Nelson in the News

November 19, 2015 
OC to Get a Year-Round Homeless Shelter

After several failed attempts, the Board of Supervisors have finally found a place for a year-round shelter.

November 11, 2015 
Photos: How Orange County honored military service on Veterans Day

Photos: How Orange County honored military service on Veterans Day

July 16, 2015 
State hearing focuses on county auditing structure

The battle within Orange County government over whether to overturn a key reform implemented after the 1994 bankruptcy has reached the state Legislature.

June 18, 2015 
Supervisor Nelson on KNX - Transportation Issues

Please click here to hear the KNX Radio Interview.

June 5, 2015 
Orange County mental health workers warn of crisis amid funding shortage

A psychiatrist with the County of Orange says her office is so poorly funded that she worries she’s doing harm because she can’t do more for her clients.

May 18, 2015 
'This has gone on forever': Why the military is a reason Orange County hasn't built a new animal shelter since World War II

Red rust eats at kennel frames. Partitions have frozen in place. Wet, black noses poke between what look like prison bars.

April 29, 2015 
Despite opposition, O.C. supervisors approve new ambulance contracts

Despite opposition from officials from nine cities in the southern part of Orange County, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved five-year contracts with two ambulance companies to provide service to five zones.

April 21, 2015 
O.C. Board of Supervisors officially calls for Judge M. Marc Kelly to resign over child rapist sentencing

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally called for Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly to resign because of his decision to sentence a child rapist to 10 years instead of the mandatory minimum of 25 years.

April 21, 2015 
O.C. supervisors dump county’s performance audit director

Orange County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to dump their performance audit director, who has faced criticism for milquetoast reports, including an upbeat one on a department that was being investigated by prosecutors.

April 10, 2015 
Pressure mounts on O.C. judge over sentence; county supervisors say they're planning a recall

A push to remove Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly from the bench gained steam Thursday, as three county supervisors joined a citizen group calling for his ouster.

April 9, 2015 
Orange County CEO Mike Giancola to retire

Orange County’s top executive, who began his career as a park attendant in 1976 and worked his way to the highest paying leadership role, will retire in September.

April 9, 2015 
O.C. judge who gave child molester reduced sentence is asked to resign

O.C. judge who gave child molester reduced sentence is asked to resign. - Click to watch video.

April 7, 2015 
Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson opposes Buena Park Measure A

Adding another leading local elected official to the list of those opposing Measure A, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson has announced his opposition to the measure as detrimental to Buena Park and a costly, ill-conceived attempt at directing city public policy.

March 25, 2015 
Anaheim could get a permanent homeless shelter

A warehouse in an industrial area in Anaheim could be the site of a long-sought permanent emergency shelter and care center for Orange County’s homeless population under a new idea presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

March 6, 2015 
Those who want to build in parts of O.C. will soon pay more to do it - a lot more

Developers will pay more to build in unincorporated Orange County under fees recently approved by the Board of Supervisors.

March 3, 2015 
John Wayne Airport To Open TO UBER, LYFT

If you are coming in for a landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, it’s time to pull out your smartphone and use an app to get matched with a driver to pick you up curbside.

March 3, 2015 
'It should be a free market': Uber, Lyft pickups get OK at John Wayne Airport

Uber, Lyft and other Internet-based ride services can now legally operate at John Wayne Airport under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

February 24, 2015 
New Metrolink cars' safety features probably reduced casualties

Metrolink's investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in safety improvements after a series of deadly collisions probably reduced casualties in Tuesday's Oxnard crash, but the accident also highlighted the limits of the ongoing campaign.

February 24, 2015 
Metrolink Safety Advancements May Have Prevented Worse Outcome

OXNARD ( — Safety improvements by Metrolink may have prevented Tuesday’s derailment in Oxnard from being a lot worse.

January 14, 2015 
Supervisors Reject Tustin Senior Housing Project

"Elections matter" was Supervisor Todd Spitzer's message at Tuesday's meeting of Orange County's Board of Supervisors where, just before taking over as chairman of the board, Spitzer secured a unanimous vote to initiate the removal of a zoning amendment that could bring controversial plans for a senior living facility in North Tustin to a halt.

January 6, 2015 
California's bullet train: A little closer to reality, or an overreaching dream?

California’s transportation leaders plan to celebrate today construction on the state’s $68 billion high-speed rail project.

February 25, 2015 
Supervisor Nelson on KNX Wenesday morning--improvements at Metrolink that saved lives

Please click here to hear the KNX Radio Interview.

November 16, 2015 
Board of Supervisors seeks cost analysis of proposed ethics commission

Orange County supervisors on Tuesday ordered a cost analysis of the proposed ethics and campaign finance commission.

County CEO Frank Kim is to report to supervisors on Dec. 15 about the potential cost of creating and operating the commission and its director.

November 18, 2015 
OC supervisors vote to buy property for homeless shelter near Anaheim strip club

The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved the acquisition of property for a year-round, full-time homeless shelter in Anaheim.

Twice before, the board seemed poised to replace its seasonal, temporary homeless shelter in Fullerton only to have public opposition sink it.

November 22, 2015 
New shelter offers hope to O.C.'s homeless

The Orange County Board of Supervisors took a bold step in addressing our homeless population in approving a new 200-bed shelter and multiservice center in Anaheim. By a 5-0 vote, the new facility is ideally located, as reasonably far from residences as can be expected in a dense urban area such as O.C., and schools and close to public transportation and other social services.

December 4, 2015 
Southern California air district votes to reduce pollution, but business kills heavier cuts

More controls will be in store in the coming years for Southern California’s oil refineries, power plants and other stationary pollution sources – at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

December 8, 2015 
Orange County supervisors advance expanded oversight of DA's Office in wake of scandals

SANTA ANA – Supervisors on Tuesday moved forward with a plan to oversee the District Attorney’s Office after a series of scandals, including the misuse of jailhouse informants, but union leaders are demanding to negotiate the scope of the change.

December 15, 2015 
Split Board of Supervisors signs off on oversight agency for D.A.

An office created seven years ago to oversee the Orange County Sheriff’s Department now will review the District Attorney’s Office and other county agencies after a 3-2 vote from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

December 16, 2015 
Land swap will bring new $25 million O.C. animal shelter to to the former Tustin base

Thanks to a land swap approved this week, the county hopes to break ground on a $25 million animal shelter at the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station by June.

July 27, 2015 
Nonprofit arts can be good for Orange County business

It’s the time of year when all roads lead to Laguna Beach. Or, to be more exact, the main road, the 133, which snakes through the canyon into town with seemingly everyone jammed onto it.

August 17, 2015 
OC Supervisors Lambast County Staff for Lack of Outreach at Civic Center

The homeless encampment at Orange County’s Civic Center has grown to hundreds of people over the past few years, including some families with young children.

September 22, 2015 
Top local officials speak about the homeless population in Fullerton

About 100 people turned out for a public forum Monday night at the Fullerton Public Library where a panel of local officials discussed Fullerton’s homelessness issue.

The panel consisted of Shawn Nelson, Orange County supervisor of the Fourth District; former Fullerton Mayor and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, Fullerton police Cpl. Michael McCaskill of the Homeless Liaison Unit and Maria Mazzenga Avellaneda, executive director of the nonprofit Pathways of Hope.

September 23, 2015 
Time running out for Karma the wolf-dog hybrid after supervisors stand by euthanization decision

SANTA ANA – Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer was a lone wolf Tuesday in his attempt to stop the killing of a wolf-dog hybrid that has galvanized animal advocates worldwide.

September 25, 2015 
Nelson Pushes New Site for Animal Shelter

With officials continuing to face withering criticism over deteriorating conditions at the county's 74 year-old animal shelter, Supervisor Shawn Nelson has identified a potential site that he hopes will speed along the process of building a new one.

October 3, 2015 
Dual proposals surface for county ethics commission

Not one, but two ordinances seeking to create an ethics commission that would act as a politically independent entity and oversee the conduct of Orange County elected officials are up for consideration by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

October 6, 2015 
O.C. supes in favor of reforming campaign financing law

A majority of Orange County supervisors Tuesday signaled their approval of a sweeping reform of campaign financing with an ethics commission that would have the authority to subpoena bank records of candidates.

October 21, 2015 
Shirley Gets Her Wish: Ethics Commission Plan Will Go Before Voters

Shirley finally got her wish.

With a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors put a proposal for an ethics commission on the June ballot, and in doing so gave local voters a chance to make OC the largest county in California with an added layer of political accountability.

November 3, 2015 
Homeless in O.C. need help

During the endless public sessions on various shelter options for Orange County’s homeless people, a vicious animosity is often spewed at “government” – a hue and cry that the government can’t do anything right. As a businessman and volunteer serving on the Orange County Human Relations Commission, I believe that we can, as individuals and government, come together to do the right thing.