The Executive Director of the Orange County Labor Federation, Tefere Gebre, has been tapped by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to fill the position of Executive Vice President on his slate in the national labor organizations officer election in September.
Last week the Air Quality Management District Board voted 7-6 to issue a new rule banning beach fire pits within 700 feet of homes. AQMD Staff indicated that standing around a beach fire pit is equivalent to breathing the air from 3 diesel trucks or 800 cigarettes. The new regulations will coincidentally cause the removal of fire pits from Newport Beach, the ONLY city that has been advocating for their removal.
When armed conflict between bands of American colonists and British soldiers began in April 1775, the Americans were ostensibly fighting only for their rights as subjects of the British crown. By the following summer, with the Revolutionary War in full swing, the movement for independence from Britain had grown, and delegates of the Continental Congress were faced with a vote on the issue. In mid-June 1776, a five-man committee including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin was tasked with drafting a formal statement of the colonies’ intentions.
Beginning at 8:00 am today, for the first time since November of 2008, same sex couples may marry in Orange County. On Friday, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals removed the stay imposed on the decision of Judge Vaughn Walker declaring the ban on same sex marriage imposed by California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional.