Chapman University Law Professor and former Orange County supervisor chief of staff Mario Mainero discusses the controversies enveloping the county District Attorney’s office. The discord has fueled an election challenge to incumbent Tony Rackauckas from Supervisor Todd Spitzer. But many observers are pushing for an “outsider” to enter the race. Is Mainero the answer? He discusses the state of justice in OC and whether he’ll run for DA.
It’s been more than 14 months since Orange County voters approved an ethics commission. Still, only one county supervisor – Shawn Nelson – has appointed a board member to the important oversight panel, which has yet to publicize any actions or the appointment process.
Rigo Rodríguez, who is a Governing Board Member for the Santa Ana Unified School District, questions implementation of a district plan to shift 25 of 38 District Security Officers (DSOs) from their middle schools and high schools to other sites, urging cooperation, just as labor leaders meet today with school district officials on the shift.
Shakeel Syed, executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, writes that while we all should condemn the mayhem and the loss of life this weekend in Virginia, we also need to open our eyes to the racism in America that fuels this kind of hate.
Deborah Hernandez writes that tourists from around the country who flock to Orange County’s beaches and amusement parks shouldn’t be allowed to bring in their concealed weapons. Yet that could soon change, Hernandez writes, if the U.S. Congress passes HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.
Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. writes that Orange County supervisors should reimburse local taxpayers for the more than $120,000 in legal fees they just had to pay Voice of OC after losing a public records lawsuit. It likely won’t be the last time the courts are needed to pry public records loose and Santana says Voice of OC will stay on the case.
Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff offers insights into this week’s city council meeting. This week, Council members will consider various infrastructure projects from roadway improvement to a sea wall on Balboa Island.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks with Rick Reiff about his run for governor of California, reflecting on his achievements as a mayor and taking a few jabs at Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is also running for governor.