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 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.
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.
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Hundreds of security cameras will be added to seven parks and monitored by the Santa Ana Police Department in an attempt to combat vandalism, prostitution, gambling, and misuse of drugs and alcohol at city parks.
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.
To get a special match this week, interested donors can select to donate to Voice of OC tomorrow, Giving Tuesday, a global giving day for charitable donations, now in its sixth year and held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Powered by social media, Giving Tuesday has become a platform for nonprofits around the world to share their missions and for community members to share support for their local nonprofits. On Giving Tuesday, November 28, nonprofit newsrooms across America will also celebrate Giving News Day and use the hashtag #GivingNewsDay to promote the support of nonprofit news organizations. Any individual donation up to $1,000 to Voice of OC on Giving Tuesday this year also will be doubled by NewsMatch, a campaign to encourage support for nonprofit newsrooms.
Voice of OC launched its annual, year-end giving campaign this month, with the aim of
continuing to expand the newsroom with a goal of raising $60,000 by Dec. 31. In partnership with a national effort to fundraise for nonprofit newsrooms, #NewsMatch,
which is matching individual contributions to select newsrooms up to $1,000 until Dec. 31, Voice of OC will be advertising for the campaign on its website and social media pages. Over the next few weeks, Voice of OC staff will continue to remind readers about our
mission, your civic impact when informed by local news in real time as well as
opportunities for residents to continue engaging their local government through the Voc
Op-ed forum and other programs such as civic training.