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.
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.
Recognize efforts of social workers this month
March 17, 2017
Men, women and children end up living on the streets for many reasons. Good-paying jobs can be hard to come by in expensive Orange County. A disability or mental illness blocks opportunities. Drug and alcohol addiction captures lives.
A secure retirement preserves the American dream
March 3, 2017
Americans are deeply divided on many issues, but one issue that continues to unite us is a deep concern about economic security in retirement.
Puzder withdrawal is a victory for American workers
February 17, 2017
In the face of intense pressure from workers across the country and mounting concerns from Republican lawmakers, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew himself from consideration this past week.