February 20, 2003
Deepa Bharath Residents must make use of the information put out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, local public safety officials said Wednesday. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has launched a public relations campaign and a Web site, www.ready.gov, that offers tips to prepare for worst-case scenarios, including terrorist bombings, biological, chemical and nuclear attacks. Officials said they crafted the campaign to avoid creating widespread panic while providing some common sense ideas that will help people survive a disaster -- when government and emergency services are unavailable.
June 5, 2004
Alicia Robinson Local police and firefighters will get more federal funding with less red tape if a bill written by Rep. Chris Cox makes it through all the hoops. The Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act would scrap the current funding formula for the Department of Homeland Security's terrorism preparedness money in favor of a subjective method in which funding would be based on an area's risk level. A community with a nuclear plant or major sea port, for example, would get more money than a rural area with no likely terrorist targets.
November 20, 2003
Alicia Robinson and S.J. Cahn Rep. Chris Cox on Wednesday announced plans to require the Department of Homeland Security to establish priorities and deadlines in building its major programs -- essentially to face the same scrutiny by Congress as the rest of the federal government. Cox, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, said: "Progress by the Department of Homeland Security shouldn't be determined arbitrarily, or politicized.
June 10, 2003
Paul Clinton A bill introduced by Rep. Chris Cox and others would add more clout to the Department of Homeland Security by putting its director in line for succession to the presidency. Last week, Cox and seven other House members in a working group introduced an amendment to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, which provides the ground rules for who would replace the president in the event of his death or inability to serve. The bill, which makes a number of other minor changes to the act, came out of talks on how the government would function if Washington, D.C. was hit in an attack similar to that of Sept.
August 1, 2013
It's hard to miss a 10-foot high red backpack in the middle of John Wayne Airport, but travelers have an additional incentive to keep an eye out for it. Those who take a picture of someone with the backpack, found in Terminal C between gates 14 and 15 until Aug. 12, can enter to win two tickets to an Angels game, according to a news release. The backpack is the Orange County version of the national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, whose message is that the public's help in reporting suspicious items is critical to keeping the community safe, according to the release.
January 11, 2005
1. A temple for which religion is being built in Newport Beach? A. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints B. Rastafarian C. Scientology D. Norse 2. Rep. Chris Cox gave up his leadership post on what committee to serve as chairman of what new committee? A. Economic to serve on Policy B. Policy to serve on Homeland Security C. Homeland Security to serve on Ways and Means D. Committee to Eradicate Doubt to serve on Economic Instability 3. A local couple, Bill and Sue Gross, gave how much money to Hoag Hospital's new tower and women's health center?
October 16, 2003
S.J. Cahn All you Republicans might want to avoid the Karl Strauss Brewery in Metro Pointe on Oct. 26. Dean folks promise to be there. The Orange County for Dean group, which supports the presidential aspirations of former Democratic Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, is holding a debate party at the pub from 5 until 7:30 p.m. Dean, as political followers well know, is among the leading Democratic contenders. He has raised about $15 million in recent months.
August 31, 2005
The Burbank Fire and Police departments will boost their preparedness for disasters and terrorist events with federal grant money unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday night. The $860,000 in two grants from the Department of Homeland Security would be used for training, equipment and planning for emergency operations. Training in hazardous materials and urban search and rescue will take Fire Department personnel to Alabama, New Mexico and Nevada, interim Fire Chief Tracy Pansini said.
April 8, 2004
Alicia Robinson California ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in wasteful federal spending, but Congress approved more than $3 million in local "pork barrel" projects, according to Citizens Against Government Waste. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group on Wednesday released its annual "pig book," which catalogs what it sees as unnecessary congressional spending. Statewide, 2004 wasteful spending was listed at nearly $643 million, which averaged about $18.12 per person and ranked California 43rd nationwide in pork spending, the group said.
September 3, 2007
Today is Labor Day, and labor in the United States may be about to change. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a series of new measures last month to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. The measures include raising fines for companies that knowingly hire illegals, more tightly inspecting Social Security and requiring federal employers to use an electronic system to prove employees are legal. Not surprisingly, the regulations — announced in August by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — have amassed critics, including a coalition of labor and immigrant rights groups that sued the Department of Homeland Security last week.