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!


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.


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.


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.


Disaster Preparedness with the Red Cross and Ready OC

August 23, 2017

Would you know what to do if an earthquake or wildfire hit NOW?  Do you have an escape plan?  An emergency kit?  Do you know where all your important papers are?  Do you have a little cash on hand and - more importantly - some extra water and food?  This week we speak with Red Cross CEO of the Western Region Linda Voss and the Director of Emergency Management at the County of Orange, Donna Boston.  It may take many hours or even days for emergency responders to arrive in a mega-disaster so we need to be self-reliant and well-prepared.  Today's show can give you that road map!


On the Road at the Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace

August 9, 2017

The United States' only California native President was from Orange County.  This week we visit the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace and talk about the amazing renovations and revitalization that has gone on in Yorba Linda over the past few years.  Our 37th President founded the EPA, created Title IX to give women athletes an opportunity at scholarships and navigated our nation through one of our most turbulent times in the late 60's and early 70's.  Brian Lochrie interviews Bill Baribault, the CEO of the Nixon Library Foundation and Joe Lopez, the Communications Director of the Libarary and plays our new game show "Orange You Glad We Asked?" - the Presidential Version!


Senator Josh Newman and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva

July 26, 2017

Hello, Newman!  Today we welcome Senator Josh Newman and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva into the City Square.  We discuss their mutual passion for ensuring opportunities for our military veterans and the Orange County veteran cemetary being planned at the Great Park in Irvine.  We also dive into SB1 - a.k.a. the Gas Tax - and talk to Senator Newman why he voted yes for this tax increase and we discuss the recall that is underway against Senator Newman and the reasons behind this effort.


La Habra Civic Center Grand Opening

July 12, 2017

It was a celebratory atmosphere in La Habra with the La Habra Highlanders Marching band playing as the City Council cut a red ribbon to officially open the city's new Civic Center!  The City Square recorded live from the event and we spoke with the Mayor and several councilmembers about how this beautiful facility was made possible thanks to a public-private partnership land swap that saved significant City taxpayer dollars.  Celebrate with us as we take the City Square on the road to La Habra!