Officials address state of O.C.'s economy, homelessness and climate future at H.B. gathering

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.