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Pacific City Hosts Orange County’s State of the County Conference

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Elected leaders and vested professionals from throughout Orange County gathered last week at DJM’s Pacific City shopping center in Huntington Beach, CA for a focus on the big issues facing Orange County cities in a State of the County conference. Compelling topics included talks on homelessness, the opioid crisis, workforce development and California’s economic and climate future. Key takeaways included:

– Issues affecting local communities are interconnected

– The Orange County Health Care Agency reported in 2017 that the county had seen an 82% increase in overdose deaths since the turn of the millennium

– More than 40% of Orange County’s homeless people have a serious substance abuse issue or mental illness

– The average two-bedroom apartment in the county rents for $2,400, and it doesn’t make business sense to pay all workers a wage that matches the housing market

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