By Lucy Dunn and Helen Osullivan | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: March 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm | UPDATED: March 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm A pervasive and spiraling problem of homelessness in Orange County continues to dominate both media headlines and water-cooler discussions in Orange County even after a year of progress. With a goal of housing 2,700 people experiencing homelessness, Orange County elected officials have stepped up to fund new shelters, Orange County United Way’s aggressive public education campaign reminds us of the facts and economic impact of deferring solutions, health organizations have made remarkable advances expanding mental health services for the most vulnerable and national attention around hundreds camped along the Santa Ana River — promising otherwise to come to a community near you — have abated for now. But shelters, while important, are temporary solutions, not permanent housing. They are a Band-Aid and, frankly, a by-product of … [Read more...] about How businesses can help solve Orange County homelessness
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By Jeff Collins | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: March 5, 2019 at 5:00 am | UPDATED: March 5, 2019 at 5:01 am The Disney Resort donated $5 million to a revitalized housing trust fund, kickstarting a business-backed campaign to raise cash for housing the homeless, Orange County business leaders said Monday, March 4. The low-key Orange County Housing Trust, incorporated in 2010 and operating on a small budget, will “rise as a Phoenix” under a partnership between the Orange County Business Council and NeighborWorks Orange County, a nonprofit housing assistance agency, said Lucy Dunn, business council chief executive. The goal is to make “last-mile” loans available to affordable housing projects that already have secured most of their funding, providing enough capital to push proposed developments “across the finish line,” backers said. “There has been a heightened focus on the critical issue of homelessness in Orange … [Read more...] about Disney donates $5 million to help fund housing for Orange County’s homeless
By Heather McRea | [email protected] and Jennifer Karmarkar | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 27, 2018 at 10:52 am | UPDATED: June 27, 2018 at 12:20 pm Many Orange County communities are preparing to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks shows, festivals, parade or runs/walks. Following is a listing of the options for how to spend your Independence Day. You can also check out the Orange County Fire Authority’s website, ocfa.org, for a listing of where professional fireworks shows are planned and information on the communities that allow safe and sane fireworks with some safety tips from the fire agency. Events are on the Fourth of July unless otherwise noted. Aliso Viejo The Aliso Viejo Community Association hosts a celebration and fireworks show from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Grand Park. Undercover Live will perform, and there will be arts and crafts and other kids activities. Information: avca.net Anaheim The Anaheim Hills Community Council hosts its … [Read more...] about Where you can celebrate July 4th in Orange County with festivities and fireworks
By Jordan Graham | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 26, 2018 at 8:37 pm | UPDATED: June 26, 2018 at 8:37 pm Amid criticism that it was curtailing public transparency, the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday cut the proposed budgets of law-enforcement and financial oversight offices, but stopped short of totally defunding and splintering the shops as planned. During a meeting in which the board passed a $6.5 billion annual county budget, supervisors reversed their plan to shutter the Office of Independent Review, a watchdog charged with monitoring the sheriff’s department and district attorney’s office, among other agencies. But instead of allowing that office to hire two investigators to track jail issues and deputy misbehavior, as its recently hired executive director had proposed, the board provided the office with no investigators and just one additional employee – a secretary. They also limited the scope of the … [Read more...] about Orange County splits auditing office, partially funds law enforcement watchdog, passes $6.5B budget
By Sal Rodriguez | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm | UPDATED: June 19, 2018 at 2:43 pm Editor’s note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on today’s headlines. Earlier this year, Santa Ana officials denied the Orange County Needle Exchange a permit to continue operating once a week in the Civic Center after nearly two years of operation. The OCNEP has regrouped and has proposed a mobile needle exchange program which will allow them to operate in Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa. They have applied with the California Department of Public Health. The proposal can be seen here. Unfortunately, officials from Orange County, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, have written in opposition to the plan, with OC Supervisor Andrew Do threatening legal action to stop it. Orange County is one of the largest counties in the country not to have a needle exchange … [Read more...] about Orange County needs a needle exchange program. Approve the OCNEP proposal.