Michelle Steel

Michelle Steel: Not so fast, Rouda

Harley Rouda is quick – quick with a Tweet, quick to criticize, quick to take credit and quickly left Orange County behind for Washington.

Less than a month ago he was quick to highlight the PPP as a “bipartisan” accomplishment.

One week to the day he was quick to promote it on Twitter, but now that it’s dried up via Washington gridlock, he’s quick to play the blame game.

What he’s not so quick with, however, is challenging his Washington friends who allowed the Paycheck Protection Program to go broke.

“As Chair of the Board of Supervisors, I hear every day from a new small business worried they can’t make payroll or those who have already laid off employees, and we are doing everything we can through the county to assist them,” Michelle Steel said. “Orange County’s small businesses need help now, they need certainty, they need leadership, not politicians who are slow to respond or sit on the sidelines waiting for direction from their bosses in D.C.”

As Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Michelle Steel has been fighting to ease the burden on taxpayers including calling for a suspension of the jobs-killing AB5, accepting the donation of 16,000 masks and PPE for OC emergency workers and first responders, and will soon announce the members of an Ad Hoc Committee that will begin examining how to help local businesses reopen when deemed safe.

Steel this week said that taxpayer dollars being used as stimulus for illegal immigrants is wrong.

This article was released by Michelle Steel for Congress.


  1. Job killing AB-5 ?
    More like fairness for employees and making these greedy employers pay their fair share of taxes.

    1. Mr. Pharris,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      I cannot agree with your characterization of AB 5 as “fairness for employees” and forcing greedy employers to “pay their fair share of taxes.”

      AB 5 and the court decision it turns into law are straitjackets — wildly overbroad in definition and application. AB 5 kills all sorts of jobs: freelance journalism, for instance. In our case, under AB 5 we cannot pay a columnist for a weekly column without making that person an employee. Unworkable. We have to tiptoe around using a local freelance graphic artist because we also produce graphics inhouse. By the definition used in AB 5, that’s illegal. We would have to classify the artist as an employee. Insane.

      The truck drivers in the original Dynamex case seem to have a valid beef with their company, but the judge should have walloped the company, not everybody else!

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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