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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Armory Shelters in Santa Ana and Fullerton Extend Hours Due to Rain

The Orange County Armory Emergency Shelter Program in Santa Ana and Fullerton is operating on a 24-hour basis with coordination and support from the California Military Department, today through Friday morning to provide shelter and protection to residents experiencing homelessness during the current and predicted rain.
 
Due to the anticipated severe weather event in Orange County and the region, the County of Orange, in conjunction with Mercy House Living Centers, is providing shelter services all day at the Santa Ana and Fullerton armories. The armories are scheduled to resume regular operations the evening of Friday with operating hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
 
The Santa Ana and Fullerton armories provide a total of up to 400 beds per night. Individuals experiencing homelessness will receive a nutritious meal, a warm shower and a safe place to sleep.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) was pleased to partner with Senator Tom Umberg, Assemblymembers Steven Choi and Sharon Quirk-Silva, the City of Placentia and Harry’s Cafe to distribute turkeys this holiday season to local nonprofit organizations in Orange County that serve families and individuals with limited resources through its annual Operation Gobble outreach program.

Operation Gobble is a philanthropic partnership between Golden State Water, the California Water Association and local and state elected officials. This year, Golden State Water employees distributed more than 8,000 turkeys to local community-based organizations, churches, food banks, senior centers and other nonprofits in the communities it serves.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

November 16-24, 2019 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  This week draws attention to the issue and seriousness of hunger and homelessness in our communities, state and across the country.  Even though the campaign is only a week-long, the lessons and programs started, can be a year-round initiative for all.  In our community, United to End Homelessness remains steadfast in its goal to end homelessness for good in Orange County. 

They currently house people through the WelcomeHomeOC program, which partners with landlords in OC to rent to people who are homeless with housing vouchers.  The program is now expanding to former foster youth – individuals between the ages of 18 and 24, who have aged out of the foster care system and are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.  To learn more about the United to End Homelessness and ways you can help, please visit

Sunday, November 17, 2019

In football, defensive coaches tell their players that the best way to avoid missing a tackle is to keep their eye on the ball carrier’s belly button. The runner may duck, weave, or spin but the belly button is always at the center. This is a fitting metaphor for the annual Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association legislative scorecard.

Increasingly, party affiliation is not always an indicator of sympathy toward taxpayer issues.

 Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva also received an “A” grade.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Treatment industry needs fixing, say state lawmakers

Scores of people filled the council chambers to explore the holes in California’s regulation of the addiction treatment industry and chart a path to better protect patients, and preserve the peace in neighborhoods around treatment facilities and sober living homes.

There was the personal. Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, told of her brother, who suffered from alcoholism and died last year.

Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley spoke of alcoholic relatives, and how her mother got sober with the help of Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara while Foley was still a teen.

Southern California remains ground zero of the Rehab Riviera, with nearly 1,000 of California’s 1,800 licensed or certified addiction treatment facilities clustered in just four counties: Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The 15th annual Women’s Leadership Forum at the Fullerton Community Center on November 13 was hosted by the Women’s Club of Fullerton (WCOF) and the two women on the City Council, Jan Flory and Jennifer Fitzgerald, to recognize 5 local women leaders.

WCOF and other local non-profits such as the Assistance League, JOYA Scholars, WTLC, and Crittenton along with local restaurants and boutique vendors were set up for attendees to learn, taste, and shop during the opening reception.

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, who founded the event when she was a councilmember, and Fullerton Mayor Jesus Silva opened the forum. Genevieve Paden directed the Girl Scout color guard and led the audience in singing the national anthem.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Los Alamitos Race Track salutes veterans with dedication of races

A patriotic opening ceremony, a celebration of the American Legion’s 100th anniversary, military vehicle and equipment displays, historical war exhibits in the main lobby and grandstand viewing area courtesy of the California State Military Museum, live music, and free interactive activities, games and pony rides for the children were all part of the inaugural Honoring Our Veterans Night at the Races at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday evening.