Harrington: Time to Return Safety and Security to our Public Policy

Dave Harrington, who serves as Mayor of Aliso Viejo, is also a 29-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and candidate for Orange County Sheriff. Harrington adds his voice to the debate over sanctuary cities noting that he would fight back against Sacramento laws limiting local law enforcement interaction with federal immigration authorities.

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.

Amezcua and Phillips: School Safety is Everyone’s Business

As we mourn the innocent victims who lost their lives in the senseless tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and ask ourselves why and how has this happened again in our schools, we search for answers that we hope will guide us and give direction on how we can prevent such a horrendous act of violence from ever happening again. Although we may not have all the answers, what we do have – as elected leaders and educators – is a responsibility to ensure that we institute safety and security protocols to ensure our students and staff are safe when they are in our care at school. Schools must remain a safe place where all students can learn, grow and become productive members of society. In the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), the largest school district in Orange County serving 50,000 students, the Board of Education has a long-standing commitment to the safety of students and staff by investing in a strong, well-trained school police department that is specifically designed to support the school community. Operating 24 hours a day, each day of the week, the Santa Ana School Police Department monitors and oversees 57 schools while maintaining a strong partnership with the Santa Ana Police Department and many other neighboring law enforcement agencies in Orange County.

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.