LW Democratic Club members enthusiastically welcomed Katrina Foley to their Oct 20 meeting. Foley has been serving since earlier this year as the first Democratic woman ever elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. She has accomplished a great deal in just a few months with her primary goal being to make county government more accessible to voters.
Katrina has encountered considerable resistance in her efforts to “open county government and increase transparency.” Nevertheless, she persisted!
She meets on a regular basis with advisory teams she has organized to deal with a number of critical issues. To assists these teams in their deliberations, she has hired consultants to compile information regarding the efficacy of currently county-funded programs. She has also initiated monthly meetings with all mayors in the county and quarterly meetings with all elected officials in OC.
Katrina reported that the county does not now have an overall plan to deal with problems relating to the climate. Supervisors have hired a consulting firm to best assess environmental needs and develop a county action plan. They hope to have results in Jan or Feb. Katrina is especially concerned about the current toxic and dangerous offshore drilling. She sees her role as working to stop the drilling and to transfer dirty and unsafe jobs to clean energy jobs.
She also encouraged club members to get involved in the county’s redistricting process which could result in significant changes in supervisors’ district boundary lines. She urged everyone to look at the proposed eight maps that would be published in a few weeks and to make their preferences known. There was some discussion about having a special Club ZOOM meeting to help understand the process and what was at stake for the future.
During the question and answer period, Katrina was asked to speak about how concerned persons should react to ongoing protests taking place outside school board and board of supervisor meetings. Her response was that directly confronting protesters was NOT the most effective way to respond; nor was it healthy to gather with largely unvaccinated persons. She recommended focusing on positive actions (keeping informed/reading online newsletters and web sites, sending postcards, making calls, writing letters to the editor, being unified.)
Supervisor Foley will be on the ballot again in 2022. Readers are directed to the Club’s website https://sblwdems.wordpress.com for more information.
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