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Friday, December 13, 2019

Excerpted From LA TImes

By Julia Sclafani

Elected officials focused on the big issues facing Orange County cities now and in the future at a State of the County address Friday, with talk of homelessness, the opioid crisis, workforce development and adapting to California’s economic and climate future taking center stage at the Pacific City shopping center in Huntington Beach.

The emphasis was on how the gravest issues affecting local communities are interconnected.

“The first bill I passed into law was to address the opioid crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach). “It is not a Republican issue, it’s not a Democratic issue, it’s an American issue.”

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported in 2017 that the county had seen an 82% increase in overdose deaths since the turn of the millennium.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Excerpted from LA Times

By Luke Money STAFF WRITER | NOV. 20, 2019, 5:15 PM

Costa Mesa City Council members checked out a $1-million state grant this week that will help cover the costs of planned renovations at the Lions Park playground.

State Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) officially presented the funds — in the form of a traditional oversize check — during Tuesday’s council meeting. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Excerpted from OC Register

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD | opinion@scng.com

Orange County and three other Southern California counties are known as the Rehab Riviera because of their large number of addiction treatment facilities. That has made this region ground zero in the fight over a rehab system that’s widely viewed as broken. At a public hearing in Costa Mesa last month, for instance, lawmakers called for more regulation and law-enforcement tools to help officials crack down on bad actors within the industry.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Excerpted from Orange County Register

By Theresa Walker

A first-of-its-kind legislative hearing in Buena Park Tuesday covered a wide range of issues related to homelessness in Orange County, from the cost of operating emergency shelters to support for medical-based treatment for jailed addicts to the dynamics some people face for being viewed as ‘resistant’ to accepting services.

The Select Committee on Orange County Chronic Homelessness was convened on Nov. 5, by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, who was joined on the dais by three other California Assembly members who represent Orange County constituents — Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, Tyler Diep, R-Westminster, and Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Laguna Beach.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Excerpted from Daily Pilot

By Daily Pilot Staff

Female business owners will meet Friday with state, federal and local elected officials to discuss national issues with significant effects on small businesses.

U.S. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) is scheduled to appear along with state Assembly members Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) and Stephen Choi (R-Irvine), state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner and others at the third annual Legislative Breakfast presented by the Orange County chapter of the National Assn. of Women Business Owners.

“This breakfast is an opportunity for women business owners to participate in actively creating a business environment that will help them thrive,” NAWBO-OC President Katie Adams Farrell said in a statement. “We need to be a bigger part of the process, and this is part of that effort.”

Friday, November 1, 2019

Excerpted from Los Angeles Times

By Luke Money

The 10 people who assembled in front of the Heroes Hall veterans museum Friday morning hailed from diverse walks of life. Their experiences and expertise are wide-ranging, as are their interests.

Despite their differences, they all share a love of country and a willingness to serve it as part of the armed forces.

The 10 veterans — as well as two more who couldn’t make it in person — were recognized by state Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) during a ceremony at the museum on the OC Fair & Event Center property in Costa Mesa.

“Today we’re here for one very important reason: to honor the men and women of our community, the heroes right here living in our community who have served our country and who have sacrificed so much so that all of us can live in freedom,” Petrie-Norris said.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Excerpted from Orange County Register

By Teri Sforza

COSTA MESA — After a legislative session that sent a quartet of reform bills to the governor’s desk, Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris will hold a hearing on California’s still-loosely-regulated addiction treatment industry at Costa Mesa City Hall at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Southern California remains ground zero of the Rehab Riviera, with nearly 1,000 of California’s 1,800 licensed or certified addiction treatment facilities clustered in just four counties: Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino. The industry has been targeted with allegations of widespread fraud.