Orange County

Sandra Hutchens, the former Orange County Sheriff from 2008-2017, recently died after a long battle with cancer. She was the county’s first female sheriff.

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Strained hospitals in Orange County are putting up field tents to deal with the surge of COVID-19 patients.

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KCRW’s Greater LA looks back at the year with its regular contributors.

2020 in review: Southern California restaurants, art, climate and news

KCRW’s Greater LA looks back at the year with its regular contributors.

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On a recent warm day, Irvine Ranch Conservancy CEO Michael O’Connell walked along Agua Chinon Canyon, in the hills east of Irvine, surveying the damage from October’s Silverado Fire.

OC Silverado Fire: A test of whether native plant restoration methods work

On a recent warm day, Irvine Ranch Conservancy CEO Michael O’Connell walked along Agua Chinon Canyon, in the hills east of Irvine, surveying the damage from October’s Silverado Fire.

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A new coronavirus surge has found its way to the jail population in Orange County. An OC judge is ordering Sheriff Don Barnes to transfer half of all inmates out of group living areas.

To offset COVID outbreak in OC jails, judge orders sheriff to cut inmate population by half

A new coronavirus surge has found its way to the jail population in Orange County. An OC judge is ordering Sheriff Don Barnes to transfer half of all inmates out of group living areas.

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"If you have more people who are not part of your family around, even if you're wearing masks and even if you’re outside, there's a higher risk. Coronavirus will spread.

Is COVID real for OC residents? That's up to debate, says Gustavo Arellano

"If you have more people who are not part of your family around, even if you're wearing masks and even if you’re outside, there's a higher risk. Coronavirus will spread.

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A new “stay-at-home order” for Southern California starts Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. due to the surge of COVID-19 and reduced hospital capacity.

Stay-at-home order takes effect in SoCal Sunday as ICU beds fill up

A new “stay-at-home order” for Southern California starts Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. due to the surge of COVID-19 and reduced hospital capacity.

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Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a new regional stay-at-home order. California has averaged more than 15,000 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week.

What Gov. Newsom's regional lockdown means for LA and the rest of Southern California

Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a new regional stay-at-home order. California has averaged more than 15,000 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week.

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Katie Porter talks about the prospect of another coronavirus relief package, the CDC’s performance, what President-elect Biden must do about health care, and why many of her Democratic…

Rep. Katie Porter on economic relief during pandemic, CDC’s performance, health care and Biden

Katie Porter talks about the prospect of another coronavirus relief package, the CDC’s performance, what President-elect Biden must do about health care, and why many of her Democratic…

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Michelle Steel and Young Kim will be the first-ever Korean American women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

OC elects conservative Korean Americans to US House. GOP has invested in Asian candidates for generations

Michelle Steel and Young Kim will be the first-ever Korean American women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Orange County set a record on Monday with the most reported coronavirus cases it’s ever seen in a single day.

‘Viruses don't pay attention to economies or people's wishes.’ Gustavo Arellano on OC’s COVID surge

Orange County set a record on Monday with the most reported coronavirus cases it’s ever seen in a single day.

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The “happiest place on earth” will be closed through the “most wonderful time of the year.”

You still can’t go to the happiest place on earth during the happiest time of year — the holidays

The “happiest place on earth” will be closed through the “most wonderful time of the year.”

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Nilu Patel says COVID-19 cases at her hospital have been increasing daily over the past month and staff are required to get flu vaccinations, but she’s still concerned about what will…

Overworked and vulnerable nurses, more patients, inadequate space: UCI hospital during COVID surge

Nilu Patel says COVID-19 cases at her hospital have been increasing daily over the past month and staff are required to get flu vaccinations, but she’s still concerned about what will…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Two years ago, Orange County was swept up in a blue wave. That wave won’t continue this year, but Democrats still have a future there.

It wasn’t a Blue wave this election, but Orange County begins to hue blue

Two years ago, Orange County was swept up in a blue wave. That wave won’t continue this year, but Democrats still have a future there.

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Katie Porter has won reelection in the U.S. House, but two other Congressional races are still hanging in the balance. Tito Ortiz is now on the Huntington Beach City Council.

Blue wave hasn’t taken over all of Orange County post-election

Katie Porter has won reelection in the U.S. House, but two other Congressional races are still hanging in the balance. Tito Ortiz is now on the Huntington Beach City Council.

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KCRW looks at what’s happening at voting centers across the country.

Southern California votes amid the most unusual election in modern history

KCRW looks at what’s happening at voting centers across the country.

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Orange County is historically red, but it’s been skewing more blue in recent years.

OC ahead of Election Day: Exhaustion, no enthusiasm for Biden, and lots of car caravans

Orange County is historically red, but it’s been skewing more blue in recent years.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, the Silverado Fire has burned more than 11,000 acres in the Irvine area and is 5% contained, while the Blue Ridge Fire has burned more than 15,000 acres in the…

Silverado and Blue Ride Fires in OC: wind shifts expected, some buildings damaged, firefighters intubated

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Silverado Fire has burned more than 11,000 acres in the Irvine area and is 5% contained, while the Blue Ridge Fire has burned more than 15,000 acres in the…

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Strong wind gusts are battering the region, spreading wildfires across Southern California. Officials said the wounded firefighters suffered second- and third-degree burns in the Silverado Fire.

Orange County fires: 2 firefighters critically injured in fast-moving blazes

Strong wind gusts are battering the region, spreading wildfires across Southern California. Officials said the wounded firefighters suffered second- and third-degree burns in the Silverado Fire.

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Miguel Pulido isn’t seeking reelection as the mayor of Santa Ana, passing the baton for the first time in 26 years.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido is not running for reelection after 26 years in office

Miguel Pulido isn’t seeking reelection as the mayor of Santa Ana, passing the baton for the first time in 26 years.

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