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[Orange County] Opinion: Delivering independent oversight of Orange County’s homeless response

Blog note: this opinion piece references a grand jury report.

Orange County has committed hundreds of millions of dollars towards combating homelessness.

Shouldn’t taxpayers receive independent assurances that those funds are being well-spent?

Last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved my proposal for the Office of Independent Review to examine the county’s homeless response. This independent audit will ensure oversight and accountability as the county works to address our community’s greatest public policy issue.

Opinion: Orange County should stop playing politics with the Office of Independent Review

Blog note: this opinion piece references a grand jury report.

Your editorial on July 7, “Let Orange County’s Law Enforcement Watchdog Work,” made critical points urging the Board of Supervisors to reverse a recent vote to have the Office of Independent Review focus on its originally purpose — to watchdog our county’s criminal justice agencies.

OC Grand Jury says Orange County Emergency Operations Center is Vulnerable in Emergency!

High atop Loma Ridge is the Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Consider it the main command center during a big disaster. From there, 150 or more emergency responders and public officials can coordinate efforts to deal with anything ranging from a major earthquake to a mass shooting. It’s hard to overstate the facility’s vital importance for dealing with emergencies, yet multiple Orange County grand jury reports—including one released on June 20–indicate that the EOC itself is tremendously vulnerable.

[Orange County] Let Orange County’s law enforcement watchdog work

The need for independent oversight of Orange County’s law enforcement organizations couldn’t be more obvious than it is now.

Just recently, the Orange County Grand Jury reported that nearly half of 34 deaths in Orange County jails could have been avoided. The report comes a year after the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California published a 108-page report of its own highlighting the “inhuman, violent conditions” of Orange County jails.

[Orange County] Irvine City Council, Tired of Being a Donor, Gives Notice It’ll Withdraw from OC Fire Authority

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report.

The Irvine City Council voted to tell the Orange County Fire Authority it may withdraw from the agency, part of a long-running dispute between Irvine and the Fire Authority over the city’s disproportionately large property tax contributions compared to the services it receives.

[Orange County] Grand Jury Report Slams Response Dispute Between OCFA, Sheriff’s Department

In light of a debate between the Orange County Fire Authority and Sheriff’s Department over which should be the lead agency on search-and-rescue calls, a grand jury report released Friday called on the county to create a permanent “air operations safety council.”

The report also called on the two agencies to work together, with the sheriff’s department being the lead response agency to wilderness or remote off-road search-and-rescue calls, and the OCFA taking the lead on urban search-and-rescue calls.

[Orange County] The OC Sheriff’s Department responds to the OC Grand Jury report on jail deaths

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 25, 2018) – The care and custody of inmates is one of the top priorities of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD). OCSD operates one of the largest jail systems in the nation while processing more than 50,000 bookings each year and housing more than 6,000 inmates each day. The staff of our jails, both OCSD and healthcare personnel, go to great lengths to ensure the complex health needs of each inmate entrusted to us are met.

[Orange County] Grand Jury Warns Against Closing Any OC Landfills

Orange County grand jurors are calling on local officials to ensure all three county landfills stay open, to prevent costs from increasing and additional traffic congestion in communities near still-operating garbage dumps.

In a news release Tuesday accompanying their new report, the panel said the operating agreements for the Olinda Alpha Landfill next to Brea “will expire in less than three years.”

[Orange County] Federal Judge Orders Settlement of Homeless Shelter Locations by June 13

Blog note: this article references a recent grand jury report that criticizes the county’s handling of homeless issues.

Sites for homeless shelter locations, “S.I.T.E.S.,” as spelled out in emphasis by Federal Judge David O. Carter, must be determined by Wednesday, June 13 per his order made during a status conference on May 25.

[Orange County] Federal Judge Orders Settlement of Homeless Shelter Locations by June 13

Blog note: this article references a recent grand jury report that criticizes the county’s handling of homeless issues.

Sites for homeless shelter locations, “S.I.T.E.S.,” as spelled out in emphasis by Federal Judge David O. Carter, must be determined by Wednesday, June 13 per his order made during a status conference on May 25.

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