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Weekly News Brief | December 4, 2020
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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This year, we continue to face an unusual frequency and intensity of natural hazards. Today, many are displaced by the fires or smoke and all of our lives are being disrupted by the continued COVID-19 pandemic.

In lieu of my typical weekly message, I want to bring your attention to a resource available through local governments for staying informed and alert. The second item is the first of multiple opportunities for input into districtwide hazard mitigation planning. While these natural disasters are beyond our direct control, by identifying risks we have more options to plan for the worst and mitigate its effects.

Stay safe and be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


Staying Informed and Alert

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This week's fires are another example of how our daily lives can be affected by natural hazards. In addition to Coast District notifications, AlertOC is designed to keep county residents and businesses informed of emergencies that may require immediate life-saving actions. By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the county or city may be sent to a home, cell, or work phone.

Sign up here


Providing Input Into the District's
Hazard Mitigation Plan

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The Coast Community College District is seeking public input as an early step in revising the districtwide Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. From pandemic to fires and earthquakes, those wishing to provide comment on issues that the District should consider are invited to contact Kris Cutting with Campus Public Safety at Orange Coast College ( and 714.714.7448).

Read the full news release


Schedule, Week of December 7

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

Learn more about the observance

Board of Trustees

The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, December 9, with closed session beginning at 3:45 p.m. and open session beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule

In the District, Monday through Friday