Monthly Archives: March 2009

News Roundup for Tuesday, March 31

An occasional posting of news stories that pique our interest for no special reason. A blast from the NYTimes past (1999): “The opponents of the measure gloomily predicted that by unshackling banks and enabling them to move more freely into new kinds of financial activities, the new law could lead to an economic crisis down…

But Baby, Obama Wants Me to Drive a Fiat X1/9

Of all the cars that I’ve owned, my favorite was a yellow and black 1975 Fiat X1/9. Designed by Nuccio Bertone, the X1/9 was a two-seater, hardtop convertible with a mid 1489 cc. engine and a five-speed transmission. It was beautifully styled and it handled like a dream. It was tremendous fun driving this sleek…

Taxpayer Funded Gambling

On Monday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors decided to continue their taxpayer funded casino run. They’ve hopped on the bus and they’re in all the way. They have decided to continue their foolish legal attack on the pension benefits of Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies. At more than $1.5 million and counting, it’s anyone’s guess how much…

The Great Park: Begging for Stimulus Dollars or Getting Our Fair Share

Leave it to the Register’s Steven Greenhut to interpret a column by Irvine council member Larry Agran as “begging for tax dollars” for the Great Park.  Steve took exception to a column Agran wrote in the Daily Pilot.  Steve wrote: “As the Times reported in 2002, Irvine’s then-Mayor Larry Agran, who failed in his efforts…

News Roundup for Monday, March 30

An occasional posting of news stories that pique our interest for no special reason. Chapman Law professor Tom Campbell is dark horse Republican candidate for governor –  “if California’s leaders had insisted on hard spending caps when Gov. Gray Davis was in office, with his last budget, adjusted for inflation and population, ‘we would actually…

Solorio to speak at Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats OC Sunday

On Sunday, the Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats of Orange County will hold their first general membership meeting. Assemblyman Jose Solorio will be there to kick off the relaunch of Orange County’s 22 year old lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender democratic club. Formerly the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club, MilkOC is a Democratic Club for the LGBT Community and…

Obama Weekly Address: Crisis and Service

From the White House Blog: This week the President dedicates his address to the people of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota as they face down disastrous flooding. He speaks of what the government is doing, but also stresses that times of crisis like this are reminders of the need and opportunity Americans have to…