2019 Headline News Archive

June 18, 2019 
Orange County Adults Return to School and Receive Accredited High School Diplomas Through OC Public Libraries’ Career Online High School Program

Four adult graduates will be accepting their high school diplomas at OC Public Libraries' Career Online High School Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 7- 9 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library located at 1855 Park Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. This is the second annual Career Online High School Graduation Ceremony.

June 17, 2019 
"Nature Takes Flight" Photography on Display at John Wayne Airport

Bringing to life everyday images that may otherwise go unseen, the simplicity of nature, animals, and landscapes, as captured by photographer Devin Grady, become intricate imagery through the use of his artistic technique. Grady's artwork "Nature Takes Flight," is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from June 18 – July 18, 2019.

June 6, 2019 
June 15th Proclaimed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Orange County

Earlier this week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared June 15, 2019 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) to help raise awareness about the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Members of the Board presented a resolution to leaders of the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA), Health Care Agency (HCA), District Attorney's Office, OC Community Resources' Office on Aging and other Orange County community partners to recognize their commitment to helping seniors live longer, safer and healthier lives.

June 6, 2019 
Board of Supervisors Approves Developer for Major Mixed-Use Development Project in Laguna Niguel

On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Option and Master Lease Agreements for the Laguna Niguel Town Center with Laguna Niguel Town Center Partners, LLC, (LNTCP) for a mixed-use development on County owned 24-acres property formerly known as the South County Justice Center.

May 31, 2019 
Orange County Clerk-Recorder Reaches Milestone by Reaching 9 Million Electronically Submitted Documents

This past Tuesday, the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department reached a milestone in electronic recording history by reaching 9 million electronically submitted and recorded documents.

May 30, 2019 
OC Public Libraries Partners with Local School Districts to Bring Free Summer Lunch Programs to Children In Orange County

OC Public Libraries are pleased to announce the 2019 Lunch at the Library program, beginning June 3.

May 28, 2019 
John Wayne Airport Posts April 2019 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in April 2019 as compared with April 2018. In April 2019, the Airport served 899,276 passengers, an increase of 0.6% when compared with the April 2018 passenger traffic count of 893,668.

May 23, 2019 
Memorial Day Weekend Marks Start of Busy Travel Season at John Wayne Airport

With a record number of passengers expected at airports during the start of the busy summer travel season beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day, John Wayne Airport (JWA) encourages travelers to plan accordingly to avoid delays and enjoy stress-free holiday travel.

May 22, 2019 
County Receives 14 Awards for Innovation and Achievement

The County of Orange was recognized for a total of 12 achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) and two Golden Hub of Innovation awards from the Association of California Cities-Orange County (ACC-OC) this May.

May 20, 2019 
For the First Time Ever, CalFresh Food Benefits Available to Eligible Senior and Disabled SSI/SSP Recipients

May is CalFresh Awareness Month and the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce that starting June 1, 2019, the State of California's CalFresh food assistance program will be expanded to include eligible older adults and people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) benefits. SSI/SSP benefits will not change as part of the expansion.

May 20, 2019 
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week Recognizes EMS System

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 19-25, 2019, the OC Health Care Agency recognizes Orange County's EMS (OCEMS) System and its network of first responders (fire, ambulance, marine safety and law enforcement), dispatchers, hospital personnel and medical professionals for their dedication and commitment in providing day-to-day life saving services to the community.

May 16, 2019 
Impressionist Paintings of Vibrant Landscapes and Villagescapes on Display at John Wayne Airport

News ImageDocumenting his travels throughout the US, Tahiti, Europe, and Russia with photography, painter William (Bill) Knauer brings the photos of his experiences to life through acrylic impressionist-like paintings. Knauer's artwork is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from May 16 – June 18, 2018.

May 15, 2019 
County Releases FY 2019-20 Recommended Budget

The County of Orange's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Recommended Budget has been released for review by the Board of Supervisors and the public. It is available online at http://www.ocgov.com/gov/ceo/deputy/finance/budget .

May 8, 2019 
Irvine Company – Top Orange County Taxpayer Again!

For the seventh year in a row, the Irvine Company tops the charts as the No. 1 Taxpayer in the County. In addition, Charter Communications (Time Warner) is the top unsecured property taxpayer for fiscal year 2018-19. The top 20 taxpayers represent 5.40 percent and 5.99 percent of the total billed property taxes, for a total of $334,396,771, with the total property taxes billed up 3 percent from last year. More than $7 billion in property tax bills were issued this fiscal year.

May 8, 2019 
May Proclaimed Foster Care Month in Orange County

At yesterday's Board meeting, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared May as Foster Care Month and highlighted the significant need for the community to get involved in order to provide loving homes for foster youth. Members of the Board presented a resolution to leaders of the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) for the Agency’s efforts to recruit qualified foster families, also known as resource families. The Board also honored local resource parents Melissa and Andrew Ferguson at the meeting.

May 6, 2019 
Potential Public Exposures to Measles Cases

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed the second case of measles in 2019, an infant under the age of 1 who is too young to have been vaccinated and is currently hospitalized. This case has no history of international travel. The infant was seen at the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) emergency department while infectious.

May 6, 2019 
John Wayne Airport Launches New Play Me! Piano Program

John Wayne Airport (JWA) is excited to announce the launch of a new Play Me! Piano program modeled after the "Play Me, I'm Yours" street piano to provide a stage for spontaneous live music in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. Airport guests are invited to sit down and share their talent on the Avant Grand piano located post-security on the upper level between Terminals A and B.

May 1, 2019 

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed the first case of measles in 2019, a resident of Placentia in her 20s who reported recent international travel to one of many countries currently experiencing widespread measles activity. The individual is considered infectious between April 23 and May 1, 2019 and is currently under voluntary isolation at home.

April 24, 2019 
OC Animal Care Hosting Emergency Training to Save Kitten Lives

OC Animal Care is hosting two emergency training sessions on April 28 to teach interested foster volunteers how to bottle feed kittens.

April 24, 2019 
County of Orange Releases 2019 Point in Time Count Results

Today the County of Orange released the results of the 2019 Point In Time count.

April 22, 2019 
OC Public Libraries Presents Third Annual Comic Orange

In celebration of libraries, comic books, cosplay, animation and more, OC Public Libraries will be hosting the third annual Comic Orange on April 27 at the Tustin Library.

April 22, 2019 
John Wayne Airport Posts March 2019 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in March 2019 as compared with March 2018. In March 2019, the Airport served 923,469 passengers, an increase of 2.8% when compared with the March 2018 passenger traffic count of 898,418.

April 18, 2019 
Free Legal Clinic for Orange County Veterans Provided by State Grant

Santa Ana, Calif. (April 18, 2019) – The State of California Department of Veterans Affairs awarded the Orange County Veterans Service Office (OCVSO) and Veterans Legal Institute (VSI) a $49,000 grant in support of mental health outreach and support services for California veterans.

April 18, 2019 
A Complicated Story Told Through Photographic Art on Display at John Wayne Airport

The saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is evident through the work of fine art photographer Jane Szabo. Szabo utilizes objects from her childhood home to express the challenges, burdens and joy she experiences as caretaker to her elderly parents, incorporating memory, metaphor and allegory. Szabo’s “Family Matters” photography is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from April 18 – May 16, 2018.

April 17, 2019 
Bat Found in Anaheim Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat found at the north entrance of a commercial building located at 1021 N. Tustin Ave. in the City of Anaheim on Friday, April 12, 2019 at approximately 5:30 p.m. has tested positive for rabies.

April 3, 2019 
OC Public Libraries Presents 13th Annual Literary Orange

OC Public Libraries will be hosting its 13th annual Literary Orange event at the Newport Beach Marriott on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. This premier literary event brings together over 500 attendees, including authors, readers and libraries for a celebration of literature. Tickets for this year's event went on sale in January and sold out in the first three days.

April 2, 2019 
John Wayne Airport Posts February 2019 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in February 2019 as compared with February 2018.

March 28, 2019 
Orange County Launches Web-Based App “Mello” that Lists all Property Taxes/Fees on Secured Property Tax Bills

Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Treasurer Shari Freidenrich, and the Orange County Information Technology Application Development team have collaborated to create Mello, a responsive web based application designed to give Orange County homeowners easy access to their property tax information with full breakdowns of where those taxes and fees are going.

March 27, 2019 
Board of Supervisors Approves Additional Crisis Stabilization Unit

The Board of Supervisors voted March 26 to approve $13 million toward the creation of an additional Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) for those persons in Orange County experiencing a mental health emergency.

March 22, 2019 
Collaborative “Duet” Paintings on Display at John Wayne Airport

Laguna Beach artists Stephanie Cunningham and Betty Haight create two individually unique paintings then blend them together to produce one seamless piece of collaborative "Duet" artwork featuring soulful, moody landscapes and figurative imagery that pulls viewers into a storyline of their art. An exhibit of their work is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from March 20 – April 18, 2019.

March 13, 2019 
Board of Supervisors Approves Countywide Suicide Prevention Initiative

The Orange County Board of Supervisors announced that it has committed $600,000 of Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) monies for the creation of a countywide suicide prevention program. This funding will be given to MindOC, the fiscal entity of Be Well Orange County, an initiative bringing together public, private, academic and faith-based organizations, as well as others, to create a coordinated system of mental healthcare and support for all Orange County residents.

March 12, 2019 
John Wayne Airport Posts January 2019 Statistics

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in January 2019 as compared with January 2018. In January 2019, the Airport served 819,392 passengers, an increase of 0.3% when compared with the January 2018 passenger traffic count of 817,258.$0

February 27, 2019 
All CalFresh March Benefits to be Issued on a Single Day

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA), and all county welfare departments in the state, have been notified by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) that CalFresh March benefits will be issued on a single day, Friday, March 1, 2019, rather than the normal staggered issuance cycle of the first through the tenth of the month.

February 27, 2019 
County Hires Executive Director of Internal Audit Department

The County of Orange Board of Supervisors voted February 26 to approve the appointment of Agripino Alonso as Director of the Internal Audit Department (IAD).

February 22, 2019 
Free Kids’ Fishing Derby Returns to Mile Square Regional Park March 2

OC Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Angler Chronicles invite families to enjoy the annual Kids' Fishing Derby at the North Lake at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, March 2.

February 22, 2019 
County of Orange Social Services Agency Publishes Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Report

Today the County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, covering the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

February 20, 2019 
County of Orange Social Services Agency Receives Crown Communities Award

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is pleased to announce it has been honored with the 2018 Crown Communities Award presented by American City & County magazine. SSA was recognized for its simulation training program, the first of its kind in the state specifically designed for Adult Protective Services (APS) workers.

February 14, 2019 
Armory Shelters in Santa Ana and Fullerton Extend Hours Due to Rain

With coordination and support from the California Military Department, the Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter Program in Santa Ana and Fullerton is operating on a 24-hour basis beginning today through Saturday morning to provide shelter and protection to the homeless community during the current and predicted rain.

February 11, 2019 
2018 a Historic Year for Dogs and Cats at OC Animal Care

OC Animal Care broke its organizational record in 2018 by achieving a combined save rate of 81.74 percent for dogs and cats, almost 10 percent higher than in 2017.

February 6, 2019 
Frost Advisory Issued for Orange County

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Orange County coastal and inland areas beginning at 10 p.m. this evening to 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

January 31, 2019 
FDIC'S MONEY SMART Alliance Program Adds the County of Orange as Newest Member

On January 22, 2019, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) approved the County of Orange's application to join the FDIC Money Smart Alliance Program, which is designed to promote financial education nationwide.

January 29, 2019 
OC Public Works to Perform Emergency Work at Site of Collapsed Private Storm Drain and Large Sinkhole in La Habra

After assessing damage and coordinating a plan of recommended actions with the City of La Habra and the Coyote Village home owners association, Orange County (OC) Public Works has begun to remove debris as part of emergency work where a private underground storm drain collapsed and caused a large sinkhole last Wednesday within the residential community.

January 30, 2019 
Orange County Board Of Supervisors Commits $16.6m for Creation of First Regional Mental Health and Wellness Campus

The Orange County Board of Supervisors (OCBOS) today announced it has committed $16.6 million for the creation of the county's first Be Well Orange County (OC) Regional Mental Health and Wellness Campus.

January 25, 2019 
Grand Opening for Clerk-Recorder’s New Anaheim Location Set for February 25

Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen is proud to announce February 25, 2019 as the grand opening date for the Clerk-Recorder Department's new North County Branch Office in Anaheim.

January 17, 2019 
Portraits and Still Life Paintings on Display at John Wayne Airport

Inspired by the drawings of renowned artists Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Daumier and Van Gogh, Dennis Carrie’s paintings use many layers of paint to render his subjects with the greatest possible honesty and are the result of careful observation and thought.

January 17, 2019 
County of Orange Reports First Influenza-Related Death of Season

The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed Orange County's first influenza-related death in a person under 65 years of age this season.

January 16, 2019 
February CalFresh Benefits to be Issued Early

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) is forwarding yesterday's announcement by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) that CalFresh nutrition assistance benefits for the month of February will be issued early.

January 16, 2019 
Office of Care Coordination Newsletter - January 2019

The Office of Care Coordination recently published the January 2019 newsletter regarding the County's continued efforts to address homelessness. In this newsletter, you can learn about the 2019 Point In Time count, the Commission to End Homelessness, the Chrysalis Center Orange County grand opening, the Placentia Veteran's Village groundbreaking and more.

January 15, 2019 
Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich Outlines Plans for Third Term

In her vision for the next four years, newly sworn-in Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich promises to continue on her path of making common sense changes and to challenge her staff to assist in identifying areas to streamline her office's operations and to use technology to assist them.

January 9, 2019 
Clerk-Recorder to Offer Extended Valentine's Day Hours For Marriage Services

For those looking to tie the knot on what many consider to be the most romantic day of the year, look no further.

January 8, 2019 
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Elected 2019 Board Chairwoman

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, has been chosen unanimously by her colleagues to serve as Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors for 2019. Supervisor Steel, Second District, will serve as the Board's Vice Chair.

January 7, 2019 
Volunteers Needed to Help Count Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Orange County

The County of Orange is seeking around 1,000 volunteers to sign up to help with the 2019 Point In Time count, taking place Wednesday, January 23, and Thursday, January 24.

January 2, 2019 
Data-Sharing for Homeless Services: Orange County Launches New Technology to Coordinate Homeless Care, Services

The County of Orange is launching a data-sharing tool for medical providers and agencies in Orange County, California to coordinate the myriad of homeless services.

February 21, 2019 
Frost Advisory Issued for Inland Orange County

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Inland Orange County beginning at 10 p.m. this evening to 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

April 2, 2019 
OC Parks 2019 Summer Concert Series

Once again OC Parks brings live music to Orange County's regional parks. Enjoy 10 concerts at five different parks, Thursday nights from June 20 through Aug. 29. Headliners include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The English Beat, Lit and more.

April 2, 2019 
OC Parks 2019 Sunset Cinema Series

Grab a beach chair and some popcorn, because OC Parks is bringing the big screens back to your favorite regional parks again this summer. Enjoy 14 movies at seven different parks, Friday nights from June 14 through Sept. 13.

April 4, 2019 
Are You One of the More Than 150,000 Property Owners Who Haven’t Paid Their Secured Property Taxes Yet?

With the second installment of secured property taxes last timely payment date looming on April 10, Orange County Treasurer Shari Freidenrich reports that more than 150,000 individual taxpayers have not yet submitted their payments.

April 9, 2019 
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) invited employees and citizens of Orange County to show their support in ending childhood abuse and neglect by wearing blue today, April 9, 2019, for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In addition, residents are encouraged to take photos of themselves, their friends, coworkers and loved ones while wearing blue and tagging photos using the hashtag #GoBlueForOCKids on social media.

April 18, 2019 
Bear Awareness Day

Come learn more about bears and have fun at the OC Zoo! Activities include bear crafts for kids, special zookeepers chats about bears, and a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservation and research, how to "bear proof" camping sites, and what to do if you see a bear.

April 30, 2019 
OC Parks Presents The Annual Sunset Cinema Film Series For 2019

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual Sunset Cinema film series, featuring 14 free, family-friendly movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Sunset Cinema brings recent and classic films to the big screen at your favorite regional parks every Friday evening throughout the summer, starting on June 14 and running through Sept. 13.