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  • Sunday, August 25, 2019

     

    Orange International Street Fair #46

    Circle the World  in the Orange Circle
    46th Annual Orange International Street Fair
    The Orange International Street Fair (Greater Orange’s goodbye to summer bash) returns this Labor Day Weekend  with the theme Circle the World.

    Since being the centerpiece of the City of Orange centennial celebration in 1973 as a re-creation of the 1910 Orange International Fair, the celebration literally makes Orange the destination for the world bringing hundreds of thousands to the center of Greater Orange as world famous Orange Traffic Circle becomes the center of  international themed food streets.

    In addition to the street fair booths, the regular businesses are also extremely popular destinations.
    For information Click on CIRCLE BUSINESSES MAP




    Over 1200 volunteers have been preparing to make the expected half million visitors feel welcome. More than 80 community organizations dedicated to serving the Greater Orange Communities rely on the Orange International Street Fair as one of their biggest fundraisers of the year.

    As always, the fun is all about the food, music, more food, drinks…and don’t forget the FOOD…from around the world. Craftsmen will be selling handmade items around the Plaza and present and past Orange Street Fair commemorative s will be on sale to complete your Orange Street Fair collection. 

    As always no pets or portable chairs are allowed at the Orange International Street Fair and ID to purchase wristbands for public alcohol consumption is required.

    The free entertainment includes bands that will perform thought the four block downtown Old Towne Orange Plaza traffic circle center representing music from around the globe on the numerous stages all around the Plaza.

    For the Entertainment Schedule Click on: 
    FRIDAY

    SATURDAY

    SUNDAY

    Children’s Street
    The Children’s Street family oriented activities will again be offered on North Orange Street just off East Chapman Ave. 
    Geared towards children, no alcohol or smoking is allowed in the Children’s Street area. 

    Parking and Traveling to the Orange Street Fair- Have your friends try the Train!!!




    Parking and Traveling to the Street Fair- 
    Try the Train with a $10 weekend pass
    The event draws half a million visitors over its three days. Visitors from out-of- town are encouraged to avoid the parking crunch by taking the Metrolink (at reduced weekend rates-see below) to the historic Orange Santa Fe (Metrolink/Amtrak) Depot conveniently located adjacent to the street fair.

    OCTA will sell you a $10 weekend Metrolink train pass that  will allow you to ride anywhere in the regional system from 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday midnight. Weekend passes are only sold at the vending machines located at Metrolink stations (no web sales). Those wishing to brave the parking drama may try the  lots or parking on the surrounding streets. Expect to walk several blocks from where you park just to get to the Traffic Circle area where the Street Fair takes place.

    LINK to Metrolink Pass Information 
     Click on: International Fair WEEKEND PASS


    LINK to Orange Old Town Metrolink Station Information
    Click On: Orange Station





    Orange Street Fair Schedule
    The Orange Street Fair is in Orange Old Towne at the  Orange Plaza the Traffic Circle intersection of Chapman and Glassell Streets in Orange. The fair runs Friday- Sunday (yes Sunday is the last day…Monday Labor Day is clean-up). Entering the street fair as always is free.

    Alcohol Sales on the street are over at 9:00 p.m. and a wrist band to purchase and drink at the fair must be purchased each day ($4.00) .

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 5pm to 10pm
    Alcohol Sales: 5pm-9pm

    Saturday, August 31st 2019 10am to 10pm
    Alcohol Sales: 10am-9pm


    Sunday, September 1st 2019 10am to 10pm
    Alcohol Sales: 10am-9pm

     CLOSED MONDAY

    For more information
     See the Official Orange Street Fair website-Click on:



    Thursday, August 15, 2019

     

    OUSD continues talks on surplus property


    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    OUSD continues talks on surplus property 
    The August 15, 2019  Orange Unified School District School Board Meeting's Agenda  includes discussions about district surplus properties.  Closed Session Agenda Item 2 C ( Killefer sale),  Item 2 D ( Walnut sale) and Item 2 E ( Peralta leases)  will be discussed in Closed Session.

    The August 15, 2019  Action Items include two items dealing with transferring $10 million dollars from OUSD's OPED investments to pay down bonds financing district health benefits.

    Other items include setting up maintenance funds.  

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 



    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING August 15, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Closed Session 5:00 pm Building B Conference Room
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room Building H
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA



    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Monday, July 22, 2019

     

    New VPHS track needs to be replaced


    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Band new Villa Park HS synthetic track will be torn out and  replaced at a cost of $1.57 million
    The Orange Unified School District will vote at their regular July 25, 2019 meeting to replace the brand new Villa Park High School synthetic track at a cost of $1.57 million.
     Image result for villa park his field

    The new synthetic areas were damaged by the unusually heavy winter rain season making the new field a "health and safety" concern.

    The July 25th OUSD Agenda Item 7A tells the story of what happened. As the installation of the Villa Park synthetic field was almost complete in February of this year " District Staff noted undulations in the field which presented a health and safety concern for future use. To determine the source of the issues and remedy, the District requested land surveying services by Meyer Land Surveying and a geotechnical investigation by Ninyo and Moore.  Ninyo and Moore completed their services in April 2019 and submitted their April 30, 2019  report to the District, addressing  field undulations and provided a recommended repair plan"

    When the recommended repairs were started the agenda explains: "KYA assumed the cost of the recommended repairs; however, during the performance of the repair work it was reported by Ninyo and Moore that equipment used to test the field repairs sank on the field and further exasperation of the undulations was occurring on the field."

    The result of more testing found that the soil was completely saturated and needed to be completely dried out in order to install a synthetic field.  The agenda explains the repair process as:
    " Byrom-Davey was identified as a contractor that has this experience and have proposed a price of $1,577,391 to tear out the current field, prepare the subsurface condition pursuant to geotechnical recommendations and replace the track surfacing as well. The original contractor, The KYA Group, will perform resurfacing of the synthetic turf at no cost to the District."

    For more information click on

    For more information on San Diego based Byrom-Davey click on


    OUSD to increase T-K tuition for 2019-2020
    Orange Unified will increase its tuition rate for the T-K Peer Model Program. The new rates will be approved by the OUSD School Board in Consent Agenda Item 13 MM in the July 25th OUSD  Board Agenda.

    The new yearly fees will be:
    ·       $1500 Preschool 3 (2 hours)
    ·       $2000 Preschool 4 (3 hour )
    ·       $2700 Full Day (4/6 hours )

    The agenda justifies the rate increase as:
    "The rate change is necessary to continue covering operating costs of the programs including facility maintenance, playground equipment and technology upgrades. The proposed rates are comparable to similar public and private programs in the community."


    OUSD Superintendent Dr. Hansen receives pay increase
    Action Item 7 J on the July 25 meeting has the OUSD Board of Education voting on a pay increase for OUSD Superintendent Dr. Hansen after  receiving a positive review.

    For more information click on:

    OUSD goes solar
    OUSD has begun construction on ground mounted and shade canopy arrays at eight district sites. The 2.1 megawatt project is capable of generating 3.55 million kilowatts of electricity in its first year. That is equal to reducing 0ver 2,500 metric tons of carbon emissions or the output of 533 passenger cars in one year.  

    INSIDE the OUSD Agenda
    Agenda Items on Measure S:  Several Measure S Bond items can be found throughout the agenda. Measure S Contracts: Orange HS- Action Item 7A; Canyon HS-Action Item 7B; Villa Park HS- Action Item 7C; El Modena HS- Action Item 7D.


    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 


    OUSD in the NEWS


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING July 25, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Closed Session 5:00 pm Building B Conference Room
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room Building H
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA



    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    the Greater Orange News Service http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/
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    Sunday, June 30, 2019

     

    4th of July celebrations-Orange, VP, OPA, Anaheim Hills


    Orange 3rd of July Celebration moved to Grijalva Park
    The City of Orange's annual  3rd of July  Fireworks show will be held at Grijalva Park due to the modernization project at El Modena HS and Fred Kelly Stadium.

    The Grijalva Park celebration on July 3, begins at 4 pm. and features live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s activities, community food booths.

    The  grand finale will begin with a performance by the Orange Community Master Chorale and will end with a patriotic fireworks salute to America.

    Tickets are $7 per person, children ages two and under are free.
    For more information click on:

    Villa Park Stars on Parade 
    Decorated everything that rolls will be on display at the Villa Park Stars on Parade 4th of July Parade. 

    Starting at Villa Park HS, the parade will meander through the streets of Orange County's "Hidden Gem".
    For more information click on:
    VPCSF 4th of July

    Orange Park Acres 4th of July Parade and race
    This year's 53rd annual OPA 4th of July  Parade  celebrates not only U.S. Independence but also "91 Years Of Community Pride" for the equestrian community.  

    This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of the day's 5k portion of the 10K race.

    The parade starts at 9:30 am.
    For more information click on:

    OPA Parade Map

    Anaheim Hills 4th of July extravaganza
    The Anaheim Hills Community is the site of Greater Orange's biggest 4th of July festivities. The Anaheim Hills Firecracker 5K/10K Run/Walk starts off  the day at 7 am. at Canyon High School followed by the traditional  pancake breakfast.

    At 9:30 am the Yankee Doodle Dog Show starts on the Canyon Hills Softball field with a variety of  entry categories.   All of that is followed by the activities at  Peralta Park that includes live music, food vendors, and expo booths of our local businesses and organizations leading up to an evening fireworks show. 

    For more information click on:
    Anaheim Hills Firecracker celebration 




    Sunday, June 09, 2019

     

    OUSD Bus driver in 2014 crash sentenced


    Former OUSD Bus driver gets home jail and five years probation for 2014 Anaheim Hills crash that injured 11 students and cost OUSD about $10 million

    Former Orange Unified School District bus driver Gerald Douglas Rupple was sentenced to 210 days in jail and five years formal probation for crashing the school bus he was driving on Nohl Ranch Road due to an undisclosed medical condition. The bus was traveling about 50 mph when it swerved off the road hitting a tree and lamppost after Rupple lost consciousness.

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    The crash injured all 11 El Rancho Charter Middle School students on the bus. The most serious injuries included broken bones, bleeding on the brain, a shattered spine and a toe amputation.  OUSD settled with five of the families in 2017 for almost $10 million.

    The sentencing last week came after Rupple pleased guilty in June of 2018 to a perjury count for lying about his medical history when he applied for his bus driving job and 11 felony counts of child abuse and endangerment and four enhancements of inflicting bodily harm.

    Rupple suffers from pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the heart and lungs. Since the crash, Rupple who moved to Arizona , has had a double lung transplant. 

    Orange County Superior Court Judge Shelia Hanson cited Rupple's medical condition as one factor in her sentencing. Rupple's lawyer told the court that jail time would amount to a death sentence because of Rupple's medical condition.  Judge Hanson suspended the jail

    Judge Hanson gave Rupple credit for 136 days in custody and suspended his jail time until July 26th to allow him to make arrangements for home confinement.  

    Rupple has repeatedly expressed remorse for the crash.

    For more information on the $10 million settlement CLICK on




    Wednesday, May 08, 2019

     

    OUSD to screen all campus visitors

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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     Orange Net News /O/N/N/
    Orange Unified to contract for school visitor clearance technology
    At the May 9,2019 Orange Unified School Board will be voting on allocating $60,000 in state grant monies for a "technology based school safety program for all school sites".

    OUSD Consent Agenda Item 14 E titled RAPTOR TECHNOLOGIES authorizes spending the grant money from the Classified School Employees Professional Development Block Grant .  The state grant grants school districts $117 per full time classified (support staff) employees to implement professional development and school safety plans. Orange Unified's grant allotment is $276, 371.

    The Texas based Raptor Technology system reads state identification cards (aka drivers licensees) to screen the visitor against nationwide sex offender registries. The system can also be locally customized for alerts that identify court restraining orders or custody orders.

    Once the visitor is cleared against the criteria of the local district (which depends on the menu of criteria the district and establishes and purchases) a visitor badge is printed for the visitor.  


    According to Raptor Technology its systems are in use nationwide. Southern California school districts that use it include Alhambra and Irvine. Alhambra Unified uses the Visitor Management System while Irvine uses both the Visitor Management System and the Volunteer Management System for parent volunteers.
     For more information CLICK ON
    INSIDE the Agenda
    Study Session Item 3A  Measure S Phase II concepts for El Modena and Villa Park HS projects
    Closed Session Item 2A  A review of the Superintendent's performance.
    Action Item 12 A  Approval of the construction bid for the Canyon H.S. Science Center.


    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 

    OUSD in the NEWS

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING March 14, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  4:30 pm
    Study Session-5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA


    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

    ARCHIVAL Information and direct news can be found at:
    the Greater Orange News Service http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/
    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
    and the
    Greater Orange News Service
    are independent news services of /O/N/N/
    Orange Net News






    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

     

    OUSD changes to cloud-base system


    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
    Independent insight into OUSD      
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    OUSD  moves Board Agendas to BoardDocs cloud-based platform

     Orange Unified School District has moved its online Board of Education Agenda publishing to the BoardDoc's platform.  OUSD has published this week's Thursday April 19, 2019 Agenda under the new platform and back posted the March 14, 2019 Agenda.  No Board of Education minutes have yet been posted using BoardDocs.

    BoardDocs is the largest paperless agenda management system for school boards and corporation boards. The cloud-based record management system was developed by Emerald Data Solutions based in Georgia. BoardDocs was acquired by its New Zealand competitor Diligent  Corporation.

    The BoardDocs website boasts 3,000 customers nationwide.  Two versions are marketed, the basic BoardDocs LT and the advanced BoardDocs Pro. BoardDocs costs start at $3,000 a year.

    For more information comparing BoardDocs LT and Pro 
    Click on LT vs PRO

    BoardDocs closest competitor is Boardable.   Boarddocs dominated the niche school board market with an emphasis on appealing only to school district's  agenda needs.

    In comparison, Boardable's main features include its lower price point and "integration" ability with Google's Docs and Calendar, Microsoft's OneDrive and Outlook and Dropbox.  According to GetApp,  BoardDoc does not offer any integration with other platforms.

    Currently, OUSD uses both Microsoft Outlook for its district email service and has been moving toward Google Docs and Calendar as well as Google Classroom.

    To compare BoardDocs to Boardable, Click on: GETAPP COMPARE


    The biggest problem with cloud-based management systems are internet connectivity. BoardDocs cites this on its website section, "Resolving Performance Issues with BoardDocs".
    For more information Click on: BoadDocs Performance Issues


    The BoardDoc's format is geared to "authentic users"- district staff and Board Members. The BoardDoc's website explains:
    While we find that most authenticated users and administrative staff no longer print the agenda, there is an easy ­to ­use provision for Board members and the administration to print the agenda, any individual agenda item or the entire packet (except attachments, which can be printed individually). Both BoardDocs services provide the ability to customize the printed materials with headers, footers and logos.

    The biggest drawback of the new format is for the community.  Attachments must be opened and printed individually and separately from the agenda items. The BoardDoc's website explains:
    Can I print the entire packet? Yes, although without attachments.
    Attachments would need to printed individually. In practice, we have found that most authenticated users will focus most of their attention on one or two agenda items and prefer to selectively print agenda items and attachments rather than print the entire agenda.

    Community members can get a "detailed" version of the OUSD Agenda, slightly similar to the old agenda (see below) by hitting the "print" icon.  This brings up a page with three tabs in the upper left. From this screen select the "Detailed Agenda" tab and a fuller agenda similar to the old agenda can be viewed ( or printed):
     
    "Detailed Agenda" view from print page

    BroadDoc does include two features that could prove worth the investment for community transparency. The "Scoreboard" feature projects the agenda as on the screen at a Board Meeting showing the progress and status of the meeting. 

    A second feature are audio and/or video recording files of  meetings can be tagged  so users can access any part of the meeting directly from the tagged agenda item or from a video player featuring the meeting agenda. The BoardDoc's website explains:
     All of this is done within our 100% Web interface without the need for special hardware or expensive video hosting servers. BoardDocs also supports native audio playback of any associated MP3 file. Video and audio management and playback is available on all supported devices and requires no special plugins or browser extensions.


    View of old OUSD on-line agenda format:

    Webpage when Agenda is opened

    Click on February 12, 2019

    View of new OUSD on-line agenda format:
    Webpage when Agenda is opened
    Click on April 18, 2019



    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,400 for PR

    Here is what spending $219,424 of educational tax dollars on PR buys (For the latest in OUSD News on the web Click on): 
    OUSD in the NEWS


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING April 18, 2019
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA



    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

    ARCHIVAL Information and direct news can be found at:
    the Greater Orange News Service http://greaterorange.blogspot.com/
    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
    and the
    Greater Orange News Service
    are independent news services of /O/N/N/
    Orange Net News


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