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There is a Santa Claus

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About 117 years ago, an 8 year old girl named Virginia wrote a letter to the New York Sun asking if her school classmates were right? Is there really no Santa Claus?   “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus,” she wrote.  The letter was handed to Francis Pharcellus Church who pounded out…

Harvey Liss: Reflections on Irvine Planning Commission Partisanship

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I just completed a one-year stint as a City of Irvine Planning Commissioner, having been appointed by former Councilmember Larry Agran who lost his re-election to the City Council to the detriment of all the residents and working population of Irvine. I’ve known Larry for years, and he has been a major force, along with continuing Councilmember Beth Krom, for the public interest of all of Irvine’s residents.

Nick Anas to step down from DPOC Position

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Nick Anas, the executive director of the DPOC, will step down from this post at the beginning of the new year to accept a position in the private sector here in Orange County, the LiberalOC has learned. Nick was a mainstay in the OCYD organization and a key member of Beth Krom’s congressional team in…

Gingrich: America Lost Its First Cyberwar. He’s Wrong

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Former Republican House speaker and failed GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has weighed in on Sony Pictures decision to pull the comedy “The Interview” from theaters on Christmas in the wake of a massive cyberattack against Sony.  Newt says America has lost its first cyberwar.  And he’s completely wrong. In a Tweet, Gingrich wrote: Newt…

Fitzgerald Tells His Side of the Story; Offers a Preview of His Next Anaheim City Council Comments

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We contacted Anaheim gadfly William Denis Fitzgerald the day after he was arrested on misdemeanor assault and battery charges at the last Anaheim City Council meeting after making salacious remarks during public comments.  He finally responded last night with his side of the story, and we reprint it below (any edits are due to formatting…

Great Park Auditors Seek Another Quarter Million at This Afternoon’s Irvine Council meeting

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The Forensic Audit of the Great Park was designed to do one thing — generated negative headlines and mailers to help Republicans in the 2014 election.  And those mailers were duly produced and paid for by developers intent on keeping the council majority Republican.  Most experts agree, the audit should have taken no more than…