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Policy Pulse: January 26, 2024

Southern California Edison: SONGS Decommissioning Tour

Thank you to Southern California Edison for hosting ACC-OC city officials and members for an informative and successful San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Decommissioning Tour. SCE provided the opportunity for our officials to delve into the intricacies of the decommissioning and dismantling process. This event was not only educational but also captivating, involving the process of safely transferring the used nuclear fuel into storage, as well as the eventual removal and disposal of radioactive components and materials from the site. ACC-OC is a member of the Spent Fuel Solutions Coalition, which advocates for a permanent solution for the spent fuel currently stored at SONGS.  Additionally, nine Orange County cities have adopted resolutions of support for the coalition, including the cities of Brea, Buena Park, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.  If you are interested in joining the coalition personally or proposing a resolution of support for your city, please contact for the next steps.


Upcoming Webinar: The Spent Fuel Solution Coalition is hosting a webinar on Monday, January 29th at 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. The webinar will host current and former officials from Finland and Sweden for an informational webinar on their interest in hosting a permanent repository for spent nuclear fuel in their communities. To join the webinar, please use the Zoom meeting information below:

By Telephone:+1 669 444 9171

Webinar ID: 864 7456 0164

To RSVP or submit questions, please email

Next Week!

ACC-OC’s City Square Podcast is relaunching on January 31st, hosted by our Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein. Councilwoman Klopfenstein is joined by special guests Sue Parks, President & CEO of Orange County United Way, and Elizabeth Andrade, Executive Director of Orange County United Way's 2-1-1 program. Listen in to hear about the vast services Orange County United Way is providing our communities countywide. Thank you to National CORE for sponsoring our inaugural program!

Upcoming Events!

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

As technology continues to evolve, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly prevalent in our daily lives. AI has the potential to revolutionize the way local governments operate, from streamlining processes to providing more efficient and effective services to citizens. Join ACC-OC and CLAOC to learn from our esteemed panelists about the impacts and implications of AI and ways to take proactive steps toward harnessing the power of this technology for the benefit of Orange County communities.

In Other News

Orange County Sanitation District

Explore the world of wastewater with OC Sanitation Districts's FREE Spring Virtual Wastewater 101 Citizens Academy starting March 7th. Engage in four workshops covering environmental protection, the intricacies of wastewater treatment, and the vision for the future through our Capital Improvement Program. Secure your spot!

Click Here for more Details!

The Academy Dates location is below!

WW 101 Curriculum- Spring
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CalOptima Health

CalOptima Health is pleased to share that the Housing and Homeless Incentive Program (HHIP) Round 3 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) went live on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. Materials and the application portal link are available on the CalAIM webpage.

In line with CalOptima Health’s mission to serve members’ health needs and the HHIP purpose, this NOFO will be centered around three priority areas, including Equity Grants, Transitional Housing and Systems Change projects. Funding amounts/limits for each priority area are as follows:


Funding Priority

Grant Request Limit

Total Amount Available

Equity Grants

$100,000 maximum

$1 million

Transitional Housing

$5 million maximum

Up to $25 million

Systems Change Projects

$2 million minimum

Up to $10.18 million

All applications are due on February 22, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST).

CalOptima also invites you to register for their virtual bidder’s conference, where they will give an overview of the funding opportunity and priority areas and answer questions. Please feel free to submit your questions prior to the session so that they can answer during the call and include them in their FAQ document, which will also be published to the website after the session.

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. 

Please reach out to CalOptima Health’s CalAIM Program Development team at with any questions about the funding opportunity or bidders conference.

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.

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