It was quite a week as I joined Supervisor Lisa Bartlett's Orange County California 5th District Roundtable on Homelessness. It was a packed two years of ideas & resources. It is indeed a challenge as I wanted to share a snapshot of the resources shared:
September 8, 2017Thank you all for attending the South County Homelessness Roundtable and Service Planning Area Meeting on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
Thank you and feel free to reach out to my office with any questions.
LISA A. BARTLETT
Supervisor, 5th District, County of Orange
It has also been a busy week at the Daily Outsider that culminated in a number of key updates which I was privileged to support. It is an issue of special interest to me as the evolution of #Irma is right now wrecking havoc on Florida as it left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean. I was so glad to help curate the grassroots response that the team at @DailyOutsider released earlier today...--as I am writing this, Al Jazeerea's live feed on the Daily Outsider is reporting from reporters on the ground as Irma hits.
As I tended to on-going commitments, I recently reached out to Senator Harris and Congressman Rohrachber on the issue of Net Neutrality. Both Responses are quite interesting and I wanted to feature--the responses are pre-programmed as I know they have to deal with millions--but at least it is worth noting to get a sense of both sides of the political divide:
|September 8, 2017
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for net neutrality. I always appreciate hearing from California constituents and welcome the opportunity to respond on this important issue.
Nearly fifty years ago, California researchers built a prototype interoperable computer network. Today, that network is the internet—an engine of unprecedented innovation, creativity, and prosperity. The internet has transformed our society, connecting us with loved ones, enabling entrepreneurship on a level playing field, and providing instant access to a global audience. A free and open internet is a powerful tool, particularly for historically disadvantaged communities. Anyone can use the internet to make their voice heard, regardless of their gender, the color of their skin, who they love, or where they were born. And any business, no matter how small or new, can use the internet to connect with consumers and thrive.
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted commonsense rules to protect the internet’s openness. Those net neutrality rules, called the Open Internet Order, provide that the gatekeepers to the internet—cable companies and wireless providers, for example—cannot block, slow down, or otherwise interfere with lawful online services. Those rules guarantee that the online marketplace remains a level playing field, where you—not your service provider—get to choose the next global sensation.
The new leadership at the FCC recently proposed a radical regulatory reversal, effectively eliminating the Open Internet Order. I strongly oppose the proposal, and as your senator, I will fight to protect net neutrality. Just as importantly, I have exercised my right as a member of the public to comment on the FCC’s proposal—joining the over 700,000 Californians who have urged the FCC to maintain net neutrality. I encourage you to continue making your voice heard.
The internet is one of California’s greatest gifts to the nation, and to the world. As Californians, I believe we have a special responsibility to safeguard the internet’s freedom and openness.
Once again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3553.
Kamala D. Harris
United States Senator