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  • Writer's pictureLauren Kline

Policy Pulse: December 22nd

On Behalf of the ACC-OC Board and staff, Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Joyous New Year!

Garden Grove's Council Member Stephanie Klopfenstein Klopfeinstein

Learn more about ACC-OC Board President and Garden Grove's Council Member, Hon. Stephanie Klopfenstein's impactful contributions to Garden Grove!

Exciting Upcoming Events Kicking Off the New Year!

ACC-OC Infrastructure Tour, Songs Decomissioning Project | Jan. 24th | 8:30AM | RSVP

ACC-OC Policy Dinner: Governing in the Era of AI | Jan. 31 | 5:30PM | RSVP


Unlocking Futures: Edison Scholars Program

Every year Southern California Edison awards $50,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors who want to make a difference in the world by studying science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in college. New majors have been added, including cybersecurity and data analytics. I wanted to share the application period and requirements for high school seniors pursuing a degree in STEM. Since 2006, Edison International has awarded $15 million in scholarships to 760 students through the Edison Scholars program.


Application period: Now – January 23, 2024


Applicant requirements:

  • Students must live in Southern California Edison’s service territory.

  • Must be a high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA and financial need

  • Plan to pursue studies in eligible STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university

  • Show financial need


This is a chance for students with big dreams to advance their education and take part in shaping a brighter future. Learn more at

CalOptima Health Workforce Development Fund: Notice of Funding Opportunity!

CalOptima Health is investing $50 million over five years in the Workforce Development Fund to address healthcare workforce shortages in Orange County. The first round of funding opened on December 15, 2023, and the deadline is January 31, 2024.

Offers up to $10 million in grants to boost the health professional pipeline, with a focus on nursing, behavioral health, primary care (nurse partitioners and physician assistants), and allied health professions. Eligible projects include high school-to-higher education pipeline programs, stipends for underrepresented and low-income students, and investments in expanding clinical rotations. Educational institutions or partnerships are encouraged to apply, aligning with funding opportunities and grant application guidelines.

Learn more about the transformative initiative through the PDF document provided below!

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In Other News

OCCOG 2024 Annual Conference Sponsorships Now Open!

OCCOG will be returning to Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda for the 2024 OCCOG Annual Conference on March 28th @9AM.

Groundwater Replenishment System Wins National Award for Outstanding Water Supply Project

Explore the groundbreaking achievements of the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) - honored by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) as an outstanding groundwater Week in Las Vegas.

In collaboration with the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and the Orange County Sanitation District (OC San), the purification system for indirect potable reuse, recycling 100% of OC San's reclaimable wastewater flows.

Since 2008. the GWRS had produced over 420 billion gallons of water, significantly enhancing gallons of water, significantly enhancing Orange County's drinking water supply and reducing dependence on external sources. Discover how this innovative system contributes to local sustainability and explore its global recognition. For more information or to schedule a tour, Click Here!

Nurturing Connections: Empowering Seniors through Aging Programs

Access to Technology Program – BOS District 3

iPads with data coverage are available under the Access to Technology (ATT) Program for the older adult population of Orange County’s Third Supervisorial District.

This program is funded by the California Department of Aging (CDA) and is meant to reduce social isolation and expand access to services for older adults via technology. Participants of the ATT Program will be provided the latest iPad model, including a 10 GB monthly data plan from Verizon, which ends on 12/31/2024. Additionally, the ATT Program includes one-on-one device onboarding and set-up for iPad recipients, as well as access to various virtual classes available from our provider: GetSetUp (all at no cost to participants).

Please view the attached flyer for program information, including eligibility and free virtual classes/training. Feel free to share the flyer, as well as the links provided below with your interested older adults and partners.

  • Visit the interactive map to determine if you reside in the OC Board of Supervisor – Third District before applying.

  • Apply here to reserve your spot. Senior Medical Alert Device Program – BOS District 5

Senior Medical Alert Device Program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

This program aims to provide medical alert devices to the older adult population of Orange County’s Fifth Supervisorial District, particularly those who are considered high risk for a fall.


  • Visit the interactive map to determine if you live in the OC Board of Supervisor - Fifth District before applying.

  • Apply here to reserve your spot.

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