FROM Nick Berardino
Official Favoritism in Orange County? Employees of Orange County told the Board of Supervisors last night they felt "betrayed" after an auditor's revelations that top county executives got unjustified raises of up to 33 percent in less than six months, at the same time hundreds of lower-level workers were being laid off and furloughed. The Orange County Register has reported the auditor's findings, the names of the beneficiaries and recommendations that could save the County $150 million. Last night was the Board's first hearing into the matter. Note: We asked County CEO Tom Mauk and two supervisors to appear on tonight's program. All of them refused.
Union Battle Comes to Costa Mesa City Hall Forget the South Coast Plaza and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Local Republicans think Costa Mesa might be starting a political movement that spreads statewide. Many California cities are struggling with the rising cost of public pensions. Now conservative council members want to cut the workforce in half and outsource many jobs to private contractors. Republican leaders have visions of a mini-Wisconsin.
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?