Fr. Dennis Kriz, pastor of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Fullerton, provides a count of those who died without a fixed abode in Orange County in September. Kriz writes that both residents and advocates remain frustrated with the presence of large numbers of homeless individuals sleeping on local streets and while pressure seems to be forcing some official action it didn’t come soon enough for another 10 people this month.
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OC Legal Clinic 1 Year Celebration
The Orange County Legal Clinic was established in October 2018 after a gap in legal clinics being offered. Members from Chicanxs Unidxs and Resilience Orange County had been working with youth as young as 12 years old who were facing felonies, youth who were being denied special education services, youth who were being suspended and expelled from schools, young adults trying to find a second chance at life, adults trying to get off gang injuctions and gang databases. The need to create a space where community members could be linked or could get help was obvious and they reached out to Youth Justice Coalition from Los Angeles to train them.
Over the past three months, the LGBT Center OC Board of Directors and executive staff have engaged in a dialogue with Center staff, community members and stakeholders regarding our decision to allow uniformed police officers to march with us in the OC Pride parade. The dialogue has raised our awareness of the importance of continuing to bring more voices to the table and more diversity in thought and life experience to the decision making process.
Kelley Gage, Director of Water Resources for the San Diego County Water Authority writes that seawater desalination is a tool for coastal communities to consider, and that each community needs to devise its own supply reliability portfolios to determine whether desalination makes sense. SDCWA doesn’t have a policy position or a financial stake in the proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach but wants to make certain the facts at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant are accurate.
Orange County Third District Supervisor Donald P. Wagner writes about his concerns regarding the lack of transparency over the appointment process to fill the vacancy created by the death of former Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery.
John Dobken, Public Information Officer at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, writes that Southern California Edison is in the process of moving spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage. The reactors at San Onofre nuclear plant were retired in 2013. But attention has been turned to the spent fuel on site. Some are trying to mislead the public about what spent fuel is, and how it’s stored, Dobken argues and Edison is correcting the record.