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.
The WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF ORANGE COUNTY (WACOC) has organized a special dinner event and conversation with neoconservative commentator and preeminent “Never Trumper” William Kristol on “America’s Role in the World and at Home Under President Trump,” to take place on Monday, October 22nd, 2018.
The 24th Annual Conditions of Children in Orange County report was released yesterday, offering a comprehensive assessment of the health, economic well-being, education and safety of the County’s children.
Today the Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Chrysalis to provide homeless outreach and engagement, job readiness and barrier removal services, job search assistance and support, transitional employment opportunities and job retention support for the county’s homeless population.
In response to an outrageous and deceptive mailer from Senator Janet Nguyen’s campaign that sought to deliberately mislead voters, Democratic nominee for California’s 34th Senate District, Colonel Tom Umberg (ret.), issued a cease and desist letter requesting that defamatory statements be retracted.
Long time Santa Ana resident Dale Helvig argues that the developer of 2525 Main Street must seek a zone change in order to build high density units. Residents of the North Santa Ana Preservation Alliance have been protesting this development.
Jan Meslin, a Costa Mesa resident, argues that the minimum standard for congressional candidates is simply to show up and engage with the community. Yet Meslin writes that in the 48th Congressional District, that’s not the case for incumbent Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.