Mimi Walters have introduced a bill, H.R. 1051, that would require the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to designate John Wayne Airport (JWA) as a Port of Entry. A Port of Entry airport provides customs and immigration services for arriving foreign visitors on incoming flights.

February 6, 2015 
New Security Measures Planned for Board Meetings

Beginning March 3, 2015, those attending Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings will be required to pass through a metal detector before entering the Board Meeting Room, a move designed to boost security in line with other large urban California counties.

January 30, 2015 
Two County Department Heads Announce Retirement Plans

Two longtime County executives who began their government careers in the same year at the same department will retire in February: John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy and Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Susan Novak.

January 26, 2015 
County Awarded $19.5 Million for Homeless Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $19.5 million to the County of Orange and its community partners for homeless housing assistance and other programs under the 2014 Continuum of Care grant competition.

January 15, 2015 
Deadline to Apply for Grand Jury Service Extended

The deadline to apply for Grand Jury service has been extended to Jan. 30, 2015. The Grand Jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating County and City agencies, jails, schools, and special districts within Orange County and writes a final report with its findings and recommendations. The Grand Jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in felony cases and reviews complaints submitted by citizens.

January 12, 2015 
Eight Confirmed Measles Cases in Orange County

Orange County has eight confirmed cases of measles, in conjunction with the outbreak recently reported affecting multiple counties in California and Utah.

December 9, 2015 
County Joins Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Wireless Carriers

Orange County has joined with 10 other California counties and dozens of other government entities across the state in a lawsuit filed by a whistleblower against Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile alleging they collectively overcharged government customers by more than $100 million.