Top news of the day in the OC

Ex-Huntington Beach Mayor Gets 37-Month Sentence in Real Estate Scam (Times and Register) Pam Julien Houchen will serve federal prison time and must pay $140,000 in restitution.

Santa Ana Police Shoot 2 Suspects (Times and Register) The two men are hospitalized following separate incidents in which authorities say they threatened officers.

Costa Mesa Voters Face a National Issue Turned Local: Immigration (Times) Dana Parsons:
Opposing camps contain members that may surprise some people. The outcome will affect the city’s image for some time.

Voters will decide if visitors pay more (Register) Measure U, on November ballot, would create a 10% bed tax in La Habra.

O.C. Transportation Agency to Spend $7 Million to Study High-Speed-Rail Line (Times and Register) Engineering and environmental work will focus on adding electrified track to existing rail corridor.

Irvine Co. to give school district $2.5M (Daily Pilot) Newport-Mesa elementary school officials had enough money for new science classrooms, thanks to voters who recently approved a bond to pay for them, but they couldn’t afford to put teachers in them.

Orange Unified School District trustees seek censure (Register) Two board members want to publicly rebuke a colleague, Steve Rocco, who they say violated the Brown Act.

Saddleback Valley’s Hispanic past (Register) Ranchos marked pioneer influence in Saddleback Valley.

A middle ground on border battles? (Register) Yvette Cabrera rips the Minutemen

Anaheim may shift billboard sites (Register) Anaheim council plans to consider banning new billboards in the middle of the city, but may allow some along the freeway.

Candidate stirs up pot issue (Daily Pilot0 Newport Beach Assemblyman Chuck DeVore made headlines in August when he championed a bill allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp in California.

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