Robert Loewen, chairman emeritus and former president of Orange County’s Lincoln Club, writes that the nation’s DREAM act kids need a legislative solution from Congress on immigration. Loewen writes these kids deserve consideration and the Lincoln Club’s heart is with them along with legislation that would allow them to stay in the United States and continue productive lives.
In the bid to attract an Amazon HQ to local cities, Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, writes that city leaders need to be careful about offering public subsidies to private interests.
Kala Ghooray, a medical student at UC Irvine, argues that we should not treat homeless as criminals but rather we need a humane approach to address the public health crisis in the Santa Ana Civic Center.
Santa Ana resident Jordan Hoiberg writes that Santa Ana city council members should follow their own lead on providing sanctuary for undocumented immigrants and offer the same compassion and protection to homeless members of their community.
With Orange County supervisors poised to approve a developer to remake Dana Point Harbor this week, two different approaches appear for a public/private sector partnership to build hotels, docks and shops at the harbor. One bidder – Dana Point Partners – wants a $45 million subsidy from taxpayers while another, Dana Point Harbor Partners, seeks $20 million, both largely to fund parking garages and potential nearby street improvements.
The non-profit Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, formed twenty years ago this week in the wake of the 1994 bankruptcy, have provided a model of how active residents and citizens can engage with agencies like OC Parks on mission and funding, ultimately improving regional quality of life by protecting important natural community assets. This coming Saturday, October 14th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, readers can join supporters celebrating at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach.
Newport Beach Daily Pilot Columnist Barbara Venezia writes about why she joined the Voice of OC board of directors as well as the future of online, non-profit news just as national journalism foundations select the Orange County-based newsroom to participate in a special fundraising match program through Dec. 31. Venezia also will chair a select group of community advisors to the Voice of OC newsroom.
During this Mental Illness Awareness Week, Matt Holzmann writes that we should all see ourselves as first responders when it comes to mental health, warning we can’t just leave public safety officers alone in dealing with mentally ill in our communities. Instead, Holzmann notes that education and early intervention are key to successful outcomes.