Monthly Archives: February 2013

OC Register Ad Policy Looks To Curb Negative Political Attacks

Apparently an ad that calls out the only two responsible council members remaining who’s action to award a $158 million tax subsidy was voided by a judge because the issue was not properly noticed as required by the Brown Act violates the OC Register’s advertising sensibilities and hence its policy.

I’ll take this job for…

Yesterday we learned an interesting detail about how the “Negotiators” on the Orange County Board of Supervisors go about hiring a new CEO. Rumors have been floating around the Hall of Administration that the new CEO would be paid enough to offset the amount that they must pay to cover their share of their pension benefits.

Hiring A CEO: A Lesson in Transparency?

Today the Orange County Board of Supervisors will be discussing both the compensation for their new CEO and the appointment of that CEO, the latter in closed session. With all of the kerfuffle over the severance package and compensation that former CEO Tom Mauk received, one might think the Board of Supervisors would not try to ram anything through at the last minute.

An Investment in an Untruth

Irvine’s new Republican majority has been taking the world’s longest victory lap.  The Register’s Frank Mickadeit has written several flattering columns and OC Weekly’s Scott Moxley continues to triple down on the notion he alerted the public to a possible theft of a city election by writing an article — widely distributed in social media and the…

Irvine, 3rd Best Run City in Nation, Looks for Cheaper Contracts

A Republican mantra oft heard is that government should run like a business.  Mind you, the goal of a business is to be profitable and there are many things Government does that can’t be profitable and are a straight expense while being necessary for service to the taxpayers.  The 2013 List of “Best Run Large…

Will OC Register’s Publisher Make a Play for the Boston Globe?

According to sources close to the situation and a story in media pundit Jim Romensko’s blog, the New York Times Company is shopping the Boston Globe and other New England media properties around.  The Globe has suffered significant staff cuts over the years and is a shell of the paper it was 15 years ago,…