Good morning, everybody! I’m back with your new copy of the Orange County Patch newsletter. Here’s everything you need to know that’s happening in OC. In this issue, you’ll get updates on…

  • Wrong-way deadly crash in Westminster
  • Knott’s Berry Farm hiring 2,500 employees
  • Amid scrutiny, CalOptima board chair resigns
  • Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) brings water to millions in OC

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Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 75 Low: 46.

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Here are the top stories in Orange County today:

  1. A wrong-way crash in Westminster Monday killed two people and injured another, officials said. The Westminster Police Department responded to a four-vehicle crash at the 14500 block of Beach Boulevard just before 1 p.m. Witnesses said that an “older unknown type minivan” was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound in the southbound lane of Beach Boulevard, WPD officials said in a news release. (MSN)
  2. Now hiring! Knott’s Berry Farm is looking for 2,500 new employees. On Monday, Knott’s Berry Farm said they plan to hire more than two-thousand seasonal employees before spring and summer park events. A weeklong hiring fair will be held “at the theme park from Feb. 18 until Feb. 24.” Interviews will be between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day. (Orange County Patch)
  3. CalOptima’s board chair resigned in the midst of a state investigation about how funds are being spent. The publicly-funded health care plan serves almost one million low-income California residents. CalOptima’s board chair “also happens to be Orange County supervisor: Andrew Do.” (KCRW)
  4. Orange County’s Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) has completed its “final expansion.” Orange County Water District General Manager Mike Markus said before the expansion, the GWRS provided 100 million gallons of water every day. With the expansion, they can now provide 130 million gallons of water per day, that’s enough water for “about a million people.” The main sources of water for Orange County is the Santa Ana River, rainfall, imported water, and water from the GWRS.” (Orange Coast Magazine)

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Today in Orange County:

  • “Let’s Go Potty!” – Toilet Training – The Priority Center (All Day)
  • Women’s Division Committee Meeting – Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce (9:30 AM)
  • ESL Conversation Group – Stanton Library (10:00 AM)
  • Bilingual Spanish Storytime – Tustin Library (10:30 AM)
  • Bilingual Storytime – Costa Mesa Donald Dungan (10:30 AM)

From my notebook:

  • Broken-hearted Rocco needs a home: “AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION 8-year-old Rocco is recovering from a broken heart. When his owners divorced, Rocco wasn’t sure what would happen to him. His owner remarried and more children were added to the family. Rocco tried his best to adjust.” (German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County via Facebook)
  • Waiting for a home: “Most precious Nora is still waiting for a home! 🏡 💕🐾 (Emma has already been adopted) Who’s interested in adopting this perfect little gal? She’s about 3 months old and current on DHPP & Bordetella.” (Orange County Pit Bull Rescue via Facebook)
  • Talk with children early about drinking and drugs: “Did you know? When parents talk with their children early and often about alcohol and other drugs, they can protect them from many high-risk behaviors associated with using these drugs.” (Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA via Facebook)
  • Burn awareness week: “It’s #BurnAwarenessWeek! Learn how to treat a burn: ✅Put cool water on it right away & for 5 minutes ✅Do not use icy water ✅Do not apply butter, toothpaste or eggs to ease pain ✅Get medical help quickly by calling 911.” (Orange County Fire Authority via Facebook)
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  • A safe place: “Wellness Centers at Garden Grove Unified schools help students have a safe space to focus on their mental health needs.” (Orange County Register via Facebook)

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Paula Constance

About me: Paula is a contributing writer, author, and media producer. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking or watching fireflies in the sultry moments before sunset. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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