I had a chance this week to join the City of Laguna Niguel's CEPA (Community Emergency Preparedness Academy) Class of 2014 to assist in my capacity as a CERT Team member and also to sit in on the training to get myself re-certifier on CPR. It was gratifying to see another example of elevating the level of awareness necessary for the Community to be ready. The next session will be on First Aid. Such trainings are ever so critical especially as Southern California experienced two reasonably active quakes. It is not a question of if, but when the next big one occurs.
As the first Quarter of 2014 is drawing to a close, there is the June elections. With the exception of the State Senate (where Pat Bates is running unopposed), there are interesting and exciting races all around. From the City Council races in Laguna Niguel, the County Supervisor Races, the 34th District up in Santa Ana all the way to races such as the Clerk-Recorder, it is bound to be quite a race. One of the County-Wide races features the candidacy of Gary Prichard--who is currently a sitting member of the Capistrano Unified School Board.
Beyond the politics and the local "happenings", there is the youth. The Scouts in South County have begun their annual Scout-O-Rama fundraising campaign. The new "Camp Card" is a $ 10 face value featuring a number of partners that would yield $ 50 in savings. Two key partners are Dick Sporting Goods and Ralphs this year alone. It was gratifying to see how the Community had embraced the youth yet again as I had a chance to visit with one of the Troops earlier.
I also found of curious interest the reorganization that occurred in the Orange County Sheriff Department's South County Bureau that serves all South County Cities. The realignment should help with the on-going service and outreach efforts to the South County Community.
The Vibrancy of South County is to be embraced--which I hope we can continue to deliberate here in this "Blog Channel" for "Outsiders".