Santana: Given Campaign Cash for OC Supervisors, Newport Beach Residents Right to Worry About JWA Expansion Plans

Newport Beach residents are wary of expansion plans at John Wayne Airport to open a new private, executive jet terminal. While county officials says executive jets are a small part of revenues, a Voice of OC analysis of campaign filings shows a different nexus: campaign contributions to county supervisors from private jet contractors and their business associates. JWA expansion plans are up for approval next month by Orange County airport commissions on May 1 and by county supervisors on May 7.

Harden: The Challenge of Being Black at Chapman University

Olivia Harden, a student at Chapman and Features Editor of The Panther Newspaper, writes that being Black at Chapman can be traumatic and has only been exacerbated by the refusal of Chapman’s President to remove a racially charged poster of the film Birth of a Nation, at the Dodge School of Film. A vote Monday by the faculty will consider whether to call for a change.

Pauly: ACC-OC EXPOSED Is Your City a Dues Paying Member?

Deborah Pauly, an elected member of the OC Republican Party and former Villa Park Councilwoman, writes about the lobbyists and consultants that are able to influence elected officials, with taxpayer dollars, all facilitated by the Association of California Cities – Orange County.

Mosko: Finally, a Bill in Congress to Fix Climate Crisis

With just a dozen years left to address climate change before impacts become disastrous, Sarah Mosko writes that Orange County faces real flooding and water table threats, noting that residents should support new bipartisan legislation in Congress to address the climate crisis.