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  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018

     

    OUSD Report on April Student Registration incidents


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    OUSD Board will receive requested report on April Student Voter Registration incidents at two district high schools
    The October 11, 2018 Orange Unified School Board Agenda Item 13 C (Agenda page 16) will be the Report on May Student Voter Registration drives at Richland and El Modena High Schools.  

    At the May 24, 2018 OUSD Board Meeting, Trustee John Ortega placed an item on the Orange Unified School Board Agenda requesting to hire a law firm to investigate student voter registration drives at two OUSD high schools in April of this year.  Ortega's Agenda item stated the registration drives were a:
    "potential violation of the California Education Code, and any other laws associated with the occurrence".

    The voter registration drives were organized by the Orange County Voter Information Project (OCVIP).  The voter registration drives were held on April 11, 2018 at Richland H.S. and April 17, 2018 at El Modena H.S.

    April is a traditional month for student registration drives.

    At the May 2018 Board meeting, Ortega brought up concerns with the voter drive organizers  Orange County Voter Information Project (OCVIP). 

    Ortega also brought up that two of the adults who participated in the student drive were OUSD Trustee Andrea Yamasaki and Kris Erickson. Ortega noted that Yamasaki was up for reelection in November, and Ms. Erickson had stated that she would be a candidate for the OUSD Board. 

    The Board voted to go forward with the recommendation to hire a law firm to investigate the Student Voter Registration drives by a 5-2 vote with Trustee Andrea Yamasaki and Trustee Kathy Moffat voting  against the motion. The majority did agree to have an independent law firm with no ties to OUSD to conduct the investigation.

    The Irvine Based Law Firm of Karen Bell will make the report.  The report comes out less than a month before the School Board election in November.

    For More Information CLICK ON:
    OUSD Trustees Ask for Investigation

    OUSD May 24th Agenda Minutes

    Kris Erickson for OUSD School Board

    Ballotpedia on Andrea Yamasaki

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 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 October 11, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED 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

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    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

     

    OUSD Board meeting Thursday September 19, 2018


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    OUSD Board meets Thursday Sept 19th
    The Orange Unified School Board will have a regular meeting this Thursday Sept 19, 2018.

    The OUSD Agenda includes a Work/Study on the re-organization of the OUSD Business Services Division. The OUSD Trustees will vote on the reorganization later in the meeting under Agenda Item 12 A (agenda page 2).

    The OUSD Board will also receive information on the proposed 2020-2021 student calendar ( agenda page 13).

    In the Consent Items ( agenda page 15) Measure A contracts and the employment contract for the new Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services will be approved by the Trustees.

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 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 September 19, 2018
    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

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    Wednesday, September 05, 2018

     

    OUSD Board meets September 6th



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    Orange Unified Board will meet on Thursday September 6th Measure S and budget updates are on the agenda

    The Orange Unified School Board will meet on Thursday September 6 for a regular scheduled meeting.

    Topics include updates on the Measure S Facilities Bond and budget updates.

    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 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 Thursday September 6, 2018

    CLOSED SESSION 6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For the AGENDA-CLICK ON: 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, August 13, 2018

     

    OUSD Board meets Thursday August 16th

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    Orange Unified School Board meets Thursday, August 16, 2018

    The revision of Orange Unified Board Policies to meet current state and federal laws are the major agenda item on the August 16, 2018, Orange Unified School Board Agenda.

    Other items include items and updates on Measure S spending at Orange and Villa Park high schools.


    OUSD Public Relations costs
    In February 2018 OUSD Trustees voted $219,424 for a Public Relations contract (Click on):
     OUSD VOTES $219,424 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 August 16, 2018
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION-  6:30 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

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    Sex, Measure S and voting

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    OUSD Trustees file to run for seats on the Rancho Santiago Board
    Orange Unified School District Trustee John Ortega and former OUSD Trustee Diane Singer filed to run for Rancho Santiago Community College (RSCC) seats in the  November 2018 election.

    OUSD Trustee Ortega
    Ortega is challenging Trustee Larry Labrado for RSCC Trustee Seat 4. Labrado has been on the Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees since being first appointed to fill a vacancy in 1994.   Ortega was first elected to the OUSD Board in the Orange Recall of 2001.  His current term is up in 2020.  



    If  Ortega won the seat, the legal issue of "Compatibility" of the two seats would have to be decided before requiring Ortega to resign from the Orange Unified Board. 

    Trustees on the Orange Unified Board are subject to a new term limit policy.  The Rancho Santiago Community College Board has no term limits

    Singer will challenge Phil Yarbrough for RSCC Trustee Seat 6. Yarbrough was first elected to the  Rancho Santiago Community College Board in 1996.  Singer was first elected to the OUSD Board in 2006 as Trustee for Area 1.  After being re-elected without an opponent in 2014, in 2015 Singer moved out of Trustee Area 1 and had to resign her seat.  OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge was able to get his friend Greg Salas appointed to the open seat against the wishes of the community, Singer led the petition drive to force a Special Election for the open seat which was won by Andrea Yamasaki who defeated Salas.



    Another Rancho Santiago Community College trustee was recently in the news concerning OUSD. Trustee  Andrea Barrios' public relations firm was selected by the OUSD Trustees over another firm that the OUSD Administration had recommended for a PR contract. 

    Since the selection of  Barrios' firm, the OUSD Administration announced a new Orange Unified slogan:
     "Embrace, Engage, Empower".    That slogan also happens to be the slogan for Islamic proselytizing. 

    For more information click on:

     For Candidate Statements (click on):





    OUSD gets a final candidate as Sex and Measure S become the campaign issues
     Last Friday, August 10th was the deadline to file to run for one of four Orange Unified School Board trustee seats up for re-election in the November 2018 election.  One last minute candidate added his name to the list of 4 incumbents running for reelection and the five challengers.

    Sean Griffin was the last challenger to filed papers. Griffin will challenge Rick Ledesma for the Trustee Area 7 seat.  Griffin is a Middle School teacher and coach with Anaheim Union High School District.  Griffin is also a parent from the El Modena High School community.

    The Area 7 race candidate filing seems to be OUSD's election version of the Netflix hit Stranger Things.  First, you have Trustee Rick Ledesma filing on the first day possible to run for re-election. Next, challenger Rebecca Hultquist  (another parent from the El Modena High School community)  filed to run-then a few days later legally withdrew from the race.  Now add in the eccentric former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco filing to run again after losing to Ledesma two previous times. In 2014, when Ledesma last faced a re-election bid, Rocco also filed to run and received 10.7% of the votes.  Finally, add in a last-minute filing of Griffin to make the Area 7 2018 race similar to the three-way Area 7  2014 race.

    Need more Stranger Things?

    Well just read Steve Rocco's candidate statement.  Here is just the first paragraph - and yes this is EXACTLY (including grammatical mistakes) how it appears on the OC Registrar's website:
    "Steve Rocco grew up on the same street as Marlon Brando. Lucille Ball's best friend lived across the stree. Profiled: every network, Today Show (Katie Couric), PBS, USA"

    Read the rest and you'll wonder why Rocco doesn't give up running for office and go work writing for Netflix.
    For more information CLICK on:


    Campaign themes include controversial Sex Education 
    The 2018 OUSD candidate positions and issue positions on in ballot statements and websites indicate that sex is on the minds of some of the conservative-leaning candidates.   

    After a community push back on the curriculum that was chosen by the OUSD Administrators to meet the mandates of a new 2016 California sex education law, some candidates appear to be ready to make California's new sex education law a campaign issue.

    Joe Ferrention, the challenger in the Trustee Area 4 race, takes incumbent Trustee Kathy Moffat to task for her May 30, 2018 vote on the vendor OUSD picked to meet the guidelines of the law. After a community outcry, the OUSD School Board voted 6-1 to not use the new sex education vendor picked out by the OUSD Administration,  Ferrention points out on his campaign website that Moffat was the lone vote against dumping the new program and using the current textbooks until a new program could be found.

    In the Trustee Area 5 race, incumbent Timothy Surridge writes in his candidate statement: 
    "Opposing the sex education curriculum pushed by Sacramento"

    Similarly, Trustee Rick Ledesma in his Trustee Area 7 candidate statement writes:
    "Oppose the current sex education curriculum being pushed by Sacramento."

    So how will Surridge and Ledesma "oppose"  the legal curriculum?

    On the last day of candidate filing, Friday, August 10, 2018, the Orange County Register published an opinion piece by OUSD Trustee Brenda Lebsack quoting from the dumped OUSD Teen Talk curriculum (see below)  and calling some information medically inaccurate.  Lebsack writes in her piece:
    "Our desire in OUSD is to have curriculum that is medically accurate and inclusive for all students.".

    In her article, Lebsack reveals that OUSD received a warning letter from the ACLU about the OUSD Board's May 30 vote.

    Surridge and Ledesma surely know that they can "oppose" the sex education curriculum all they want, but it is already California law and OUSD must follow the law.  Any move NOT to follow the law by the OUSD Board would bring a lawsuit by the deep-pocketed ACLU which has already won a major case in court regarding sex education that actually led to the 2016 sex education law Surridge and Ledesma say they "oppose".  Not only would it be wasting OUSD resources, like the Jacobson Board (that Ledesma helped recall) did in the legally disastrous court case for the OUSD lawyers called  Colin vs OUSD,  the certain loss would again tie OUSD's name to a precedent-setting sex education case.  As revealed by Trustee Lesbeck both Surridge and Ledesma know that the ACLU has already warned OUSD.

    In 2016 the California State Legislature passed the California Healthy Youth Act sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union after the ACLU settled the landmark American Academy of Pediatrics v. Clovis USD case.   The new California law is based on the court case requires public schools  to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health.  The new law forbids students to be separated by gender to receive this instruction and allows but doesn’t require, schools to teach sex education in elementary grades, starting in kindergarten. It is that law that school districts around the state are trying to find curriculum programs to be in compliance,

    With the new California Health Education Framework not expected to be adopted by the State Board of Education until at least May 2019, implementation of the new law has been complicated by the fact that no official state adopted curriculum is available.

    With no curriculum, most California districts have relied on the non-profit Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group's list of sex education programs to use to comply with the new law.  Unfortunately, Orange Unified selected what would become  most widely adopted, but also the  most controversial program, Health Connected's Teen Talk program.  That program came under fire across the state. After a Special OUSD School Board Meeting, the OUSD Board by a 6-1 vote directed the OUSD Administrators to continue with the current textbook until a new program can be selected.

    So while Surridge and Ledesma can "oppose" Sacramento, the reality is that the law is here to stay and the opposition is little more than a political stand. 
      
    For more information click on:


    Measure S Bond another focus of challengers
    Some of the OUSD candidates are also focusing their campaign on the Measure S Bond with unsubstantiated statements of misused funds. 

    Moffat's challenger Joe Ferrention in his candidate statement writes this unsubstantiated claim about Measure S funds:
    "Orange Unified is on pace to waste millions of dollars that could be used to improve the educational experience that our kids need and deserve. I can provide project management leadership."

    There have been no credible accusations that OUSD Measure S bond money has been wasted or mismanaged.  As required by law, Measure  S has an independent citizen's oversight committee ( see below).

    In addition. in his that statement, Ferrention does not apparently understand the role of an elected trustee is not to provide hands-on "project management leadership".  As an attorney, Ferrention should understand that "project management" is a district administrative responsibility and not in the jurisdiction of one trustee or collectively all of the trustees

    In Ferrention's campaign website position paper about Measure S, he takes issue with the architectural plans calling them over-designed and impractical.  The architectural designs were exhaustively vetted, approved and contracts signed based on them since Measure S was passed by the voters. Some projects have already broken ground. One new Trustee would have no voice at this late date in an expensive massive redesign that would then need the approval of the Division of the State Architect to approve and cause massive delays and cost overruns.

    Candidate  Sandra Angel (who list her occupation as "payroll manager") in her candidate statement also repeats fake news about Measure S :
    "It saddens me to see all the policy changes that have taken place, not to mention the waste of construction bond money. I believe in fair and open negotiations of all school district contracts; but that is not what is happening. The overspending and waste are staggering"

    What Angel also does not seem to understand is that Measure S has an independent Citizen's Oversight Committee. That committee has an impressive list of members:
    Bill Campbell ( Business Owner; Former OC Supervisor, State Assemblyman; MBA, Harvard University);
    Carolyn Cavecche,  (President & CEO, Orange County Tax Payers’ Association; Former City of Orange Mayor; BS, Long Beach State University);
    Diana Fascenelli ( Law Office Administrator/Accountant; City of Villa Park Council Woman; Former Mayor; BS, National University);
    Trevor O’Neil (Business Owner; Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, Orange Chamber of Commerce; BS, California Polytechnic): 
    Jennifer Schuerger,  (Business Owner, CFO President, Orange Community Council PTA BA, University of California, Riverside);
    Mrunal Shah, ( Attorney, Public Finance; Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers; JD, Tulane University );
    William Utter,  Retired, Banker & CFO; President, Board of Directors for the Orange Senior Center; MBA, California State University, Fullerton).

    All the independent Measure S  Citizen's Oversight Committee agenda's minutes and handouts are online.

    For more information click on:


    OUSD Candidate positions
    Trustee Area 1
    In her Candidate Statement Trustee Andrea Yamasaki writes about her priorities:

    "Looking ahead, my priorities are to:
    ·      Create safe and upgraded 21st Century learning environments
    ·      Promote strong board governance emphasizing full transparency
    For the complete statement click on:


    In her Candidate Statement, Sandra Angel writes:
    "If you are tired of seeing School District administrators getting hefty raises while students and teachers do without basic necessities, then I am your candidate for Orange Unified School District Board."

    For the complete statement click on:


    Trustee Area 4
    In her Candidate Statement Trustee Kathy Moffat writes about her priorities and record:
    "Strong academics, student safety, and successful Measure S implementation are my top priorities. I ask the difficult questions, and never shy away from challenge. My service reflects integrity, dedication, transparency, and connection to parents and our community. With my understanding and experience in education issues, governance, and school finance, I pledge to keep OUSD moving forward. "

    For the complete statement click on:

    On the ballot, Joe Ferrention lists himself as a "Small business owner" despite working at the Newport Beach office of the large law firm Newmeyer and Dillion where he is listed as a "Partner".  Newmeyer and Dillion's website describes the firm as "Newmeyer & Dillion is now the 4th-largest indigenous law firm in Orange County".

    For more information click on:



    In his candidate statement. Ferrention writes:
    "School safety, quality education, parents' rights, and fiscal responsibility are all top priorities for me.   Let's build a better future together for OUSD."

    For the complete statement click on:

    Trustee Area 5
    In his last election in 2014, Trustee Timothy Surridge's campaign website stated:
    Please cast your ballots for Timothy L. "Tim" Surridge for Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 5.
    In his 2018 candidate statement, Surridge writes:
    "As a teacher and leader with over 25 years of experience in education, I have always placed our students’ interests first."
      
    California Department of Education records shows that Surridge's California Teaching Credential for P.E. expired 18 years ago.  He held the credential for only 5 years.

    Trustee Surridge's Teacher Credential Record from the CDE website (CLICK to enlarge)

    Surridge also includes this in his candidate statement:
    "My wife is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with over 30 years of experience."

     For the complete statement click on:
    TIM SURRIDGE


    Kris Erickson is also an attorney. Unlike Joe Ferrention, Erickson does have her own small law practice. On the ballot, Erickson lists herself as an attorney and a "Buisnessowner".

    In her Candidate Statement Kris Erickson writes about her priorities:
    "My focus for OUSD includes the following:
    ·       We must address declining enrollment, which impacts the resources we have available to tackle issues such as class size and implementing innovative programs.
    ·       We must create a functional school board that puts students' success as its top priority and deserves the confidence of the public.
    ·       We must highlight the good works within the district, while taking an honest assessment of those things we need to improve upon.
    ·       We need to ensure that OUSD is fiscally responsible with Measure S dollars and they are spent on projects the voters intended.
    ·       We need to ensure the safety and security of our students."

    For the complete statement click on:

    Trustee Area 7
    Trustee Rick Ledesma lists these goals in his candidate statement:
    "Over the next four years, I’ll continue to:
    Oppose the current sex education curriculum being pushed by Sacramento;
    Promote a back to basics education;
    Advance technology education;
    Oppose Common Core;
    Approve and protect charter schools;
    Fight for complete accountability with your taxpayer dollars"

    In addition to the above, Trustee Rick Ledesma lists these supporters on his candidate statement:
    "My supporters include:
    ·       Orange County Board of Education Trustee, Dr. Lisa Sparks
    ·       Orange County Board of Education Trustee, Dr. Ken Williams
    ·       Orange County Board of Education Trustee, Mari Barke
    ·       OUSD Boardmember, Dr. Alexia Deligianni
    ·       OUSD Boardmember, Timothy L. “Tim” Surridge"

    For the complete statement click on:


    To view Steve Rocco's complete candidate statement click on:


    Sean Griffin lists these goals in his candidate statement:
    "I am running for OUSD school board to work as hard as I can to support every student and educator in our community.

    I will focus on providing students equitable opportunities to achieve a well-rounded education.

    I will be open-minded and collaborative to find solutions to challenges facing our school district; including school safety, structural improvements, and a sensible financial plan. I will utilize my experience as a classroom teacher to help create successful schools"




    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

     

    Candidate pulls out with two days of filing left


    eLECTION Watch 2018
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    OUSD Candidate drops out of race
    Just days after pulling papers for the November Orange Unified School Board race, and just days before the Friday, August 10th filing deadline,  Rebecca Hultquist has withdrawn from the race.

    Hultquist's withdrawal leaves two candidates Trustee Rick Ledesma and former Trustee Steve Rocco.

    Rebecca Hultquist, the 2017-2018 El Modena High School PTSA President, pulled papers on Monday, July 30th.


    Withdrawing from an election race is rare. Hultquist was required to write a formal withdrawal letter and submit and sign it in person at the Orange County Registrar of Voters. 


    As of this posting, with two days before Friday's filing deadline, two incumbents have not yet filed re-election paperwork. 

    Trustee Kathy Moffat has pulled papers, but not yet filed any papers with the Orange County Registrar.  

    Trustee Timothy Surridge has not pulled papers for re-election.

    If either incumbent fails to qualify for the ballot by Friday, August 10th, the filing period for the race without an incumbent will be extended for 1 week until Friday, August 17th. 





    Monday, August 06, 2018

     

    Holy Fire evacuations

    Trabuco and Holy Jim communities and Blue Jay and Falcon campgrounds evacuated as a precaution 

    Red Cross sets up care/Reception Center
    Update 4:53
    update: set up a care & reception center at Rancho Santa Margarita Bell Tower Community Center / City Hall, 22232 El Paseo.

    Update 7:15 pm
    Two firefighters have been hospitalized as the spreads northeast, away from O.C. and toward Riverside County, officials say

    Update 6:05 pm
    SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
    SMOKE ADVISORY


    Valid Monday, August 06, 2018
    This advisory is in effect through Tuesday morning.  SCAQMD will issue an update if additional information becomes available.

    A wildfire, named the Holy Fire, is burning to the east of Trabuco Canyon near the border of Orange County and Riverside County within the Cleveland National Forest.  The burn area is currently reported at approximately 1,000 acres with zero percent containment.  Winds will be from the west/southwest this afternoon before transitioning to a light northerly wind during the evening and overnight hours.  During the overnight and early morning hours, downslope winds may bring smoke into the valleys west and southwest of the fire.

    Overall, meteorological conditions may bring smoke into portions of Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.  Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke.

    Areas of direct smoke impacts and Unhealthful air quality may include portions of:
    • Orange County: Areas 16 (Northern Orange County), 17 (Central Orange County), 18 (North Coastal Orange County), 19 (Saddleback Valley), 20 (Central Coastal Orange County), and 21 (Capistrano Valley). 
    • Riverside County: Areas 22 (Corona/Norco), 23 (Metropolitan Riverside), 24 (Perris Valley), 25 (Lake Elsinore), 26 (Temecula Valley), 28 (Hemet/San Jacinto Valley), and 29 (Banning Pass).
    • San Bernardino County: Areas 32 (Northwest San Bernardino Valley), 33 (Southwest San Bernardino Valley), 34 (Central San Bernardino Valley), 35 (East San Bernardino Valley), 36 (West San Bernardino Mountains), 37 (Central San Bernardino Mountains), and 38 (East San Bernardino Mountains). 

    In any area impacted by smoke:  If you smell smoke or see ash due to a wildfire, limit your exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or seeking alternate shelter, and avoiding vigorous physical activity. For more tips on protecting yourself during a wildfire, see SCAQMD’s Wildfire Smoke & Ash Health & Safety Tips page: http://www.aqmd.gov/wildfire-health-info-smoke-tips

    Update 6:00 pm
    Watch live: 1,200-acre Holy Fire continues to spread rapidly amid mandatory evacuations in O.C.

    Update 5:00 pm
    200 people evacuated, 1 structure destroyed, USFS has taken over fire command


    The Red Cross Emergency App has issued erroneous evacuation notices for residents in & other parts of our region. We deeply apologize. Please disregard these notices & follow for any evac info in the immediate future as we work to correct this issue.
    Update 4:50
    This plume goes at least 10,000 feet.

    Update 4:48

    New being detected on the weather radar

    Update 4:45
    plume from the in upper visible on visible imagery product. Smoke is moving NE into the inland empire. Geocolor was developed at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere () and STAR's -

    Update 4:40
    A shot of the from the Lake Elsinore side. It started in Orange County and quickly moved into Riverside County.

    Update 4:35
    .’s 747 SuperTanker has arrived at the scene of the 1,000-acre . Evacuations are mandatory in Trabuco and Holy Jim canyons, and some campgrounds

    Update 4:30
    Public information hotline at 714 628 7085

    Update 4:25

    Holy Fire: Two hikers that were stranded near the fire have been evacuated and are safe.

    UPDATE 4:19 pm 

    Update: The that has forced evacuations in O.C. grows to 1,000 acres with no containment

    UPDATE 3:52 pm   
    OCFA reports as of 3:45 pm that the fire is headed up the canyon and away from residential communities. 

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