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Policy Pulse: May 10, 2024

ACC-OC hosted its Leadership Summit and Golden Hub of Innovation Awards on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove. Over 200 stakeholders, including elected officials, county representatives, nonprofits, business partners, and service providers gathered to celebrate the installation of the 2024 Board of Directors and to recognize exceptional leadership and innovative achievements across Orange County.

Congratulations to our 2024 Board of Directors and all of the nominees and winners of the Golden Hub Awards.

Click on the file below to read more about the nominees and winners!

2024 Leadership Summit Digital Program
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1. ACC-OC Legacy Award:



2. ACC-OC Innovator of the Year:

OC Sheriff Don Barnes

Orange County Sheriff Department

Real Times Operations Center


3. City Manager of the Year:

Dennis Wilberg

City Manager

City of Mission Viejo 


4. First Responder of the Year:

Chief Jeff Boyles

Fire Chief

City of Newport Beach


5. City Staff Leader of the Year:

Emeline Node

Director of Recreation & Community Services/Director of Intergovernmental Affairs City of Los Alamitos 


6. Technology-Driven Transparent Governance Excellence:

Dr. Kostsas Alexandridis

Professional Contributions to Digital Transformation Technology in Orange County


7. Collaborative Community Development & Innovation:

  • CalOptima Street Medicine Program

  • City of Lake Forest Community Investments -Strategic Economic Investments Program (SEIP)

  • City of Placentia - Transit Oriented Development (TOP) Packing House District Expansion


8. Community Safety and Resilience Excellence:

  • Yorba Linda Water District - Wells Fargo Heli-Hydrant and Helicopter Landing Zone

  • City of Mission Viejo and Council Member Wendy Bucknum - California Sober Living and Recovery (CASLAR) Task Force

  • Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Donald P. Wagner, Chairman of the Board - Fentanyl Crisis Funding


9. Environmental Sustainability & Energy Efficiency:

Dr. Jack Brouwer & Dr. Plamen Atanassov Irvine Clean Hydrogen Hub


10. Transportation Innovation and Mobility Solutions:

Orange County Transportation Authority I-405 Express Lanes Project

If you were part of our recent ACC-OC Leadership Summit, we invite you to relive the moments captured during our event! Click on the link below to access our

photo gallery on our website.


Join the Conversation on ACC-OC's City Square Podcast

-Where Orange County Comes to Connect-

Tune into the City Square Podcast, which has officially launched. ACC-OC Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein and President of Disneyland Resort Ken Potrock discuss Disneyland Forward and the incredible investment, job growth, and revenue the initiative will provide Anaheim, Orange County, and the State of California.

Listen on all platforms


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

ACC-C Washington DC Advocacy Trip

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. Plane fare is not included.

Registration opens soon!


In Other News

Join CSUF while they break ground on Landmark Hall, a state-of-the-art facility for leadership education and new home for the Giles-O'Malley Center for Leadership.


SoCalGas Earns ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Second Consecutive Year.

The award is one of the ENERGY STAR program’s highest levels of recognition and reflects the utility’s efforts to help its customers save money, conserve energy and transition to a net-zero emissions future. SoCalGas was recognized from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners for the utility’s focus on providing direct engagement and incentives for ENERGY STAR products to underserved communities. SoCalGas’ energy efficiency programs are some of the largest in the United States. Over the last five years, they have helped save SoCalGas customers over $241 million in utility bill costs and delivered more than 219 million therms in energy savings. That’s enough natural gas usage for approximately 548,000 households a year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by over 1.2 million metric tons, the equivalent of removing over 250,000 cars from the road annually.


OC Sanitation District

Airway Avenue Sewer Construction Update - May 2, 2024

LOCATION: Intersection of Baker St. and Airway Ave.

  • What: Excavation and pipeline replacement work

  • When:  Starting the night of May 6, and continuing the next several weeks, approximately late June

  • Work Hours: Night work from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m., Monday - Friday

  • What to Expect: 

  • Traffic control with reduced lanes with one way traffic at a time.

  • Flaggers will be onsite to assist with directing traffic.

  • Increase in activity and noise levels

  • Please drive with caution


Join Aliso Viejo to raise awareness about opioid issues and fentanyl overdose deaths. Forum speakers will include County of Orange Supervisor Katrine Foley, OC Sheriff's Department Sgt. Gunsolley, and Mark Lawrenz from the OC Health Care Agency. Discover how fentanyl-related deaths can be prevented and learn about available resources.

Attendees will receive training on administering Naloxone and will receive a free box.


Legacy Square, a 93-home affordable housing community in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, has won the 2024 Project of the Year award at the Orange County Affordable Housing Awards. Developed by National CORE, the City of Santa Ana, and the Santa Ana United Methodist Church, Legacy Square exemplifies the power of public-private partnerships in addressing housing needs. The community offers spacious apartments, recreational areas, and support services for residents, including those who experienced homelessness. Its innovative design, environmentally friendly features, and partnership model have earned it recognition and insipired similar projects in other cities. Through collabortion with local organizations and government support, Legacy Square showcases a transformative approach to affordable housing, addressing the pressing need for accessible homes in the region.


Discover waste stream management and circularity at the upcoming event hosted by Sustain Southern California. Topic incluse organic waste management, recycling solutions, public education initiatives, waste-to-energy strategies, and trash sorting. For questions or concerns, please contact

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Waste&Circularity Flyer 05.15
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The SoCal Climate Champions Grant aims to advance climate solutions in Southern California. In the context of this grant program, climate solutions refer to reducing, mitigating, and sequestering greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, and organic waste diversion solutions in the communities.

To this end, the SoCal Climate Champions Grant assesses proposals based on their demonstrated potential as measured through an objective rubric.

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