TimesOC: Latest news in Orange County

A man checks in for a free COVID-19 test at a walk-up kiosk at the Costa Mesa Senior Center on Saturday.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Good morning, and welcome to the TimesOC newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 13.

My name is David Carrillo Peñaloza, the author of the TimesOC newsletter and an editor for Los Angeles Times Community News. I’m writing from Fountain Valley.

The Happiest Place on Earth will now be the first “super” COVID-19 vaccination site in Orange County.


With Disneyland closed during the pandemic, reporter Matthew Ormseth writes that the Orange County Board of Supervisors said the Anaheim theme park will be one of five large “point-of-dispensing” sites that collectively would be able to vaccinate thousands of residents each day.

Vaccinations are expected to be given this week to workers in healthcare and long-term care facilities, and residents 65 and older. An appointment is needed for the site at Disneyland.

The Orange County Health Care Agency on Tuesday reported 3,824 cases and 28 deaths. There are 2,200 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, with 535 of those patients in ICU.

Here are the latest headlines for our Orange County readers:

National Guard members gather Monday on the U.S. Capitol.
National Guard members gather Monday outside the U.S. Capitol as heightened security measures are in place nearly a week after a pro-Donald Trump mob stormed the building while Congress voted to certify the 2020 election results.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)


Donald Trump blasts ‘ridiculous’ impeachment, defends remarks before Capitol riot as ‘appropriate’

— Officials eye sedition, conspiracy charges as investigation of Capitol riot expands

— Huntington Beach far-right activists were at U.S. Capitol during riot

— ‘High alert’ at California Capitol as police brace for any inauguration unrest

— Thousands sign petition demanding resignation of O.C. school board member who was at Capitol rally

— In wake of Twitter ban on Donald Trump, Huntington Beach city attorney finds his own account has been cleaned

— Democrats face backlash for calling Gavin Newsom recall effort a ‘California coup’

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— Southern California region opening large-scale COVID-19 vaccination sites at Disneyland and Dodger Stadium

— O.C. embarks on a PR offensive to convince skeptics that COVID-19 vaccines are safe

— Orange County will give COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older

— Orange County launches ‘Operation Independence’ to distribute COVID-19 vaccines countywide

— O.C. healthcare workers on the frontline adopt battle mindset as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge

— UC, USC plan to have students back on campus in the fall for classes

— UC Irvine receives $10.4-million donation for art history, center for inclusive computing

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— Irvine settles lawsuit that accused former Irvine mayor of violating a resident’s 1st Amendment rights

— Orange County teacher’s assistant who sent child porn videos gets 6 years in prison

— Sex offender faces felony charges after allegedly assaulting 3 women in Huntington Beach spree

— 2 arrested after 333 pounds of methamphetamine seized off coast of Huntington Beach

— Laguna Beach’s Jessie Rose finds another passion with shoe drives

— Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley kicks off virtual campaign for O.C. supervisor seat

— Huntington Beach City Council meetings to go virtual due to pandemic

The crowd and participants stand for the national anthem as a giant American flag is unfurled on the field in 2013.
The crowd and participants stand for the national anthem as a giant American flag is unfurled on the field on opening day at Dodger Stadium in 2013.
(Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)


— MLB 2021 fan plan: No mandate for vaccines or COVID-19 tests

— Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda’s five most memorable seasons

— Fired Angels employee names Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, others he says used his illegal product

Victor Rojas explains leaving the Angels’ broadcast booth to lead a Texas farm team

— Private sports competitions grow across Southland in violation of health orders

— NBA, players union agree to stricter COVID-19 protocols

LeBron James’ can’t-miss moment highlights Lakers’ rout of Rockets for two-game sweep

— Clippers are home and hunkered down before Pelicans game

— For Rams, cold weather in Green Bay playoff game presents degrees of difficulty

Gus Bradley leaves Chargers to become Raiders’ defensive coordinator

— Hoag Classic golf tournament in Newport Beach postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19

Kate Rodman of Corona del Mar High girls’ water polo commits to Santa Clara

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