Harrington: The Time is Now to Protect Our School Children

Dave Harrington, a 29 year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Mayor of Aliso Viejo writes that the time is now to implement measures to protect school children from active shooters on school grounds. Harrington is also a candidate for Orange County Sheriff.

Steinmetz: Westminster School District Needs Fair Representation for All Parents

Westminster resident Claudia Steinmetz, who is also PTA President for a local school in the Westminster School District writes that school board members are letting parents and kids down in District Two by not holding an election this year. Steinmetz charges that the move is all about protecting incumbents, not getting better education or representation. She wants parents to join her speaking out at the next school board meeting on Jan. 18.

Brill: OC High Schools, Nowhere to Go But Up On Voter Registration 

State officials have designated the last two full weeks in April and September as High School Voter Education Weeks to encourage getting kids pre-registered to vote as early as age 16. Attorney Laura P. Brill says the recognition offers local high schools and their students an important opportunity to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens.

Robbie: A Random Act of Mendez – For All of Us

Sandra Robbie describes its importance of Mendez v. Westminster and why she produced the documentary that depicts this important case. The year 2017 marks the 70-year anniversary. Random Act of Mendez celebrates a new Hispanic heritage tradition.

Phillips: Celebrating Success at Santa Ana Unified School District

Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent Stefanie P. Phillips reports that students in Santa Ana have achieved a significant increase of 11.5% in graduation rates over the last seven years, surpassing the State and County average with 91.6% of the District’s high school seniors graduating with their diploma and a direct pathway to college.