Orange County Fire Authority logoOrange County Supervisor Katrina Foley commented on the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) 13th Annual Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards yesterday where OCBC recognized Supervisor Foley’s work with the County on the Orange County Veterans Employment Program, Access to Technology Program, Capistrano and Doheny Beach sand replenishment project and the Salida Del Sol permanent supportive housing project.

“I thank the Orange County Business Council for recognizing our collective efforts to better Orange County to the benefit of all residents,” said Supervisor Foley.“As County Supervisor, I remain committed to serving our veterans and aging population, protecting our beaches, and building more permanent supportive housing in our communities.”

“I remain grateful to our County staff for their incredible progress with these initiatives. This is just the beginning – I look forward to continuing our work at the County to make Orange County a cleaner, greener, and better place to live, work and play,” added Supervisor Foley.

OCBC presented the following awards and honorable mentions during yesterday’s ceremony:

Business Retention and Expansion Honorable Mention: “OC Community Resources – OC Community Services: The Orange County Veterans Employment Program”

The Orange County Veterans Employment Program (VEP) provides a variety of wraparound and career services designed for active military who are near separation or who have recently separated and for their eligible dependents.

Incorporating Innovative Technology Winner: “OC Community Resources – OC Community Services – Office on Aging: Access to Technology Program”

The Orange County Office on Aging (OoA) Access to Technology Program (ATT) aims to reduce social isolation and increase access to virtual services for older adults and people with disabilities by providing access to technological devices (i.e., iPads), broadband service and training.

Sustainable and Green Development Winner: “OC Community Resources – OC Parks: Capistrano County Beach and Doheny State Beach Sand Replenishment Project”

To address coastal erosion, the Capistrano County Beach and Doheny State Beach Sand Replenishment Project replenished about 45,000 cubic yards of sand along a 1-mile stretch of beach using repurposed sand from flood control efforts by Orange County Public Works (OCPW).

Public – Private Partnership Honorable Mention: “City of San Juan Capistrano: Salida Del Sol”

The City of San Juan Capistrano partnered with Jamboree Housing to develop a Permanent Supportive Housing community and a new city hall on the current city hall site. The project will provide onsite supportive housing with services for 40 formerly homeless individuals and veterans.

Click here to learn more about the award winners.