Community Protests the LGBT Center OC’s Police Participation


JUNE 21, 2019

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WHAT: In response to the LGBT Center OC’s decision to let police in uniform march in the OC Pride March, Viet-Rainbow of Orange County, VietRISE, and other community organizations and members will be disrupting the OC Pride March by conducting a “die-in”. WHO: Viet Rainbow of Orange County and VietRISE. WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM. WHERE: Meet at Starbucks in Santa Ana 301 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

WHY: The LGBT Center OC does not understand the magnitude of trauma that comes with the presence of uniformed police at LGBTQ+ events, especially LGBTQ+ people of color. Although the Center states that they are “open to dialogue,” they have been deleting comments left by the community on their social media.

Orange County Civic Events for April 23, 2019

The Irvine City Council meets at 4 p.m. Details: Agenda:

The Buena Park City Council meets at 5 p.m. Details: Agenda:

The Mission Viejo City Council will meet at 6:00 p.m. Details: Agenda:

The Garden Grove City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Details: Agenda:

The Stanton City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Details: Agenda:

The Newport Beach City Council meets at 7 p.m. Details: Agenda:

The Laguna Hills City Council regular meeting has been canceled.

Viet Film Fest 2018 Celebrates its Tenth Edition With Diverse Films Led By Female and International Filmmakers

The following is a press release from an organization unaffiliated with Voice of OC. The views expressed here are not those of Voice of OC. ORANGE, CA – The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) is proud to announce Viet Film Fest 2018 is coming back for its 10th edition on October 12-14, 2018 at AMC ORANGE 30. The festival was previously held in April, but the format has changed this year to a three-day festival in October to avoid conflicts with other community events. Despite Viet Film Fest’s brief hiatus in 2017 and change in formatting, the current festival continues the tradition by featuring Vietnamese filmmakers and cinematic works about the Vietnamese experience from all over the world.

Voice of OC Publisher Comments on Los Angeles Times Ownership Change

Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., was asked to comment on the new ownership of the Los Angeles Times. He was one of several prominent people in Southern California identified by Southern California Public Radio. “It’s a very important thing for the owner to be a person of color. The news industry is one of the least diverse industries anywhere, and that impacts coverage. And a person of color at the top understands that.

Santana: Meet Your Civic Editor Tracy Wood

Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. talks about Voice of OC’s News Editor Tracy Wood, and her background in journalism, from Vietnam to Sacramento to Orange County and her influence on our reporters. From breaking stories to deep investigations, Voice of OC donors and local taxpayers receive great value from Tracy’s newsroom leadership. This holiday season, Santana reminds readers to consider donating – especially during a special matching grant period that ends Dec. 31 – in order to keep the newsroom strong and independent.

Norberto Santana Jr. honored by OC Business Journal as one of 2017’s 500 most influential leaders

Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr. was recently honored by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the County’s 500 most influential leaders and is included in the OC 500 Directory of Influence. Santana was particularly recognized for his successful lawsuit under the California Public Records Act against the County of Orange and his award by the OC Press Club as best columnist in 2017. Honorees come from every aspect of the community from activists to educators and religious leaders to a variety of industries such as professional services, technology, manufacturing, development and finance. Voice of OC’s Chairman, also an OC 500 honoree, Wylie Aitken said, “Under Norberto’s
leadership, Voice of OC has become the definitive source for important stories on county and local government. He demands his reporters present a fair picture of the facts in the news stories, and he provides insightful opinion in his columns.