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Donations to Shelters, Pantries Down Amid Difficult Holiday Season

Donations to Shelters, Pantries Down Amid Difficult Holiday Season

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—As businesses permanently close and families struggle to make ends meet this holiday season, many in Orange County, California, are flocking to homeless shelters and food pantries for Thanksgiving meals. But at the same time, some of those facilities are experiencing a decline in donations. The Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM), one of the […]

Store Shelves Empty Again Amid Second-Wave Fear

Store Shelves Empty Again Amid Second-Wave Fear

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—As Orange County, California, entered the state’s most restrictive COVID-19 monitoring tier with a surge in cases, shoppers flocked to grocery stores to bulk purchase, leaving shelves empty again. The region landed in the purple tier Nov. 16, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom to order the closure of indoor gyms and cinemas. Restaurants who are now […]

Prop. 15 Tax Measure Set to Fail in California, but It’s Close

Prop. 15 Tax Measure Set to Fail in California, but It’s Close

BY JAMIE JOSEPH One of California’s most-watched propositions this election, Proposition 15, is on its way to failing, but it’s close. As of Nov. 9, results showed 51.8 percent of the vote was against Prop. 15, and 48.2 percent for it. Prop. 15 would essentially raise property taxes for many commercial property owners to garner an estimated $8 billion to $12.5 […]

Huntington Beach Interim Police Chief Resigns Amid Infighting on Police Reform

Huntington Beach Interim Police Chief Resigns Amid Infighting on Police Reform

BY JAMIE JOSEPH As the election nears, police reform has become a central issue in the Huntington Beach City Council race, with some candidates planning to reallocate police funding and implement reforms if elected. The issue has also split the current city council, and political infighting led Huntington Beach Interim Police Chief Kelly Rodriguez to resign on Oct. 22. Rodriguez […]

Pastors Gather in Dana Point to Discuss Unfair Treatment of Christians

Pastors Gather in Dana Point to Discuss Unfair Treatment of Christians

BY JAMIE JOSEPH Nearly 100 Southern California pastors gathered for a luncheon in Orange County on Oct. 20 to discuss the unfair treatment of Christian institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic and to map a unified strategy for the upcoming elections. The lunch gathering was organized by Marc Ang, president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, and held at […]

Orange County Health Experts Explain COVID-19 Testing Metrics

Orange County Health Experts Explain COVID-19 Testing Metrics

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—We’re always hearing about the number of reported COVID-19 cases, positivity rates, deaths, and other metrics. But how is this information collected and reported? How accurate are these metrics? What do the stats say about how a region is doing overall? Health officials have acknowledged and fixed data errors in Orange County and California in recent […]

Fountain Valley Electrical Box Explosion Injures 2 Workers

Fountain Valley Electrical Box Explosion Injures 2 Workers

BY JAMIE JOSEPH FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.—At approximately 11 p.m. on Sept. 4, an electrical box on Newhope St. in Fountain Valley, Orange County, Calif., exploded and erupted in flames, cutting the power for nearly a dozen businesses in the area.  The Fountain Valley Police Department responded to the incident about five minutes later. Two Southern California Edison […]

California State Contract Violates New Gig Worker Law, Lawyer Says

California State Contract Violates New Gig Worker Law, Lawyer Says

BY JAMIE JOSEPH California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) has hired outside independent contractors to help process unemployment claims, a lawyer says—thus breaking the state’s own AB 5 law requiring them to be classified as employees. Los Angeles-based attorney Michael Alfera told The Epoch Times that the contractors are being funneled through consulting company Deloitte, then subcontracted to Tyme […]

SoCal Salon Owners Say They May Not Recover From New Closures

SoCal Salon Owners Say They May Not Recover From New Closures

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—Salon owners across Southern California are worried that new mandatory closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic may bankrupt their businesses. Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a vast statewide closure of indoor activities on July 13, including bars, movie theaters, and restaurants. He also mandated the closure of fitness centers, places of worship, and hair salons […]

Homeless Veteran Finds Salvation in Orange County Mission

Homeless Veteran Finds Salvation in Orange County Mission

BY JAMIE JOSEPH IRVINE, Calif.—Samuel Johnson was devastated. His mother had recently committed suicide. He was homeless, hooked on heroin, and supporting his habit by stealing. He spent his days wandering around Santa Monica, California, in a dazed search for meaning and drugs. Johnson was 18 years old when he landed in Santa Monica, and found it […]

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