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Policy Pulse: March 8, 2024

Join the Conversation on ACC-OC's City Square Podcast - Where Orange County Comes to Connect

In this edition of City Square, hosted by our very own Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein, we're thrilled to introduce Michael Hunn, CEO of CalOptima. Together, they delved into the array of opportunities and vital services that CalOptima tirelessly delivers to California residents. Their mission is to ensure there is equitable access to essential health and human services for all. A special thanks to our sponsor, AIM Youth Mental Health, for supporting this episode.

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Join ACC-OC for our Mayoral Roundtable on March 21st. This program is focused on top issues facing the region while offering a unique opportunity for local leaders to come together, share experiences, and strategize on how to lead effectively in today's ever-changing landscape. This event is open to OC Mayors, Mayor Pro Tems, City Managers, and designated council members. It is complimentary for ACC-OC Member Cities.


Join ACC-OC's Sacramento Advocacy Trip on April 8-9, 2024! This exclusive opportunity allows attendees to engage directly with legislative leaders and advocate for policies crucial to the region including energy, infrastructure, housing, public safety, water, and other vital issues as we work to keep OC in LOCal Government.

Space for this trip is limited, and seats are filling up fast, secure your spot today!


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the disapproval South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) Contingency Measure Plan for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard, a decision that could have severe implications for our community's health and environment.

After receiving urgent requests to extend the 30-day public comment period, including a letter from ACC-OC and OCCOG, EPA has extended the deadline to April 3, 2024. Attached is the EPA notice to extend the deadline.

South Coast AQMD has created a webpage to provide current information on EPA’s proposed disapproval, CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

View ACC-OC's Action Alert

SCAQMD_Action Alert 2.27.24
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Save the Date

We are pleased to announce our Save the Date for our 2024 Leadership Conference which will include bringing back the Golden Hubs of Innovation Awards and 2024 Board of Directors Installation for Wednesday, May 8, 2024. This will be a fantastic event highlighting the great work being done in the region and conclude with a reception to celebrate our newly installed Board.


Upcoming Events!

We're thrilled to announce our upcoming events and can't wait to share them with you all! Visit our website to RSVP and secure your spot for these exciting opportunities.

MWD Colorado River Aqueduct Tour

Save the Date to Join ACC-OC and MWD to tour their state-of-the-art Colorado River Aqueduct. 

May 17-19

ACC-OC Washington DC Legislative Advocacy Trip

Join us as at the Nation’s Capital to advocate on Orange County’s top issues at the federal level.

September 16-19th

Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington DC


Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce

Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a remarkable event featuring influential leaders who inspired and empowered the audience with their insights and perspectives.



Following the success of its street medicine initiative in Garden Grove, CalOptima Health plans to extend its "Doctors Office on Wheels" program to homeless communities in Anaheim and Costa Mesa. This program provides primary healthcare, behavioral health services, and case management support to individuals experiencing homelessness in various outdoor settings. Launched in Garden Grove in April, the program initially aimed to enroll 200 patients within 18 months through a partnership with Healthcare in Action, a SCAN Group organization offering healthcare assistance to the homeless. Within just ten months, the team has already reached 138 individuals receiving services, demonstrating the program's effectiveness and impact. Read More Here!


The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

The Orange Country Transportation Authority (OCTA) is looking for volunteers from the first, second, fourth, and fifth supervisorial districts to join their Taxpayer Oversight Committee. Applications are open until May 3 for these four positions. Candidates must be Orange County residents, at least 18 years old, and live in the district they aim to represent. APPLY HERE


San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail

Metrolink, in coordination with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), is constructing a temporary catchment wall adjacent to the San Clemente Pedestrian Beach Trail bridge to prevent landslide debris from obstructing the rail line.

Two large rigs began drilling this past Thursday to subsequently place steel beams that will serve as the foundation for the catchment wall. This effort will be similar to the wall constructed last year below the nearby Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.

The wall currently under construction at Mariposa Point is expected to stand between 10 and 15 feet above ground, approximately 200 feet in length, and be supported by steel beams that will be placed 30 feet below ground. Read More Here!


The Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG)

The Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) 2024 Annual Conference will take place on Thursday, March 28 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. The theme – Consistent Collaboration Creates Community – celebrates the importance of coming together to address issues that cross city borders and strengthen our communities.

The conference will cover the topics of transportation, water, coastal infrastructure and housing. The 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. event includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration is free for Orange County elected officials.


Orange County Sanitation District

Join OC Sanitation District's Complimentary Spring Virtual Wastewater 101 Citizens Academy, started March 7th! Four interactive workshops will explore environmental preservation and the complexities of wastewater treatment.

Click Here for more Details!

The Academy Dates location is below!

WW 101 Curriculum- Spring
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Sustain Southern California: Building Sustainable Communities

Click Here to Register!

If you're interested in sponsoring or speaking?


Next Week

Orange County Housing Finance Trust

The Orange County Housing Finance Trust is delighted to unveil its 2024 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), providing over $25 million for Permanent Supportive and Affordable Housing projects across Orange County. This significant funding initiative aims to combat homelessness and assist low-income families, ultimately elevating the quality of life for residents.

The NOFO application process is entirely online, offering convenience and accessibility. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a positive impact. Mark your calendar-the deadline is:

March 15, 2024, 5:00 PM

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