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Orange County Inches Toward Less Restrictive Red Tier

Orange County Inches Toward Less Restrictive Red Tier

By City News Service  “Those are good numbers,” Orange County CEO Frank Kim said. “That would get us access to a lot of sports that a lot of the community wants… We’re not at the red tier yet, but we’re going down about one point a day.” What to Know To get to the red tier, […]

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

    By Edward Ring When the COVID-19 pandemic struck hard back in April 2020, California’s teachers’ unions went into overdrive. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) released a lengthy document outlining what they believed to be “Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21.” In a report published by the California Policy Center that same month, Larry […]

Store Shelves Empty Again Amid Second-Wave Fear

Store Shelves Empty Again Amid Second-Wave Fear

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—As Orange County, California, entered the state’s most restrictive COVID-19 monitoring tier with a surge in cases, shoppers flocked to grocery stores to bulk purchase, leaving shelves empty again. The region landed in the purple tier Nov. 16, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to order the closure of indoor gyms and cinemas. Restaurants who are now […]

IT BEGINS: Orange County, Sacramento and El Dorado County Sheriffs Will Not Enforce Gavin Newsom’s Curfew Order

IT BEGINS: Orange County, Sacramento and El Dorado County Sheriffs Will Not Enforce Gavin Newsom’s Curfew Order

By Cristina Laila California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday issued a curfew for most California counties. The curfew will affect 41 out of 58 counties in California currently in the most restrictive “purple tier.” Earlier this week Newsom said he was looking at studies from other countries about curfews including France and Saudi Arabia. […]

Fullerton Joins Chorus of Orange County Cities Regulating Short-Term Rentals

Fullerton Joins Chorus of Orange County Cities Regulating Short-Term Rentals

BY JACK BRADLEY The City of Fullerton has passed a new ordinance regulating short-term rentals, joining other neighboring cities in Orange County, California, in increasing oversight of a growing market that residents say is out of control. The Fullerton City Council voted 4 to 1 to pass the measure, with the lone opponent arguing against unnecessary regulations forced by […]

Attendance Picks Up at Reopened Orange County Museums

Attendance Picks Up at Reopened Orange County Museums

BY DREW VAN VOORHIS Museums in Orange County, California, say they are encouraged by attendance as visitors have returned to their exhibits after months of mandatory shutdowns. Officials at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana—the largest museum in the county—told The Epoch Times that attendance ramped up very quickly after the cultural art museum’s Sept. 12 reopening, […]

OC Supervisor Requests Local Control of COVID Funds in Letter to Trump

OC Supervisor Requests Local Control of COVID Funds in Letter to Trump

BY SARAH LE Orange County Supervisor Donald Wagner sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Sept. 17 asking the federal government to send COVID-19 funding directly to California’s counties and bypass state authorities. “Governor Newsom has specifically threatened to withhold Federal funds to ‘disobedient’ counties that develop their own safe reopening plans in response to local needs and local conditions,” […]

Orange County Health Experts Explain COVID-19 Testing Metrics

Orange County Health Experts Explain COVID-19 Testing Metrics

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—We’re always hearing about the number of reported COVID-19 cases, positivity rates, deaths, and other metrics. But how is this information collected and reported? How accurate are these metrics? What do the stats say about how a region is doing overall? Health officials have acknowledged and fixed data errors in Orange County and California in recent […]

OC Officials Surprised by Delay in Reopening Schools

OC Officials Surprised by Delay in Reopening Schools

BY SARAH LE Orange County officials said in a Sept. 3 press conference that they were surprised when California’s new tier system required them to delay reopening schools for another two weeks. The county is on track to reopen classrooms on Sept. 22, according to the color-coded system. Previously, schools were expected to start in-person learning on […]

OC’s Largest Pantry Serves 2.4 Million Pounds of Food Amid Pandemic

OC’s Largest Pantry Serves 2.4 Million Pounds of Food Amid Pandemic

BY JOHN FREDRICKS ANAHEIM, Calif.—Saddleback Church operates what has become Orange County’s largest food resource for people in need, rising from among the top 10 facilities to become No. 1 amid the pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, Saddleback volunteers have distributed more than 2.4 million pounds of food at more than 300 grocery distribution events throughout […]

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