Davidson: Record Expungement Unlocks Opportunities after a Criminal Conviction

Douglas B. Davidson, Board President of Community Legal Aid SoCal writes that too many people are unable to achieve their full potential due to the past convictions that hold them back. Expunging these convictions can open new opportunities, but many are unaware of their eligibility or have difficulty navigating the process.

While the legislature continues to discuss ways to provide relief to those with convictions, individuals need not wait. They may be eligible now. The sooner they get assistance, the sooner they can remove barriers to employment, housing, and other necessities. Services like those offered at legal aid organizations across California, including Orange County, can assist them through the process.

City of Garden Grove Goes Back on Their Word

In response to a lawsuit, the City of Garden Grove stated in writing on October 9, 2019 that the disposition of the 102-acre, city-owned Willowick Golf Course was “indefinitely on hold” until at least after January 2020 in order to comply with the requirements of the recently passed AB 1486, which amends the California Surplus Land Act (SLA). However, in a correspondence the legal firm Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai received on November 13, 2019, the City of Garden Grove stated that it may consider disposing the Willowick property prior to January 2020.

Reed, Gonzalez, Rodriguez: Why We Support Carolyn Torres For Santa Ana School Board

Carah Reed, Margarita Gonzalez and Mike Rodriguez – who are all active at the Santa Ana Unified School District as teachers, parents and activists – write about why Carolyn Torres has impressed them at local debates and should be endorsed as a candidate for school board in the upcoming Nov. 5 special election.

Ip: Irvine Is About to Save A Lot of Fish

Hoiyin Ip is an environmental activist who supports banning public smoking citywide in Irvine. The Irvine City Council will discuss this ordinance on Oct. 22 at 5 PM.