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09.20.21 California will try to fix its unemployment system. Here’s when it could happen

Excerpted from the Sacramento Bee

By David Lightman and Hannah Wiley

Bills approved before the Legislature ended its 2021 session could mean important changes, some now, some later. Newsom has until October 10 to sign the bills, and his office said Friday it “typically does not comment on pending legislation.”

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Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Laguna Beach, said she’s confident “meaningful reforms” made their way through the Legislature this year.

09.17.21 Addiction treatment reforms land on governor’s desk

Lawmakers hope he signs bills into law; others hope for bolder action

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Teri Sforza

Deadly fentanyl infects street drugs. Overdose deaths are skyrocketing. And more treatment is the solution, many say — even as fraud and tragedy continue to plague the private-pay, insurance-money-fattened slice of the addiction treatment industry.

09.16.21 Popular beach pathway in Huntington Beach to get $3.7 million makeover

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Laylan Connelly

The popular beach pathway running alongside Huntington Beach’s coast is getting a $3.7 million makeover.

City leaders are celebrating the start of the first phase of the Bluff Top Park improvement project, which will make upgrades from 9th Street to Seapoint Street, including on a cliff that overlooks the popular dog beach.

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09.15.21 Improvements coming to Huntington Beach’s Bluff Top Park

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Matt Szabo

Some of them are rusting, while others are just falling apart.

Either way, the weathered metal handrails along the bluff tops of Huntington Beach’s coast do not exactly scream “Welcome to Surf City.”

But that will finally change.

City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bluff Top Park Improvement Project on Tuesday morning at Patriot Point.

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09.13.21 10 Orange County Olympians honored with a Sunday morning parade

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Susan Hoffman

A military vehicle paraded north along the Balboa Peninsula on Sunday carrying Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley and 10 Olympic athletes from her district, which includes Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and some of Fountain Valley.

08.20.21 Orange County receives $7 million from state to fund mental health initiatives

Excerpted from the Daily Pilot

By Lily Nguyen

Orange County officials announced Friday $7 million in state funding has been secured to support county mental health initiatives — namely, Be Well OC, which provides mental health support to residents and runs the first mental health and wellness campus countywide.

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About $5 million will be allocated toward the construction of an additional Irvine campus and the remaining $2 million will be put toward a data integration system that officials are currently building.

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08.20.21 Local, state officials spotlight Orange County mental health services

Excerpted from the Orange County Register

By Theresa Walker

A group of state and local officials gathered at the Be Well OC mental health services hub in Orange on Friday, Aug. 19, to applaud the on-site programs that began operating in January and celebrate an infusion of $5 million in state funds to help build a second campus.