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.

Resnick: SchoolsFirst…Democracy Last

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is the largest financial institution in Orange County. Credit unions are known as cooperatives – democratic organizations owned and controlled by its members. The board members of SchoolsFirst seem to believe they are exempt from the democratic process.

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.