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.

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.

Momentous week for working Californians

April 1, 2016

This was a historic week for working people – one that reinforces why I am so proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with fast-food workers, nurses, teachers and firefighters in the labor movement demanding a better life for all Californians.

Research project helps uncover challenges middle class faces

March 26, 2016

The reason there is so much disruption to the establishment during this presidential election is because no matter how hard they work and how carefully they plan, too many working Americans just can’t get ahead.

Anaheim vigil showed a city of social justice

March 6, 2016

The crowd grew very quickly at Anaheim’s Pearson Park on Monday. By 6 p.m., more than 400 peaceful demonstrators holding signs that read “Unity” and “Stop Hate” were gathered at the park near Harbor Boulevard and Cypress Street. Just two days earlier, the location was the scene of a violent and bloody clash between a handful of Ku Klux Klan members and a group of anti-Klan – mainly young – protestors.

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.

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