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.
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!
Whether it was writing your name in the air with a sparkler or watching your dad light the grand finale Big Bang fireworks display in your cul-de-sac, TNT Fireworks are as much a part of Independence Day as hot dogs and American flags. Now that the 4th of July is behind us, John Kelly of TNT Fireworks can finally relax, right? Well, not quite. Tune in to the City Square this week to learn about all TNT does to work with non-profits in our communities and the premium they put on safety.
OC Fair and Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer joins Brian on the City Square to talk about the upcoming annual Orange County Fair, which runs from July 14 to August 13. But did you know there are events at the Fairgrounds year-round? Heroes Hall, Centennial Farm, the Pacific Ampitheatre and so much more. And did you know the Fairgrounds used to be a military air base? Tune in to this week's show to learn more about Farm Fresh Fun at their year's fair.
Patrick Munoz, a partner at Rutan & Tucker, the oldest law firm in Orange County, joins the City Square to discuss various legal issues affecting Orange County today. We touch on homelessness, sober living homes, short-term rentals and the new public smoking ban in Laguna Beach. And how will one of the top attorneys in Orange County fare with our "Is It A Law" segment? Tune in to find out!
On this week's show, Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery joins us to tell us about how he protects taxpayer dollars at the County, why he values an educated citizenry and who "Jameson" is. Tune in to learn more about what the County's outlook is from a financial perspective.
Lita Mercado from CSP and Christine Smith and Elizabeth DenBleyker from the County of Orange Social Services discuss Human Trafficking in Orange County. What it is and what we can do to help identify victims. And could we have another "5-0" perfect score on "Is It A Law"? Tune in and find out!
Even as the new administration rolls back the climate change laws instituted by the Obama administration, California continues to strengthen its environmental rules. Tune in to this week's show to find out how local communities can be more environmentally sustainable in a way that still creates economic growth.
UCI Professors David Snow and Rachel Goldberg join United Way's Carla Vargas to discuss homelessness in Orange County. Did you know that the vast majority of the homeless in Orange County are FROM Orange County? How are our community leaders working collaboratively toward a solution? And does San Francisco really have a law that states you cannot sit or lie on city sidewalks from 7 am to 11 pm? Tune into this week's show to find out!
Laguna Niguel Councilwoman Laurie Davies and Laguna Hills Mayor Barbara Kogerman talk about everything going on in their cities. Laguna Hills is looking forward to the "Five Lagunas" to take the place of the Laguna Hills Mall and serve as the new hub for that city. Meanwhile, the Agora Arts District will be the new downtown hub in Laguna Niguel. We also talk transportation, regional planning agencies with funny acronyms (SCAG and OCCOG) and the public health importance of preventing West Nile Virus.