OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens’ Statement on Parkland Shooting
SANTA ANA, Ca. (Feb. 15, 2018) - Please see the statement from Sheriff Sandra Hutchens below regardi...ng the school shooting yesterday in Parkland, Fla.
“Tragedy can ripple fast through communities, stretching to every corner of the country and drawing us together to mourn and reflect. Today, we grieve for the 17 lives lost and the countless others affected by yesterday’s horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
“Even when a devastating event happens thousands of miles away, it hits close to home for us all. This sentiment feels even truer when it involves the most vulnerable and innocent members of our communities – our children. A traumatic event such as this tests a community’s confidence in the safety of our neighborhoods and our collective ability to keep our children safe.
“Here in Orange County, California, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department remains vigilant and committed every day to protect the citizens we serve. It is a mission that relies, in part, on strong community partnerships. This week, parents may see an increased law enforcement presence at local schools. In an abundance of caution, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has increased patrols near campuses in our jurisdiction. We implore you to stay vigilant and proactive. If you see something, no matter how seemingly minor, say something and report it to law enforcement.
“Yesterday’s mass shooting also serves as a somber reminder that we need to include and empower our children in this public safety mission. Talk to your children about reporting any kind of activity even hinting at the threat of violence, whether it’s a post on social media or a passing comment in the lunch room.
“Our thoughts, deepest condolences and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those impacted. We also keep the men and women of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in mind as they diligently work toward delivering justice for the victims and their families.”
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City Hall, Crown Valley Park Offices, and Sea Country and Community Center will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Presidents' Day, and reopen on Tuesday, February 20.
Thank you to all that participated in the #WordoftheMonth Art contest this month. Now, we're inviting the public to come to City Hall and vote for your favorite art piece that represents the word "Leadership." Voting ends this Friday. It's also a good time to start thinking about next month's word - OPTIMISM. All artists are encouraged to start on the next art project and create a piece of work that showcases the word "Optimism."
Learn a little more about Laguna Niguel City Manager Kristine Ridge in this interview with Ms. Ridge and the OC Register.
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A message from #MayorElaineGennawey - "Laguna Niguel's Leaders Inspire By Example"
The City and Laguna Niguel Police Services are hosting a #TrafficSafetyTownHall and we want to hear from you! Share your observations and experiences, engage in meaningful discussions about traffic-related matters, and offer suggestions that would further enhance traffic safety. We look forward to seeing you!