City of Santa Ana Takes Steps to Become Sanctuary City Before Trump Takes Office

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City of Santa Ana Takes Steps to Become Sanctuary City Before Trump Takes Office
The city of Santa Ana will vote on a resolution that outlines the necessary steps it needs to take to defend its immigrant community

WHAT: More people were deported under the Obama Administration than any other president in U.S. history. Now with the election of Donald Trump, deportations, immigration enforcement and detention will intensify and we are already experiencing the anxiety and fear our communities are going through as January approaches. As the City of Santa Ana positions itself to protect its immigrant community, we urge the City Council to go beyond symbolic statements, and accept the demands from the community:

1)  Protect the information of every resident;

2)  Convert the sanctuary resolution into local law through an ordinance before 
January 20th, 2017;

3)  Guarantee the establishment of a Task Force to serve as an accountability 
mechanism and policy body to advise the city on issues of immigration enforcement and deportations in Santa Ana.

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Sekich-Quinn: Trestles Saved…Forever

Activists were persistent and determined. Their public participation paid off as the effort to build a toll road through San Onofre State Beach is scrapped.

Community Groups Mobilize to Santa Ana City Hall Requesting Public Land for Public Benefit

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Contact:

Joesé Hernandez
  (714) 252-3705  jhernandez@occord.org

Luis Sarmiento  (714) 425-5562  luis@elcentroculturaldemexico.org

COMMUNITY GROUPS MOBILIZE TO SANTA ANA CITY HALL REQUESTING PUBLIC LAND FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT
WHAT: After months of dialogue and collaboration with City staff and elected officials, community organizations, residents, and allies will gather in front of Santa Ana City Hall to urge City Council to allocate land to THRIVE Santa Ana, a Community Land Trust (CLT). A community land trust is a nonprofit organization that administers land for local needs such as affordable housing and commercial spaces, and can include innovative projects such as urban agriculture or skate parks. Immediately before the Council meeting, OCCORD will also be releasing its official report “Growing Together: A Case for A Community Land Trust Strategies in Santa Ana,” which offers the results of research, recommendations, and explains how CLTs have been used as a strategy in over 200 cities in the US.

OCTA Reaches Major Milestone in Preserving O.C. Wilderness

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:                

Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713

Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697
OCTA Reaches Major Milestone in Preserving O.C. Wilderness
EIR and conservation plan OK’d for seven properties that help offset impacts of 13 freeway projects

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors on Monday unanimously approved a conservation plan that ensures more than 1,300 acres of wilderness will remain preserved and forever protected from development. The approval of the environmental documents related to the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program marks a major milestone in efforts to protect natural habitat and rare animal and plant species in Orange County. The certification of the final conservation plans, known as the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan and the associated Environmental Impact Report, is the culmination of a nearly 10-year effort that involved OCTA staff working closely with members of the public, environmental and community groups, and state and federal wildlife officials. “Today is a landmark day for Orange County that demonstrates we can move forward on improving our freeways and transportation system while at the same time protecting the environment that makes our county such a special place to live,” said OCTA Chair Lori Donchak.

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Smith: Generosity Fuels The American Dream

As we gear up for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Tita Smith, who works with Catholic Charities in Orange County, talks about the importance of serving the poor, what she calls, “the starting line for the American Dream.”

Advancing Justice-CA Urges White House to Rescind National Security Entry-Exit Registration Systems (NSEERS) Program

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November 22, 2016

CONTACT:  Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817,

JJinn@advancingjustice-la.org
ADVANCING JUSTICE-CA URGES WHITE HOUSE TO RESCIND NATIONAL SECURITY ENTRY-EXIT REGISTRATION SYSTEM (NSEERS) PROGRAM
Nearly 200 Groups Seek to Eliminate Registration Program Targeting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian Immigrants 
LOS ANGELES – Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California (Advancing Justice-CA), together with almost 200 human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations nationwide, has signed-on to a letter urging the White House to rescind the regulations that created the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program, which could be used as a stepping-stone for President-elect Trump’s “Muslim database.”  NSEERS went into effect shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in an attempt  to register and track non-immigrant visa holders from 25 countries, which disproportionately targeted Muslim, Arab, and South Asian visitors to the United States. It proved to be discriminatory, ineffective, and inefficient. In 2011 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended the program.  However, because it was not dismantled, the program can easily be revived.

Orange County Bar Association To Honor Dean J. Zipser With Franklin G. West Award

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Orange County Bar Association To Honor Dean J. Zipser With Franklin G. West Award
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (November 21, 2016) – The Orange County Bar Association will present attorney Dean J. Zipser with the Franklin G. West Award at its 2017 Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif.