Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stories of the Year – 2011

Leprechaun Mayor Gary Monahan

Well, 2011 is just about behind us and a presidential election year is just ahead – time flies.  Let’s look back at some of the 2011 stories we covered here in no particular order.  We can debate which one is the top story but it’s pretty subjective.  Please feel free to include your own in…

CA Supreme Court Decision Spells Doom For Redevelopment Agencies

In a decision that could spell the end of redevelopment agencies in California, the state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Legislature had the authority to seize $1.7 billion in local redevelopment money to help balance the budget, and struck down a related bill that would have allowed redevelopment agencies to continue operating if they agreed to turn over a large chunk of their funding to the state.

Birthday Wishes to Irvine’s Beth Krom

The LiberalOC would like to extend warm birthday wishes for Irvine City Council member Beth Krom.  I met Beth about 10 years ago when she was in her first term as a city council member when she came to speak to my cub scouts about the Great Park.  Like me, Beth is from Upstate New…

Wish in 2012 with a Great Night at the Great Park

In the spirit of the “First Night” celebrations around the country, you can wish in the New Year at Orange County’s Great Park Saturday night.  This free admission event ($10 for parking) is a family oriented New Year’s Eve with the countdown for 2012 on the East Coast to give the grown ups plenty of…

An In-Depth Look at Democrats Running for AD-69

AD-69, currently occupied by State Rep. Jose Solorio, is the lone assembly seat where the Democratic candidate should win in a walk. Currently, there are three declared candidates for the seat and they include, in order Tom Daly, Orange County’s clerk-recorder and former mayor of Anaheim; Michele C. Martinez, Santa Ana city council member, and Julio Perez, a labor activist from Anaheim