Voice of OC is the one place where different points of view can all have their say. We encourage dialogue on any topic of interest in Orange County.
This news agency serves Orange County residents like a 21st century public square, we are an open forum to express yourself coherently and respectfully which is the first step in civic engagement.
Our Opinion Pages reach, on average, 100,000 individuals who influence or make important decisions in your community. We welcome both sides. Have at it. We want to hear from all points of view then we link the stories on the same topic so readers can decide for themselves.
The next time you’re standing at the DMV, or the Post Office or the Social Security office, use the time to reflect on this: Unelected bureaucrats are just as responsible to the citizenry for their decisions and actions as elected officials. What a concept! Public workers work for you – not politicians, not special interests, not corporations. The things they do on the job – like emails, and reports, and meetings, is open to public scrutiny. After all, you’re the boss.
Voice of OC keeps track of your government from the council chambers to the inner sanctum of city hall. How the planning department is permitting construction, building or maintaining roads and policing the city are just a few of the public services that contribute to our quality of life.
Voice has always been about giving voice to the voiceless. So it came as a shock to us that as the traditional media contracts, one of the casualties has been arts and culture coverage, unless you count updates on the Real Housewives, art and culture.
Every two years our democracy hosts a revolution. It’s called an election. The weapon of choice: information. Arming people with accurate, thorough and fair reporting on their government is Voice of OC’s mission, every day.
We hold politicians accountable for their campaign promises. We hold bureaucrats accountable for managing our tax dollars and government programs. We hold ourselves accountable to you, the people of Orange County.
KPCC’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle live election night special will feature Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr.
Santana will be featured on the air from 10 p.m. to midnight today, on Election Day, and then between 10 a.m. and noon Wednesday for analysis. Tune in on the radio at 89.3 FM or online at www.scpr.org.
During this historic election season, Voice of OC has been front and center at a host of election debates and forums all across Orange County. Earlier this month in Santa Ana, Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr. moderated the first debate ever in modern times for candidates vying to become the next Mayor of Santa Ana. Incumbent Mayor Miguel Pulido squared off against his challenger, City Councilman Sal Tinajero — the first time that most can remember Pulido engaging in a one on one debate. Council candidates also debated the future of the city at the forum sponsored by nonprofits like Resilience OC and Latino Health Access in downtown Santa Ana. In addition to city council races, Santana also moderated debates for elected board seats on the Santa Ana Unified School District.