Govt. Affairs & Legislative Update: November 20, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015


  • Irvine City Council meeting on November 24, 2015
  • Great Park Board
  • Solar Decathlon house determination – Keep at Great Park and lease land to Arc Mid-Cities
  • Review of the Cultural Terrace joint studies letter
  • City Council
  • General Fund year-end report
  • Approval of Ice Rink deal with the Samueli Foundation

Local Updates:

Former Orange County assessor Webster Guillory found guilty of election fraud (OC Register)

Rejecting the claim that signing wrong election papers was an honest mistake, a jury Wednesday found former Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory guilty of two misdemeanor counts of filing false nomination documents in his failed 2014 re-election bid.

O.C. job growth steady, unemployment rate up slightly (OC Register)

The county’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.3 percent, up from 4 percent in September. September’s rate had been depressed by the influx of teachers and professors returning to schools and colleges.

Supervisors Give Final OK to OC’s First Year-Round Homeless Shelter (Voice of OC)

Orange County took a major step Tuesday towards the creation of its first year-round homeless shelter, with county supervisors voting unanimously to finalize the purchase of an industrial building in Anaheim for a 200-bed shelter and service center.

D.A.’s Office fires back at call for federal probe over jailhouse informants (OC Register)

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday blasted a letter by more than three dozen former prosecutors and legal heavy-hitters calling for a federal investigation into the use of jailhouse informants as ill-timed and ill informed.

California News:

CalPERS pay-down plan isn’t fast enough for Gov. Jerry Brown (LA Times)

The nation’s largest pension fund voted to lower its estimate of future investment returns from 7.5% to 6.5% over 20 years. The move will increase payments by taxpayers, but CalPERS says it will more quickly pay down the $117-billion debt for pensions already owed to 1.7 million government workers and retirees.

Judiciary establishment shuns cost-cutting as alleged overspending continues (CalWatchdog)

The state’s Judicial Council plans to shutter one of its satellite offices in 2017 but refuses to heed other cost-cutting measures urged by an audit released earlier this year that found the agency’s “questionable” spending has cut court funds.

Student debt makes CA waves (CalWatchdog)

While California students mustered to lead a nationwide movement for college debt relief, policymakers and innovators grappled with the issue in ways of their own.

Federal News:

Obama takes immigration leniency plan to the Supreme Court (Washington Post)

The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to overturn lower courts and declare that the president has the authority to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain and work in the United States without fear of deportation.

Fed pushes back as Congress eyes its billions (Politico)

Even as members of Congress are slamming the Federal Reserve for being too political with its monetary policy, they are plotting to use the central bank as a government piggy bank.

The Debrief with budget battle veteran Jim Dyer (Politico)

Congressional Republicans face a Dec. 11 deadline to pass an omnibus bill funding the government. We asked Jim Dyer, a veteran of past budget battles, to explain what’s happening behind the scenes as Republican leaders write a major spending bill and try to avoid another government shutdown.

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