County supervisors this past month were able to offer more than 700 people camped out along the Santa Ana riverbed a viable option toward stability by granting them motel stays and case workers. So where were these services the past decade while the homelessness crisis exploded? Should County Supervisors remain the lead agency for response? Where do we go from here?
Judge David O Carter this week demonstrated real leadership on combating homelessness by getting out into the field and challenging county officials to focus public resources on meeting immediate needs of riverbed residents. Yet will this rare focus last? Could receivership of federal and state funds coming into the County of Orange be on the horizon?
Orange County supervisors step up their attack on public comment at their regular public meetings by pushing taxpayers to the end of their meeting agenda. The change means offering public comment to county supervisors will take hours of waiting.
Today as many enjoy a day off thanks to President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. reflects on Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – a short, 272-word Oped that changed the meaning of freedom and offers a challenge to all of us to stay involved in our civic life.
Orange County Democrats confront an odd situation this Saturday in San Juan Capistrano, pondering at their pre-endorsement caucuses whether it’s better to let a host of untested candidates battle it out through June or quickly crown official challengers against a series of Republican incumbents for four key congressional races this fall.
As residents organize to gather signatures to put major developments to popular vote, Irvine Greater Chamber of Commerce leaders rally against the idea pondering the potential impact on housing availability and prices.
Voice of OC enters 2018 in a strong position financially after readers responded overwhelmingly to our annual year-end online fundraiser, helped this year by a special national matching grant program, called NewsMatch.
Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. writes about the innovative position at Voice of OC, Involvement Editor, as well as the amazing longtime Orange County good government activist, Theresa Sears, who has grown the Voice of OC Opinion section since 2015.
Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. talks about the unique opportunities that Voice of OC donors offer to interns, opportunities not only to get published but to make a difference. In fact, today’s line up of award-winning reporters at Voice of OC, all started out as interns.