Santana: Protecting Public Safety

With public safety pensions rising, driving several sales tax increases in several Orange County cities, residents and office seekers need to start asking themselves about social investments that enhance public safety but aren’t within the local police department budget.

Santana: News Transparency Matters

Voice of OC today joins more than 120 news sites around the world showing the Project’s Trust Indicators battling misinformation and bolstering a new standard for journalism that allows readers to judge the transparency of news organizations.

Santana: Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day?

Given Orange County’s longtime, official fervor for ideological debates on issues like immigration along with this year’s competitive congressional campaigns, it’s surprising that the question of city recognitions of Columbus vs. Indigenous People’s Day hasn’t yet hit the city council dais.

Santana: OC Lack of Progress on Homelessness is Tragic. Could it Soon be Illegal?

Recent court decisions stress that without adequate public sheltering infrastructure, leaders can’t legally enforce anti-camping ordinances. Given the failure of OC Supervisors to craft regional consensus among cities on housing homeless people, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter has now been put in a tough position, one he’s been trying to avoid since March.