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.
Workers losing millions to wage theft
August 19, 2016
If you have followed this column you know I’ve often written about workers’ wages: Fair wages, a living wage, gender wage disparity. I address the subject of wages frequently for three reasons.
Trump's treatment of women hits close to home
August 5, 2016
This week, the United States presidential discussion struck a particularly raw nerve here in Orange County.
Orange County risks failing our foster kids
July 22, 2016
More than 2,300 children in Orange County have been removed from the care of their biological parents and are currently living in foster care.
County in Need of Homeless Plan
July 8, 2016
I recently wrote about homelessness in the Civic Center area in Santa Ana. The county has now created a new executive position dedicated to addressing homeless issues and filled that position with a director who we are told will have the authority and support to impact real change for Orange County’s homeless community. She is expected to be knowledgeable and experienced and is collecting information to conduct an assessment and develop a strategic plan.
Orange County workers at hub of innovation
June 24, 2016
Vilifying public employees has been a hobby of some for more than a decade. Yet most of us recognize that public employees often deliver critical services that the private sector cannot or will not provide, or will only perform if exorbitant profits are virtually guaranteed and performance expectations are set inordinately low.
Closing gender pay gap in O.C. government
June 10, 2016
A state audit revealed last week that female employees with the county of Orange earn an average of 27 percent less than their male counterparts.
Homeless making Civic Center unsafe
May 27, 2016
At Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, an employee walking into work earlier this month stepped on a used hypodermic needle. On a different day, a work crew of plumbers making repairs outside the courthouse was attacked by rock-throwing residents of a nearby homeless encampment.
Show working moms how much we care
May 17, 2016
It has become axiomatic that on Mother’s Day we honor our moms with greeting cards, flowers and some food-related event like brunch or breakfast in bed. That’s how I honored my mom last week. That’s what many of us do, often mindlessly, year after year, whether our mom is 19 or 90.
A step forward, and one back, for veterans
April 29, 2016
A museum and a cemetery. Both would honor the service and sacrifices of so many men and women who have given their lives in defense of our democracy. Both would be located on hallowed ground, land that is part of Orange County’s rich military history. Both would offer a space where families and children can remember those who have fallen and reflect on the price of the freedom we all enjoy.
New era coming for OC Animal Care
April 15, 2016
This week, the Register detailed an important improvement for animals and the public: the construction of a state-of-the-art county animal shelter in Tustin that will provide a much-needed upgrade to the decades-old facility in Orange.