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! 


Celebrating Independence Day Safely with TNT Fireworks

July 10, 2017

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.


Farm Fresh Fun at the OC Fair

June 28, 2017

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.


Legal Issues Affecting Orange County Cities - Rutan & Tucker

June 14, 2017

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!