The OCTA board of directors approved a proposed bus fare increase after two months of community outreach and discussion about the measure to help address rising operation costs. The board approved the proposal as a way to ensure the agency’s eligibility for the state funds that primarily support its bus system. Continue reading
Former State Senator John Lewis has such a hold on the Republican Party of Orange County that he was able to force the withdrawal of Robert Hammond, their candidate for the 69th Assembly District, so as to pave the way for his Democratic pal Tom Daly. And Lewis also ran the failed campaign of Chris Norby, for the 65th Assembly District. With the loss of Norby’s seat, and the 69th, the California Republican Party ceded a supermajority in the State Assembly to the California Democratic Party.
But Lewis is not the only one to blame. OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh (a political consultant) and OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen were personally involved in pulling Hammond out of the race for the 69th. And neither of them helped Jose “Joe” Moreno, the Anaheim Republican who, at the last minute, filed for the 69th rather than concede the victory to Daly. Moreno was however undone by allegations that he violated an obscure Federal law – the Hatch Act. Moreno, an employee of the O.C. Health Agency, was accused of this by labor, even though he is a longtime union member. Continue reading
The Register published an AP piece today on a group of entrepreneurs who are reviving the long ago cancelled train service between southern California and Las Vegas: Calif.-Vegas party train could hit tracks in 2013. Amtrak operated between LA and Las Vegas for years, but eliminated the run 15 years ago due to lack of ridership. Continue reading
Just as the County’s Waste & Recycling unit requires HB Councilman Matt Harper and four other staffers to handle Public Relations, we’re learning that the PR needs of the OC Transportation Authority are similarly complex — but in this case it’s not an obscure County Department, it’s a FREEWAY. THE 405 NEEDS A “Public Outreach” consultant — for six years, and $4.7 million! We’d speculate the majority of these funds come from Measure M. Continue reading
Update: We broke this story on Nov. 20, 2012. The OCTA confirmed it today with a press release we are including below our original post:
Darrell Johnson is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, serving in the position since 2010. My sources tell me that Johnson will be appointed next week to step in as CEO of the OCTA when the current CEO, Will Kempton, leaves at the end of February, next year. Kempton is leaving to join a non-profit organization in Sacramento – Transportation California.