May 23, 2020
Today, Orange County has met the State’s latest metrics to remove its restrictions on the opening of more businesses.
May 19, 2020
Chairwoman Steel and Supervisor Wagner Get $26 Million in CARES Act Funding Approved, OC Board of Supervisors Rejects $75 million to Support Businesses Across Orange County
At the May 19th board meeting, Chairwoman Steel and Supervisor Wagner proposed a $101 million in CARES Act Funding for a Business Recovery Program.
May 12, 2020
OC Supervisors Michelle Steel and Don Wagner Introduced Motion to Direct $75 Million of CARES Act Funding to Assist Business Recovery Grant Program
At the May 12th Board of Supervisors meeting, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Donald P. Wagner introduced a motion to direct $75 million of CARES Act Funding to Assist Business Recovery Grant Program to be administered and divided amongst the cities.
May 11, 2020
Michelle Steel Stands with California Salon Owners and Employees Following Governor Newsom’s Claim that the State’s First Community Transmission Began in Nail Salons
Last Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom made the unverified claim that the first community spread of COVID-19 in California began in a nail salon, unfairly targeting a hardworking portion of the California population.
May 8, 2020
On Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors received generous donations from two organizations to assist with first responders and the Orange County communities.
May 4, 2020
Over the weekend, media reports stated that Orange County’s Health Care Agency contacted the owner of Nomads Cantina in San Clement regarding the restaurant’s efforts at reopening. HCA threatened the owner with permit suspension, in complete contradiction to the Board of Supervisors’ Guidelines passed unanimously last week.
April 30, 2020
The following is a statement from Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors: "Governor Newsom's memo directing the closure of Orange County beaches is a clear example of unnecessary government overreach. Orange County has been successful in flattening the curve..."
April 28, 2020
At the April 28th Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting, Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Supervisor Don Wagner brought forth best practices for businesses and the public to follow.
April 21, 2020
Michelle Steel and Don Wagner Announce Representatives for the Orange County Business Recovery Adhoc Committee
Yesterday, April 20th 2020, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and 3rd District Supervisor Don Wagner announced representatives for the recently announced Orange County Business Recovery Adhoc Committee.
April 14, 2020
Michelle Steel Accepts Personal Protective Equipment from South Korean Consulate and Local Non-Profits
Today, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors along with her colleagues on the board, accepted generous donations of personal protective equipment from the Korean American community of California, delivered by South Korean Consul General Wan Joong Kim, and three local non-profit organizations: the TOC Foundation, the Elegant Culture and Tradition Center, and the Chinese American CPA Association.
April 7, 2020
Michelle Steel Asks County Staff to Prepare Ad Hoc Committee to Assist Orange County Businesses in Economic Recovery Efforts
On the April 7th Board of Supervisors Meeting, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, directed county staff to begin preparations for an ad-hoc committee, that will include Orange County business leaders, geared towards assisting Orange County businesses in recovering from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
April 3, 2020
Michelle Steel Tours Fairview Developmental Center Following State’s Designation as Alternative Medical Care Site
Wednesday afternoon, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, toured the Fairview Developmental Center, which was designated by the state to become an alternative care site for patients in Orange County.
April 2, 2020
Yesterday, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, visited EqualTox Laboratory, one of the laboratories working on a qualitative rapid serology testing kit. Chairwoman Steel spoke with Dr. Mason Bragg, Dr. Naomi Florea, and Dr. Courtney Scott who described their personal experience with development of the rapid serology testing kits at the lab.
March 31, 2020
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors led a special meeting of the Board of Supervisors to update the county on the measures county agencies have been taking to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in Orange County.
March 25, 2020
Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors worked together with Treasurer-Tax Collector, Shari Freidenrich to review late penalties and fees for property owners in Orange County.
March 24, 2020
Today, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, in order to maintain consistency with coastal cities, directed staff to close parking lots at County beaches and parks, while ensuring access for restaurants and beachfront businesses.
March 23, 2020
National Guard Activated in California to Provide Aid and Assistance to Residents and Vulnerable Communities
Yesterday, President Trump activated the National Guard to the three states hit hardest by the coronavirus: New York, Washington, and our state, California. National Guard units are expected to be activated in Orange County to assist in providing food and supplies as well as performing vital humanitarian support missions to local and state agencies.
March 19, 2020
Michelle Steel Hosts Press Conference for Amended Order and Guidance of the Orange County Health Officer
The County of Orange released an amended public health order and guidance clarifying confusion and concerns from many Orange County businesses and residents. Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, hosted a press conference along with Supervisor Don Wagner, County Public Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick, County Executive Officer Frank Kim, Orange County Health Care Agency Director Richard Sanchez and Sheriff Don Barnes to clarify confusion and introduce provisions in the new order.
March 17, 2020
Michelle Steel Leads Special Board of Supervisors Meeting to Receive Updates from County Agencies on COVID-19 Response
Today, In accordance with a directive set on Friday, March 13th, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors hosted the first of what will be a series of weekly updates by county agencies to inform the board and the residents of Orange County of the measures being taken to address the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate the rate of contagion.
March 13, 2020
Michelle Steel Hosts Emergency Press Conference in Light of Coronavirus National Emergency Declaration
On the afternoon of Friday, March 13, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, held a townhall to address the county regarding steps taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
March 13, 2020
Last night, Thursday, March 12th from 6-7 pm, I hosted a tele-town hall along with Vice Chairman Andrew Do, Dr. Nicole Quick, the County Health Officer and Richard Sanchez, Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency to address questions and alleviate concerns related to the global coronavirus outbreak and what Orange County is doing to protect its residents.
March 10, 2020
On Thursday March 12th from 6-7 pm, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors will be hosting a tele-town hall along with Dr. Nicole Quick, the County Health Officer and Richard Sanchez, Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency to address questions and alleviate concerns related to the global coronavirus outbreak.
March 10, 2020
Orange County is providing support to patients and families struggling with a mental health crisis.
March 6, 2020
On Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors hosted a town hall with local, state and federal representatives, law enforcement, fire departments and representatives from the Orange County Health Care Agency to discuss actions to take on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
March 4, 2020
Chairwoman Michelle Steel Reassures Residents in Light of Two Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases in Orange County
Last evening, the Orange County Healthcare Agency confirmed that there were two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Orange County. The HCA will be sending those samples to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm the results, which are pending.
March 2, 2020
On the morning of March 2nd, Chairwoman Michelle Steel led the Orange County Board of Supervisors in a special meeting of the Board to address the global COVID-19 crisis.
February 28, 2020
Chairwoman Michelle Steel’s Reaction to Federal Government Filing a Federal Notice of Movement on Fairview Developmental Center
Santa Ana, Calif. (February 28, 2020) – Today the United States Federal Government filed a Federal Notice of Movement to remove Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa as a site to house persons who have tested positive for COVID-19.
February 27, 2020
On Behalf of Chairwoman Michelle Steel and County Executive Officer Frank Kim: Important Employee Information Related the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
Yesterday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency and County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick declared a local health emergency as part of broader preparedness efforts related to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
February 26, 2020
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.
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.
February 25, 2020
SANTA ANA - Traveling through John Wayne Airport just became a lot less “ruff” and a lot more “PAWS-itive.”
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.
February 22, 2020
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.
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.
February 18, 2020
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.
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.
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:
February 4, 2020
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.
February 4, 2020
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).
January 31, 2020
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.
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.
January 29, 2020
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.
January 27, 2020
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.
January 27, 2020
The OC Health Care Agency confirmed Orange County, California’s first case of novel coronavirus on January 25, 2020.
January 22, 2020
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.
January 15, 2020
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.
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.
2020 Orange County Headline News