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Policy Pulse: May 24, 2024

Thank you to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for hosting ACC-OC city officials and affiliate members to tour and learn first-hand about the operations of the Colorado River Aqueduct. This 242-mile engineering feat, comprising open canals, tunnels, and siphones, delivers millions of gallons of water daily from the Colorado River to Southern California. Attendees experienced the intricate working of this historic aqueduct as we explored key locations, including the Robert B. Diemer Water Treatment Plant in Yorba Linda, Lake Matthews in Riverside, the Whitsett Intake Pumping Plant in Lake Havasu, and the picturesque Copper Basin reservoir nestled in the hills above Gene Camp. Thank you to all that attended the tour this past weekend!


The ACC-OC Legislative and Regulatory Committee took the following legislative positions at the May 23rd committee meeting:

For a complete list of ACC-OC legislative positions, please click here.


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 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.


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

-Where Orange County Comes to Connect-

Catch our latest episode of the City Square Podcast featuring an exclusive discussion between ACC-OC Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein and Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock. They delve into the exciting prospects of Disneyland Forward, exploring its potential for significant investment, job creation, and revenue boost for Anaheim, Orange County, and the State of California. Don't miss out! Watch the episode on our Youtube Channel.

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In Other News

Register now for a day of insightful discussions, networking, and expert panels focused on the future of water infrastructure. WINS, now spanning San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, is dedicated to advancing water management politics, addressing critical needs, and exploring regional water and wastewater infrastructure funding.

This year's summit will unite leaders from various sectors to discuss infrastructure vulnerabilities affecting our economy and communities. The event aims to foster collaboration and innovation between industry leaders and government officials at all levels. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation shaping our water future!


Join the State Treasurer's Office for a quarterly webinar series.

Receive updates and learn more about State Treasurer’s Office programs and resources that can benefit the communities you serve.  

Topics will include:

  • Financial Wellness

  • Economic Development

  • Education

  • Environmental Sustainability

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The Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) has been awarded a $1.5-million EPA Brownfields Grant. The Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfield sites.

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Anaheim's recent gun buyback event at the Brookhurst Community Center saw 337 firearms voluntarily turned in, including assault rifles, rifles, and handguns. The Anaheim Policy will safely melt down these weapons. Depending on the firearm type, participants received gift cards valued between $100 and $300.

Mayor Ashleigh Aitken emphasized the event's role in enhancing community safety by preventing unwanted guns from falling into the wrong hands. The buyback, organized by the neighboring city police department, featured drive-thru stations for easy and secure firearm disposal. California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Orange County Supervisor Doug Chaffee, and Orange County Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento joined Mayor Aitken at the event. This initiative aims to reduce the risk of stolen or misused firearms and promote responsible gun ownership in Anaheim.


The Costa Mesa City Council is currently seeking one resident to serve on the Parks and Community Services Commission.

The City is recruiting for one member (Appointment by Council Member Loren Gameros), for a term expiration of January 2025 for the Parks and Community Services Commission.

The Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month and serves as an advisory body to the City Council and works with various City departments on issues pertaining to parks, parkways, recreation, and community services. For further information, contact Laura Fautua at (714) 754-5009.

Application Process – Residents who are interested in getting involved in local government are encouraged to complete a Commission Application Form from the City Clerk’s Office or from the City’s website.


Santiago Canyon College (SCC) has received a $1.2 million grant from CalOptima to enhance educational and career opportunities in the health field. This grant aims to expand SCC's Division of Continuing Education and establish a direct employment pipeline between SCC students and CalOptima service providers.

The grant will support several tuition-free programs, including Behavior Technician, Medical Assistant, and the development of a Licensed Vocational Nurse program. The funds will also help build state-of-the-art classrooms and provide the latest technology and equipment. The grant, distributed over three years starting in July, is expected to have a lasting impact on local students and the healthcare workforce, demonstrating SCC's dedication to community growth and support.

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