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.

Hold those who tread on our freedom accountable

November 3, 2017

Most mornings, I drive to work. Most other Californians do the same. We know our cars can be dangerous, so we use turn signals and follow the speed limits and yield to pedestrians. We purchase insurance and wear seat belts; decry drunk driving and mourn when accidents take lives.

Make tomorrow better for women and girls

October 20, 2017

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.

Justice for all? Or just those at the top of county courts

October 6, 2017

If there has been one silver lining to the mud pit this presidential election has become, it’s that the national backlash against what Donald Trump so dismissively called “locker room talk” has given a voice to countless women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed.

Lack of health care access a gateway to homelessness

September 22, 2017

Headlines about homelessness increasing in Orange County appear regularly in the media these days, along with images of riverbed encampments and stories about crime, hope, the lack of affordable housing and the need for a stronger safety net.

Union members laboring for disaster victims

September 8, 2017

This week is Labor Day week. Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, and before that had been unofficially celebrated for years in support of the role labor unions play in achieving advances in the working lives of Americans, including weekends, overtime, paid holidays, and health and retirement benefits. It has traditionally been a time of parades, community events and family-centered celebrations.

Bring county contracts out of the shadows

August 25, 2017

The Orange County Fair opens today—this year with some new educational opportunities that highlight the roles of the working men and women who helped build our great county and country.

Reining in predatory pharmaceutical drug prices

August 11, 2017

I’ll bet every Orange County Register reader knows someone who relies on prescription medication to stay alive. Whether they’re fighting cancer, controlling high blood pressure or diabetes, treating an auto immune disease or a bout with pneumonia, access to medication is just as critical as food and water for many in our communities.

Put democratic process ahead of partisan politics

July 28, 2017

Last month the Orange County Board of Supervisors quietly voted to reject a new model for voting in our county elections that would have saved taxpayers millions of dollars and expanded access to voting.

Honoring those who sacrificed for our county and country

July 14, 2017

The Orange County Fair opens today—this year with some new educational opportunities that highlight the roles of the working men and women who helped build our great county and country.

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.

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