Dan Chmielewski

Irvine Passes Living Wage Law

Had I been in town, I would have posted on this much sooner, but I’m pleased that the Irvine City Council majority passed the Living Wage law.  What’s a Living Wage? Definition: A policy requiring employers to increase hourly wages of any employees paid below a certain hourly rate. Hourly rate: Typically a living wage…

Capaldi Pitches Greenhut to Return

I’m back from a successful business trip to Vegas and I’m busy getting caught up.  I found this gem over at OC Metro. Former Lincoln Club chairman Michael Capaldi wrote an open letter to Steve Greenhut, essentially laying down an argument for Greenhut to return to the GOP using a tired metaphor about Lincoln’s leadership…

Basketball Advice for Rep. DeVore

HT to Orange Juice for this photo of State Rep Chuck DeVore in a basketball uniform at a Charity Game between Republican and Democratic politicians at a recent Sac Kings game (won convincingly by the Republicans).  Some basketball advice to Rep. DeVore.  From a former player, college hoops sports information director, Youth basketball coach (5…

A Cold Hearted Objection

Pollster Adam Probolsky is an Irvine Planning Commissioner and he’s on record as opposing a fee future Great Park homeowners will pay into Lennar Corp’s non-profit Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation.  This foundation funnels money to programs that benefit the homeless.  In fact, the charity has raised nearly $6 million to provide funds to 40 organizations…

Have the Wheels Fallen Off the Bus for Republicans?

The trifecta of Immigration reform in Washington (with the president’s support) and two columns in today’s Register tell me there’s trouble in RedCountyLand. The Register headline on the column is in itself extraordinary: Are Republicans the Party of Torture?  The evidence of rendition is well documented even without the photos from Abu Ghrahib. Click the…

Pelosi: Time for Immigration Reform is Now

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi met today with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to reiterate House Democrat’s commitment to comprehensive immigration reform.  Below are her remarks as prepared: “Today I join my colleagues of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to reiterate House Democrats’ commitment to comprehensive immigration reform.  The time to pass comprehensive immigration…

Denial is not a river in Egypt; it’s found in posts on the Flash Report

“…will close by echoing the first observation in Tom Del Becarro’s column today — our candidates are ALL so much better than the Democrats. That is FOR SURE.” Jon Fleischman, May 16, 2007 “By in large, the field of 10 presents a better alternative than the Democrats – that’s the easy observation.” — Tom Del…