2009 Press Releases

December 16, 2009 
County and City of Costa Mesa Approve OC Fairgrounds Agreement

The Orange County Board of Supervisors and Costa Mesa City Council have approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the proposed purchase, governance, and operation of the Orange County Fairgrounds.

November 10, 2009 
Carbajal Selected to Lead OC Public Works

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk has appointed Jess Carbajal as Director of OC Public Works, which includes the County's Facilities, Planning and Engineering divisions.

November 10, 2009 
Candidates Sought to Fill Retirement Board Vacancy

(Santa Ana, CA) - Board of Supervisors Chair Patricia C. Bates is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Board of Retirement of the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

November 10, 2009 
County to Launch New OC Fire Watch Program on Anniversary of Freeway Complex Fire

(Irvine, CA) – Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Patricia C. Bates will join the Orange County Fire Authority
(OCFA) and OC Parks officials Thursday to announce a new, countywide fire watch program to alert the public of
elevated fire dangers in wilderness parks and communities across Orange County.

November 4, 2009 
County to Receive Additional Funding Due To Enrollment Growth in Assistance Programs

(Santa Ana, CA) - Enrollment growth in the CalWORKs, Food Stamp and Medi-Cal programs will result in a $9 million net increase in Federal and State funding for the Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA), allowing the agency to fill 99 vacant employee positions.

October 27, 2009 
County Wins Challenge Award and Two Merit Awards from CSAC

The California State Association of Counties presented awards to three County agencies and departments for innovation and resourcefulness.

October 13, 2009 
Governor Signs OC Pension Bill

(Santa Ana, CA) - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law Senate Bill 752 allowing Orange County to fully implement a new optional tier of pension benefits for many non-safety employees.

October 1, 2009 
County Reinstates Re-Issued Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

(Santa Ana, CA)- The County of Orange has reinstated its Re-Issued Mortgage Credit Certificate (RMCC) Program for existing Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) holders who have refinanced their principal residence since 2003.

September 15, 2009 
ReadyOC Unveils Web-Based Campaign to Urge and Empower Residents and Businesses to Prepare for Major Emergencies

SANTA ANA, CA, Sept. 15, 2009 – ReadyOC, Orange County's largest disaster preparedness initiative, today unveiled a new web-based campaign to educate and empower residents and businesses to prepare for and respond to emergencies using resources available at ReadyOC.org.

August 28, 2009 
Court Closure Information

The Superior Court of Orange County will be closed the third Wednesday of each month beginning September 16, 2009, through June 16, 2010.

August 10, 2009 
Public Works Director Retires

(Santa Ana, CA) - Bryan Speegle, the Director of OC Public Works, has announced his retirement after more than 26 years of service to the County of Orange.

July 31, 2009 
County of Orange Ranked Nationally in Digital Counties Survey

(Santa Ana, CA)- The County of Orange has been recognized by the 2009 Digital Counties Survey for accomplishments in using technology to deliver services electronically and communicate effectively with community members.

July 14, 2009 
New Health Care Agency Director Selected

(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk has appointed David L. Riley to serve as Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), effective immediately.

June 24, 2009 
Federal Court Rules in Favor of County of Orange on Retiree Medical Issue

(Santa Ana, CA) — A United States District Court Judge has ruled that the County of Orange is not contractually obligated to provide retirees with a health insurance "pooling" benefit and has granted the County's motion for summary judgment in the case.

June 23, 2009 
Orange County Supervisors Approve $5.5 Billion Budget for 2009-10

(Santa Ana, CA) - The Orange County Board of Supervisors today approved a $5.5 billion dollar budget for Fiscal Year 2009-10, a decrease of 18% when compared to the 2008-09 budget.

June 22, 2009 
County Receives Seven NACo Awards

Seven County of Orange programs were selected to receive a 2009 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The annual Achievement Award Program recognizes innovative county government programs. The seven Orange County programs to receive the distinction are:

June 12, 2009 
Investors Buy Orange County Short-Term Notes at Low Interest Rate

(Santa Ana, CA) - The County of Orange has successfully offered $150 million in Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRAN) at an interest rate of just 0.40%, the lowest interest rate cost to the County on a note of this type in recent years.

June 11, 2009 
Economic Impact of Stimulus Program on the County of Orange Tops $200 Million

(Santa Ana, CA) - The economic impact on the County of Orange of Federal stimulus projects included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is now estimated at over $200 million.

June 5, 2009 
Board of Supervisors Names New Director for Child Support Services Department

The Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed Steven Eldred as the director of Child Support Services effective June 5.

June 4, 2009 
Auditor-Controller to Serve on National Governmental Accounting Standards

Orange County Auditor-Controller David E. Sundstrom has been appointed to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) by the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation.

May 1, 2009 
Orange County Proclaims Local Emergency in Response to Swine Influenza Situation

On Thursday, April 30, the County of Orange proclaimed a local emergency in response to the evolving Influenza A (H1N1), or swine influenza, outbreak in the region. The Director of Emergency Services requested the Chair of the Board of Supervisors to issue the emergency proclamation on behalf of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

April 2, 2009 
County Launches New Online Bid System

The County of Orange launched April 1 a new Online Bid Management System capable of giving the County enhanced access to a broader range of registered vendors offering competitive prices.

March 31, 2009 
Board of Supervisors Appoints New County Counsel

The Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed Nicholas S. Chrisos as County Counsel effective April 1.

February 10, 2009 
Board of Supervisors Sues State Controller to Prevent Delay of Funds

The Board of Supervisors today directed the County Counsel to join Sacramento, San Diego and other Counties in litigation against the California State Controller.

February 10, 2009 
Budget Shortfall Forces County Probation Department to Begin Layoffs

Due to an $8.2 million shortfall primarily resulting from Federal and State revenue reductions and increased expenses, the County of Orange Probation Department will begin the layoff process for 58 employees (including six managers) on Tuesday, Feb. 10th.

February 6, 2009 
Board Authorizes Continuation of Benefits for Employees on Active Duty

The Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, unanimously approved the continuance of supplemental pay and provision of health benefits for County employees serving on active military duty.

February 3, 2009 
CEO Names New Director for OC Waste & Recycling Department

County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk appointed Michael Giancola as the Director of OC Waste & Recycling effective Jan. 30.

January 6, 2009 
Active Duty Military Employees Not Subject to Layoff

County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk announced effective immediately that any County employee serving on active military duty will not be subject to layoff.