2020 Press Releases

January 9, 2020

OC Board of Supervisors Working with Sheriff’s Department to Prevent Hate Crimes Against Minorities and Religious Groups

(Santa Ana, CA) – At the request of Michelle Steel, Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes will present a report to the Board of Supervisors on the County’s efforts to protect minorities and religious institutions from targeted hate-crimes, including anti-Semitism, at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, January 14, 2020.

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January 15, 2020

OC Sheriff’s Department Presents Hate Crime Assessment at Board of Supervisors Meeting

On the January 14th Orange County Board of Supervisors Meeting, amid the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks in the US, OC Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel introduced a motion to have the Orange County Sheriff, Don Barnes speak to the board on the Sheriff Department’s efforts to curtail hate crimes and terrorism in the county.

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January 22, 2020

Celebrating the Tet Festival with Orange County’s Vietnamese Community

On Saturday January 25th, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, will be joining Orange County’s Vietnamese community in celebration at the annual OC Tet Festival in Mile Square Park.

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January 27, 2020

NBA Legend and Orange County Resident Kobe Bryant Among Nine Killed in Tragic Helicopter Crash

The following is a statement from Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, on the fatal helicopter crash which killed 9 Orange County residents, Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Albobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan.

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January 27, 2020

Update on the Coronavirus

The OC Health Care Agency confirmed Orange County, California’s first case of novel coronavirus on January 25, 2020.

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January 29, 2020

County Board of Supervisors Approves Zoning Code Amendment to Increase Separation Requirements Between Sober Living Homes in Residential Neighborhoods

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel and her colleagues on the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Zoning Code Amendment CA 20-01, proposed by Third District Supervisor Don Wagner, to impose further restrictions on sober living homes and State-licensed and/or certified alcoholism and drug abuse treatment facilities seeking to do business in County unincorporated areas.

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January 29, 2020

Orange County Board of Supervisors Approves of Property Tax Refunds Paid Without Claim

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved of a resolution that would ease the tax refund process for Orange County property owners.

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January 31, 2020

Coronavirus Update Following Federal Executive Order

The novel coronavirus was declared a public health emergency in the United States by the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, January 31, 2020.

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February 4, 2020

Working Wardrobes Headquarters Burns in Fire

The Irvine Headquarters of Working Wardrobes, a local non-profit charitable organization that many of our county employees donate clothes to for the less fortunate, burned down in a fire on the morning of Sunday, February 2nd.

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February 4, 2020

Orange County Board of Supervisors Will Vote to Add Second Crisis Stabilization Unit for County

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider an agenda item at next week’s Board of Supervisors meeting to approve 12 recliners for College Hospital’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU).

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February 6, 2020

Orange County Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel Stands for Public Safety Against California’s Sanctuary State Law

The following is a statement from Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel regarding the recent Orange County Sheriff’s Department data that shows over 2,100 criminal illegal aliens released onto the streets of Orange County since the passage of Senate Bill 54:

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February 12, 2020

Orange County Chairwoman Michelle Steel Joins Supervisor Wagner In Exclusive Tour of Potential Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery in Anaheim Hills

On Friday, February 14th Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel will be joining Supervisor Don Wagner for a press event to present a new potential site for the long-awaited Veteran’s Cemetery for Orange County in Anaheim Hills.

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February 18, 2020

Demolition of Public Defenders Office

On the morning of Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Chairwoman Michelle Steel along with the other members of the Board of Supervisors led a ceremony commemorating the demolition of the aging and outdated Public Defenders Office to be replaced with a modern, brand new building for the employees of the County of Orange to work in.

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February 22, 2020

Statement on Costa Mesa’s Decision to Block Transfer of Coronavirus to Fairview Development Center

Last night, a federal judge granted the City of Costa Mesa’s request for a temporary restraining order to halt a plan by state and federal agencies to use the Fairview Developmental Center as a location to quarantine people affected with COVID 19, or more commonly known as coronavirus.

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February 22, 2020

Michelle Steel Joins City of Costa Mesa and Other County Representatives for Press Conference to State Opposition to Fairview Development Center to Be Used to House Coronavirus Patients

On the afternoon of Saturday February 22nd, Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel joined with the City of Costa Mesa as well as other local, federal and state representatives in solidarity against the recent decision by federal and state authorities to transfer recently repatriated Coronavirus infected citizens to the Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa from the Travis Air Force Base in Northern California.

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February 24, 2020

Michelle Steel Supports Decision by Federal Judge to Prevent Transfer of COVID-19 Patients to Fairview Developmental Center

U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton today ruled to continue the temporary restraining order for an additional week that bars the transfer of COVID-19 infected patients to the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa.

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February 25, 2020

Orange County Board of Supervisors Files Amicus Brief in Support of City of Costa Mesa’s Lawsuit Against Federal and State Governments of to Oppose Potential Transfer of COVID-19 Positive Patients to Fairview Developmental Center

Today, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, led the Board to unanimously approve filing an amicus brief in support of the City of Costa Mesa’s lawsuit against the state and federal governments in opposing the potential transfer of COVID-19 positive individuals to Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa.

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February 25, 2020

John Wayne Airport Introduces AirPAWS Therapy Dog Program

SANTA ANA - Traveling through John Wayne Airport just became a lot less “ruff” and a lot more “PAWS-itive.”

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February 26, 2020

Michelle Steel Signs State of Emergency Declaration over Coronavirus

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors signed a state of emergency declaration on behalf of the Orange County Board of Supervisors over concerns regarding COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus.

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