Monthly Archives: November 2013

How Transparent is Orange City Government?

While the big news last Tuesday night was the Irvine City Council meeting on the future of the Great Park, in Orange, a press conference in front of Orange City Hall designed as a last ditch effort to pressure the city council and Mayor Tita Smith into placing former Planning Commissioner Michael Merino back on…

FivePoint Gets Their Way

The Irvine City Council caved last night and made a developer super rich. FivePoint got a 3-2 vote after additional concessions that really amount to a drop in the bucket from the city council.

New Rules: From Pope Francis

I’m not Catholic; at this point in my life I can best describe myself as agnostic when it comes to my faith, spiritual in my beliefs. But I do find that the teachings of people of all faiths to be instructive at times. Such is the case with Pope Francis.

Orange County Young Dems Strive To Make A Difference

The Orange County Young Democrats (OCYD) are “the official voice for young people in the Democratic Party of Orange County.” While many clubs around Orange County represent specific areas, OCYD represents the youth voice of Democrats from all over Orange County.

Anti-Veteran Smear on Smith Doesn’t Hold Up: Updated Information

There is supposed to be a press conference today in Orange to publicly berate Orange Mayor Tita Smith for refusing to appoint Michael Merino to the city’s planning commission.  Orange council member Dennis Bilodeau is going to ask the city council to restore the former Navy Captain his former seat on the Orange Planning Commission, claiming that Merino…

Emile Haddad seeks your questions; here’s a few

Tonight’s Irvine City Council meeting will address an artificial deadline for the city council to accept a proposal from FivePoint Communities with what seems to be the largest hostile takeover of public land in OC history.  The pressure by Republicans on Jeff Lalloway to vote yes on the project before all of the details are…

Diplomacy is a concept lost on Rep. Ed Royce

The agreement reached this past weekend between the west and Iran sets a six month time-table and a stepping stone towards a peaceful resolution. But Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, does not think it’s time to negotiate.