The City Square

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Since it looks like the California Water Fix - or two tunnels - will be built in two phases, it makes sense that we present our podcast on the California Water Fix in two parts.  In the second part of our two-parter you'll hear from MET Directo
The Association of California Cities Orange County hosted a breakfast with water leaders from throughout the county and throughout the region and The City Square was there.  What is the California Water Fix?  Will it really provide more water r
Take cover!  The pension tsunami is looming right off of Orange County's coast!  But it's not enough to go inland - every California city is at risk.  If we aren't careful, we'll soon be paying more for those who have retired from public agenci
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is today!  In our first podcast of 2018 we interview Scott Griffiths of Great Scott Tree Services about how important trees are to the health and beauty of our communities.  T
In our last podcast of the year we hear from ACC-OC's President and Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones along with ACC-OC CEO Heather Stratman on the important issues the Association tackled in 2017 and the challenges that lie ahead in 2018.  Plus a
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
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 no
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 Fai
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
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
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
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 t
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 mak
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 f
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 o
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 p
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
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 tha
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,
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
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'
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'
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" p
Even as the new administration rolls back the climate change laws instituted by the Obama administration, California continues to strengthen its environmental rules.  Tune in to this week's show to find out how local communities can be more env
UCI Professors David Snow and Rachel Goldberg join United Way's Carla Vargas to discuss homelessness in Orange County.  Did you know that the vast majority of the homeless in Orange County are FROM Orange County? How are our community leaders w
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