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Press Releases
2007
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Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect for Orange County (Press Release #4)
December 19, 2007

There are no evacuation orders or road closures in place at this time. This is an advisory Weather Statement only.

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Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information Hotlines Activated (Press Release #3)
December 18, 2007

The County of Orange activated and staffed the Emergency Operations Center with County agency representatives at 1300 hours on December 18, 2007.

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Animal Information (Press Release #2)
December 18, 2007

There are no evacuation orders or road closures in place at this time

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Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Orange County (Press Release #1)
December 18, 2007

There are no evacuation orders or road closures in place at this time. This is an Advisory Weather Statement only.

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Emergency Operations Center Deactivated
December 7, 2007

As of 12:00 p.m. the Orange County Emergency Operations Center has been deactivated. At this time all evacuation orders have been lifted and the emergency shelter at El Modena High School has been closed. The Orange County Emergency Hotline has also been deactivated.

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Shelter Location Closure
December 7, 2007

The shelter location at El Modena High School (3920 Spring St., Orange, CA) is now closed.

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Mandatory Evacuations Lifted
December 7, 2007

As of 10:30 a.m. the Mandatory Evacuations for Modjeska Canyon, Williams Canyon and Silverado Canyon have been lifted.  Residents returning to their homes should travel with caution as roads are still slick and could contain debris.

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Mandatory Evacuations for Canyon Residents
December 6, 2007

Mandatory evacuations are ordered for residents living in the areas of Modjeska Canyon, Williams Canyon and Silverado Canyon beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Residents will have access to their homes to retrieve necessary items and pets until approximately 8:00 p.m.  At 8:00 p.m. access to the Canyons will be restricted. 

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Temporary Shelters Available for Animals Evacuated from the Canyons
December 6, 2007
Orange County Animal Care Services (ACS) will accept domestic animals from the evacuated areas at the Orange County Animal Care Center, 561 The City Drive in Orange. Animal owners are asked to bring identification, vet information, and any special foods or medicines along with their animals in order to ensure their animals receive appropriate care and they can be reunited with their animals when the evacuation is over.
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Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information Hotlines Activated
December 6, 2007
All voluntary evacuation orders in Modjeska, Williams, Trabuco and Silverado Canyons have been lifted. Cleanup work continues. Throughout the weekend, traffic in the canyon areas is requested for residents only.
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Evacuation Status Update
December 1, 2007
All voluntary evacuation orders in Modjeska, Williams, Trabuco and Silverado Canyons have been lifted. Cleanup work continues. Throughout the weekend, traffic in the canyon areas is requested for residents only.
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November Modjeska Canyon Rain Event Update
November 30, 2007
The mandatory evacuation order for Modjeska Canyon was lifted at 2030 hours but voluntary evacuation status remains in effect. Modjeska Canyon is open only to residents. Voluntary evacuation status is also in effect for Silverado Canyon. There are no restrictions remaining in effect for Williams or Trabuco Canyons. Residents are cautioned to drive carefully due to fog, darkness, wet roads and mud and debris on the roadway.
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Evacuation Status Update
November 30, 2007
The mandatory evacuation order for Modjeska Canyon remains in place until further notice. Williams Canyon has been downgraded to a voluntary evacuation status. Silverado Canyon remains under voluntary evacuation status and Trabuco Canyon remains under heightened awareness. Residents returning to homes in the canyon areas are advised to drive carefully due to fog, darkness, and muddy conditions on the roads.
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Silverado Branch Library Closure
November 30, 2007
The Silverado Branch Library located at 28192 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado, will be closed on Saturday, December 1.
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Mandatory Evacuations Ordered for Modjeska and Willams Canyon
November 30, 2007
The Orange County Operational Area Emergency Operations Center has ordered an immediate mandatory evacuation of Modjeska and Williams Canyons. Silverado Canyon has been upgraded to voluntary evacuation status. We are closely monitoring the situation for all other canyon areas.
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Temporary Shelters Available for Animals Evacutated from the Canyons
November 30, 2007
Temporary shelters are available for domestic animals and livestock for residents who are evacuating from the canyon areas. Orange County Animal Care Services (ACS) is accepting domestic animals at 401 The City Drive in Orange. Animal owners are asked to bring identification, vet information, and any special foods or medicines along with their animals in order to ensure their animals receive appropriate care and they can be reunited with their animals when the evacuation is over.
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Evacuation Status Clarification
November 30, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA)—To clarify evacuation status in the canyon areas of Orange County, there are voluntary evacuations in place for Modjeska and Williams Canyons.  All other canyon areas in Eastern Orange County, including Silverado and Trabuco Canyons, are on heightened awareness.
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Orange County Emergency Operations Center and Public Information Hotlines
November 30, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA)—The County of Orange activated and staffed the Emergency Operations Center with County agency representatives at 1100 hours on November 30, 2007.  The Public Information Hotline has been staffed and is ready to accept calls of inquiry in regard to evacuations in the Canyon communities of Orange County.
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Board Finalizes Disaster Relief Fund
November 20, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA)—The Board of Supervisors today finalized the agreement establishing the Orange County Disaster Relief Fund and allocated $100,000 to the fund to provide disaster relief for County residents. The fund, which will be administered by the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), was formed in response to the recent Santiago Fire and for future disaster declarations. .
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New Deputy CEO for Government & Public Services Begins
October 24, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA)—County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk announced the appointment of Steve Dunivent as Deputy County Executive Officer for Government and Public Services for the County of Orange. His appointment was made October 18, 2007.
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Agreement with AOCDS Moves Forward
October 19, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA)— County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk announced today that agreement was reached with the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS). The agreement, expected to soon be ratified by approximately 1,600 deputies, is for a three-year term from October 2006 through October 2009. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the agreement at their October 23rd meeting.
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Board of Supervisors Selects Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Defers Retirement Litigation Decision
September 21, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - The Board of Supervisors on September 18th made no decision to pursue litigation for the 3% at 50 retirement issue. During Closed Session the Board voted unanimously to retain the services of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to examine the issue, report back to them in sixty to ninety days and represent the County in litigation if the Board should decide at a future date to pursue litigation.
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County Unveils New Display at State Capitol
September 5, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - To the pleased smiles and cheers of numerous State and City officials, Chair Chris Norby today unveiled the new Orange County display case at the State Capitol. The display is one of fifty-eight county displays that will be seen by approximately 480,000 people who visit the Capitol each year. 
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Electronic Property Assessment Bill Advances to Governor
August 28, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - Chair Chris Norby of the Orange County Board of Supervisors announced today that AB 1042 has passed both the State Senate and Assembly and is now awaiting final approval by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 
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CEO Names New Director for Dana Point Harbor Department
August 22, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today appointed Brad Gross as Director for the Dana Point Harbor Department. Gross will assume his new position on September 28, 2007.
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Board of Supervisors Approves OCEA Agreement
July 31, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - The Board of Supervisors this morning unanimously approved agreements with the eight bargaining units of the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA). The agreements, already ratified by the OCEA membership, cover salary, pension reform and health benefits and are for a two-year term.
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County Launches Live Internet Access to Board Meetings
May 21, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Norby announced today that the County will begin live Internet broadcast of meetings of the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m. Live streaming video of the Board meetings as well as archives of past meetings since January 2007 will be available at http://ocvideo.ocgov.com.
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New Deputy CEO for Infrastructure & Environmental Services Begins
May 8, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk announced today that Alisa Drakodaidis is beginning her new role as Deputy County Executive Officer for Infrastructure and Environmental Services for the County of Orange. Her appointment was made April 2, 2007.
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Dana Point Harbor Department Director Resigns
May 1, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today accepted the resignation of George Caravalho, Dana Point Department Director. The resignation is effective June 30, 2007.
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County Launches AccessOC Web Site Enhancement
February 15, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - County Executive Officer Thomas G. Mauk today announced the official launch for a new web site feature that will provide an easy-to-use tool for the public to access County services from any computer.
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Mauk Staying as Orange County CEO
January 30, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - Thomas G. Mauk, Chief Executive Officer, is pleased to announce that he is staying with Orange County as CEO.
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Rating Agency Upgrades Orange County Credit Rating
January 18, 2007
(Santa Ana, CA) - Standard & Poor’s released a report recently which announced that the County’s long term credit rating was being upgraded from A+ to AA-. The primary reasons give for the upgrade are the County’s strong reserves, reduced liability for the Retiree Medical Grant and the paying down of debt over the past several years.
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2007 ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Supervisor Chris Norby was elected Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors January 9th, 2007 and Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board.
 
 
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