Styrofoam products are made from oil and chemicals, and they don't biodegrade but instead break down into tiny pieces that marine creatures mistake for food, students told the council.
The council will discuss the students' request for a Styrofoam ban at a future study session.
Supervising the sheriffIt's hard out here for a sheriff, at least if you're Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona. He's locked in a struggle with Newport Beach over control of the Harbor Patrol, and now county supervisors want to give him more supervision.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to take preliminary steps toward forming a citizens' oversight board that would keep tabs on the sheriff, the district attorney and the chief probation officer.
Supervisor John Moorlach, who suggested the idea, said when he was county treasurer he considered independent oversight essential after the county's 1994 bankruptcy.
Carona argued at Tuesday's meeting that there's already oversight — by the Grand Jury, the county human relations commission and the Sheriff's Community Coalition he created in 1999, for example.
"It puts in the mind of the public a certain distrust by the board of supervisors, and that there are significant problems that require yet another layer of oversight," he told supervisors.
"The board clearly, clearly indicated by its unanimous vote yesterday that the time for civilian oversight of peace officers and civilian officers in Orange County has come," Mario Mainero, Moorlach's chief of staff, said Wednesday.