Articles by Michael Morris

The Mission Viejo City Council has voted to toughen its ordinance against camping in the City.  According to the Voice of OC: “The camping ordinance is a revision of the city’s previous camping law, which only addressed sleeping in cars, campers, recreational vehicles and trailers. The new ordinance applies to…

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Fiscal Prudence Makes Surprise Visit To LB City Hall-Indy

At its 11 July 2017 meeting, the City Council overturned the ‘informal’ Essential Employee Housing Assistance Program that had been created in April 2000.  The idea behind the program was that certain ‘essential’ city employees should live in the city so as to be readily available in case of emergency….

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The 27June 2017 City Council meeting has a consent item concerning Laguna Beach’s signing-on as a member of  the Western States Sober Living Homes Reform Coalition (WSSLHR) spearheaded by the Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC).  The Coalition supports federal and state legislation that seek to close loopholes…

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Building public pressure does work to influence our elected representatives, as seen in the BoS’ increased attention to issues of homelessness in the County. Most recently, they have voted to spend $5million in new monies targeted at services for mentally ill homeless. Most of the attention is directed at the…

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FPPC Issues Warning Letter To Mr. Dicterow

On April 24, 2017 the FPPC issued a Warning Letter to Mr. Dicterow as a result of the sworn complaints filed against him in October and November of 2016.  Broadly, the FPPC found that Mr. Dicterow had failed to properly disclose his ownership of non-primary-residence income property he owns within…

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Last night’s (18April17) relatively brief city council meeting spent a lot of time on Public Hearing item #2, which was an appeal against the Design Review Board’s denial of a variance to tear-down & replace a ‘possibly’ historical bluff-top home in South Laguna (31987 Coast Highway).  As is so often…

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Homeless in the OC

In Orange County, new research from UC Irvine estimates an overall savings of $42 million per year if every chronically homeless person is provided permanent supportive housing.  The solution to this growing problem will require that all of our leaders work together, County, Cities, non-profits, communities of faith and the homeless…

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The Voice of OC has reported that Supervisor Shawn Nelson (District 4: northwest Orange County) had the riverbed homeless encampment near Anaheim Stadium along the Santa Ana river removed. The justification given was that the removal was needed for flood control purposes.  Anyone who’s seen Mr. Nelson, an attorney, in…

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Measure LL Oversight Committee Appointments – Pay-to-Play

The Laguna Beach City Council recently made its appointments to the LL Oversight Committee.  Readers will recall that the ordinance that was overwhelmingly approved by local voters on 8Nov16 provided for an “Citizens’ Oversight Committee” made up of appointed residents.  This committee was to review the uses of the LL…

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