After nearly three months in the state's most restrictive tier, Orange County entered the red tier on March 14, allowing for the return of indoor movie theaters, dining and fitness centers.,The transition into the red tier will also allow for Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and the Angel Stadium to open under limited capacity.,At a news conference on March 5, Ghaly said that theme parks will be allowed to reopen at 15% capacity once Orange County enters the red tier.,“While last week’s announcement stated that theme parks may open starting on April 1, the fact is it will take some time to get them ready for our guests — this includes recalling more than 10,000 furloughed cast and retraining them to be able to operate according to the state of California’s new requirements,” said Bob Chapek, chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company in a statement on March 9.,In addition to the opening of the dining hall at 25% capacity, Shim added that the restaurant will continue to offer outdoor seating.
Roy Dunn, founder of the Opportunity Valley News, looks through one of the first editions of the free weekly newspaper that was distributed to every home in Orange County beginning on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1971.,After nine years, Cox Newspapers, owner of the Orange Leader and Port Arthur News, bought the paper from Dunn and it was published by the Orange Leader for the next 20 years.,It's been 50 years to the day – St. Patrick's Day, 1971 -- since Roy Dunn went into the newspapering business with the first edition of the Opportunity Valley News.,Roy Dunn says Runnels' weekly sports column entitled "'Strike Two, Third Down' made his name very famous around Orange County.","With all the success the Opportunity Valley News had, the Community Post was just amazing, the way it took off," Roy Dunn said.
The OC Health Care Agency reported 658 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, Feb. 16, increasing the cumulative total in the county to 243,163 cases since tracking began.,The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process.,An estimated 8,455 cases of the virus have been recorded in Orange County in the last 14 days.,The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:
85 and older: 32.96% (1,193, up 14)
A new vaccination site at Santa Ana College opening Wednesday, Feb. 17, aims to serve eligible residents in Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana neighborhoods that have seen some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the county and the largest numbers of people hospitalized or killed by the virus.,Like the county’s other PODS (points of dispensing), vaccinations at the Santa Ana College site will be by appointment only.,“The Santa Ana College site is a tangible example of the county and Board of Supervisors delivering on our focus on equity in vaccine distribution.”,The county is alerting people 65 and older who live in the affected ZIP codes and are registered with Othena that they can make an appointment for the Santa Ana College site, and it’s doing other outreach to eligible seniors who haven’t yet signed up through Othena, Kim said.,“I’m obviously excited that there is going to be a vaccination site here in in Santa Ana, and I’m even more glad that it is going to be addressing some of the most impacted residents in our community and our county,” he said.
They backed it up with a plus-136 run differential (a fairly absurd figure across just 60 games), and then in the postseason went 13-5 en route to winning the World Series for the first time since 1988.,Because of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans weren't permitted to attend MLB games last season until the very last rounds of the playoffs.,The plan right now is for fans to be in attendance at spring training games and regular season games, albeit in limited numbers and in accordance with local guidelines.,Last season, no fans attended any regular season Astros games even as they advanced as far as the ALCS, so they've yet to hear about their transgressions in the typical manner.,Last season, the Padres busted out in a big way, as they won at a .617 clip -- the best win percentage in franchise history -- and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Mural artists Brian Peterson, left, and Damin Lujan of Santa Ana created a 35-by-40-foot mural depicting Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a building overlooking the parking lot of Philippe the Original sandwich shop in Los Angeles.,(Photo courtesy of Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan)
David Ahn stands beneath the mural of Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts he commissioned to be painted on the side of his building at 686 N. Spring St. in Los Angeles, CA.,(Photo by Andy Holzman)
(Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Historical impressionists Peter M. Small, dressed as George Washington stands at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 19th Street in Costa Mesa on Monday, February 15, 2021 to wish motorists a Happy Presidents Day.,(Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Some 533,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, which both require a second dose a few weeks after the first, had been administered in Orange County by Sunday, Feb. 14, according to the state Department of Public Health.,At least 306,000 people who live or work in Orange County had received at least one dose by Monday, Feb. 8, according to the OC Health Care Agency’s latest available data.,A month ago, eligibility in the county was expanded from frontline health care workers and those in long-term care facilities to seniors 65 and older as well.,With vaccination super sites in Anaheim and Aliso Viejo and roaming pop-up mobile clinics, the county Health Care Agency has borne the brunt of bristling demand for COVID-19 immunization as traditional health care providers rev up their own drives.,On Friday, state health officials announced that starting March 15, vaccine administrators could start inoculating people ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions that put them at increased risk of having a deadly case of COVID-19.
But Orange County, at least, has lower tax rates that any large metropolitan area in the state.,Taxes at least stayed low in Orange County, as Moorlach again insisted: No new taxes.,Sure enough, Orange County led California out of the recovery that began in 2010, its unemployment rate well below the state rate.,In his current run for supervisor, Moorlach again has pledged to stop all new county taxes.,Moorlach’s experience in complex matters of government finance would be especially valuable to help Orange County navigate the difficult path through the pandemic without incurring reckless debt or saddling families and businesses with damaging tax increases.