Santana: We Are Not Ready

This weekend’s earthquake, centered in the community of Ridgecrest, is a stark reminder that we are all behind in terms of being ready for the big quake. Voice of OC has been working on a disaster page project this summer, with the aim of providing readers with solid coverage and resources on disaster prep and response across Orange County. Help us source and fund the page.

Kanter: LGBT Center OC Marches With Police But Leave Community Behind

Laura Kanter, a Queer and Trans Rights Advocate and co-founder of the Orange County LGBTQ+ Policing Partnership and the Orange County Equality Coalition, questions the decision by the Center OC to have police march in uniform at this weekend’s Pride Parade in Orange County, arguing T-Shirts are better than gun belts to show support.

Santana: OC Sheriff Under Fire For Illegal Takeover of Public Docks in Newport Harbor

With Memorial Day weekend signaling the unofficial start of the summer, activists are raising questions about an underused public beach and boating slips just off Bayside Drive in Newport Beach where Sheriff’s officials have illegally shut down public access. State Coastal authorities have now intervened and are working to get the public back onto the beach and boating docks established for them.

Santana: OC Sheriff Don Barnes Moves at Sloth Pace to Release Deputy Misconduct Records

Barnes, who benefited from more than $600K in campaign cash from the same OC deputy union that fought disclosure of SB 1421 police misconduct records, has put a tiny staff on the biggest public records challenge ever, likely ensuring that Orange County taxpayers – who have paid out nearly $100 million in legal payouts from Sheriff’s Department misdeeds since 1990 – remain in the dark along with any kind of potential reform.