In this current crisis, leadership is coming from local government. In Orange County our local public servants are facing this crisis with courage and professionalism that fills our community with pride. Local government workers serve so we can be safe. They deserve safety and support.
The virus has upended daily life, but one Orange County resident ponders the changes it will bring as move through, and from this time in history. What are we learning – and what can we learn – as we navigate through uncharted territory?
A coalition of restaurants have created the GREAT AMERICAN TAKEOUT, Tuesday, March 24 with goal of having everyone who can do so to patronize a local restaurant in a show of support for the industry nationwide.
Many of our nation’s leaders are talking about ways to stem the economic fallout from COVID-19 precautions. We must learn from the lessons of the 2008 Great Recession, when we bailed out corporations but not people. We can’t do that again. This time, America’s families must be front and center.
Orange County ignores CDC guidance to leave six feet of space between cots at its emergency homeless shelters. The Courtyard shelter has loaded four times the number of occupants than permitted by the building code. The Board of Supervisors must move immuno-compromised or elderly people from shelters to motels now.
This Op-Ed sheds light on important lessons that the novel Coronavirus is teaching us — as the Coronavirus spreads, homelessness and housing instability are major concerns for many people living in Orange County, especially communities such as the ones living near the Willowick Golf Course. It is in times of increased anxiety, as we take precaution of the Coronavirus, that one finally recognizes how important it is to have a home to go to and stay safe when the media and local officials repeatedly state ‘stay home’. Yet, not everyone has the privilege to stay home. And, for many working class families, the Coronavirus is threatening to exacerbate the economic struggle and it places the most vulnerable at risk.