Officials address state of O.C.'s economy, homelessness and climate future at H.B. gathering
Excerpted From LA TImes
By Julia Sclafani
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.