Orange County

OCDE board to sue the governor

CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM (Matt Gush/Shutterstock).

The Orange County Board of Education decided Tuesday night to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom over his orders on when – and if – public schools can re-open in the fall, but the county superintendent of schools isn’t going for it.

On Tuesday, the board voted 4-0 in favor of the lawsuit that claims that “virtual instruction” due to the coronavirus pandemic violates the state constitution by failing to provide a proper education.

But on Wednesday (today) OCDE Superintendent Al Minares fired off a response.

“I am disappointed by this latest legal action, but not surprised,” he said. “The lawsuit continues the pattern of a highly litigious board that seems to have no qualms about diverting time, energy and financial resources from students and programs to satisfy their own ideological interests.”

The OCDE and its board have no control over local school districts; they have jurisdiction only over special and specific programs provided by the county.

Santa Ana man charged with sex assault

An arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 12 for a Santa Ana man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

The accused, Andres Mota-Gonzalez, 27, was arrested Monday and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to Santa Ana police. He is charged with five felony counts for actions taken on July 20. He allegedly attacked her while her mother was at work.

Homeless man accused of rape, kidnap

A woman walking home last Friday in Anaheim was kidnapped and raped by a transient, who was arrested, according to police.

Isileli Fakalata Eteaki, 41, has been charged with rape and kidnapping to commit rape. Police were called to the area of Brookhurst Street and Ball Road in response to reports of a woman screaming for help. The suspect’s arraignment is scheduled on Aug. 14 in Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center.

 

 

 

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