Kriz: OC Homeless Deaths on The Rise

Fr. Dennis Kriz, Pastor at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, provides the August count for those who died on our streets “without fixed abode,” aka homeless. 19 deaths in August would make last month the deadliest month for OC’s homeless since February.

Fields: America Belongs to Every Citizen

Eugene Fields, Communications Manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), writes that Constitution Day, September 17, recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. No American should be told to “go back.”

Santana: Death of OC Auditor Controller Underscores Why Public Access to Elected Officials’ Calendars Matters

After having his department largely defunded last year because of an active watchdog approach, it now seems that deceased Orange County Auditor Controller Eric Woolery was transitioning his life to Kansas. Orange County taxpayers had a right to know that Woolery was super-commuting to his local office from out of state and might be transitioning to a new life. Access to an official public calendar would have allowed for that kind of accountability, something that County of Orange officials keep fighting.

Gilio-Whitaker & Robles: When is Genocide Over in San Juan Capistrano?

Acjachemen tribal member Rebecca Robles and Dina Gilio-Whitaker of the Colville Confederated Tribes call on the San Juan City Council to approve a cultural park on a longtime city open space near J. Serra High School. The land is that is all that’s left from the Acjachemen people’s beloved village site in San Juan Capistrano.