Federal Judge Recognizes Voice of OC Homelessness News Coverage

“Where’s Voice of OC?”

That's what U.S. District Judge David O. Carter asked at this morning's latest federal hearing in Santa Ana on the homelessness crisis in Orange County. Our reporter Nick Gerda raised his hand halfway from the audience. Judge Carter said to Gerda, “Thank you for being here.”

Carter then turned to homeless advocates and said “(Voice of OC) will solve it...the notoriety will let good people step up (and) solve it.”

The moment captured the essence of what makes Voice of OC an essential part of civic engagement in Orange County. Covering a story such as the homeless communities living in the riverbed and the surrounding community cannot be done by dropping in once a month or once a week. Indeed, our newsroom has penned nearly a dozen stories on the crisis in recent weeks.

Norberto Santana, Jr., Shares Insights on O.C. Congressional Races on KPCC’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle

Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., shared his insights on the 2018 congressional races in Orange County on today's KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle. The discussion (available to listen to online) centered around the recent withdrawal from the mid-term elections by incumbents Darrell Issa (49th district) and Ed Royce (39th district). Jessica Taylor of NPR, Sean Walsh of Wilson Walsh Consulting and Chris Megerian of the Los Angeles Times also joined the roundtable. "Orange County congressional races are in play like never before," says Santana, Jr. "It's certainly a reflection of the changing face of Orange County and we're excited to go deep dive all year long to give residents the nonpartisan news and information they need to make critical choices about protecting their quality of life."

NewsMatch fundraising match selects Voice of OC as participating organization

Voice of OC has been selected as a participating member in this year's NewsMatch fundraising drive in which the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Democracy Fund will match donations to nonprofit news organizations. The fundraising match runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 this year and includes a dollar-for-dollar match on donations from individuals to Voice of OC up to $1,000. Donations will be matched up to a total of $28,000.

Barbara Venezia joins Voice of OC board of directors

Barbara Venezia has joined the Voice of OC board of directors bringing her energy and deep knowledge of Orange County to the team. "Beyond being an inspiring person, Barbara is an Orange County media leader who has consistently been out front innovating as a columnist for the past decade," says Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr.

"She believes passionately in the power of local reporting and has worked as an energetic fundraiser for a series of important non-profits across Orange County whose missions have been enhanced because of her tireless efforts. We are truly lucky to have earned her support." Venezia is a journalist, author, producer and podcast host. She started her media career in Orange County as a “professional stirrer” on the comedy cooking show, “At Home on the Range” along with co-star John Crean.

Voice of OC brings families together through healthy communities coverage

In August 2015 Amy DePaul wrote about new approaches to helping the homeless for Voice of OC. "The approach, dubbed “housing first,” focuses on placing people a home, and then offering the psychiatric and logistical services that would help them improve their health and well-being," DePaul wrote. Her article featured Donald Meade, a once drug-addicted man who battled cancer and chronic heart problems while living on and off in downtown Santa Ana's Civic Center, along with hundreds of other homeless people. DePaul shared how Meade, thanks to the Illumination Foundation, had been placed in a one-bedroom apartment in Fullerton and was being aided through recovery. Flash forward to April 2017.