Santana: Welcome to Purple County

On Election Day, President Trump drove unprecedented voter turnout in Orange County, nearly 65 percent of registered voters visited the polls. That hasn’t been seen during a midterm election in Orange County since the 1970s. The results don’t bode well for the GOP but there’s a deeper message here for incumbents: Engage the public or peril.

Santana: Veterans Make Elections Possible

As we come out of the election season, and go into another month of tight, tense counts at the local registrar of voters office, Veterans Day offers a chance to stop and reflect on our freedoms as well as those who have sacrificed to ensure our way of life. Today, Orange County’s state fairgrounds in Costa Mesa hosts the annual commemoration where people can visit the Hero’s Hall museum as well as the walk of honor featuring plaques that tell the stories of more than three-dozen war heroes from Orange County.

Santana: Fight Fake News, Fund Local News

Starting today, through the end of the year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation leads a coalition of national foundations spurring local community members to invest in nonprofit newsrooms, launching News Match – where the foundation coalition matches local donations to nonprofit newsrooms.

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.