ByNatalia Ventura, Lucile Henderson, and Juliana Tarallo |
On January 13, John Eastman retired from Chapman University unscathed, after being put under fire for his involvement at the Capitol insurrection. President Daniele Struppa stated that Eastman’s retirement closed a “challenging chapter” for Chapman, but the university’s students think otherwise. In this open letter to the university executive administration, students from the Chapman Activist Coalition argue that Eastman is just one blip in the longstanding history of racism and inequality at Chapman University.
Twenty four people died “without fixed abode” in OC in December, for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis like the year before. Yes, we may have been lucky. The December death toll among the homeless is almost always high in OC because of rain and we had almost none this year. Still progress in opening new homeless shelters is being made and the OC BOS may be signaling that it’s ready take-on this problem with the commitment needed to finally bring it to resolution.
Short Term Rentals (STRs) are portrayed as harmless ways for property owners to make money. The harm starts when the STRs open and bring problems into neighborhoods. More harm is caused when residents are pushed out of homes to convert homes to STRs. Banning STRs eliminates these harms.
Short Term Rentals (STRs) operate across an astonishing 220+ countries worldwide but are, by design, small and local home-based businesses. They provide affordable lodgings for visitors and generate revenue for homeowners and cities through tourism and tax dollars – all increasingly important as we look toward a post pandemic economic recovery.
Despite some misperceptions, Orange County results showed strong gains for Democrats up and down the ballot, and national elections offer insight into how we can mobilize under-represented communities.
Sheriff Don Barnes’s appeal has misconstrued the court order that sought to implement heightened public health restrictions at county jails. Cities must withdraw their support from the legal action, and it is incumbent upon local government officials to urge the sheriff to follow the court order.
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is the largest financial institution in Orange County. Credit unions are known as cooperatives – democratic organizations owned and controlled by its members. The board members of SchoolsFirst seem to believe they are exempt from the democratic process.
The recent wildfires in Orange County serve as a wake-up call: local action on climate change is urgently needed. As large wildfires become increasingly common, so too will post-fire floods. The good news is local solutions already exist; the question remains whether we will act on them.