TimesOC: Latest news in Orange County

Orange County residents exit the COVID-19 vaccine site in the Toy Story parking lot at Disneyland.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Good morning, and welcome to the TimesOC newsletter. It’s Friday, Jan. 15.

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.

Getting an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine at Disneyland has proved to be difficult for many Orange County residents 65 and older.


Help might be on the way.

Reporter Sara Cardine writes that the Orange County fairgrounds appears to be one of the next distribution centers for residents seeking free coronavirus vaccinations.

“I know the cat’s already out of the bag that we’re going to eventually have a site at the fairgrounds,” Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley said Thursday in a virtual townhall forum on Facebook, where she and Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) provided an update on the county’s COVID-19 response.

“We’re really lucky to have that site here in Orange County, right here in Costa Mesa,” Foley continued. “It’s going to make it very accommodating for many, with easy access — so stay tuned.”

Here are the latest headlines for our Orange County readers:

Orange County active Phase 1A residents wait in line to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Disneyland.
Orange County active Phase 1A residents, mostly healthcare workers, wait in line Wednesday to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the Toy Story parking lot at Disneyland.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)


Joe Biden proposing $1.9-trillion plan for pandemic and economic crisis

— Hospitals teeter on edge of ‘last-resort’ guidelines for care

— Chaotic COVID-19 vaccine rollout leads to more deaths, experts say

— O.C. fairgrounds in Costa Mesa being eyed for next county vaccine super site, mayor says

— How O.C. nonprofits have responded to the impact of COVID-19 on Asian American seniors and business owners

— UC Irvine developing vaccine that targets all coronaviruses

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Gavin Newsom orders National Guard protection for California’s state Capitol

— Chapman professor will retire after uproar over his speaking at Trump rally

— Flip-flops in January? High temperatures meet strong winds in SoCal, sparking fire warnings

— Will California students have to take standardized tests at home? Educators are wary

— Disneyland is scrapping its annual pass program

Renie Bardeau, photographer who captured Disneyland’s early evolution, dies

Sarah Rafael Garcia, founder and curator of LibroMobile, a literary project in Santa Ana.
Sarah Rafael García is founder and curator of LibroMobile, a literary project in Santa Ana featuring bookmobile exhibits, creative workshops and live readings.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

— Literary Arts Festival spotlights local and visiting artists of color

— ‘Age does not define you’: Laguna Beach’s Karen Pierce, 65, enters Sports Illustrated swimsuit contest

— ‘It’s not a game of luck’: Orange County kids learn tricks of the stock market trade

— Costa Mesa sorts through options for reducing, recycling organic waste by 2022 deadline

— Conservationists file lawsuit against Laguna Beach, alleging violations of state environmental law

— Speak Up Newport’s 40th annual Mayor’s Dinner postponed in response to COVID-19 restrictions


— Olympic swimmer Klete Keller arrested for involvement in riot at U.S. Capitol

— Column: Yes, they’re actually blaming Black people for the violent insurrection by the pro-Donald Trump mob

— Kings’ choice for helmet logo creates ‘goosebumps’

— Some Arizona officials hope MLB delays start of spring training by a month

— CIF Southern Section still expected to make Tuesday statement on status of fall sports championships

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— Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational canceled amid coronavirus uncertainty in Orange County

— Column: Rams’ Jared Goff can show he is ‘the man’ with heroic performance at Green Bay

— UCLA blows out Washington State to stay unbeaten in Pac-12

— Newport Beach’s Trinity Rodman selected No. 2 overall in National Women’s Soccer League draft

Mickey Mantle rookie card sells for a record $5.2 million, crushing Mike Trout record