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.”
Watching State Sen. Janet Nguyen get dragged out of a California Senate chamber is a stark reminder that too often, after the trade deals are done and history has been rewritten, our ideals take a quiet back seat to profit. Here in OC, groups like the Protocol Foundation deserve constant scrutiny to see what foreign interests are visiting our local government.
Is Santa Ana’s downtown development really good for the entire city? Clara Turner counters the view by Downtown Inc. that all is rosy with the city’s approach toward revitalizing it’s center business core.
Garden Grove Police Officer Brian Hatfield writes about his own life challenges and how those have opened his eyes to addressing homelessness, mainly that we all have to leave our comfort zone to reach out to those who have fallen on hard times.
Following a legal settlement with county officials protecting homeless at the Santa Ana riverbed, ACLU officials are calling on the OC Board of Supervisors to step up to the real challenge: Affordable Housing. Orange County’s approved Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness calls for permanent, affordable housing as an immediate response to peoples’ needs.
Expect a packed hall at this week’s city council meeting in Anaheim, where once again, a police shooting will dominate the agenda. Yet this week, the very structure for reviewing such incidents, the Public Safety Board, is itself up for review.
Sheriff Sandra Hutchens explains the exact role the Orange County Sheriff’s Department plays when it comes to enforcing immigration. She is clear that immigration law is the responsibility of the federal government and not the Sheriff’s Department.
Whether it’s ensuring thoughtful evacuation of riverbed homeless encampments or switching out fueling contracts at John Wayne Airport, Orange County residents are increasingly challenging their government to be accountable, often on the front pages of Voice of OC. National media leaders and foundations, looking for models of civic engagement, are looking to Orange County.
Orange County’s Democratic Chairwoman Fran Sdao argues it’s a promising time for a progressive agenda in 2018. Democrats turned out in record numbers to vote last November. For the first time in 80 years the Democratic candidate for President won in Orange County. Frustrated Democrats are now turning out in record numbers to Democratic club meetings, State Party delegate elections and to meetings/events in their communities.