Tillou: Supporting Small Business in Orange, a More Balanced Approach to STRs

Short Term Rentals (STRs) operate across an astonishing 220+ countries worldwide but are, by design, small and local home-based businesses. They provide affordable lodgings for visitors and generate revenue for homeowners and cities through tourism and tax dollars – all increasingly important as we look toward a post pandemic economic recovery.

Kriz: Twenty-Five People Died in OC “Without Fixed Abode” in November, Last Year There Were Nineteen

Twenty-five people died in OC “without fixed abode” in November, last year there were nineteen.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis there 247 have died OC without fixed abode, last year 139 died over the same period.  Shelters of varying quality are opening, but concerns remain regarding what if anything can be offered “after the shelter.”  Perhaps it is time to ask Washington DC for help. 

Paterno and Nielsen: Debt for Service – Veterans Must Rank Higher than Free Market Fraudsters

President-elect Joe Biden must repair the tattered safety net that has allowed veterans to fall into the waiting arms of unscrupulous executives who see them as “dollar signs in uniform.” His predecessor described war dead as “suckers” and “losers”, and enabled industry to defraud veterans and gorge on federal funding.

Rodriguez: An Open Letter to the City of Garden Grove and Developers Trying to Monetize Willowick-Residents of Color will not be Tokenized

In her piece, Karen Rodriguez, born and raised in Santa Ana, CA and an organizer for the Rise Up Willowick coalition, responds to Kelsey Brewer’s, of Jamboree Housing, Op-Ed piece. Rodriguez dispels Brewers’ claims that Jamboree’s proposal responds to the needs of residents. Rodriguez portrays residents’ needs and vision for the Willowick Golf course based on ongoing community outreach and organizing that began nearly two years ago. For decades, residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the Willowick Golf Course, Buena Clinton in Garden Grove and Santa Anita in Santa Ana, have experienced disinvestment; however their vision is clear. The community will not be tokenized by the City or developers; they have the right to self-determine the future of their neighborhood.

Smoller and Moodian: Four Takeaways From the 2020 General Election

Here are four takeaways pertaining to Orange County from the historic 2020 general election. Vote by Mail Is an Overwhelming Success

Orange County is fortunate to have Neal Kelley as its registrar of voters. Several years ago, Kelley devised the vote center model, but because of resistance from the board of supervisors, he was not able to fully implement it until this year. The registrar of voters mailed ballots to all voters about a month before the election. Voters could mail them back or drop them off in one of the county’s 116 ballot drop boxes.