TheLiberalOC was awarded the Orange County Press Club’s “Best News/Political Blog” award for 2012 at the organization’s awards gala in Tustin. The award is based on a series of stories written by Chris Prevatt regarding anti-Semitic comments made by Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez against developer Irv Chase last summer during the height of the debate on PBID. Alvarez’s initial refusal to apologize followed by tepid apologies led to comdemnation of her comments by Jewish and Latino community groups.
Prevatt was recognized for his story last year, It’s a Question of Ethics which garnered the award for 2012 Best News/Political Blog and story. His story was on the ethics, rather lack of ethics, displayed by Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez when she cast the deciding vote regarding her own discipline related to her divisive and anti-Semitic comments made while chairing a meeting of the City Council on August 24, 2011.
“I’m honored to have played a role in LiberalOC being named Best News/Political Blog for 2012,” said Chris Prevatt. It takes a team effort to make this Political News Blog work. I appreciate the hard work of all of our contributors which supports our efforts to bring real Liberal Media Bias to Orange County. I also want to thank Orange County elected officials, in particular Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez, for delivering us such compelling material to write about.”
This is the second time in three years this blog has been honored by the Orange County Press Club. This blog was named “Best Liberal Blog” by Orange Coast Magazine in 2008. We’re appreciative of the judges from the OC Press Club who reviewed and considered our work and 300 submissions total in every category.
In a small way, we’re grateful to Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez from the drama last summer and the current drama surrounding her attempts to subvert Measure D to stay in office. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, and you simply can’t make up some of the stories we’ve written about her.