San Clemente maintains court challenge to 241 extension idea

Though Orange County’s toll road agency announced in March an agreement with other transportation agencies to drop planning for an extension of the 241 Toll Road through San Clemente, city leaders continue to seek a court ruling to settle the toll road’s future. This month, as a response, the Transportation Corridor Agencies’ Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency board approved spending another $600,000 to defend itself in the three-year-old lawsuit. The TCA has reached an agreement

Longtime Fullerton newspaper editor Bob Ziebell remembered for detailed eye, kind heart

Bob Ziebell, a longtime Fullerton News-Tribune editor who chronicled the city’s goings-on for decades, died on Tuesday, July 7. He was 85 years old. For his friends at Fullerton Elks Lodge #1993, where Ziebell was a member of for 27 years, Ziebell was funny, gracious and welcoming. For his former colleagues at the News-Tribune, Ziebell was an editor with an encyclopedic knowledge of Fullerton, a sharp eye for details and a kind heart.

Fullerton puts sales tax measure on the November ballot; allowing commercial cannabis also gains traction

If Fullerton voters agree in November, the city expects a $25 million infusion to the city’s coffers from the addition of a local sales tax, funding that could help it, among other needs, get a handle on its inventory of deteriorating streets and infrastructure. City officials are also looking at easing restrictions on cannabis businesses, from dispensaries to manufacturing facilities, to add future additional sources of revenue and help efforts to clamp down on the illicit market in town, offi

Higher, wider berm stops flooding in Newport Beach on Saturday night

An expanded berm prevented flooding in Newport Beach on Saturday night after Friday’s high-tide deluge, city officials said. The berm, quickly assembled on Saturday, had sand piled “significantly higher and wider” than the one the waves wrecked the night before, said Newport Beach spokesman John Pope. The towering waves turned streets in the Balboa Peninsula into lakes and muddy messes on Friday night. On Sunday morning, the waves continued to put on a show and drew dozens to the Wedge.

Here’s why Mission Viejo will only elect two council members in 2020

Mission Viejo is delaying its plan to implement cumulative voting until 2022, citing continued opposition from the office of the California Secretary of State, which says state law doesn’t allow it in the city. Voters in November will cast a ballot for two seats, reelecting or replacing Mayor Brian Goodell and Councilwoman Trish Kelley who were elected in 2016. Terms for three council members – Wendy Bucknum, Greg Raths and Ed Sachs – will last until 2022.

2020 Orange International Street Fair gets canceled

Organizers have officially canceled the 2020 Orange International Street Fair that was scheduled for Labor Day weekend, saying they’re unable to get the necessary permits due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, organizers are planning an online event to help raise $250,000 for 50 nonprofits that had registered for this year’s event, which has traditionally served as one of the biggest fundraising opportunities for those organizations.

Grand jury report says TCA should focus on paying off its debt

Orange County’s toll road agency should focus on paying off its bonds and ending its operations – perhaps possible even more than a decade before its planned date in 2053 – the county’s grand jury said in a report published on Monday, June 29. “The (Transportation Corridor Agencies) clearly has the mission to operate the toll roads and pay off the bonds, but beyond that, any additional planning and activities could be considered out of its legislatively authorized scope of activity since the to

Middle and high school students at Capistrano Unified not likely to fully return to campuses

Middle and high school students at Orange County’s largest school district will likely not return to campus full-time when classes resume in the fall. Instead, some 26,700 students of Capistrano Unified School District will likely have two options: learn remotely full-time or attend classes on campus two and a half days a week, with the rest of their instruction done online.
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