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 following is a press release from an organization unaffiliated with Voice of OC. The views expressed here are not those of Voice of OC.
ORANGE COUNTY OPERATIONAL AREA
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #37
Date: 4-3-20 Time: 1430 hours
COVID-19 HOTLINE HOURS TO CHANGE APRIL 4
Effective Saturday, April 4, the Orange County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline and Health Referral Line will take calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Residents with COVID-19 questions can contact the County of Orange COVID-19 Hotline at 1(833)426-6411 at any time, but individual hotline hours will vary. Through the hotline, callers can be connected to the following resources:
Orange County Health Care Agency – Health Referral Line, Behavioral Health Resources
Orange County Social Services Agency – Risk Benefits
Orange County Office on Aging – Resources for Seniors
Orange County District Attorney’s Office – Scams, Price Gouging
County of Orange Emergency Operations Center Hotline – Non-Medical Questions
Small Business Recovery
2-1-1 Orange County
The Orange County Health Care Agency website at www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus has information that is regularly updated regarding the status of COVID-19 in Orange County.
In this current crisis, leadership is coming from local government. In Orange County our local public servants are facing this crisis with courage and professionalism that fills our community with pride. Local government workers serve so we can be safe. They deserve safety and support.
Recent guidance posted by the California Department of Public Health states Californians who must leave their homes to conduct essential activities should wear face coverings, if they feel comfortable doing so, and practice strict hand washing before and after touching and adjusting the covering.
As California continues to build hospital bed capacity to fight COVID-19, the California Health and Human Services Agency and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services announced today that the Fairview Developmental Center will serve as an alternative care site to serve patients in Costa Mesa and Orange County.
Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope has been designated by Orange County and Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster (COADOC) as the donations drop-off location to assist Orange County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the number of coronavirus cases rises sharply, the City of Costa Mesa continues its pro-active approach to the COVID-19 crisis and is actively working with local, state and federal officials to prepare for a projected surge in cases that could overwhelm local hospitals.
The virus has upended daily life, but one Orange County resident ponders the changes it will bring as move through, and from this time in history. What are we learning – and what can we learn – as we navigate through uncharted territory?