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.
Santa Ana Civic Center renovation affects more than buildings
February 21, 2016
Orange County plans to spend $150 million renovating the downtown Santa Ana Civic Center, where thousands of people work and attend court and public meetings – and where far too many live on the streets.
County must take lead in giving shelter
February 7, 2016
This winter, there has been a flurry of media coverage of the homeless in Orange County, particularly the homeless population in the Santa Ana Civic Center area. We have heard about the county’s plans for a homeless shelter in Anaheim near the 91, its more nebulous plans for a homeless shelter in South County and its on-again, off-again plans to convert the empty Transportation Center in downtown Santa Ana into at least a temporary shelter.
Public pensions spared attack by ballot measure
January 22, 2016
Former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced this week that they have, once again, failed in their effort to launch ballot initiatives aimed at destroying public employee retirement systems. This follows on the heels of their failed attempt last summer to qualify a similar ballot measure.
Public workers keep us safe from storms
January 8, 2016
This newspaper and media outlets across Southern California have been focusing coverage on El Niño – the impact of the recent storms on our homeless population, on drought conditions and on communities at risk of flooding.
New laws protect workers from exploitation
January 1, 2016
The Orange County Employees Association is comprised of about 18,000 workers, many Orange County residents, who work every day to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Remember those in need at holidays
December 18, 2015
The holiday season brings out the best in our community – a time when so many people look for ways to not only give to their loved ones, but also to those who are less fortunate than themselves.
When public servants became victims, heroes
December 11, 2015
Last week’s tragedy in San Bernardino has hit close to home in ways most of us could not have comprehended in the days and hours preceding the terrible, unjustifiable events that unfolded in a matter of minutes on Dec. 2.
Don't sell off O.C. public schools to private interests
December 4, 2015
For generations, California’s public school system has served as a great equalizer in our society, educating the children of our state and preparing them for college or a trade. Once the battle to desegregate our schools in Orange County was won in 1948 by the Mendez v. Westminster decision, California’s public schools went on to become the envy of the nation. The idea that education was a primary duty of government under the supervision of locally elected school boards was firmly established.