In the 2010 Census, more than 210,000 California children younger than 6 weren’t counted. As a result, our state missed out on a decade’s worth of crucial funding — to the tune of over $2 billion — for programs that support kids. These programs provide basic necessities like food, shelter and health care. Through the All Kids Count campaign, First 5 Orange County and First 5 California are part of a coalition working to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
As we work to keep our families healthy, there is something everyone can do from home: take the 2020 Census. Every household has the chance to fill out the simple, nine question form to ensure billions of dollars in federal funds come into and stay in our communities.
Orange County resident and public interest attorney Mohammed Aly writes about the local campaign to implement best medical practices for treating opioid addiction in the Orange County Jail. Orange County loses hundreds of lives each year to the opioid crisis. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the most effective medical response, using a combination and drugs and therapy to treat opioid addiction and deter relapse. By local policy, however, only pregnant inmates can access MAT upon booking in jail. Barring adequate opioid treatment for inmates exacerbates the health crisis and violates federal law. Funding MAT access would save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in hospitalization and law enforcement costs. For these reasons, advocates are calling for the Board of Supervisors to implement MAT access in the Orange County Jail.
Gerry Serrano, President of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association writes that who holds dirty politicians accountable? Cecilia Iglesias’s unethical and illicit behavior has been repeated and continuous. She is not above the law and should be removed from office.
Steve Greenberg, Chair of The Irvine Transportation Commission and Director of The Colony HOA, writes that there is absolutely no good reason to recall Mayor Christina Shea or Council member Mike Carroll.
Mike Stockstill, a retired media and public affairs consultant, reminds us the toll the 1994 bankruptcy took on Orange County, today on the anniversary of the announcement the county had gone broke on risky investments.
Orange County Third District Supervisor Donald P. Wagner writes about his concerns regarding the lack of transparency over the appointment process to fill the vacancy created by the death of former Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery.
Irvine resident Jodi Lieberman, a first-year college student at UCLA writes about the difficulties of trying to restore her right to drive and how reaching out to Senator Moorlach’s office made the difference in her case.
Lan Quoc Nguyen, an attorney and Trustee of the Garden Grove Unified School District, writes to defend recent actions in Westminster to limit council members’ ability to get issues on the official agenda for discussion and votes, taking aim at new council member Tai Do for his opposition to the new policy.