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South Orange County Post-Election Roundup

Want the roundup of the local elections that impact South Orange County? Here you go:

Orange County’s Fifth District has a new Supervisor in former Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett who defeated Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming to replace Patricia Bates. Bates easily defeated Ladera Ranch Civic Council member Gary Kephart and will represent the [...]

Dana Point City Council Candidates Forum

With election day coming up next week, we are sharing the televised candidate forums for local city council races.

Courtesy of Cox Communications and the South Orange County Economic Coalition, below is a televised forum among the candidates for City Council of Dana Point.

According to Cox, “Cox Communications, in partnership with the South [...]

Dana Point Times Publishes Candidate Positions on Two Important Questions

If you are following Dana Point politics, there is a vibrant City Council race going on over there. Among the most pressing issues are the city’s town center and Lantern District projects, the Doheny Village development and the Dana Point Harbor revitalization project. The Dana Point Times posed the first two of five questions to [...]

Dana Point Candidates Forum Tomorrow

Election season is in full swing in Orange County. Here is an opportunity for our Dana Point readers to meet the candidates for Dana Point City Council tomorrow, October 9th at 7 PM at the Dana Point Community Center:

Dana Point City Council Also Divided Over New Mayor

Dana Point has its own divided City Council. In a 3-2 vote, Lisa Bartlett was selected as Mayor. Council members Olvera and Brough voted against. Council member Weinberg is selected as Mayor Pro Tem.

The World War II Role of the Dana Point Headlands

The Dana Point Times has published a nice historical article describing the role of the Dana Point headlands in our country’s World War II defenses. On this day of remembrance and patriotism, we thought it was appropriate to share this well-written article by Carlos Olvera, a Dana Point city councilman and Vice-Chairman of the Orange [...]