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Yorba Linda man charged after receiving nearly $600,000 in insurance fraud benefits

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Federal authorities on Friday charged a Yorba Linda man who prosecutors said used 200 stolen identities to fraudulently bag nearly $600,000 in unemployment insurance benefits.

Jeffrey Silhanek, 39 faces two counts of mail fraud, said the United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California in a news release. Silhanek got his hands on stolen identities and used them to open post office boxes.

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Students wrapping up testing on their advanced studies

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Again this month, I spent 14 days administering Advanced Placement examinations to ninth- through 12th-grade students at Valencia High School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, a rewarding task I’ve enjoyed for 16 years.

Successful scores on these exams can earn university credits and often allow students to bypass introductory courses at the universities they attend. The AP program certainly prepares students for higher-level academics.

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Yorba Linda still benefits from grant program thought up by President Nixon

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Appropriately, Richard Nixon’s boyhood home of Yorba Linda is one of 1,209 governmental jurisdictions nationwide participating this year in one of the signature ideas of Nixon’s presidential administration: the Community Development Block Grant program.

Implemented on a bipartisan basis just months after Nixon left office in 1974, the block grants combined several separate federal programs designed to help low- and moderate-income areas or neighborhoods and income-qualified households.

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Cisneros, Steel both face complaints over campaign banners

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A Democratic incumbent and a front-running GOP challenger in Orange County House races are both catching heat over campaign banners displayed at recent events, with even minor potential rules violations drawing swift rebuke from critics months before the primary in these hotly contested districts.

A 39th District resident recently filed an ethics complaint with federal authorities against Rep. Gil Cisneros, D-Yorba Linda. The problem? A banner displayed at a taxpayer-funded congressional event included an official House seal alongside contact information for the Cisneros campaign, a potential violation of House rules.

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Yorba Linda to pay extra for OC Animal Care to encourage more pet owners to license their animals

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Just about two-thirds of Yorba Linda’s estimated 14,760 dogs are properly licensed, according to the latest numbers from OC Animal Care, the government agency the city pays to provide residents with animal control and shelter services.

So again for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the city will pay extra for increased efforts to “encourage license compliance and provide additional revenue to offset animal service costs,” according to a May 7 report from Allison Estes, assistant to City Manager Mark Pulone.

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Homebuying in North Orange County tumbles 11.5% to start 2019

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Homebuying in North Orange County — Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia and Yorba Linda — fell 11.5% in what was Orange County homebuying’s slowest start to a year since 2009.

CoreLogic stats show the lowest countywide sales count for any first three months of a year since the Great Recession. It also was the third-slowest-selling first quarter in the real estate tracker’s database that dates to 1988. At the community level, sales rose in only one-sixth of Orange County’s 83 ZIP codes. With the slump, prices fell countywide, too.

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