Santa Ana’s police union argues It is foolish for city council members to cut off a jail contract with ICE. Police Union Presidet Gary Serrano argues council members should do everything possible to re-engage the federal ICE contract and honor the current lawful agreement which in place.
Voice of OC again heads into court this week in a First Amendment case against the County of Orange over secret documents held by county supervisors. Yet a cutback on hours for OC court reporters by the Superior Court of Orange County last week delayed justice. Proceedings resume on Tuesday.
Clare Venegas challenges the politics of the organizers of recent marches on International Women’s Day, asking whether a conservative women like her – pro-life, pro-family and pro-school choice – fits the brand of feminism that Women’s Day leaders embrace.
Classified professionals at Orange Coast Community College are protesting that they haven’t had a raise in eight years although faculty and management have and even the Board of Trustees voted themselves a 5% raise this year.
The debate over gentrification in downtown Santa Ana continues to heat up with Downtown Inc.’s Ryan Smolar arguing that a thriving downtown can function in concert with local community development needs and culture.
This week, the nation celebrates Sunshine Week, an annual event recognizing the need for more open government and access to public records. Here in Orange County, Voice of OC marks the holiday in court. On Tuesday, a yearlong battle to get public records about a bizarre incident – involving a county supervisor, an evangelist, a gun and handcuffs – goes to trial.
Orange County Young Democrats take issue with Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ contention that citizens who visited her office were paid protestors. They offer provide personal profiles to show just who was there.
Watching recent headlines about U.S. Senators being silenced, State Senators being removed and reporters being denied access to the President, State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva calls out for more civil dialogue and challenges everyone to reach out and engage with people who see the world differently.
Tom Umberg writes that military leaders must speak truth to power, crediting Defense Secretary James Mattis for doing just that, speaking out against torture as an effective intelligence gathering tool, in strong support of NATO as an essential element of US national security and against the recklessness of suggesting that the U.S. should “take the Iraqi oil.”