FlashReport Editor Jon Fleischman dropped the above in Facebook this morning, questioning why no one on the Orange County Fire Authority Board seems willing to challenge the expected election this evening of current Vice Chair Steven Weinberg to Board Chairman. Continue reading
Irvine could receive discounts worth as much as $280 million after 17 years of overpaying the Orange County Fire Authority, according to a new proposal drafted to keep the city in the 24-member agency, as reported by the O.C. Register.
Irvine is overpaying for fire protection by at least $18.4 million – subsidizing the costs of other communities under a complex tax system that could cause the city to break with the Orange County Fire Authority. The city and OCFA don’t agree just how much Irvine is being overtaxed, with the Fire Authority calculating the overage at $18.4 million in 2010-11, while Irvine says it is closer to $35 million annually, according to the O.C. Register.
There are major potential problems that could impact the OCFA’s existence and maybe even lead to its termination, according to an inside source that tipped us off: Continue reading
The refunds – nearly five times the amount first thought – suggest that troubles in the Fire Authority’s hazmat program extended deeper than the administration had initially acknowledged. The Orange County Register reported in September that the department uncovered evidence that more than 1,400 businesses were billed for inspections that didn’t happen fiscal year 2011-12. At the time, it estimated about $360,000 in refunds were due, according to the O.C. Register.
How did the executive managers at the OCFA miss this? And why was the OCFA’s Board of Directors asleep at the wheel? Who is on the OCFA’s Board of Directors? Here are just a few of these lame, overpaid Directors: Continue reading