4/19/18- ‘Homelessness in Orange County’, A Toward a Sustainable 21st Century Series event

Homelessness in Orange County: The Demographics, Causes, Costs and Solutions

April 19, 2018/ 7-9 PM
Location: Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering




7:00 pm – Welcoming Remarks

  • Judith Stepan-Norris, Vice Provost, Academic Planning, UC Irvine
  • Nancy Gardner, Orange County River Park

7:05 pm – Introduction to Cost Study

  • Carla Vargas, O.C. United Way

7:10 pm – The Characteristics, Causes and Costs of Homelessness in Orange County

  • David A. Snow and Rachel Goldberg, Department of Sociology, UC Irvine

7:35 pm – Housing Alternatives and Solutions

  • Helen Cameron, Jamboree Housing
  • Margie Wakeham, Families Forward
  • Kathi Bowman, WISEPlace

7:50 pm – The Politics and Impacts of Homelessness

  • Richard Matthew, Associate Dean, Social Ecology & Director-Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, UC Irvine
  • Noberto Santana, Jr., Voice of O.C.

8:10 pm – The View from Newport Beach and Beyond

  • Councilman Jeff Herdman, City of Newport Beach
  • Officer Tony Yim, City of Newport Beach Police Department
  • Mayor Don Wagner, City of Irvine

8:35– United to End Homelessness Initiative

  • Carla Vargas, O.C. United Way

8:45 pm Questions and Answers

9:00 pm – Reception

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Improving Water Quality in Greater Newport Harbor – 11/9/17

Presented by the City of Newport Beach, in collaboration with UCI’s Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the UCI Oceans Initiative, and the Environmental Nature Center.


“Improving Water Quality in Greater Newport Harbor”
7:00 pm – 9 pm
Oasis Senior Center
801 Narcissus Ave, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625



The event focused on mitigating the negative impacts of pollution and trash from the headwaters that drain into the Harbor from the inland region and other challenges to water quality and resilience.  The City of Newport Beach invited concerned citizens to begin a process of  collaboration with Newport Beach City officials, ocean/water experts from  UC Irvine, and environmentalists on long-term regional sustainable solutions.



Water Quality/Coastal Tidelands Committee Goals

Proposed Waterwheel Trash Collection System for Lower San Diego Creek

County of Orange Ocean Water Protection Program

Newport Bay Water Quality Programs and Projects



Improving Water Quality and Coastal Care in Greater Newport Harbor

Improving Water Quality-Welcome

OC Water Quality Report–Monica Mazur

Current State of Greater Newport Harbor-Dave Webb
Newport Beach Solutions to Water Quality Issues-Robert Stein
Future Solutions for Water Quality-UCI Oceans

‘An Ocean of Knowledge’ highlights sustainable practices of seafaring

The event took place on October 18 & 19, 2017 and  brought UCI climate scientists and marine biologists into direct interface with indigenous Master Navigators and Oceanic community organizers, internationally renowned anthropologists, climate and environmental researchers and activists, UCI faculty and students, students and faculty from other universities, members of the Oceanic diaspora in California, along with miscellaneous sailors and pacific maritime adventurers.


The event brokered substantial interdisciplinary networking between community representatives, scientists and activists. Connections were made between US-based environment activists and researchers, and island communities.  The traditional and modern boat-building workshop raised important discussions of sustainable approaches to maritime construction, the inherent sustainability of wind powered ocean travel, and the development of modern craft rooted in Oceanic design and engineering solutions.

These traditions of ocean going canoe construction, navigation and seafaring (‘wayfinding’), by which the entire pacific was explored and settled, are currently under consideration for listing as an intangible cultural heritage ICH asset by UNESCO.

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