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Mike Carona loses another appeal, staying in jail

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Yesterday former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona lost another appeal related to his January 2009 felony conviction on one count of witness tampering. A three judges hearing the appeal denied Carona’s request saying that the judge did not make an error in his sentencing decision. The court said, “The sentence imposed was not substantively unreasonable.”

New Rules: From Pope Francis

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.

Diplomacy is a concept lost on Rep. Ed Royce

President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, and Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, left, in the Oval Office, Nov. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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.

Another Success Fee for Santa Ana Mayor Pulido?

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido

It appears that Mayor Pulido was the beneficiary of a land swap with a city contractor, for which he profited about $197,000. The contractor was subsequently awarded a no-bid contract worth almost $500,000 annually. This seems to be a rather hefty success fee, for a contract approved unanimously by the City Council.

National Labor Movement: New Opportunities and Strategies

Tefere Gebre, when ED OC Labor Federation (2010)

Yesterday Huffington Post published an article profiling the newly elected AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. Due to his organizing success in the heart of Republican dominated Orange County, Gebre became the first immigrant elected to the position of AFL-CIO Executive Vice President in September 2013.