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Policy Pulse: June 14, 2024

ACC-OC wishes you a very Happy Flag Day. Sharing pictures from the City of Anaheim’s annual Flag Day Celebration and Parade held on June 9th with Mayor Ashleigh Aitken, City Council Members, residents and families who joined in the festivities!


KCAL news story recaps a significant event held by Jamboree Housing Corporation on May 22nd. The event was aimed at supporting veterans experiencing homelessness. With 300 veterans currently without a home in Orange County, Jamboree is making a real difference.

Learn about Estrella Springs, their upcoming property in Santa Ana. It will offer 40 units specifically for veterans. Spaces are available now, and they're ready to match potential residents with the resources they need to get housed.


Don't forget to check out our 2024 Golden Hub of Innovation Awards Event Recap!


ACC-OC is excited to participate in the 2024 CHOC Walk in the Park presented by Disneyland® Resort on Sunday, July 21st to raise funds for CHOC!

Every dollar raised from this magical event will support health care programs, education, and research at CHOC and CHOC at Mission Hospitals. More than two million children a year depend on CHOC. And our community's generosity is what provides access to the best possible care and services. 


Please Click Here to be directed to the “ACC-OC for CHOC” team page and

join us at this year's event by clicking the "Join Our Team" button on the right. A $10 registration fee is required to reserve your spot with a $125 fundraising minimum for participation. 


Join us this summer for a series of engaging and informative events that will be both enjoyable and enriching. Keep an eye out for our upcoming announcements regarding registration details.

Don't miss out on any of these opportunities.

Please join us for our annual Summer Legislative Roundtable and Reception with complimentary access to Wild Rivers! This event is open and complimentary to ACC-OC Members Only.


Join us for an informative and hands-on training session designed specifically for laypersons. Hosted by ACC-OC in partnership with Falck, this Better Learning Opportunity aims to equip attendees with essential emergency response skills. This training is perfect for all City and Regional Leaders to enhance their ability to act in critical situations and ensure they are prepared to provide immediate assistance in emergencies.

This training is free of charge and open to ACC-OC Members only.


Join us as at the Nation’s Capital to advocate on Orange County’s top issues at the federal level. The trip includes a three-night stay at the Phoenix Park Hotel, OC Legislative Delegation Reception and Dinner, plus exclusive meetings and networking opportunities.


Tour participants will learn about history of SONGS, see firsthand the decommissioning progress, learn about the storage of spent nuclear fuel and what the community can expect in the short and long-term for the site.


This will be open to ACC-OC Members only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration and Event Details Coming Soon.


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In Other News

More than 8,200 students and their families will attend UC Irvine commencement ceremonies from June 14-17. This year, UC Irvine will award 11,034 degrees, including 9,336 undergraduate degrees, with 49% of recipients being first-generation college students. Chancellor Howard Gillman praised the university's role in promoting economic mobility. UC Irvine is recognized for its value and inclusivity, including its status as a Hispanic-serving institution.

A detailed schedule of events is available on the UC Irvine commencement website.


OCBC President and CEO Jeff Ball interviewed Michael Hunn, CEO of CalOptima Health, about addressing the mental health crisis among Orange County children. CalOptima Health is leveraging $25.5 million from the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program to enhance mental health services across all 29 county school districts. Initiatives include hiring additional staff, enhanced training, telehealth services, and new WellSpaces at schools.


Elaine Lister has been named the new City Manager of Mission Viejo, starting July 6. Her appointment was unanimously approved by the City Council, succeeding retiring City Manager Dennis Wilberg, who served for over 20 years.


The City of Lake Forest in partnership with CR&R will host a Household Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste Collection Event for Lake Forest residents June 22-23, 2024.

Hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday.

Information Flyer

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On June 5, 2024, in partnership with Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Orange County, Garden Grove held a ribbon-cutting for the Central Cities Navigation Center. Opened June 10, this 24/7 facility at 13871 West Street will provide emergency housing and comprehensive services to 170 individuals experiencing homelessness. The center features 100 beds, meals, laundry, pet accommodation, and transportation. Support includes case management, mental health resources, substance use counseling, education, and job training. This collaboration highlights the city's commitment to addressing homelessness with compassion and efficacy.


New research from CLAOC shows that AI investment, product and service innovations, and demand for AI-skilled talent are growing fast in OC.

Did you know?

  • AI investment deals in OC have grown 400%+ annually in the past decade.

  • AI investment per capita in OC is ahead or on par with CA and U.S. peer regions.

  • Organizations across OC sectors are using AI in varied applications to create operational efficiencies and revenue-generating products and services.

Download the Report

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Mesa Water District congratulates eight local students for their winning water awareness videos. The winners, announced on May 30, 2024, include:

  • 1st Place – $1,000 – India Howerton, Graydon Sage, Aubrey Spallone and Jaydon Ferrier from Costa Mesa High School

  • 2nd Place - $750 – Alejandro Sanchez from Costa Mesa High School and Marcelina Sanchez from Early College High School

  • 3rd Place - $500 – Gregory Dodd from Vanguard University and Diego Xahuentitla from Costa Mesa High School

Board President Shawn Dewane praised the students' creativity in highlighting Mesa Water's clean, reliable local water. Winners received recognition at the May 22 Board meeting, including certificates from Congressman Katie Porter's office and Amazon gift cards for their teachers.


Driving Mobility has emerged as a premier event focused on the evolving trends in mobility and advanced transportation.

This symposium and EXPO will bring together, IN- PERSON, statewide and regional leaders to discuss electrification, V2X, hydrogen/fuel cell, OEM and investor trends, connected vehicles, mobility as a service, incentives, policy & legislation and sustainability.


Want to be a sponsor? Contact

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The Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee has determined for the 33rd consecutive year that the Measure M transportation investment plan is being delivered as promised to the voters of Orange County.

The Taxpayer Oversight Committee held its annual Measure M public hearing Tuesday, June 11, and found that the Orange County Transportation Authority is proceeding in accordance with the Measure M plan, which was renewed by 70% of voters in 2006


The EEM Program is an annual program established by legislation in 1989 and amended on September 26, 2013. It offers grants to local, state, and federal governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate the environmental impacts caused by new or modified public transportation facilities. There are three types of EEM project: Urban Forestry, Resource Lands, and Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency.


The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is now available. This program provides two funding categories of grants: (1) Community Charging and Alternative Fueling Grants (Community Program); and (2) Charging and Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $2.5 billion over five years for this program to strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities in publicly accessible locations, including downtown areas and local neighborhoods, particularly in underserved and disadvantaged communities.


Local Government Building Decarbonization Challenge


To provide grants to local governments, which will be awarded for eligible project activities including the following:

  • Community building decarbonization planning.

  • Municipal building decarbonization planning.

  • Advancing municipal operations to support building decarbonization.

  • Developing local codes, ordinances, and voluntary decarbonization measures.

  • Building decarbonization related workforce development activities.

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