The Board of Supervisors Held Elections for Chair and Vice Chair, Approved County CCA Program Research
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following the first Board of Supervisors meeting of the year.
“Thank you to the hundreds of members in the community who attended our ceremony and to Judge Maria Hernandez for performing our oath of office,” said Supervisor Foley. “As one of the 8 women ever elected to the Board, I am grateful for the support I received today. As I shared during my speech, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves, continue to use my voice and challenge the status quo on behalf of Orange County. We must get right to work on behalf of District 5 to end homelessness, innovate and create quality jobs, plan housing for our next generation and for climate resiliency, and maintain the safe neighborhoods we enjoy in Orange County.” You can watch the full speech here.
The Board unanimously approved Supervisor Foley’s agenda item to direct the office of the County Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to research Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs in the region. On the heels of the Board’s decision to withdraw from the OC Power Authority, today’s vote will allow for the Board to receive adequate information pertaining to CCA programs for the county to consider.
“While OCPA was not the right choice for our unincorporated areas, there are other existing CCA programs that may work,” said Supervisor Foley. “Today’s vote is not a policy commitment, but a first step towards obtaining more information and research to make the right decision for our residents. There are successful CCA programs across the state of California that engage with their residents and give them a real choice when it comes to their electricity, and I look forward to exploring these options.”
During the pandemic, Supervisor Foley worked diligently to support our local small business restaurants and reduce costs when revenues were low. Today, the Board of Supervisors voted to refund restauranteurs who overpaid environmental health permit fees during the pandemic.
Supervisor Foley also released the following statement in response to the Board’s election for Chair and Vice Chair.
“While slightly disappointed that three of my colleagues disregarded precedent and passed me on the rotation for Vice Chair, but I’m honored to serve my district and will continue to use my voice to advocate for the issues residents care about,” said Supervisor Foley. “Representing a combined 53 percent of Orange County over the last two years has offered me a breadth of experience that few other elected officials enjoy. Despite this outcome, I hope my colleagues can put politics aside so we can truly partner to deliver results and keep Orange County moving forward.”
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2022 to represent the newly established District 5, which includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, a large portion of Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel. This is her second term on the Board of Supervisors, where she previously served District 2.
Supervisor Foley serves on the Airport Ad Hoc Committee & Fly Friendly working group, the Sober Living Home Ad Hoc Committee, and boards of the Orange County Transportation Authority, CalOptima, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Law Library, Newport Bay & South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committees & the Santa Ana River Flood Control Protection.