Voice of OC Reporter Talking on KPCC Take Two Program

Gerda will be discussing his recent article about the county halting census outreach grants to the city of Santa Ana and the local school district. City and school district officials say the grant cuts are payback for their public concerns about a proposed county homeless shelter, which county officials dispute. A final decision on the grants is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Stanton Poised to Extend Moratorium on Massage Parlors

Stanton City Council members are expected to vote Dec. 10 on extending a temporary ban on establishing new massage parlors for a year. Editors’ Note: This dispatch is part of the Voice of OC Youth Media program, working with student journalists to cover public policy issues across Orange County. If you would like to submit your own student media project related to Orange County civics or if you have any response to this work, contact Digital Editor Sonya Quick at squick@voiceofoc.org. ​The moratorium was deemed necessary early this year because of illegal activity occurring in parlors, including human trafficking, prostitution, having unlicensed technicians and personnel, and unsanitary conditions, according to a city staff report. 

The ban was first put into place on Jan.

Santa Ana Council to Assess Downtown Business Tax

At tonight’s public hearing, downtown merchants can voice their opinion in favor or against the Downtown Santa Ana Business Improvement District (BID) renewal to councilmembers. The hearing is a part of the annual business license tax assessment of the BID.  

Voice of OC Recognizes Community Leaders at Exclusive Ambassadors Event

Voice of OC Ambassadors recently lauded three community leaders who have made a difference through penning editorials in the Voice opinion section. 

The exclusive event at Zov’s Bistro included invitations for donors who support Voice of OC at a minimum of $1,000 every year or $84 every month, called Ambassadors. Right now is the best time to become an Ambassador because contributions are tripled by the national NewsMatch fund and a local matching fund. “One of the things I’m most proud of at Voice is our Op-Ed writers,” said Voice of OC Publisher and Founder Norberto Santana, Jr. “They take up their pens and take action in the community — spurring vibrant discussions.”

Santana told VOC Ambassadors that the Opinion section is an integral piece of building a civically engaged community allowing residents to express local policy ideas in a coherent and respectful manner. The Opinion section also reaches people who influence or make important decisions in the community offering them a chance to gage community opinion, Santana added. “No matter who you are, you can stand toe to toe with the community decision makers on that Op-Ed page and make your point,” Santana said.