Monthly Archives: April 2015

Patriot Act Section 215 Deadline Looms: are We Safer Online?

Loretta Sanchez

June 1 brings a looming deadline; section 215 of the Patriot Act, which is the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program of online communications, is up for renewal.  The Patriot Act, crafted hastily in the wake of 9/11, has been renewed every time it’s come up.  There’s a new bill, the USA Freedom Act, designed to…

The case for Sukhee Kang in SD-29

While the news of Sukhee Kang’s candidacy for SD-29 broke last week might be old (I was out of town on business all last week; sorry readers), I hope to shed a little light on his announcement. Kang led Irvine through the toughest years of the Bush-recession as Mayor.  The city of Irvine used a…

FPPC Confirms Investigation Against Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Sean Mill

The Liberal OC has received a letter from the Fair Political Practices Commission notifying us that the Enforcement Division of the FPPC will investigate allegations against Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Sean H. Mill for what we reported was his failure to document his complete statement of economic interest from 2013.  Our complaint had merit. The…

JLAC Hearing fails on 9-3 Vote to Investigate; Appeal Expected

I know the headline doesn’t make sense, but majority rules isn’t always the rule of law. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted 9-3 to send the Great Park Investigation to the State Auditor, but the measure failed by two votes because at least four votes each were required by the Assembly representatives and Senate members.…

Irvine Council Majority Running Scared of Possible State Probe

TheLiberalOC has learned the City of Irvine has directed the city’s lobbyist to do everything possible to persuade a State Legislative audit committee from investigating the conduct of the city’s two-person audit sub-committee and the investigators of a $1.3 million “audit” that cherry-picked witnesses and demanded private business records of Great Park contractors other clients.…

Krom offers Rebuttal to Shea on Great Park Investigation

  Irvine council member Beth Krom offered a stinging rebuttal to her council colleague Christina Shea on the editorial pages of the Orange County Register on Sunday.  While not the same placement or treatment as the Shea piece, it’s the Register after all, Krom made solid points throughout her column. You can read it here…