OCEA in the Register

OCEA General Manager Jennifer Muir Beuthin writes a bi-weekly column in the Orange County Register about issues impacting working people.

Reining in predatory pharmaceutical drug prices

August 11, 2017

I’ll bet every Orange County Register reader knows someone who relies on prescription medication to stay alive. Whether they’re fighting cancer, controlling high blood pressure or diabetes, treating an auto immune disease or a bout with pneumonia, access to medication is just as critical as food and water for many in our communities.

Put democratic process ahead of partisan politics

July 28, 2017

Last month the Orange County Board of Supervisors quietly voted to reject a new model for voting in our county elections that would have saved taxpayers millions of dollars and expanded access to voting.

Honoring those who sacrificed for our county and country

July 14, 2017

The Orange County Fair opens today—this year with some new educational opportunities that highlight the roles of the working men and women who helped build our great county and country.

Supervisors vote against democracy

June 23, 2017

The right to vote is one of the building blocks of democracy. It’s one of the key ways “We the People” participate in our self-governance. Voting enables us to reflect our values in the representatives we choose and the issues we face. Simply and clearly, in a democracy our vote is our voice.

Petition is bait-and-switch that won’t repeal gas tax

June 9, 2017

You can hear the lie all over AM radio: “Sign this petition and repeal the gas tax,” or “Stop the car tax.” The same message is being peddled by paid signature gatherers at drug stores, markets and public facilities.

Memorial Day binds Americans together

May 26, 2017

Our national holidays can provide every American an opportunity to at least for a day put aside our differences and remember those things that bind us together as a nation. Memorial Day does that.

Governor’s revised budget provides relief from potential county service cuts

May 12, 2017

A program to provide in-home care for elderly and disabled Californians is at the center of a budget issue that nearly threatened to reduce health and law enforcement services across the state, including here in Orange County.

Putting partisanship aside for the good of Orange County

April 28, 2017

Orange County is a donor county. This means that collectively we send far more in revenue to the state than we receive back. Not surprisingly, this impacts almost every aspect of our lives. It would be difficult to identify a public service that wouldn’t be in a better position to serve the public if we just received back approximately the amount of revenue we send to Sacramento.

Impacting thousands of lives—one hot dog at a time

April 14, 2017

A hot dog wagon may not sound high-brow enough for the opinion section of a major metropolitan daily newspaper. But you’d be surprised at how the simple act of cooking a free lunch can impact lives — and has, in fact, impacted thousands of lives. You also might be surprised to hear about how all of those people who have been touched by the hot dog wagon responded when it was stolen last week, along with a freezer full of 2,000 frozen all-beef dogs.

The labor movement loses a giant in Mike Garcia

March 31, 2017

The labor movement is mourning a giant following the death last weekend of Mike Garcia, the longtime president of SEIU 1877 and United Service Workers West who spent his life standing with workers for social and economic justice, particularly low-wage and immigrant workers most vulnerable to exploitation.

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