Theresa Sears is Involvement Editor for Voice of OC and works with active residents throughout Orange County helping to lift their voices by facilitating the publication of daily Op-eds from a broad array of perspectives.
Theresa also handles office administration and works to help organize Voice of OC civic training programs and policy events.
With an intimate knowledge of Orange County civic issues, Theresa has worked as an active grassroots community leader on a host of public land use and regional public-benefit issues across the region for the past three decades.
As a solutions oriented activist, she has taken a leadership role in grass roots efforts supporting the public’s right to know and petition their government, community engagement, legal remedies and direct democracy.
Her efforts have preserved Orange County’s fairgrounds, Barham Ranch which is now part of Santiago Oak Regional Park, as well critical open space in East Orange. She’s also led efforts to protect Orange County’s regional park system as a leader with the Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks
Languages spoken: English and some Spanish
Areas of expertise: Community organizing, direct democracy, open government – public oversight, land use, civic engagement and protecting public assets.
Conservation groups today filed a motion with federal energy regulators to intervene in opposition to a controversial plan to build a new dam in Southern California’s Santa Ana Mountains. The project, located on the border of Orange and Riverside counties, would include a reservoir and hydropower project that will cut through roadless areas, inundate forests and threaten endangered species.
Fr. Dennis Kriz, Pastor at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, provides the July count for those who died on our streets “without fixed abode,” aka homeless. The fifteen people who died last month brings the total of people who died “without fixed abode” in Orange County to 113 since January 1, 2019.
A 33-year-old documented gang member with an extensive criminal history is facing 11 felonies in connection with an hours-long stabbing spree that left four people dead and two others severely injured.
Vincent Pollmeier, Director of Friends and Neighbors of the Orange County Fairgrounds, writes that state laws bar discrimination at the OC Fairgrounds but Pollmeier warns that the Fairgrounds CEO appears to ignore those regulations.