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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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Excerpted from Daily Pilot

By Daily Pilot Staff

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) has named Huntington Beach-based Vegware as her district’s Small Business of the Year, according to a news release.

Vegware manufactures plant-based compostable food service packaging — such as drink cups, takeout boxes and containers — out of renewable, recycled or lower-carbon materials.

Petrie-Norris will give the business its award Friday at 3 p.m. at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County, 21900 Pacific Coast Hwy. in Huntington Beach.

Petrie-Norris represents the 74th Assembly District, which covers Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, part of Huntington Beach and most of Irvine.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Excerpted from CalMatters

By Julie Cart

On a recent day at an expansive National Guard airfield in Los Alamitos, local fire officials put on display what $4.5 million can buy: planes crammed with high-definition cameras, radar and infrared equipment that peers through smoke. This eye in the sky can provide commanders on the ground with a broad picture of a wildfire in its infancy, the most critical time for decision-making. 

The plane — operating at 10,000 feet, out of signal range — beams the information to a smaller aircraft below, which relays it to a UC San Diego research team running a lab known as WIFIRE. The lab’s supercomputer spits out mapping and heat-detection data within minutes, and it generates a model of how the fire might spread based on a number of factors — the holy grail for fire bosses. Eventually, such information will go to a wildfire warning center created under a new state law.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Excerpted from Orange County Register

By Cottie Petrie-Norris

The scope and scale of America’s opioid crisis is staggering, and thousands lose the battle with opioid addiction each year in California alone.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 130 Americans die from opioids every single day. Far too many of us know and love someone in our community or family who has suffered the consequences.

While there are good actors who are doing positive work for those seeking recovery, a number of unscrupulous operators have been exploiting patients to reap high profits. The story is all too familiar: