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ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: State legislators hear Orange County ideas for fixing homelessness

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.

LA Times: Ceremony honors area veterans at Heroes Hall museum in Costa Mesa

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.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Public hearing on addiction treatment: What actually works?

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.

DAILY PILOT: Around Town: H.B. company named Small Business of the Year

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.

CALMATTERS: California pursues a holy grail: high-tech data to predict how wildfire will spread

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. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Op-Ed: Rogue Rehab Facilities Need State Oversight

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.

MS. MAGAZINE: Groundbreaking Student Voter Bill Signed into Law in California

Excerpted from Ms. Magazine

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 963, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act, into law yesterday. The bill, authored by Assembly member Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), calls for historic investment to increase civic engagement among the state’s 3.1 million students enrolled at 147 public universities and colleges.