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Supervisor Michelle Steel
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orange arrow School Waiver Process for Orange County
orange arrow Michelle Steel Joins Saddleback Church in Food Drive at Orange County Fairgrounds
orange arrow Michelle Steel Presents District 2 Police Departments with Signed Copies of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Resolution
orange arrow State Releases Youth Sports Guidance
orange arrow Announcements from Our County Agency Partners
August 5, 2020
Volume 6 Issue 15
In The Community
Remember to Protect Yourself and Those Around You

I ask the residents and visitors of Orange County to please wear a face covering when you are in a public place and unable to properly social distance, as well as following hygiene and social distancing guidance. This is of the utmost importance to stop the spread of the virus.

We must also remember that we must protect public health while allowing people to go to work safely and responsibly, so they can pay their bills and feed their families. We don’t have to sacrifice public health for the economy, or vice versa, when we can focus on ensuring both are protected.

School Waiver Process for Orange County

Please Read the Following from our Orange County Health Care Agency Director, Dr. Clayton Chau: 

On June 29, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) placed Orange County on its COVID-19 monitoring list due to elevated disease activity in the county. On July 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that if a county has been on the monitoring list within the prior 14 days, a school must conduct distance learning only, until the county has been off the monitoring list for at least 14 days.

For counties on the monitoring list, CDPH guidance allows a district superintendent, private school principal/head of school, or executive director of a charter school (hereinafter superintendent) to apply for a waiver from the local health officer to open an elementary school for in-person instruction. This waiver is applicable only for grades K-6, even if the grade configuration at the school includes additional grades. Additional information about the waiver process is available here:

Michelle Steel Joins Saddleback Church in Food Drive at Orange County Fairgrounds

On Friday, July 31st, from 8:00 AM- 11:30 AM, I teamed up with Saddleback Church to distribute water and groceries to OC residents that are in need of food. I was able to facilitate this by working with the Orange County Fairgrounds to have it used as a location for the food drive.

I am so happy to have been able to work with Saddleback Church on this much needed food drive for the people of Orange County. In these troubling times, its vital that both local government and the faith community can work together to make people’s lives just a little bit easier as we work our way out of this crisis.

Throughout the morning, my staff and I handed out bottles of water to the Orange County residents while they were waiting for their food. At total of 1,400 families came the food drive, each of them receiving 1 week’s worth of meals. This included fruits and vegetables, breads and dried goods as well as milk, cheese and meats.

Michelle Steel Presents District 2 Police Departments with Signed Copies of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Resolution

On Wednesday, July 29th, I visited the police departments of Buena Park, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach to show support for local law enforcement in my district during these tough times.

In the face of radical calls for defunding and dismantling our local law enforcement, I introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors in support of our men and women that protect our communities by creating a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which will be held on August 11th.

Throughout the day, I visited these three cities’ Police Departments and presented to each of them signed versions of the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day resolution with signatures from all five supervisors.

A number of local businesses joined me to provide these police officers with either food or sponsorship for their commitment to protecting the community. These businesses included: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Subway Sandwiches, Maderas Steakhouse and Pacific Urology.

In the coming weeks, I will be presenting signed versions of our Law Enforcement Appreciation Day resolution to each of my district’s 10 city police departments, as well as the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Our local law enforcement are on the front lines every single day- protecting our families, patrolling our streets, putting their lives in harm’s way for our safety.


State Releases Youth Sports Guidance

Today the state of California released the latest guidance regarding Youth Sports. To view the complete guidance, please check out the press release below: 

Announcements from Our County Agency Partners
Operation Santa Claus

From Friday, July 24th to Friday, August 7th,  the Orange County Social Services Agency is hosting an online donation drive Called Operation Santa Claus that will distribute gifts to children in Orange County who have suffered abandonment, neglect, abuse or has been placed in foster care. Last year, over 41,000 gifts were distributed to children in need across Orange County. These gifts are distributed year round for children’s birthdays and graduations.  Now, more than ever, during this crisis, children in Orange County are in need of something to cheer them up. 

You may donate online at:

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Huntington Beach

La Palma

Los Alamitos

Newport Beach


Seal Beach


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