The California Water Fix - Part Two

March 1, 2018

Since it looks like the California Water Fix - or two tunnels - will be built in two phases, it makes sense that we present our podcast on the California Water Fix in two parts.  In the second part of our two-parter you'll hear from MET Director Larry Dick, MWDOC Director Megan Yoo Schneider, Huntington Beach Councilwoman Barbara Delgleize and IRWD Director and Association of California Water Agencies Vice President Steve LaMar.  Is the California Water Fix worth $4 or $5 per month on your water bill?  Perhaps Benjamin Franklin put it best when he said, "We'll know the worth of water when the well runs dry."  Dive into today's podcast to learn more about water!

The California Water Fix - Part One

February 15, 2018

The Association of California Cities Orange County hosted a breakfast with water leaders from throughout the county and throughout the region and The City Square was there.  What is the California Water Fix?  Will it really provide more water reliability?  What other water solutions are Orange County water leaders looking at?  We answer those questions and more in Part One of our two-parter on water as we recorded live from Newport Beach at the ACC-OC California Water Fix Summit.

The Pension Tsunami off of OC’s Coast

February 2, 2018

Take cover!  The pension tsunami is looming right off of Orange County's coast!  But it's not enough to go inland - every California city is at risk.  If we aren't careful, we'll soon be paying more for those who have retired from public agencies than we're paying for those working at public agencies.  Cities find their hands tied by the politics of Sacramento, but there are still options on the table for local leaders.  Tune in this week as we speak to Diane Dixon, City Councilwoman from Newport Beach, and Lyn Semeta, City Councilwoman from Huntington Beach as we tackle the critically important issue of public employee pension reform.

Great Scott Tree Services

January 11, 2018

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is today!  In our first podcast of 2018 we interview Scott Griffiths of Great Scott Tree Services about how important trees are to the health and beauty of our communities.  The challenges of keeping trees pruned and healthy.  When to trim.  How to trim.  The impact of a nasty little bug called the shot-hole borer.  The affect of drought and of too much rain.  And Scott talks about how his business has gone from one chainsaw and a pickup in the 70's to a high-tech, GPS-centered electronic-tracking tree maintenance business.

A look back at 2017 / A look ahead to 2018

December 21, 2017

In our last podcast of the year we hear from ACC-OC's President and Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones along with ACC-OC CEO Heather Stratman on the important issues the Association tackled in 2017 and the challenges that lie ahead in 2018.  Plus a rousing rendition of "Orange You Glad We Asked?" where we find out that Steve Jones may not be the most famous Steve to come from Garden Grove.  Who is?  You'll have to tune in this week to find out.  From all of us at The City Square, have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

OC Food Banks Help the Needy All Year Long

December 8, 2017

Both Nicole Suydam of the Second Harvest Food Bank and Mark Lowry of the Community Action Partnership are there all year long to help those in need.  You might be surprised to hear that one out of six children in Orange County have food insecurities.  And these non-profit organizations help families in every zip code in the County - even wealthier areas like Newport Beach, Villa Park and San Clemente.  What are some of their biggest challenges?  And how can you help this holiday season?  Find out by tuning in to today's show.

Are automated vehicles in our future?

November 29, 2017

What does the future of transportation look like?  The way technology is advancing, it will likely include automated vehicles.  So does that mean you can catch up on some shuteye while your car zips you around to work or back home?  Probably not in the near future, but then again who would've thought we'd have a computer we can make phone calls with in our pocket 25 years ago?  The tech moves fast, but the City Square moves faster.  Today we talk to two leading experts in the field about the short-term and long-term future of self-driving vehicles.

The challenges behind regulating Sober Living Homes

November 15, 2017

Sober Living Homes are springing up in residential communities throughout Orange County.  Yet our local elected leaders have legal limitations to regulate these businesses due to federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.  Laguna Niguel Councilwoman and ACC-OC Sober Living Homes chairwoman Laurie Davies and Malibu Councilman Lou LaMotte come into the City Square to discuss not only challenges, but potential solutions.  

Catching Up with ACC-OC’s Committee Chairs

November 1, 2017

Today we take a peek behind the curtain at ACC-OC and see all the work the various committees doing in terms of research, analysis and collaboration to help develop the policies that improve Orange County's quality of life.  Today we speak with Tustin Councilman Al Murray who heads ACC-OC's Infrastructure and Technology Committee as well as La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw who leads the Legislative and Regulatory Committee.  What are some of the state laws we need to be aware of?  What is the next generation technology that we need to start planning for today?  Tune in this week to find out!

Cybersecurity - Public Safety in the Cloud

October 18, 2017

Public safety is always a top priority for Orange County voters, but they may not realize they're more vulnerable on their computer or smart phone in public than they are from a mugger on the street.  Criminals are lazy and if they can convince you to give them your personal information, they will take advantage.  Today we talk to The County of Orange's IT cybersecurity expert Jacob Margolis and former Mission Viejo Mayor and technology expert Frank Ury about cybersecurity.  How can we protect ourselves?  And what emerging threats do we face?  Tune in to to find out!