Rank #1: The challenges behind regulating Sober Living Homes
Sober Living Homes are springing up in residential communities throughout Orange County. Yet our local elected leaders have legal limitations to regulate these businesses due to federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. Laguna Niguel Councilwoman and ACC-OC Sober Living Homes chairwoman Laurie Davies and Malibu Councilman Lou LaMotte come into the City Square to discuss not only challenges, but potential solutions.
Nov 15 2017
Rank #2: On the Road at the Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace
The United States' only California native President was from Orange County. This week we visit the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace and talk about the amazing renovations and revitalization that has gone on in Yorba Linda over the past few years. Our 37th President founded the EPA, created Title IX to give women athletes an opportunity at scholarships and navigated our nation through one of our most turbulent times in the late 60's and early 70's. Brian Lochrie interviews Bill Baribault, the CEO of the Nixon Library Foundation and Joe Lopez, the Communications Director of the Libarary and plays our new game show "Orange You Glad We Asked?" - the Presidential Version!
Aug 09 2017
Rank #3: Disaster Preparedness with the Red Cross and Ready OC
Would you know what to do if an earthquake or wildfire hit NOW? Do you have an escape plan? An emergency kit? Do you know where all your important papers are? Do you have a little cash on hand and - more importantly - some extra water and food? This week we speak with Red Cross CEO of the Western Region Linda Voss and the Director of Emergency Management at the County of Orange, Donna Boston. It may take many hours or even days for emergency responders to arrive in a mega-disaster so we need to be self-reliant and well-prepared. Today's show can give you that road map!
Aug 23 2017
Rank #4: Stay Connected with Small Cell Sites
Whether you're listening to this podcast on your commute to work, or on your treadmill, or while you're doing chores, there is probably a small cell site out there that helped you download it to your personal mobile device. Mobilitie helps make that happen, but it is a team effort to get it done. Ever look up and wonder what that "suitcase" is doing on a light pole or traffic signal? It's probably a small cell site that is becoming more and more important as we transmit more and more data over our phones. We'll chat today about the technological advances and the work that Mobilitie does with our cities to make their needed service as invisible as possible to their customers.
Sep 06 2017
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Rank #5: Back to School with Inside the Outdoors
The bell has rung and everyone is back in school. But sometimes the best educational experiences occur outside the classroom. Today we talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with the leaders in outdoor education, Inside the Outdoors. A terrific public-private partnership, Inside the Outdoors receives donation funding and grant funding from private Orange County companies to get kids out of the classrooms and into places like Modjeska Canyon and the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. An Orange County Department of Education program, Inside the Outdoors collaborates with the public and private sector to give Orange County schoolchildren unforgettable educational experiences.
Sep 19 2017
Rank #6: ACC-OC Goes To Washington
The Association of California Cities just got back from Washington DC and was able to meet with several Congressional Representatives and senior staff members of Senate offices and of the President's administration. Our local elected offiicals were able to discuss important community issues inluding transportation, homelessness, affordable housing and Community Development Block Grants. Also discussed was the federal roles in targeted areas like cannibas, sober living homes and drone regulations. ACC-OC continues to be at the forefront on many of these issues and working collaboratively with our federal representatives, we look forward to bringing more resources to bear to solve some of these problems.
Tune in this week to hear from Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington, La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw and Buena Park City Manager Jim Vanderpool as they return from our nation's capital to give us a report.
Oct 04 2017
Rank #7: OC Food Banks Help the Needy All Year Long
Both Nicole Suydam of the Second Harvest Food Bank www.feedoc.org and Mark Lowry of the Community Action Partnership www.ocfoodbank.org are there all year long to help those in need. You might be surprised to hear that one out of six children in Orange County have food insecurities. And these non-profit organizations help families in every zip code in the County - even wealthier areas like Newport Beach, Villa Park and San Clemente. What are some of their biggest challenges? And how can you help this holiday season? Find out by tuning in to today's show.
Dec 08 2017
Rank #8: Are automated vehicles in our future?
What does the future of transportation look like? The way technology is advancing, it will likely include automated vehicles. So does that mean you can catch up on some shuteye while your car zips you around to work or back home? Probably not in the near future, but then again who would've thought we'd have a computer we can make phone calls with in our pocket 25 years ago? The tech moves fast, but the City Square moves faster. Today we talk to two leading experts in the field about the short-term and long-term future of self-driving vehicles.
Nov 29 2017
Rank #9: Catching Up with ACC-OC's Committee Chairs
Today we take a peek behind the curtain at ACC-OC and see all the work the various committees doing in terms of research, analysis and collaboration to help develop the policies that improve Orange County's quality of life. Today we speak with Tustin Councilman Al Murray who heads ACC-OC's Infrastructure and Technology Committee as well as La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw who leads the Legislative and Regulatory Committee. What are some of the state laws we need to be aware of? What is the next generation technology that we need to start planning for today? Tune in this week to find out!
Nov 01 2017
Rank #10: Cybersecurity - Public Safety in the Cloud
Public safety is always a top priority for Orange County voters, but they may not realize they're more vulnerable on their computer or smart phone in public than they are from a mugger on the street. Criminals are lazy and if they can convince you to give them your personal information, they will take advantage. Today we talk to The County of Orange's IT cybersecurity expert Jacob Margolis and former Mission Viejo Mayor and technology expert Frank Ury about cybersecurity. How can we protect ourselves? And what emerging threats do we face? Tune in to to find out!
Oct 18 2017
Rank #11: Senator Josh Newman and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva
Hello, Newman! Today we welcome Senator Josh Newman and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva into the City Square. We discuss their mutual passion for ensuring opportunities for our military veterans and the Orange County veteran cemetary being planned at the Great Park in Irvine. We also dive into SB1 - a.k.a. the Gas Tax - and talk to Senator Newman why he voted yes for this tax increase and we discuss the recall that is underway against Senator Newman and the reasons behind this effort.
Jul 26 2017
Rank #12: La Habra Civic Center Grand Opening
It was a celebratory atmosphere in La Habra with the La Habra Highlanders Marching band playing as the City Council cut a red ribbon to officially open the city's new Civic Center! The City Square recorded live from the event and we spoke with the Mayor and several councilmembers about how this beautiful facility was made possible thanks to a public-private partnership land swap that saved significant City taxpayer dollars. Celebrate with us as we take the City Square on the road to La Habra!
Jul 12 2017
Rank #13: Celebrating Independence Day Safely with TNT Fireworks
Whether it was writing your name in the air with a sparkler or watching your dad light the grand finale Big Bang fireworks display in your cul-de-sac, TNT Fireworks are as much a part of Independence Day as hot dogs and American flags. Now that the 4th of July is behind us, John Kelly of TNT Fireworks can finally relax, right? Well, not quite. Tune in to the City Square this week to learn about all TNT does to work with non-profits in our communities and the premium they put on safety.
Jul 10 2017
Rank #14: Farm Fresh Fun at the OC Fair
OC Fair and Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer joins Brian on the City Square to talk about the upcoming annual Orange County Fair, which runs from July 14 to August 13. But did you know there are events at the Fairgrounds year-round? Heroes Hall, Centennial Farm, the Pacific Ampitheatre and so much more. And did you know the Fairgrounds used to be a military air base? Tune in to this week's show to learn more about Farm Fresh Fun at their year's fair.
Jun 28 2017
Rank #15: Legal Issues Affecting Orange County Cities - Rutan & Tucker
Patrick Munoz, a partner at Rutan & Tucker, the oldest law firm in Orange County, joins the City Square to discuss various legal issues affecting Orange County today. We touch on homelessness, sober living homes, short-term rentals and the new public smoking ban in Laguna Beach. And how will one of the top attorneys in Orange County fare with our "Is It A Law" segment? Tune in to find out!
Jun 14 2017
Rank #16: Eric Woolery - Orange County's Auditor Controller
On this week's show, Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery joins us to tell us about how he protects taxpayer dollars at the County, why he values an educated citizenry and who "Jameson" is. Tune in to learn more about what the County's outlook is from a financial perspective.
May 31 2017
Rank #17: Human Trafficking in Orange County
Lita Mercado from CSP and Christine Smith and Elizabeth DenBleyker from the County of Orange Social Services discuss Human Trafficking in Orange County. What it is and what we can do to help identify victims. And could we have another "5-0" perfect score on "Is It A Law"? Tune in and find out!
May 17 2017
Rank #18: Attack of the Drones!
You probably knew someone that got a drone for Christmas last year. But do you know the implications of drone use in our Orange County cities? If they crash into someone or something, who is responsible? On this week's episode we'll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the growing use of drones in our communities.
Feb 22 2017
Rank #19: Water and Sustainability with MNWD and Sustain OC
In this two part episode we are joined by Scott Kitcher with Sustain OC who discusses the name change from CleanTech OC. Scott also shares with Brian news about the work Sustain OC is doing in our county, and how cities and agencies can take advantage of available grants to lower costs. Then, Joone Lopez joins The City Square, general manager at the Moulton Niguel Water District. MNWD has taken a different approach to the drought with their intensive data collaborative. This project is allowing them, and fellow partners, to better understand water usage and identify opportunities for increased efficiency.
Nov 23 2016
Rank #20: Talking Sports with an Olympian and Visit Anaheim!
Christa Dietzen, silver medalist in the 2012 Olympics, and Jay Burress with Visit Anaheim join Brian to talk about the benefits of USA Volleyball in Anaheim, and the greater effect of sports teams in Orange County. Having top teams housed in our community does a lot more than provide great entertainment. Brian dives into the economic and social benefits it brings as well. Be sure to catch this great episode!
Nov 16 2016