Hello and welcome to TimesOC Bulletin.
We are on Friday August 6. My name is Ben Brazil and I bring you the latest summary of Orange County news and events.
It has been two months since controversial former city councilor Tito Ortiz resigned from the Huntington Beach platform, and Surf City politics have still not recovered.
A group of Huntington Beach residents are now trying to recall six of the seven council members over their “failure to protect the interests of the citizens of Huntington Beach and to undermine the town’s charter by ceding local zoning control to the State “. The group is called Save Surf City, but it is not clear who is really behind the effort because the group website does not name names.
Journalist Matt Szabo wrote this week that the group has served notices of intent to remind board members Kim Carr, Rhonda Bolton, Barbara Delgleize, Dan Kalmick, Natalie Moser and Mike Posey. However, Bolton cannot be recalled as she did not perform her duties for 90 days. Conservative city councilor Erik Peterson is the only council member not targeted. Peterson was not at the meeting this week.
The move comes just a week after the board appointed Bolton to take Ortiz’s place on the dais. Bolton, a lawyer, is said to be the first black council member in the city’s history.
Some of the speakers at this week’s meeting mentioned Save Surf City, including resident Russell Neal.
“We love this city and have worked hard to earn our own little piece of this paradise,” Neal said. “We are not inclined to let you destroy it without a fight.”
Szabo wrote that the six board members who received notices of recall intent will each have seven days to file a response. The recall petition will then be published in a local newspaper. If the petitions are approved, then they should receive the signatures of at least 10% of registered voters in Huntington Beach to trigger a recall election.
The last person to speak at this week’s board meeting was Gracey Van Der Mark, who unsuccessfully presented to the board last year. Van Der Mark was removed from two school district panels in 2018 for allegedly calling minorities “people of color” in a YouTube video.
“Everyone wants to congratulate themselves as if something changes, and nothing changes,” she said. “We are not disrespectful. We just want to be heard.
The Orange County Board of Education, although it does not have much power to determine anything in the county education system, continues to make noise and arouse controversy. The board decided this week to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom for a state mandate that requires students to wear masks indoors on the school campus. Last year, the board unsuccessfully sued Newsom to reopen schools for in-person instruction. Los Angeles Times
After the U.S. Capitol riot and moves through the country to undermine confidence in the elections, a pair of UC Irvine professors have established the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center, which will host public events, publish reports and provide legal support to the university’s legal clinics , while also focusing on international threats to democratic elections and speech problems. Timetable OC
A Costa Mesa charter school can resume teaching after almost facing a notice of violation due to budget variances and a complaint from a parent that they were being charged for on-site education. The Orange County Board of Education, which regulates charter schools in the county, decided this week that the International School of Science and Culture had done enough to address the issues that had plagued the school in danger of violation. Daily pilot
The municipal council of Costa Mesa decided this week that planning commissioners do not need to live in the districts they represent or be US citizens. The council’s decision will allow commissioners to change their residence in the city and give council members more freedom to appoint commissioners. But, the narrow 4-3 vote faced some pullback from residents. Daily pilot
Angels Anthony Rendon’s third baseman season is over after suffering a conflict in the right hip. The All-Star suffered from injuries all season, having been out since July 5 with hamstring strain. The team expect Rendon to be ready to go on opening day next season. Los Angeles Times
Maddie Musselman, who played for the Corona del Mar High water polo team, assists the United States Women’s Olympic Water Polo Team as they approach their third consecutive gold medal. Musselman scored five goals this week to help secure a 15-11 victory over the Russians. Musselman and his team will face a tough test as they face Spain for the gold medal on Saturday morning. Daily pilot
Ocean View High School senior pitcher Desyree Arizmendi was named Divisional Player of the Year this week. Arizmendi is 9-3 this season, posting an earned-run average of 1.44 in 78 innings, with 109 strikeouts and 12 walks. Arizmendi brings his talents to the University of La Verne. Daily pilot
LIFE & LEISURE
Pacific Symphony will give three outdoor concerts later this month in Irvine, Mission Viejo and Orange as part of its annual “Symphony in the Cities” series. The music will be a mixture of classics, popular and patriotic music. There will also be a song. Children will learn to conduct with conductor Carl St. Clair and could help conduct the orchestra during the concert. Timetable OC
There are a number of shows and museums to visit in Orange County over the next month, including a photo exhibit at the Masters Competition in Laguna Beach and contemporary mosaic artwork at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. Los Angeles Times
Columnist Patrice Apodaca wrote about how we live in an era where information is readily available at your fingertips, but accurate information is harder to find. Daily pilot
A reader from Huntington Beach wrote about how the Cal Grant could help California students with crippling student loan debt, but the Cal Grant system needs a major overhaul. Daily pilot
Question of the week
Orange County is a large, diverse community with a vibrant entertainment and tourism industry. Yet the county has major hurdles to overcome – homelessness, climate change, political corruption and law enforcement misconduct. Oh, and a pandemic. We want to hear your opinions on these topics!
Each week we will ask you a new question and post some of the answers in the next newsletter.
Last week we asked you: What do you think of the Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory taught in Orange County schools? To explain.
Here are some of the answers we got:
“I believe that studies of American history should include studies of race relations. Perhaps, in order to reduce controversy, the name of the course should be changed to “The Study of Race Relations”. Blacks have always been a part of American culture. What this part was, and is, should be taught. Parents have and should be able to express their opinions about a teacher and even how that teacher teaches. However, they do not and should not be able to define what is taught. This has been true for science and arts classes for as long as I can remember (FYI: I’m 78). Let teachers teach what the school district defines as the curriculum. That is what they were hired for. —Michael Newman
“Ridiculous to claim that this subject designed to accurately present the history of race relations would marginalize or ‘blame’ white college students in any way. “—Eugène Bois
Now for this week’s question (please limit your answer to 75 words or less):
As businesses and local governments contemplate vaccination mandates, what do you think of those who are forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19? To explain.
Send your response to Ben at [email protected]
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