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Crisis fatigue will lead to dire consequences

How big can a crisis get before people just move on?

That’s the question the Equifax hack has set at our feet. The breach, which affected an impossible-even-to-envision-at-once 143 million Americans, put the functional equivalent of everyone’s online identities and personal data at risk of theft, exploitation or publication.

And what’s the reaction?

Enterprising clicksters online have made annoying discoveries that shrank down the case for panicked action. Enter a random string of numbers or gibberish into Equifax’s have-I-been-hacked page, for instance, and you got an automatic yes answer. Or, here’s a good one: Equifax turned out — until companies compensated in

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/16/crisis-fatigue-will-lead-to-dire-consequences/
Date: 1505606894

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We will keep our promise to all students

With the school year starting, many of our kids are settling into their daily academic routines, while others are becoming less and less settled. Students across California have a growing concern about an issue they have no control over: their immigration status.

Under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, students who would otherwise have to fear deportation over a choice they had no part in making have been allowed to flourish in classrooms across our state and throughout the nation. But now, uncertainty and fear have returned due to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA over

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/16/we-will-keep-our-promise-to-all-students/
Date: 1505606883

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It’s time to approve ‘California WaterFix’ project

Every day, I walk into the kitchen, turn on the faucet, and clean drinking water magically appears. It’s a miracle, really, and I’ll bet, like me, you don’t even think about it — the water always flows. Even in the years of drought we endured, good local water management and conservation got us through the tough times. The water always flows.

But not all of Orange County’s water is from local groundwater sources. About half the supply is imported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region in Northern California or the Colorado River from a system that is almost 50 years

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/16/its-time-to-approve-california-waterfix-project/
Date: 1505606860

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Manson family killers must never get out of prison

Just when you think California officials can’t get any worse, they go ahead and vote to let one of the most violent, remorseless and deranged Manson family killers out of prison.

The bloodthirsty monster that I’m referring to is Leslie Van Houten, who was granted parole last week by a panel of state commissioners in Chino.

This is the second time — out of 21 attempts — the parole board has voted to release the now grandmotherly-looking, 68-year-old murderer from the pokey.

The lack of logic, common sense or decency for the victims and their families is astounding.

Sure, she was an active

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/13/manson-family-killers-must-never-get-out-of-prison/
Date: 1505345734

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Leadership needed on riverbed homeless

The explosion of homelessness on the Santa Ana River Trail — a responsibility of the County of Orange by agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers — is a disgrace, and nothing short of a complete failure of leadership by the sheriff and whoever is running day-to-day operations.

A responsible leader would simply say, “The Santa Ana River Trail is the responsibility of the county. As the primary law enforcement agency responsible for the county, from this day forward, we will be taking responsibility for this asset from fence line to fence line.”

A reporting area would then be created for

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/10/leadership-needed-on-riverbed-homeless/
Date: 1505084890

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Initiative titles and summaries must be fair and objective

The attorney general of California has the responsibility of preparing the “title and summary” for ballot measures to be submitted to the voters. Pursuant to that authority, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the title and summary for one of the most anticipated ballot initiatives for the 2018 election. Here is his description: “Eliminates recently enacted road repair and transportation funding by repealing revenues dedicated for those purposes.”

Confused? Try this excerpt from the ballot summary: “Eliminates Independent Office of Audits and Investigations, which is responsible for ensuring accountability in the use of revenue for transportation projects.”

If you have no

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/09/initiative-titles-and-summaries-must-be-fair-and-objective/
Date: 1504997946

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Innovative regional approaches offer promise on local public safety problems

For those of us working in public service during this period of increasing polarization and pessimism, building policies and programs can sometimes seem like an impossible task.

When asked to cite the problems most affecting their quality of life, two persistent social ills invariably rise to the top of people’s lists: a surge in gang activity — and its attendant rise in crime — and the growing numbers of homeless men, women and children in our communities.

The first problem has spread anxiety and fear. The second problem has deepened cynicism about government’s ability to solve problems, in the process turning

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/09/innovative-regional-approaches-offer-promise-on-local-public-safety-problems/
Date: 1504997934

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On Labor Day, consider the injustice of forced union dues

As you watch your children board the school bus for the first day back to classes, consider this: that school bus driver is likely forced to pay fees to a union as a condition of driving that bus.

Why? Because California is one of the 22 forced unionism states in America; states where a union official can legally have a worker fired for not paying union dues or fees.

You are not alone if this sounds absurd. According to a national Gallup poll, nearly 80 percent of Americans agree:  no worker should be forced to pay union fees as a condition

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/04/on-labor-day-consider-the-injustice-of-forced-union-dues/
Date: 1504562907

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Sewer fees could leave us up to our necks in tax hikes

Sometimes, California’s laws are like a guillotine on a timer.

By the time the blade drops, everybody who set it up has made a safe getaway.

To illustrate, consider four different laws that did their damage long after the perpetrators moved on, and a brand new one that’s likely to raise rents and perhaps tax Californians right out of their own homes.

In 1999, the Legislature passed and Gov. Gray Davis signed Senate Bill 400, which increased the pensions of state workers, even those already retired. At the time, everyone was told it would cost taxpayers nothing because the pension fund’s investment

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/03/sewer-fees-could-leave-us-up-to-our-necks-in-tax-hikes/
Date: 1504475989

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