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.

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.

Peaceful protest is an integral part of our democracy

February 3, 2017

Two weeks ago, more than 20,000 men, women and children spilled into the streets of Santa Ana in solidarity, a signal that when our neighbors are threatened because of their sex, race or creed, they are not alone.

Why I march in solidarity and support of women

January 20, 2017

On Saturday, millions of people in cities across our nation will walk together in solidarity and support of women. While the largest group will spill throughout Washington, D.C., more than 9,000 are expected to walk shoulder to shoulder in our own community.

There is more that unites us than holds us apart

January 6, 2017

As we conclude one year and begin anew, we must learn from lessons of the past to make a better future. The year 2016 seemed to be characterized by an elevated level of vitriol, as though the general population has been holding in decades of frustration, shame and rage, and it has all suddenly come pouring out of every corner of society.

Remember the unsung heroes this holiday season

December 23, 2016

Every year the Register recognizes influencers throughout our communities — leaders who have made a mark, whose stories provide a glimpse into the incredible and diverse fabric that makes Orange County so special. Congratulations to each of the honorees.

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