On OC: Enhancing Public Safety in Santa Ana

Sean Garcia-Leys and Eric Lam from the Urban Peace Institute talk about their ongoing assessment of local policing, a Sept. 26 public forum in Santa Ana to discuss public safety and the broader prospects for enhancing public safety without breaking the public budget.

On OC: Defending Orange County’s Backcountry

Orange County backcountry activist and land use attorney Gloria Sefton talks about the constant development pressures on Orange County’s land use specific plans, especially those in the canyon areas, and her numerous successful lawsuits to defend the public planning process for canyon residents.

On OC: Funding Mental Health in Orange County

Matt Holzmann, vice chair for Orange County’s Mental Health Board, talks about the unique opportunity facing public officials in Orange County to create a national funding and programming model for mental health programming at every spectrum, from those facing an immediate crisis, to those in need of permanent supportive housing.

On OC: Battling Traffic in Irvine

Karen Jaffe, a 20-year Irvine resident and now activist after watching her city streets clog up, talks about recent ballot initiatives in Irvine to address traffic and the power of the issue to drive political campaigns in future years as well as the founding of Irvine Watchdog.org.

Rent Control For Santa Ana? (English and Español)

Hairo Cortes, executive director for a new political action committee in Santa Ana called Chispa and Santa Ana activist Idalia Rios both talk about why city residents need to enact reasonable rent control limits, such as a 5 percent cap on rent increases as well as upcoming state and local ballot drives on the issue.