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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.


November 18, 2014 
Board of Supervisors Accepts 2,500-Acre Gift

Today the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to accept 2,500 acres of open space, donated by the Irvine Company to the County for preservation and public recreation. The donation provides additional connectivity to the 20,000 acres the Irvine Company donated to the County in 2010, which marked the largest single donation of land to the County in its history. The land accepted today was previously slated for construction of approximately 5,000 homes.


November 17, 2014 
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Works in Orange County

A new report from the Orange County Health Care Agency found that adult clients of the County's drug and alcohol treatment programs experienced significant reduction in drug use, improved health, and social functioning; increased employment rates; and a reduction in arrest, incarceration and reliance on medical services.


November 10, 2014 
Bob Hope USO Opens at John Wayne Airport

More than 50,000 military members and their families each year can now receive the hallmark USO airport welcome at the first Orange County USO since World War II.


November 1, 2014 
Evacuation Advisory Lifted for Silverado Canyon Burn Area

UPDATE 4:25 a.m.: The evacuation advisory has been lifted. The Orange County Emergency Operations Center, the public information hotline and the American Red Cross shelter at the Santiago Canyon College Gymnasium have deactivated. The danger of debris flow in the Santiago Canyon has greatly diminished as the storm has passed. Residents may still obtain sandbags at Orange County Fire Authority Station #14 located at Santiago Canyon Road and Hazel Bell Drive. Local authorities will continue to monitor the situation and respond as needed.


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 
Board Approves Renewable Energy Plant at Irvine Area Landfill

A proposed state-of-the-art renewable energy plant to convert landfill gas to electricity has been approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The Board, in a unanimous vote at its regular meeting on Oct. 21, gave the go-ahead for OC Waste & Recycling, the department that manages the County's three landfills, to revise and update a previous agreement with a private contractor to build a gas-to-energy facility at the County's Frank R. Bowerman Landfill.


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.


October 17, 2014 
Veterans Resource Directory Now Available Online

The updated County of Orange Veterans Resource Directory is now available to view and print online. Community members may also request a copy by calling the Veterans Service Office at (714) 480-6555.


October 14, 2014 
Best of the Best – Kudos for OC Parks and Beaches

The 2014 edition of OC Weekly's "Best Of" shines a spotlight on what many county residents already know: Some of the best parks and beaches anywhere are right here in Orange County.


October 9, 2014 
Airport Arts Program at John Wayne Airport

Even non-travelers can enjoy a visit to John Wayne Airport (JWA), thanks to the Airport Arts Program.

  • JWA's 25th annual Student Art Contest is underway. All Orange County public and private school students in grades kindergarten through 12 are encouraged to submit artwork inspired by this year's theme: "OC125: Exploring Orange County's Story." Click here to learn more.
  • Visitors and residents can explore Orange County's rich 125-year history through "OC 125: Exploring Orange County's Story," a curated exhibition of sites and experiences, on display at John Wayne Airport now through February of 2015. Click here to learn more.

October 6, 2014 
Free Seasonal Flu Shots on October 10th

Free influenza vaccine will be offered Oct. 10, 2014 to adults and children at two Orange County locations. Flu shots will be provided at no cost to adults and children three years of age and older on a first-come first-served basis. Both locations will offer both walk-up and drive-through flu shots.


October 6, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Offers Services in Westminster

Beginning Oct. 9, 2014, the Clerk-Recorder Department will begin accepting and processing passport applications as well as issuing marriage licenses at the County Community Service Center, located in the City of Westminster.


October 1, 2014 
High Temperatures Pose Potential Health Risk

Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach highs above 95 degrees this week, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.


October 1, 2014 
Board Unanimously Approves JWA Settlement Agreement Amendment

By a vote of 5-0, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 30th to approve the proposed John Wayne Airport (JWA) Settlement Agreement Amendment and to certify Environmental Impact Report 617.


September 30, 2014 
Get Ready to ShakeOut

The County of Orange will join millions of people worldwide to practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.


September 25, 2014 
Scavenger Hunt Raises Literacy Awareness at OC Public Libraries

You are invited to take part in a Literacy Scavenger Hunt hosted by OC Public Libraries and READ/OC throughout the month of October. The winner, selected from entries received by Oct. 31st, will be awarded a Kindle Paperwhite 6" eReader with WiFi (valued at $120), and a $75 Amazon gift card.


September 17, 2014 
Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Orange County

The Orange County Historical Commission and OC Parks invite you to visit Orange County's past at the 125th Anniversary Celebration. The event will present historic highlights and demonstrations by special guests and Park Rangers in the newly restored Soda Fountain Pavilion located in Group 2 of the park.


September 15, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Reaches Milestone: 7 Million E-Documents

The Clerk-Recorder Department has recorded 7 million electronically submitted documents. Orange County was a pioneer in the development and implementation of electronic recording.


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 
Sept. 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Many convenient locations will be available throughout Orange County on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, September 27th, at which residents may dispose of unused prescription drugs in a safe and responsible manner.


September 4, 2014 
Register Now For the 5th Annual AlertOC Regional Test

On September 23rd, over two million Orange County residents will receive a call to test the AlertOC mass notification system. This is the fifth annual regional test of the system and will include 25 participating cities and the County's unincorporated areas. Residents are encouraged to self-register their email addresses, cell phone numbers and other alternate numbers to be a part of the regional test.


September 3, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Offers Special Saturday Hours

The Clerk-Recorder will offer special Saturday hours at all three Orange County locations on September 20th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations for civil wedding ceremonies and passports are recommended due to limited space. Please call (714) 834-2500 for more information.


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.


August 1, 2014 
OC’s 125th Birthday Chronicled in Reception, Exhibits

Come celebrate Orange County's Quasquicentennial on Tuesday, August 5, at 8:30 a.m., when the public is invited to a reception commemorating the very first Board of Supervisors meeting held 125 years ago. Supervisor John Moorlach will provide remarks, as will author and historian Phil Brigandi. The reception will be held in the lobby of the Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana. Two historical exhibits also are featured at the Old Orange County Courthouse.


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 17, 2014 
Celebrate Orange County’s 125th Birthday at the OC Fair!

Come celebrate Orange County's Quasquicentennial on Friday, August 1, when the OC Fair presents "Orange County Day" with a special ceremony honoring the county’s birth on August 1, 1889. The celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the fairground’s Hangar building. On Tuesday, August 5, a reception commemorating the very first Board of Supervisors meeting held 125 years before will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Hall of Administration.


July 10, 2014 
Flags Lowered in Honor of Newport Lifeguard

Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson has directed County of Orange flags at each County facility be lowered to half-staff from Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13, to honor the memory of Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson, who died on July 6 while attempting to rescue a distressed swimmer in high surf. The request for the flags to be lowered was made by Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach, whose district includes Newport Beach.


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 
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 15, 2014 
Easter Parking Fees

Parking fees for some regional parks will increase to $7 for Easter Sunday, April 20. Large crowds are also expected for the holiday, so please plan your trip accordingly. Parking lots fill early and additional vehicles may not be brought into parks that have reached parking capacity.


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 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.


March 3, 2014 
Property Tax Sale Auction Thursday, March 6

Orange County Treasurer Shari L. Freidenrich announced that the next tax auction is Thursday, March 6, at 1:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 333 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Building 10 in Santa Ana. All bidders must pre-register on Wednesday, March 5.


March 3, 2014 
County of Orange and Discovery Science Center Present 2014 Eco Challenge Poster Contest

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (February 27, 2014) – Beginning today, young Orange County residents have the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Eco Challenge poster contest presented by the County of Orange, Discovery Science Center and Angels Baseball for the chance to be an Honorary Bat Kid at a 2014 Angels baseball game. Visit www.discoverycube.org/batkid for contest rules and eligibility.


February 26, 2014 
Auditor-Controller Releases OC Citizens' Report

The Auditor-Controller has released its annual OC Citizens' Report, which presents County of Orange financial highlights for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 and provides a high-level summary of information contained in the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


February 21, 2014 
Potential Public Exposure to Measles

The Health Care Agency has confirmed four cases of measles in Orange County in the last seven weeks, which is consistent with an increase seen throughout California. These cases raise the possibility that Orange County residents may be exposed to measles. The most recent case spent time in public locations in Orange County while contagious.


February 20, 2014 
Registration Opens for South County Senior Summit

Registration is underway now through March 14th for the 7th Annual South County Senior Summit, hosted by OC Supervisor Patricia C. Bates, the OC Office on Aging, Age Well Senior Services, and Laguna Woods Village. The event, which takes place Friday, March 21st in Laguna Woods, will feature speakers on the topic of "Are You Prepared to Age-in-Place?" as well as complimentary breakfast and lunch.


February 19, 2014 
Bat Found at Fullerton College Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat found on the ground at Fullerton College near the Music Building on February 18, 2014 has tested positive for rabies. Anyone who had recent contact with a bat in the vicinity of Fullerton College located in the City of Fullerton is asked to call Orange County Health Care Agency Epidemiology at (714) 834-8180 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or (714) 834-7792 after hours so a nurse can evaluate the risk for rabies.


February 18, 2014 
266 Couples Married on Valentine's Day

A record number of couples – 266 – were married this Valentine's Day in civil ceremonies at the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department’s three marriage locations, breaking the long-standing Valentine’s Day record of 173 couples wed in 1997.


February 11, 2014 
Mountain Lion Sightings Reported at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Recent mountain lion sightings at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Foothill Ranch have prompted OC Parks to step up trail monitoring and post notification signs alerting park patrons to the activity.


February 6, 2014 
Confirmed Measles Activity in Orange County

The Health Care Agency has confirmed three cases of measles in Orange County in the last six weeks and reminds community members that the way to protect yourself and your family against the measles is to get the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.


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 24, 2014 
Treasurer-Tax Collector Lists Top Ten Property Taxpayers for FY 13/14

The Treasurer-Tax Collector has announced the top ten Orange County property taxpayers in the secured and unsecured categories for fiscal year 13/14.


January 23, 2014 
Clerk-Recorder Extends Office Hours in Fullerton and Laguna Hills

Effective February 3rd, the Orange County Clerk-Recorder will be extending the hours at the department's branch offices in Downtown Fullerton and the Laguna Hills Civic Center. These locations will now be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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 22, 2014 
February is Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month

OC Animal Care is offering a $20 discount and a free goodie bag with each rabbit adoption during the month of February from the shelter in Orange.


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.


January 2, 2014 
Season's First Influenza Death in Orange County

The Orange County Health Care Agency reports that a 28-year-old woman died last week from influenza A-related disease. This is the first influenza-related death of a person under 65 years of age reported in the county this flu season. Reports of influenza have increased in Orange County recently.


December 31, 2013 
Celebrate Responsibly - Don't Drink and Drive

While the holidays are a time of joy and celebration, they are also a time of increased drunk driving incidents. The Sheriff's Department reminds you to not drink and drive. AAA of Southern California is offering Tipsy Tow, a free service for members and nonmembers to call for a ride and tow within seven miles of pick-up on New Year's Eve.


December 19, 2013 
Assistant Public Defender Appointed by Governor

Orange County Assistant Public Defender Tracy Lesage has been appointed to the State Bar of California's Attorney Diversion and Assistance Program Oversight Committee by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.


December 18, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Holiday Travel Tips

John Wayne Airport (JWA) offers travel tips to navigate the busy Holiday travel period between December 20, 2013 and January 3, 2014. Last year, more than 360,000 passengers traveled through JWA during this period. Passengers are encouraged to arrive at the Airport 90 minutes to two hours prior to departure time for domestic flights and three hours before international flights.


December 16, 2013 
Clerk-Recorder's Special Saturday Hours Continue in 2014

Due to high demand and increasing popularity, the OC Clerk-Recorder Department will continue its special Saturday office openings in 2014. Appointments are being taken now for marriage licenses and ceremonies, as well as passport services, for January 11th and February 8th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


December 12, 2013 
Get a Flu Vaccination for a Healthy Holiday Season

The Health Care Agency (HCA) reminds community members that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Peak flu season has not yet arrived, and it is not too late to vaccinate. For those without a medical provider or health insurance coverage, free flu shots are available at HCA's family health clinic.


December 2, 2013 
Dec. 10 Deadline for Payment of First Property Tax Installment

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich reminds the public that the first installment of the 2013-14 secured property taxes must be paid by December 10, 2013 to avoid any late charges. Payments may be made through the Treasurer-Tax Collector's website at ocgov.com/octaxbill.


November 21, 2013 
County Renewable Energy Project and Airport Director Honored

A renewable energy project powered by OC Waste & Recycling and John Wayne Airport Director Alan Murphy have won honors at the 2013 “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” awards from the Orange County Business Council.


November 19, 2013 
Orange County Grand Jury Seeks Applicants

The Orange County Superior Court is actively seeking residents from throughout Orange County who want to make a difference in their community to apply for service on the next Grand Jury. The one-year term begins July 1, 2014. Applications are available on-line at www.ocgrandjury.org. Completed applications must be received by January 24, 2014.


November 19, 2013 
Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Reminders

In anticipation of one of the most heavily traveled holiday periods, John Wayne Airport (JWA) offers travel tips to help passengers prepare for a safe and enjoyable holiday. Passengers traveling through JWA between Friday, November 22 and Monday, December 2 will experience higher-than-normal passenger traffic due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


November 19, 2013 
Crime Victims’ Memorial Design Finalists Chosen

Judges have selected five finalists from 59 entries in a competition to design a Crime Victims’ Memorial at William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine. The five designs – from submitters in the US, Mexico and Yugoslavia – include features such as panels remembering victims by name, landscaped remembrance areas and reflecting pools. The finalists have been invited to submit more detailed designs by Jan. 30, 2014.


November 7, 2013 
OC Health Official Honored for Global Leadership

Dr. Samuel Stratton, Medical Director for the Health Care Agency's Emergency Medical Services division, has been honored with the 2013 Award for Global Leadership in Emergency Public Health from the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM).


November 5, 2013 
Dana Point Harbor Director Earns Third Statewide Honor

Brad Gross, OC Dana Point Harbor Director, has become the first person in the 65-year history of the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains to earn his third title as State Harbor Master of the Year.


November 4, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Launches Redesigned Website

John Wayne Airport is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website, http://ocair.com/, offering essential information for travelers and visitors alike. The new website features a more intuitive navigation framework, real-time flight tracking, a "Visit Orange County" section, and much more.


November 1, 2013 
OC Parks Offers Free Parking for Veterans Nov. 11

OC Parks will offer free parking at nine locations for veterans, active and reserve service members and their families this Veterans Day, November 11th.


October 29, 2013 
Flu Vaccine Now Available

Flu vaccine (flu shot or nasal spray) is now available from health care providers, clinics, and pharmacies throughout the county. Many community sites in Orange County will offer free flu vaccine this Fall and the Health Care Agency will offer free influenza vaccinations for people 6 months of age and older who do not have a medical provider or health care coverage.


October 28, 2013 
Clerk-Recorder Saturday Hours for November & December

Appointments are being taken now for marriage licenses and ceremonies, as well as passport services, for Saturday Nov. 16 and Dec. 14, when the offices of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department will open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


October 24, 2013 
Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on October 26

The Orange County Health Care Agency, local law enforcement agencies and community partners will collaborate with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – October 26, 2013. There are more than 25 collection sites in Orange County and the service is free.


October 22, 2013 
County Prevails in Lawsuit

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by a former County employee who alleged she had been retaliated against and harassed while working for current County CEO Mike Giancola during his tenure as director of the County's Waste & Recycling Agency.


October 21, 2013 
Bullying Subject of Safe Communities Meeting

Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and the Health Care Agency will host a Safe Communities Meeting from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, October 23rd to discuss the growing problem of bullying and its impact on students, parents and our communities. The meeting will be held at the Foothill High School Event Center, 19251 Dodge Avenue, North Tustin. Everyone is welcome!


October 16, 2013 
South County Disaster Preparedness Expo This Saturday

The County of Orange, City of Mission Viejo, Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County Fire Authority invite you to the 6th Annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo this Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center in Mission Viejo.


October 4, 2013 
OC Students Invited to Enter Aviation Art Contest

John Wayne Airport's 24th annual Student Art Contest is now underway. All OC public and private school students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit artwork inspired by this year's theme: "Flying Saves Lives." Entries should be submitted no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2013.


October 3, 2013 
Red Flag Warning Issued for Orange County

The National Weather Service, San Diego, has issued a Red Flag Warning for Orange County which will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday, October 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday, October 6. The Red Flag Warning has been issued due to expected warm temperatures, strong gusty winds and low humidity. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will occur soon.


September 26, 2013 
New OC Public Works Director to Begin Duties on November 4

Following a nationwide recruitment, Shane L. Silsby, P.E., of Phoenix has been selected to become the new Director of OC Public Works, effective November 4.


September 24, 2013 
Property Tax Bills Mailed October 4th-18th

2013-14 Secured Property Tax Bills will be mailed to taxpayers October 4 – 18, 2013. All secured tax bills for the current year will be available to view/pay online once mailing begins.


September 12, 2013 
AB 701 Approved by California Legislature

Assembly Bill 701, which will end Orange County's Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Amount (VLFAA) dispute with the State, has been approved by both houses of the California Legislature and will now go to the Governor for signature.


September 6, 2013 
Register for Regional Test of AlertOC with New Smartphone App

On Tuesday, September 24th, nearly two million Orange County residents will receive a call at 10:00 a.m. as part of a test for AlertOC. You can now register for the mass notification system via new smartphone apps for iPhone and Android smartphones.


September 5, 2013 
High Temperatures Bring Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses

Temperatures in many inland Orange County communities are expected to reach highs above 95 degrees this week and into the weekend, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are more sensitive to heat.


September 4, 2013 
County of Orange Recognized Nationally with “Best of the Web” Award

The County of Orange has received the Center for Digital Government's 2013 Best of the Web Award for the innovation, functionality, productivity, and performance displayed by its recently re-launched website, www.ocgov.com.


September 4, 2013 
AB 701 to Resolve VLFAA Dispute

Assembly Bill 701 will be introduced in the California Legislature Thursday to help resolve Orange County's Vehicle License Fee Adjustment Amount (VLFAA) dispute. The bill, to be introduced by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (65th District, Fullerton), would allow Orange County to be treated equally with California’s other 57 counties when it comes to the VLFAA funding formula.


September 3, 2013 
Meet Angels Pitcher Ernesto Frieri at Eco Challenge Event

Exclusive "home run" incentives are available to those who bring e-waste to the Discovery Science Center (DSC) on Saturday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will receive up to four same day general admission tickets to DSC and have the chance to meet Angels pitcher Ernesto Frieri.


August 29, 2013 
Clerk-Recorder Offers Special Saturday Hours of Operation

The Clerk-Recorder's North County Branch Office, Old Orange County Courthouse location, and South County Branch Office will all be open for special Saturday hours on September 21 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations for civil wedding ceremonies and passports are recommended due to limited space.


August 28, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Posts July 2013 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in July 2013 as compared to July 2012. In July 2013, the Airport served 834,328 passengers, an increase of 2.2% when compared to the July 2012 passenger traffic count of 816,536.


August 22, 2013 
Unsecured Property Tax Payments Due September 3rd

Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich reminds residents that the 2013-2014 unsecured property taxes for tax bills mailed in July must be paid by September 3, 2013 to avoid any late charges.


August 21, 2013 
New Director of OC Waste & Recycling Selected

The selection of Dylan G. Wright as Director of OC Waste & Recycling was announced today. Wright has served as Interim Director of OC Waste & Recycling since May 2013, and has 17 years of combined public and private sector solid waste industry experience.


August 12, 2013 
OC Dana Point Harbor Seeks Coastal Clean-Up Volunteers

OC Dana Point Harbor is seeking volunteers for California Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday, September 21. A unique aspect of the clean-up effort at OC Dana Point Harbor is an Underwater Clean-Up and open water-certified divers are invited to volunteer and participate.


August 7, 2013 
OC's First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2013 Reported

A Cypress female in her sixties has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) infection, becoming the Orange County's first human WNV infection in 2013. People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions are at increased risk of serious complications from WNV infection.


July 29, 2013 
Treasurer-Tax Collector Mails Unsecured Property Tax Bills

The Treasurer-Tax Collector's office is mailing approximately 125,000 Unsecured Property Tax Bills beginning Monday, July 29. The last day to make your payment on time will be September 3. Payments must be received or postmarked on or before this date to avoid a 10% late penalty plus a delinquent collection charge of $75.


July 25, 2013 
Eco Challenge Recycling Event Comes to Angel Stadium

OC Waste & Recycling has partnered with Goodwill of OC to host a special recycling event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Saturday, August 10th from 8 a.m. to noon. The first 300 cars to drop off three bags of gently used clothing, working and non-working electronics, or documents to shred will receive two free tickets to an Angels Baseball game this year!


July 24, 2013 
County Brings Clean-Up Day to La Colonia Independencia Community

The County of Orange will hold a Clean-Up Day in the La Colonia Independencia Community on Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. until the dumpsters are full. The clean-up is sponsored by Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, OC Public Works Neighborhood Preservation Services and OC Waste and Recycling. Dumpsters will be available at six locations and are provided by OC Waste and Recycling in cooperation with Republic Services.


July 18, 2013 
Online Appointments for Passports Now Available

The OC Clerk-Recorder Department is now accepting online applications from those seeking a passport. Applications can also be filled out online, allowing applicants to do most of the required work in advance of their visit to the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana.


July 15, 2013 
Filing of Annual Assessment Appeals

The Clerk of the Board reminds residents that the Annual Filing Period for assessment appeals is July 2, 2013 through September 16, 2013. If you believe that the value of your property is less than the assessed value established by the Assessor for the January 1, 2013 lien date, you can challenge your assessment by filing an assessment appeal.


July 15, 2013 
Artist Nancy Goldman Featured at John Wayne Airport

A selection of paintings by OC artist Nancy Goldman are on exhibition through August 8, 2013 in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal as part of John Wayne Airport's Community Focus Space Program. Goldman works in various mediums but prefers watercolor due to its variability.


July 9, 2013 
Assessor Mails Annual Property Value Notices

The Office of the Assessor began mailing Annual Value Notices to Orange County property owners on July 5, 2013. The Taxable Value of property provided on this notice is used to calculate the annual property tax bill.


June 28, 2013 
OC Public Works Appoints New Deputy Director of Planning

OC Public Works has announced the appointment of Richard J. Sandzimier as Deputy Director, OC Planning. Sandzimier possesses 28+ years of experience in municipal operations, community development, public works, grants/funding and strategic planning.


June 28, 2013 
Hot Weather Forecast for Orange County

Temperatures near 100 degrees are expected in areas of Orange County this weekend. According to the Centers for Disease Control, your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.


June 28, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Offers Tips for Fourth of July Holiday Travel

John Wayne Airport anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, July 7 during the Fourth of July holiday. Passengers are reminded that fireworks are prohibited and should be left at home.


June 28, 2013 
County Parks Director Named Chief Operating Officer

County Executive Officer Michael B. Giancola has selected Mark R. Denny, currently Director of OC Parks, to become the County's first Chief Operating Officer effective July 5, 2013.


June 25, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Posts May 2013 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in May 2013 as compared to May 2012. In May 2013, the Airport served 799,755 passengers, an increase of 7.8% when compared to the 742,204 passenger traffic count of May 2012.


June 21, 2013 
Summer Reading Program Begins

Children and teens are invited to visit their local OC Public Libraries branch to register for the free Summer Reading Program which runs from Monday, June 24 to August 3, 2013. Summer is a time for relaxation and fun, but it is also a time when many children, especially struggling readers, lose some of their reading skills. Families can help prevent this loss by keeping their children reading over the long summer break. One of the easiest ways to do this is to visit your local library!


June 20, 2013 
OC Animal Care Offers Free Pet Tags

Did you know that only 6% of the 29,000 animals impounded in 2012 at OC Animal Care had some form of identification? To help protect your furry friend, OC Animal Care is offering free identification tags every Saturday in July from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the shelter's entrance.


June 17, 2013 
Selection of Chief Real Estate Officer Announced

Following an open recruitment process, County Executive Officer Michael B. Giancola has announced the appointment of Scott D. Mayer to the position of Chief Real Estate Officer effective June 18, 2013. "Scott brings 25 years of real estate experience to his new role with the County of Orange and we look forward to utilizing his expertise in addressing the County's current and future real estate needs," Giancola said.


June 12, 2013 
Farmers Market Moves to Irvine Regional Park

The Tuesday morning farmers market that was previously at Irvine Ranch Historic Park has moved to Irvine Regional Park. Held every Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., the event features vendors with organic produce, artisan bread, specialty nuts, Mediterranean and Hispanic food items and flowers.


June 5, 2013 
OC Animal Care Explorer Program is Now Recruiting

Are you between the ages of 14 and 21 and interested in an exciting career that involves the handling of animals? If so, then OC Animal Care's Explorer Post may be just the thing to get you started. Explorer Post 538 focuses on the fields of animal care and control, animal handling and training, and law enforcement.


June 4, 2013 
FAQs About a Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Illnesses

The Orange County Health Care Agency has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses potentially associated with a frozen berry blend product.


June 3, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Posts April 2013 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in April 2013 as compared to April 2012. In April 2013, the Airport served 764,308 passengers, an increase of 5.1% when compared to the 727,523 passenger traffic count of April 2012.


May 24, 2013 
New Chief Financial Officer Appointed

County Executive Officer Michael B. Giancola has announced the selection of Frank Kim to serve as the County's Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kim, who has been the County’s Budget Director for more than five years, will succeed Bob Franz as CFO.


May 23, 2013 
Adopt & Shop Mission Viejo Celebrates Grand Opening

OC Animal Care has partnered with the Found Animals Foundation to provide animals for Orange County's first Adopt & Shop store. Located on the lower level of The Shops at Mission Viejo, this unique pet store only adopts out animals from local shelters.


May 23, 2013 
Clerk-Recorder Plans Special Saturday Hours for June 22

The Orange County Clerk-Recorder will offer special Saturday hours on June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana as well as the department's branch offices in Laguna Hills and Fullerton.


May 20, 2013 
OC Parks Presents 2013 Summer Concert Series

OC Parks welcomes back its annual outdoor summer concert series. Thirteen free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach will present Southern California artists performing live under the summer sky on Thursday evenings June through August.


May 9, 2013 
County Hosts 2013-14 Budget Workshop

Community members are encouraged to attend the FY 2013-14 Budget Workshop on Friday, May 24th to learn about the County's budget process and anticipated issues.


May 7, 2013 
Global Entry Arrives at John Wayne Airport

John Wayne Airport and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have announced that a Global Entry kiosk is now in operation for travelers arriving from international destinations. Global Entry allows expedited CBP clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.


May 7, 2013 
Supervisors Appoint County Executive Officer

The County of Orange Board of Supervisors today selected Michael B. Giancola to serve as County Executive Officer effective immediately.


May 1, 2013 
Red Flag Warning Issued for Orange County

The National Weather Service, San Diego, has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of Orange County through 6 p.m. Friday, May 3. A Red Flag Warning is issued when critical fire weather conditions including high temperatures, strong winds and low relative humidity are forecast or occurring.


April 24, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Posts March 2013 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in March 2013 as compared to March 2012. In March 2013, the Airport served 771,554 passengers, an increase of 6.0% when compared to the 727,841 passenger traffic count of March 2012.


April 16, 2013 
Supervisors Appoint Auditor-Controller

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today appointed Jan Grimes to serve as the County's Auditor-Controller. Ms. Grimes has been serving as the Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller and has more than 34 years of experience with the County of Orange. The appointment was made following the interview of four candidates for the position, which is one of the County's elected offices.


April 10, 2013 
Safe Communities Meeting

A panel of mental health professionals will discuss the early warning signs of violence, substance abuse, and mental illness at the April 17 Safe Communities Meeting to be held at the Lakeview Senior Center in Irvine. Guest speakers with real-life experiences will share their stories and community organizations will host information booths to provide additional resources.


April 9, 2013 
OC Regional Computer Forensics Lab Receives Prestigious Accreditation

The FBI recently announced that the OC Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory has earned international accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. Currently, only 38 laboratories worldwide hold international accreditation in the digital and multimedia evidence-computer forensics discipline.


April 2, 2013 
Supervisors Appoint Clerk-Recorder

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted April 2nd to appoint Hugh Nguyen to the office of County Clerk-Recorder. Mr. Nguyen has worked for the County of Orange since 1994, serving with the Clerk-Recorder's Office and the Office of the Clerk of the Board during his County career. The appointment followed the Board’s interviews with eleven candidates for Clerk-Recorder, which is one of the County’s elected offices.


April 1, 2013 
TTC Announces Top Ten Orange County Taxpayers

Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich has announced the County of Orange's top ten property tax payers for 2012 in the secured and unsecured categories.


March 26, 2013 
John Wayne Airport Posts February 2013 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in February 2013 as compared to February 2012. In February 2013, the Airport served 653,118 passengers, an increase of 6.5% when compared to the 613,201 passenger traffic count of February 2012.


March 13, 2013 
OC Food Establishments Receive Awards of Excellence

The Health Care Agency has issued 3,274 Award of Excellence certificates to local food facilities. From a qualifying group of 9,839 food facilities throughout OC, these establishments were recognized for their outstanding food safety and sanitation practices during 2012.


March 8, 2013 
DA Attorneys Honored for Drunk Driving Prosecutions

The Orange County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently honored 11 Orange County deputy district attorneys for their time and effort in prosecuting driving under the influence (DUI) cases in 2012.


March 7, 2013 
OC Parks Holds "Name the Gopher Snake" Contest

News ImageCommunity members are invited to stop by the Caspers Wilderness Park Nature Center any weekend in March (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and submit an entry to name the gopher snake. The winner will receive a 2013 OC Parks Annual Pass and backcountry tour with a Caspers Park Ranger.


March 4, 2013 
Clerk-Recorder Branch Office Celebrates Seven Years

More than 200,000 people have used the convenient South County branch office of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department since it opened seven years ago.


March 1, 2013 
County Launches Re-Designed Website

The County of Orange has officially launched its re-designed website, www.ocgov.com, which includes a fresh new look, enhanced features and streamlined navigation.


February 15, 2013 
Valentine's Day Weddings Near Record

A near-record number of couples - 170 - were married on Valentine's Day 2013 in civil ceremonies performed by the Clerk-Recorder Department, just three couples shy of the previous record of 173 couples who wed on the holiday in 1997.


February 7, 2013 
Appointments Available for Valentine's Day Nuptials

Reservations are filling up fast for couples wishing to be married on Valentine's Day at the Clerk-Recorder Department's three wedding offices in Orange County. Couples are advised to make an appointment for a civil wedding ceremony because of the day's popularity.


January 28, 2013 
Registration Now Open for Literary Orange 2013

Registration is now underway for Literary Orange 2013, a celebration of authors, readers and libraries taking place April 6th and featuring J.A. Jance and Tatjana Soli.


January 14, 2013 
OC Grand Jury Extends Application Deadline to January 25

The Superior Court of Orange County is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a member of the 2013-14 OC Grand Jury. The deadline to apply for consideration is now January 25, 2013 and applications are available on-line at www.ocgrandjury.org.


January 10, 2013 
County Saves on Pension Costs

The County of Orange has successfully borrowed $268 million through the sale of short-term Pension Obligation Bonds at interest rates of less than one percent, allowing the County to reduce pension costs by over $20 million.


January 10, 2013 
Home Heating Safety Emphasized During Cold Weather

Overnight temperatures in some areas of Orange County will dip below 40° this week, so Public Health officials are urging area residents to use caution when heating their home.

“Almost every winter, there are cases in California of people who are overcome by carbon monoxide gas after bringing a charcoal grill indoors or using other faulty heaters to provide heat. Never use a charcoal grill or other fuel-burning device such as a camping stove or other device fueled by propane, wood pellets, kerosene or liquid gas to heat the inside of your home,” said Dr. Eric G. Handler, County Health Officer.


January 9, 2013 
Auditor-Controller Releases OC Citizens' Report

The Auditor-Controller's office has released its annual OC Citizens' Report, which presents financial highlights for the County of Orange for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 and provides a high-level summary of information contained in the County's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


January 2, 2013 
Standard & Poor's Rates County Pension Obligation Bonds 'A+'

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has assigned its 'A+' rating to Orange County's taxable pension obligation bonds (POBs), series 2013A. At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its 'AA-' issuer credit rating (ICR) on the county and its 'A+' long-term rating and underlying rating (SPUR) on the county's lease revenue bonds, recovery bonds, and POBs.


December 13, 2012 
2013 Annual OC Parks Passes Now Available

Give the gift of the great outdoors and join OC Parks in the coming New Year! 2013 OC Parks annual passes are now available for purchase.


December 10, 2012 
Candidates Sought for Three Vacant County Offices

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications from qualified candidates as they seek to fill three elected offices that are currently vacant. The Board is seeking candidates for possible appointment to the offices of Auditor-Controller, Clerk-Recorder and Public Administrator.


December 1, 2012 
Holiday Volunteer and Donor Opportunities Available

News ImageYou can make a difference this holiday season for needy children, impoverished senior citizens and low-income families as a donor or volunteer.


October 30, 2012 
Aliso Creek Regional Named National Trail

News ImageThe Aliso Creek Regional Riding and Hiking Trail was recognized by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as an exemplary local and regional trail as part of America's national system of trails.


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