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.

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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!

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OC Food Banks Help the Needy All Year Long

December 8, 2017

Both Nicole Suydam of the Second Harvest Food Bank www.feedoc.org and Mark Lowry of the Community Action Partnership www.ocfoodbank.org 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.

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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.

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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.  

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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!

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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!

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ACC-OC Goes To Washington

October 4, 2017

The Association of California Cities just got back from Washington DC and was able to meet with several Congressional Representatives and senior staff members of Senate offices and of the President's administration.  Our local elected offiicals were able to discuss important community issues inluding transportation, homelessness, affordable housing and Community Development Block Grants.  Also discussed was the federal roles in targeted areas like cannibas, sober living homes and drone regulations.  ACC-OC continues to be at the forefront on many of these issues and working collaboratively with our federal representatives, we look forward to bringing more resources to bear to solve some of these problems. 

Tune in this week to hear from Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington, La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw and Buena Park City Manager Jim Vanderpool as they return from our nation's capital to give us a report.

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Back to School with Inside the Outdoors

September 19, 2017

The bell has rung and everyone is back in school.  But sometimes the best educational experiences occur outside the classroom.  Today we talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with the leaders in outdoor education, Inside the Outdoors.  A terrific public-private partnership, Inside the Outdoors receives donation funding and grant funding from private Orange County companies to get kids out of the classrooms and into places like Modjeska Canyon and the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.  An Orange County Department of Education program, Inside the Outdoors collaborates with the public and private sector to give Orange County schoolchildren unforgettable educational experiences.

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Stay Connected with Small Cell Sites

September 6, 2017

Whether you're listening to this podcast on your commute to work, or on your treadmill, or while you're doing chores, there is probably a small cell site out there that helped you download it to your personal mobile device.  Mobilitie helps make that happen, but it is a team effort to get it done.  Ever look up and wonder what that "suitcase" is doing on a light pole or traffic signal?  It's probably a small cell site that is becoming more and more important as we transmit more and more data over our phones.  We'll chat today about the technological advances and the work that Mobilitie does with our cities to make their needed service as invisible as possible to their customers.

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