Monthly Archives: January 2011

An EPIC Failure or Success?

EPIC, the Early Prevention and Intervention Commission, which was an initiative to curb gang violence in Santa Ana through preventative measures, is an effort that’s been on hold for the past two years due to the city’s budget issues.  EPIC has recently come under fire as a failure by the New Santa Ana blog.  However,…

Shooting at Flies: Blaming Public Employee Pensions for Budget Shortfalls

The Orange County Register’s Brian Calle fired off a hyperbolic rant on Sunday, January 30, 2011 blaming public employee pensions, and public employee unions for crushing budget shortfalls he likened to a tsunami that has reached the shoreline. Great rhetoric if you want to distract people with someone or something to blame, not so good…

So Which Santa Ana City Council Member will Challenge Janet Nguyen for Supervisor

A tipster tells us that one member of the Santa Ana City Council is likely to challenge Janet Nguyen in 2012 for the First District supervisor’s race. With councilmember Vince Sarmiento being touted as the candidate likely to run for Rep. Jose Solorio’s Assembly seat, we’ve narrowed it down to Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, Councilman Sal Tinajero or Councilwoman Michelle Martinez.

Limbaugh Listener Threatens California State Senator with Death

  Earlier this week, conservative communicator Jim Bieber and I argued about the angry rhetoric in conservative media and the Fairness Doctrine in the wake of the Tuscon shooting. Jim wrote in one of his comments: “It’s just silly to make the argument that conservatives dominate with the volume and level of meanness of angry…

Voices From Street Corners (Vol 14)

In a few days, the first month of 2011 will be history. It has been quite a month in our County, our Country and our World. As I write this, I am listening to live feeds from Al Jazeera on the upheaval in Egypt and can’t help but be amazed and proud of all those…