Mosko: Finally, a Bill in Congress to Fix Climate Crisis

With just a dozen years left to address climate change before impacts become disastrous, Sarah Mosko writes that Orange County faces real flooding and water table threats, noting that residents should support new bipartisan legislation in Congress to address the climate crisis.

Barajas: City Open Space Shouldn’t Be Tucked Behind Closed Doors

Flor Barajas, Deputy Director at OCCORD, argues that Willowick Golf Course, currently zoned as Open Space, could be developed as a regional park adjourning Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Barajas writes that public lands should not be sold to developers but instead elected officials should protect this asset for future generations.

Boardman: Endangered Species Act More Important Than Ever

The Trump administration is proposing multiple regulatory changes to the Endangered Species Act that will drastically hamper its ability to save threatened species from extinction.  With so many challenges to the natural world, now is the wrong time to make conservation even more difficult by placing additional limitations on the Endangered Species Act.

Oliphant: The Real Incumbent in Irvine

Wesley Oliphant, an Irvine resident from Portola Hills, asserts the real incumbent in Irvine is not Mayor Don Wagner so much as money itself and that big money is more important for reelection than representing residents’ interests. Thus, problems such as traffic in Irvine will never resolved unless there is a change in mind set.

Eidt: Finding Our Community Voice

Urban planner and environmental activist Jack Eidt writes that Voice of OC has opened up a community platform empowering citizens and residents to impact their local reality, their quality of life. In today’s world of corporate mergers and dwindling media, Edit reminds readers, and donors, that nonprofit newsrooms like Voice put people in a position to make a difference on public policy.

Schlotterbeck: Friends Saved OC Harbors, Beaches and Parks

The non-profit Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, formed twenty years ago this week in the wake of the 1994 bankruptcy, have provided a model of how active residents and citizens can engage with agencies like OC Parks on mission and funding, ultimately improving regional quality of life by protecting important natural community assets. This coming Saturday, October 14th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, readers can join supporters celebrating at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach.