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    1. Orange County pays high price for bad policing

      Orange County pays high price for bad policing

      The California state government finally is taking seriously the problems of police accountability, with the governor signing bills that expand public access to disciplinary records, create a process for decertifying problem officers and expand de-escalation training. In Orange County, however, it’s a different matter.

      We’ve criticized Sheriff Don Barnes for his nonchalant approach to such issues. For instance, Barnes agreed with the deputies’ union not to punish deputies who refuse to testify under oath. He dismissed an Office of Independent Review report that criticized his department’s use-of-force policies.

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    2. Homebuying frenzy: How does your house measure up?

      Homebuying frenzy: How does your house measure up?

      In this age, the question is not whether or not a buyer will remodel your house, rather it’s how much remodeling will they do?

      So to help them out a bit, consider including useful measurements along with the flowery, provocative description of your house.

      If the home comes with a “pool-sized backyard,” go ahead and include the general dimensions of the yard in the listing so prospective buyers have an idea of what “pool-sized” really means. They may be looking for enough space to build a tennis court instead, and the approximate measurement of the yard may prove helpful.

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      Mentions: Local Business
    3. Cornavirus: Rate of new cases continues to decline

      Cornavirus: Rate of new cases continues to decline

      The OC Health Care Agency reported 338 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, Sept. 8, increasing the cumulative total since tracking began in the county to 288,939.

      The seven-day average of 405 new daily cases is down 47.7% from an Aug. 11 high of 774 a day.

      There have been 6,773 new infections reported in the last 14 days.

      There were 446 people with confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in Orange County hospitals on Wednesday, 135 of whom needed to be in an intensive care unit.

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    4. Coronavirus: Orange County reported 572 new cases and four new deaths, Aug. 19 – Orange County Register

      Coronavirus: Orange County reported 572 new cases and four new deaths, Aug. 19 – Orange County Register

      The OC Health Care Agency reported 572 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, Aug. 19, increasing the cumulative total since tracking began in the county to 278,417.

      There have been 10,059 new infections reported in the last 14 days.

      There were 571 people with confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in Orange County hospitals, 133 of whom needed to be in an intensive care unit.

      Four new deaths were reported as of Thursday, increasing the count of those who have died from the virus at 5,169.

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    5. Senior Living: Why we may never know whether the $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug actually works – Orange County Register

      Senior Living: Why we may never know whether the $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug actually works – Orange County Register

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval last month of a drug purporting to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease was widely celebrated, but it also touched off alarms.There were worries in the scientific community about the drug’s mixed results in studies — the FDA’s own expert advisory panel was nearly unanimous in opposing its approval.

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    6. In final daily update of COVID-19 stats, Orange County shows uptick in hospitalizations – Orange County Register

      In final daily update of COVID-19 stats, Orange County shows uptick in hospitalizations – Orange County Register

      Orange County saw a marked increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations reported Thursday, July 1.

      Hospitalizations jumped from 56 on Wednesday to 70 on Thursday, while the number of intensive care unit patients increased from 10 to 13.

      Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service, “I’m not over the moon about it, but it’s a little hard to say” if the increase is a cause for concern at this point.

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    7. Why can’t Orange County move to the less restrictive yellow tier?

      Why can’t Orange County move to the less restrictive yellow tier?

      As Los Angeles County prepares to enjoy the further relaxed restrictions that will accompany moving to the state-designated yellow tier, some in Orange County are wondering: When is our turn?

      New state data released Tuesday, May 4, showed one of Orange County’s COVID-19 metrics, the number of new daily cases per 100,000 residents, continues to dwindle but has stayed stubbornly in the range of the orange (second-best) tier.

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    8. Coronavirus: Orange County reported 95 new cases and 19 new deaths as of April 8 – Orange County Register

      Coronavirus: Orange County reported 95 new cases and 19 new deaths as of April 8 – Orange County Register

      The OC Health Care Agency reported 95 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, April 8, increasing the cumulative total in the county to 251,611 cases since tracking began.

      There have been 1,516 new infections reported in the past 14 days.

      Another 19 new deaths were reported Thursday, raising the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 4,810.

      The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process. The most recent death recorded was on March 29.

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    9. Los Angeles-Orange County homeownership ranks nation’s worst, again

      Los Angeles-Orange County homeownership ranks nation’s worst, again

      Los Angeles and Orange counties last year had the nation’s lowest homeownership rate for the third time in a row while the Inland Empire hit an 11-year high.

      Census stats, highlighting long-running home affordability challenges, show 48.5% of L.A.-O.C. households living in residences they owned. That was the lowest rate among 75 big metropolitan areas tracked. The top metro was Florida’s Cape Coral-Fort Myers at 77.4%.

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    10. Five candidates, one big issue in O.C. Supervisor race

      Five candidates, one big issue in O.C. Supervisor race

      An Orange County supervisor seat is up for grabs next month, and while the Democrats and Republicans on the ballot don’t agree on much they all say management of the coronavirus pandemic, and helping keep residents healthy while reviving the county’s economy, will be the winner’s first job.The five candidates for the Second District seat are Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, former supervisor and state senator John Moorlach, Newport Beach Councilman Kevin Muldoon, Corona del Mar attorney Janet Rappaport and Fountain Valley Mayor Michael Vo. The special election, slated for March 9, became necessary in November ...

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    11. No. 1 tax tip for 2020 returns: File early

      No. 1 tax tip for 2020 returns: File early

      With each new year comes a predictable series of traditions – the Oscars, Girl Scout cookies, NBA playoffs and the April 15 tax deadline.

      As with everything else in our new normal, this year’s events will be managed a little differently. The Academy Awards ceremony has been postponed to the end of April, and films will be streamed online instead of screened in theaters.

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    12. 2020 taxes: Why the rich are so cheap

      2020 taxes: Why the rich are so cheap

      A favorite binge-watching television series on several streaming services, “Trust” is a fictional drama about how J. Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, and his family reacted when his grandson was kidnapped.Before the kidnapping, the Getty character responds to his teenage grandson’s request for money, and they discuss why he cannot give him any even though they are worth billions.Getty explains, “It’s a self-sustaining system that never pays a cent in tax because it never goes a cent into profit. For the purposes of accounting, Getty Oil runs at a loss, my boy ...

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    13. Election affirms Orange County’s status as a purple county

      Election affirms Orange County’s status as a purple county

      Orange County voters turned out in droves for Tuesday’s election, with turnout levels at a historic 85.8 percent. It’s no longer a “red” county, but talk of the GOP’s demise here is overstated. Republicans fared well this year, but Democrats remain competitive. OC is unmistakably purple.

      At the national level, local voters chose Joe Biden over Donald Trump by 10 points. However, Republicans scored big wins in Congress. Supervisor Michelle Steel edged out Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda in the coastal 48th district. Although late counting continues, Republican Young Kim is poised to take a seat from Gil Cisneros in the northern county.

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    14. Report: More Orange County children facing hunger during pandemic

      Report: More Orange County children facing hunger during pandemic

      Though the lives of Orange County’s children are improving in many ways, the county’s youngest residents continue to struggle with obesity, poverty, housing and getting enough to eat — issues that COVID-19 appears to be worsening — according to newly released data.

      The annual Report on the Conditions of Children, presented to the Orange County Board of Supervisors and published on the Health Care Agency’s website on Tuesday, Nov. 3, tracks 10-year trends and recent data in four areas of children’s lives: Good Health, Economic Well-Being, Educational Achievement, and Safe Homes and Communities.

      This is the 26th annual report on the lives of youngsters, who make up nearly one-quarter of the county’s 3.2 million residents.

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    15. Coronavirus: 7 new deaths, 158 new cases reported in Orange County on Oct. 1 – Orange County Register

      Coronavirus: 7 new deaths, 158 new cases reported in Orange County on Oct. 1 – Orange County Register

      The Orange County Health Care Agency reported seven new deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, Oct. 1.

      There have been 61 deaths reported in the last three days – though not necessarily when they happened – increasing the cumulative total to 1,275 deaths.

      Of the 1,275 deaths in Orange County, 457 were skilled nursing facility residents, 89 were in assisted living facilities and four was listed as homeless.

      The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:

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    16. Aging in the 2020s isn’t how Grandma aged – Orange County Register

      Aging in the 2020s isn’t how Grandma aged – Orange County Register

      Picture for a minute how your grandparents and great-grandparents lived when they were 60 or 70 compared with how you (if you are a senior) or your parents live today.My grandfather retired as a federal agent when he was only 58 years old. He enjoyed his hobbies, church, occasional social outings (and a lot of TV) until he passed away 39 years later. Forty percent of his life was spent in quiet retirement.Times have changed. We see rock stars touring into their 80s.

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    17. Los Angeles-Orange County’s 16.8% joblessness rate highest in U.S.

      Los Angeles-Orange County’s 16.8% joblessness rate highest in U.S.

      Los Angeles and Orange counties in July had the highest unemployment rate among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas as stiff pandemic limitations throttled businesses.

      My trusty spreadsheet, filled with a Bureau of Labor Statistics ranking of 51 regions with 1 million or more residents, tells me L.A.-O.C.’s 16.8% joblessness ranked No. 1 ahead of 16.4% in New York and Las Vegas. All three cities depend heavily on tourism, an industry hard-hit by pandemic-related lockdowns. Boston at 15.5% was next; then came Orlando at 15.3%, another tourism-heavy economy.

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    18. California legislation: State could be first to develop its own generic drugs

      California legislation: State could be first to develop its own generic drugs

      California is poised to become the first state to develop its own line of generic drugs, targeting soaring drug prices and stepping into a fiercely competitive drug market dominated by deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies.The Democratic-controlled legislature overwhelmingly approved a measure Monday that would direct the state’s top health agency to partner with one or more drug companies by January to make or distribute a broad range of generic or biosimilar drugs — including the diabetes medicine insulin — that are cheaper than brand-name products.Senate Bill 852 also opens the door for ...

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    19. 2 O.C. men sentenced to prison for scamming distressed homeowners during ’08 recession – Orange County Register

      2 O.C. men sentenced to prison for scamming distressed homeowners during ’08 recession – Orange County Register

      Two Orange County men were sentenced Wednesday to five and 12 years in prison for their roles in a Santa Ana-based home loan modification scheme during the Great Recession in 2008.

      Aminullah “David” Sarpas and Samuel Paul Bain started Santa Ana-based U.S. Homeowners Relief in late 2008 during the collapse of the housing industry that tipped the nation into a recession.

      The company promised distressed homeowners relief on mortgage payments in exchange for advance fees ranging from $1,450 and $4,200, prosecutors said. The two falsely promised they had a 97% success rate lowering mortgage payments for clients, prosecutors said.

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    20. Brea woman sentenced in multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme

      Brea woman sentenced in multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme

      A Brea woman was sentenced Thursday to a year and one day in prison for her role in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme related to false billings for unnecessary services.

      Grace Hong, who was convicted in 2019 of three counts of healthcare fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health fraud, also was ordered to pay $2.4 million in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

      The scheme centered on a Walnut-based therapy clinic operated by Hong and her husband, Simon Hong. Prosecutors alleged that from 2009 to 2012 the owners of the clinic billed Medicare for physical- and occupational-therapy services that were unneeded and not actually provided.

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    21. Pandemic economics pushing So Cal cities to consider cannabis – Orange County Register

      Pandemic economics pushing So Cal cities to consider cannabis – Orange County Register

      From Hawthorne to Laguna Woods to Montclair, cities throughout Southern California are considering the idea of licensing cannabis businesses as a way to offset revenue losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

      Other cities, such as Costa Mesa, already allow some marijuana operations but are considering permits for more segments of the industry as a way to grow their tax base, bring more jobs to town and expand cannabis access for residents.

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    22. Federal loans to OC businesses may have saved more than 700,000 jobs

      Federal loans to OC businesses may have saved more than 700,000 jobs
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      After the coronavirus pandemic wreaked disaster on businesses large and small, an emergency federal loan program was a lifeline for many, including more than 64,000 Orange County companies that received billions of dollars to help pay their expenses.

      Most importantly, the Paycheck Protection Program may have saved nearly 740,000 jobs here in the short term, according to newly released federal data.

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    23. Majority on O.C. School Board talk against masks, social distancing for next school year

      Majority on O.C. School Board talk against masks, social distancing for next school year
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      When the Orange County Board of Education met this week to talk about how schools should reopen from the coronavirus shutdown, one of the central subjects of the debate was conspicuously missing: facemasks.

      In a spacious room with at least 40 people – in front of an online audience that over the course of the evening grew to more than 700 – only one board member, Beckie Gomez, as well as county employees and a handful of attendees, wore facial coverings.

      All the missing masks aligned with the agenda set by the board’s conservative majority at its forum Wednesday night in Costa Mesa.

      Though the Orange County Department of Education recently released its official suggestions for how school districts should re-open – emphasizing guidance from public health sources – the board’s conservative majority wanted to discuss other ideas, emphasizing less social distancing and more traditional in-class education.

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