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Loretta Sanchez Talks About Running for Third District Supervisor on March 12
Mar 4 • 21 min
Former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the OC Democratic Party-endorsed candidate, talks about why she’s running to become a county supervisor, representing communities – like Tustin, Orange, Irvine and the canyons – that make up Orange County’s Third…
Irvine’s Don Wagner Talks About Running for Third District Supervisor on March 12
Mar 1 • 21 min
Irvine Mayor Don Wagner, the OC GOP-endorsed nominee, talks about why he’s running to become a county supervisor, representing communities - like Tustin, Orange, Irvine and the canyons - that make up Orange County’s Third District. Wagner talks about…
State Sen. John Moorlach on Police Oversight, Pensions & California’s Fiscal Solvency
Feb 22 • 28 min
At his state office in Sacramento, Moorlach talks about recent legal cases spurring from legislation he co-sponsored, SB 1421, that calls on police misconduct records to be opened for public review. The former County Supervisor and Treasurer-Tax Collector…
The Quest for a Veterans Cemetery in Orange County
Feb 8 • 22 min
Nick Berardino - president of Valor, the Veterans Alliance of Orange County and President of Heroes Hall Foundation - talks about the challenges facing what he calls America’s most disrespected minority, veterans, as well as the quest for a veterans…
The Future of No-Kill Animal Sheltering in Orange County
Feb 1 • 24 min
José Ocaño from the Best Friends Animal Society talks about the future of animal sheltering in the United States in a “no-kill” era for shelter animals as well as the change in culture over at the County of Orange animal shelter with new OC Animal Care…
From The PTA to City Council, Irvine’s Farrah Khan
Jan 25 • 17 min
As one of the first Asian Pacific Islanders and Muslims elected in Southern California, Farrah Khan talks about what it takes to win a local city council campaign as well as offering her take on Irvine’s future.
Former Irvine Mayor Beth Krom Talks Irvine, Great Park, Third District Election
Jan 18 • 18 min
Former Irvine Mayor Beth Krom talks about how Irvine, the Great Park and Orange County have changed in recent years and tackles prospects for the upcoming election for the Third Supervisorial District in March.
Labor Leader Ada Briceno Takes Over as Dem Party Chair
Jan 11 • 20 min
Hotel union leader Ada Briceño talks about the challenges facing Orange County’s Democratic Party and her expected ascent as chair this month as well as being the first Latina to take on the challenge.
From Kleptocracy to Democracy
Jan 4 • 34 min
Chapman University Professor Fred Smoller talks about his new book on the sacking of Bell city hall and what people need to do to protect their own civic backyards.
The Future Challenges Facing Working Families in Orange County
Dec 31, 2018 • 32 min
Jennifer Muir Beuthin, outgoing general manager for the Orange County Employees Association, talks about the challenges facing working families in Orange County as well as her own path as a women up through Orange County political and labor circles, the…
OC Democratic Party Chair Reflects on Victory
Dec 21, 2018 • 38 min
OC Democratic Party Chairwoman Fran Sdao reflects on the historic wins by Democrats in Orange County this past November and what Democrats have to do to stay in the majority in Orange County.
OC Republican Party Chair Reflects on Election
Dec 14, 2018 • 28 min
OC GOP Chairman Fred Whitaker talks frankly about what went wrong this past election cycle where Republicans lost every congressional seat in the county’s midterm elections. Whitaker also talks about what Republicans have to do to bounce back in the…
Apartments for Homeless
Dec 7, 2018 • 25 min
United Way Chief Operating Officer Carla Vargas updates progress on homelessness programs in Orange County, discussing a new pilot program, funded by a $250,000 grant from the County of Orange, that hopes to connect homeless people who are ready for…
Costa Mesa’s New Mayor Katrina Foley Talks About The Future
Nov 30, 2018 • 31 min
Foley talks about how Democrats swept local elections in Costa Mesa this year, shutting out Republicans for Congress, State Assembly, city council and mayors’ elections. Foley reflects on the campaign and where the city’s first directly elected mayor will…
New DA Spitzer Outlines Future
Nov 16, 2018 • 37 min
Incoming DA Todd Spitzer outlines his future plans as he prepares to become Orange County’s top law enforcement official next January.
Wrapping up a Purple Shaded Election Day in OC
Nov 7, 2018 • 26 min
Chapman University Political Science professors Mike Moodian and Fred Smoller talk about the unprecedented voter turnout and election results from across Orange County, noting the end of OC GOP dominance and the advent of a more competitive political…
On OC: Katie Porter on the 45th Congressional District
Nov 2, 2018 • 18 min
Irvine law professor Katie Porter talks about why she’s running as a Democrat for Congress against incumbent Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters, who has also been invited to share her perspectives on the district.
Duke Nguyen Talks about Running for OC Sheriff
Oct 26, 2018 • 18 min
Tustin resident Duke Nguyen, a former Santa Ana Police officer who now works as an investigator with the LA District Attorney’s office, talks about why he’s running to be Orange County’s next Sheriff. Nguyen’s opponent, Under Sheriff Don Barnes, also has…
Tim Shaw Talks About Running for Fourth District Orange County Supervisor
Oct 26, 2018 • 23 min
La Habra Mayor Tim Shaw talks about why he’s running to represent Northern Orange County on the OC Board of Supervisors.
Doug Chaffee Talks About Running for Fourth District Orange County Supervisor
Oct 26, 2018 • 20 min
Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee talks about why he’s running to represent Northern Orange County on the OC Board of Supervisors.
Mike Levin on the 49th Congressional District
Oct 19, 2018 • 29 min
Democratic Congressional candidate Mike Levin is challenging Republican Diane Harkey in the Orange and San Diego County-shared 49th district left open as Rep. Darrell Issa retires. Harkey has not answered an invitation to join the On OC podcast.
Gil Cisneros on the 39th Congressional District
Oct 19, 2018 • 22 min
Democrat Gil Cisneros talks about why he’s taking on incumbent Republican Young Kim in the 39th Congressional District this November for Rep. Ed Royce’s seat. Kim has not answered an invitation to join the On OC podcast.
Harley Rouda on the 48th Congressional District
Oct 12, 2018 • 26 min
Laguna Beach Democrat and businessman Harley Rouda talks about why he’s taking on incumbent Republican Dana Rohrabaher in the 48th Congressional District this November. Rohrahbacher has not answered an invitation to join the On OC podcast.
Orange County’s Philanthropic Community and Homelessness
Oct 5, 2018 • 20 min
Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., interviews Jack Toan, vice president at Wells Fargo. He is part of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Responsibility team, responsible for managing over $7 million of the company’s charitable giving and volunteerism…
A New Voice for Arts in OC
Sep 28, 2018 • 19 min
Paul Hodgins talks about the new Arts & Culture section at Voice of OC as well the future of Arts institutions, like the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory, in a changing Orange County.
Enhancing Public Safety in Santa Ana
Sep 21, 2018 • 35 min
Sean Garcia-Leys and Eric Lam from the Urban Peace Institute talk about their ongoing assessment of local policing, an upcoming public forum in Santa Ana to discuss public safety on Sept. 26 and the broader prospects for enhancing public safety without…
The Challenges of Sheltering Homeless Women in Orange County
Sep 14, 2018 • 25 min
Longtime Orange County GOP political consultant, Eilleen Padberg offers a hard look at life on the streets for homeless women living in Orange County as well as the challenges and costs of building permanent supportive housing for them. Padberg also talks…
The Woman Who Created an Animal Shelter From Her Pen
Sep 7, 2018 • 16 min
Orange County animal rights activist Rose Tingle created a $35 million regional animal shelter with a string of Op-eds in the Voice of OC that were followed by a stinging series of grand jury investigations, which ultimately convinced Orange County…
November Election Prospects for Orange County Democrats
Aug 31, 2018 • 20 min
OC Democratic Chairwoman Fran Sdao talks about November prospects for Orange County Democrats, reflecting upon the results from the June primary as well as the future of the party in Orange County.
November Election Prospects for Orange County Republicans
Aug 24, 2018 • 28 min
OC GOP Chairman Fred Whitaker talks about his party’s prospects this coming November, reflecting upon the results from the June primary and paths to majority influence in the future.
Defending Orange County’s Backcountry
Aug 17, 2018 • 25 min
Orange County backcountry activist and land use attorney Gloria Sefton talks the constant development pressures on Orange County’s land use specific plans, especially those in the canyon areas, and her numerous successful lawsuits to defend the public…
Funding Mental Health in Orange County
Aug 10, 2018 • 28 min
Matt Holzmann, vice chair for Orange County’s Mental Health Board, talks about the unique opportunity facing public officials in Orange County to create a national funding and programming model for mental health programming at every spectrum, from those…
Does OC County Government Need Performance Auditing?
Aug 3, 2018 • 25 min
Steve Danley, a former Performance Auditor for the County of Orange talks about the lost art of checking under the hood inside the halls of county government, what makes a good auditor as well as the future of his former office, now on life-support.
Battling Traffic in Irvine
Jul 27, 2018 • 23 min
Karen Jaffe, a 20-year Irvine resident and recent activist after watching her city streets clog up, talks about recent ballot initiatives in Irvine to address traffic and the power of the issue to drive political campaigns in future years as well as the…
Rent Control For Santa Ana? (En Español)
Jul 20, 2018 • 9 min
Hairo Cortes, executive director for a new political action committee in Santa Ana called Chispa and Santa Ana activist Idalia Rios both talk about why city residents need to enact reasonable rent control limits, such as a 5 percent cap on rent increases…
Rent Control For Santa Ana? (In English)
Jul 20, 2018 • 10 min
Hairo Cortes, executive director for a new political action committee in Santa Ana called Chispa and Santa Ana activist Idalia Rios both talk about why city residents need to enact reasonable rent control limits, such as a 5 percent cap on rent increases…
Talking For Poseidon Desal (Part 2 of 2 Episodes)
Jul 13, 2018 • 22 min
Brian Lochrie, a spokesman for Poseidon, a private sector company that has invested millions to develop a water desalination plant in Huntington Beach, talks about why it makes sense for public agencies and rate payers to invest in alternatives like desal.
Talking Against Poseidon Desal (Part 1 of 2 Episodes)
Jul 13, 2018 • 23 min
Paul Cook, general manager for the Irvine Ranch Water District talks about why the proposed deal for a private company, Poseidon, to make desalinated water in Huntington Beach makes no sense for public agencies or ratepayers.
OC Kids on Immigration
Jul 6, 2018 • 10 min
Voice of OC works with a reporting boot camp for middle schoolers in Santa Ana, producing a podcast where kids sounds off on life in Santa Ana as well as the immigration debate that is playing out in their living rooms and neighborhoods.
OC Election Trends to Keep Watch on Heading into November
Jun 22, 2018 • 16 min
Chapman University Political Science Professors Fred Smoller and Mike Moodian explore the election trends that fueled the June primary along with offering insights on what trends to keep watch over as congressional and local races heat up as we head into…
OC Roundup on Election Results from the June Primary
Jun 22, 2018 • 23 min
Chapman University Political Science Professors Fred Smoller and Mike Moodian talk about election results from the June primary with a focus on the four hotly contested congressional seats in Orange County along with a potential run off for the Sheriff…
OC Party Chairs Open Up on Election Day Races
Jun 5, 2018 • 21 min
OC Democratic Party Chairwoman Fran Sdao and OC Republican Party Chairman Fred Whitaker talk about prospects, issues and strategy for Tuesday’s election races across Orange County as well as the future of political parties in local government.
OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley Talks About June Primary Election
May 29, 2018 • 22 min
Neal Kelley has effectively administered more than 70 countywide elections since coming on the job more than a decade ago. Kelley talks about what to expect, in terms of election results, from this coming June’s primary as well as the future of voting in…
Who Does The OC Fairgrounds Serve?
May 21, 2018 • 21 min
A brewing controversy over removing horses and community equestrian stables from the state fairgrounds in Costa Mesa has awoken a decades-old argument over just who the fairgrounds serves; the community or the fair industry? A new community group, Friends…
48th Congressional District Elections & the OC Press Club Awards
May 14, 2018 • 13 min
Feet to the Fire Panelists - Daily Pilot Columnist Barbara Venezia and LA Times Executive Editor for Community News John Canalis - join Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. and update all the jockeying in the bid for the 48th Congressional District…
Does OC Need a Housing Bond?
May 7, 2018 • 28 min
Cesar Covarrubias, from Orange County’s Kennedy Commission, talks about the challenges of building affordable housing in Orange County, noting there’s plenty sites and even political will— but not enough important gap financing for projects.
Yes In My Backyard on Housing
Apr 29, 2018 • 19 min
Elizabeth Hansburg, who started a chapter of the group, Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY), in Orange County, talks with On OC about her goal of getting elected officials to stand behind affordable housing construction – even when there’s political heat.
How Anaheim Tackles Homelessness
Apr 23, 2018 • 12 min
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait talks about how the City of Anaheim has approached homelessness, given the fact that most federal and state funds go to the County of Orange. The answer, Tait, said has come from the non-profit sector, providing things like drug…
How to Build More Affordable Housing in California
Apr 16, 2018 • 15 min
Bill Witte, Chairman and CEO of Related California, a statewide real estate development company focused on all sorts of urban multi-family housing developments, talks about what it takes to build in California – noting that the state’s environmental…
Congressman Correa Updates D.C. Immigration Debate
Apr 13, 2018 • 17 min
On OC talks with Congressman Lou Correa, who represents Central Orange County in the 46th District, about the recent immigration debate in D.C. over DACA as well as the latest in OC civic news.
Housing Chronic Homeless
Apr 8, 2018 • 17 min
On OC talks with Lloyd Pendleton, who headed up a Utah state task force that reduced chronic homelessness by more than 90 percent in a decade by providing rapid housing to people living on the streets. Pendleton was visiting at a Chapman University…
Housing affordability is top concern in new Chapman University poll
Apr 2, 2018 • 23 min
In this week’s On OC Podcast, Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., brings on Chapman University Political Science Professors Fred Smoller and Mike Moodian who released the new poll about homelessness and housing.
County Supervisors Get Lambasted in Federal Court and at City Halls over Homelessness Policies
Mar 26, 2018 • 27 min
Our weekly news round up from across Orange County with Publisher Norberto Santana Jr. joined by the VOC crew of reporters, Nick, Thy and Spencer. The group talks about the intense last week in federal court and mass protests at city councils over the…
Feet to the Fire 3: 48th Congressional District
Mar 22, 2018 • 9 min
The race for the 48th Congressional District turns into a personal knife fight amongst former friends with former Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh entering the race against his longtime friend Dana Rohrabacher. Feet to the Fire friends talk about…
Feet to the Fire 2: Costa Mesa Politics
Mar 19, 2018 • 12 min
The first mayoral election in Costa Mesa history and who is running for elections this fall in the city.
United to End Homelessness
Mar 12, 2018 • 23 min
United Way of Orange County’s Carla Vargas talks about a plan to help fight OC homelessness with a coalition of local business leaders, non-profits, faith-based groups and community leaders. More information and petition of support at…
Feet to the Fire: Conversations About Orange County Politics
Mar 12, 2018 • 10 min
This first “Feet to the Fire” special episode discusses the 2018 elections.
Disney worker discusses wages; trying to live in Orange County
Mar 5, 2018 • 25 min
A Disney worker talks about what it’s like to work for the Mouse, including bouts with homelessness and wages that make it tough to live in Orange County.
Homeless Evictions From Santa Ana Riverbed
Feb 26, 2018 • 18 min
Reporters talk about covering homeless evictions along the Santa Ana riverbed and in court as well as what comes next for homelessness policy in Orange County.
Forced evacuation of the homeless along the Santa Ana Riverbed
Feb 19, 2018 • 31 min
Voice of OC Publisher looks into the forced evacuations of homeless people along the Santa Ana Riverbed.
Ethics and management of political mailers
Feb 12, 2018 • 32 min
Campaign watchdog Shirley Grindl and Bill Mitchell talk about campaign mailers funded by Orange County taxpayer money.
Women’s Issues, the auditor-controller lawsuit, the 39th district election and Asian voters
Feb 5, 2018 • 28 min
WAVE Founder Joanna Weiss talks women’s issues in the 48th Congressional District. Then news roundup about the OC Auditor-Controller lawsuit, the election and the impact of Asian voters.
Politics and homelessness in Orange County
Jan 28, 2018 • 14 min
A conversation between Voice of OC Publisher and staff reporters on this week’s news.
Homelessness in Orange County
Jan 22, 2018 • 44 min
Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana„ Jr., interviews homeless advocate Mohammed Aly just before the county plans to evict 400 homeless people out of the Santa Ana riverbed.