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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/15/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Long before the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts) opened in Costa Mesa in 1986, Orange County was known for our thriving creative community. We welcomed plein air artists, actors, opera singers and musicians to our iconic shorelines. And despite the distance from a major city, they made Orange County their home, laying the foundation for a creative economy and our county’s young identity..

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/2/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Is it possible to conserve our way out of California’s relentless drought? Garry Brown, chief executive officer of Orange County Coastkeeper, says it is. However, it will take Orange County residents adopting new habits in the near term and getting over our aversion to water treatment technologies in the long term.


Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 8/18/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

United Way is one of the best-known brands in U.S. philanthropy. The first United Way was founded in Denver in 1887 by a concerned citizen, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi who recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city’s social ills. 127 years later, 1,200 United Ways across the country continue to move the needle on the greatest challenges facing their communities.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 8/4/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Salvador Martinez is ready to be a leader. The Anaheim High School junior has dodged gang life and avoided the temptations of drugs and alcohol. He knows the ramifications of poverty all too well, yet he is grateful for his parents’ sacrifice to carve out a better life for their three children. Living paycheck to paycheck, the Martinez family has relocated frequently, making home—and the sense of grounding and stability it can provide—a moving target.


Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 7/7/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Older adults today are more visible, active and independent than any previous generation. Many are in better shape and embracing life in ways their parents and grandparents never imagined. But those are only the ones we see. There is another, often hidden, population of older adults who are hungry, homeless, neglected or living precariously without a safety net, right here in Orange County.

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