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Policy Pulse: May 31, 2024

ACC-OC is proud to welcome two new affiliate Board Members, CalOptima and UC Irvine. ACC-OC provides a collaborative voice for Orange County at the regional, state and federal levels of government. A robust partnership with our affiliate members is essential to the vitality of ACC-OC’s programming, communications and advocacy on behalf of OC.


Introducing one of our newest board members, Hon. Tanya Doby, District 1 Council Member for the City of Los Alamitos! The councilmember was recently named a 2023 Woman of Distinction by the State Senate and Assembly. She is a dedicated servant leader focused on advocating for the public safety of her community. ACC-OC is honored to collaborate with the City of Los Alamitos and Hon. Tanya Doby.


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-

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In Other News

The 21st annual Women's Philanthropy Fund Breakfast, held on May 16 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, raised over $600,000, setting a new fundraising record. Attended by more than 650 community leaders, the even highlighted the critical support provided by the Women's Philanthropy Fund and achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. A total of 524 participants assembled 6,136 hygiene Kits for local families and individuals in need.


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.


Are you eager to hit the streets on your e-bike but want to ensure you’re doing it safely and confidently? OCTA is holding a series of e-bike safety events aimed at sharing safe biking practices and e-bike tips to kids and families.

E-bike Rodeo:

Saturday, June 1

Huntington Beach Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Virtual E-Bike Safety Workshop

If you can’t join in person, there will also be two Virtual E-Bike Safety Workshops offered in June. These will take place over Zoom -- no bike or helmet required – and will give parents and kids the info they need to start practicing safe biking habits.

Tuesday, June 4: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, June 13: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


The City of Santa Ana Planning and Building Agency issued permits on May 8, 2024, for nationally recognized Toll Brothers to begin construction on this new residential townhome community. The project is located at 571 S. Lyon St. and will feature 51 three-story townhouse units for sale, including 43 units developed at market rate and eight units designated as affordable housing for low-income households.

The City received nearly $80,000 in building plan check fees for this project, highlighting the significance of this development for the local economy. 717 Lyon has an estimated completion date of April 2026. Toll Brothers, known for their high-quality residential and mixed-use communities across 24 states, recently completed the successful Rafferty project in Downtown Santa Ana.

717 Lyon demonstrates the City of Santa Ana’s commitment to attract investments in new development and to create much-needed new housing. In 2023, the City saw a record $772 million in building permit valuations and has already achieved over 74% of its new housing goals required by the State of California for 2021 to 2029.


The City of Garden Grove's Public Works Department invites the community to celebrate Arbor Day on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 5:00 PM.


West Haven Park.

12252 West Street

This free event features the planting of a Coast Live Oak tree, themed giveaways, activies, and treats.

Event highlightd include leaf decorting for children, planting wildflower seeds, and a limited amount od free compost. The Coast Live Oak, know for its drought tolerance and wildfire habitat, will be the center piece of the ceremony.

The seed grant program seeks to advance understanding of how communities approach consent and apply it in decision-making and engagement. Consent is recognized as key for decision making and procedural fairness with siting of critical infrastructure, like that for spent nuclear fuel. In addition, the program aims to expand understanding of better practices on community engagement and decision-making.

Who is eligible? U.S. based organizations and/or Tribes are encouraged to apply.

What is this for? This opportunity aims to fund research and public conversations led by communities or researchers (individuals or groups) on the topic of public consent in decision making for critical infrastructure, like temporary storage of nuclear waste (spent nuclear fuel).

How do I use the seed grant funding? To gather information/input from research or in public forums.

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