Dan Chmielewski

32 Years Ago Today: Nixon Quit

August 8, 1974 is a red-letter day in Orange County politics. On that night, and I remember it well, President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace for his abuse of power in the Watergate scandal and its coverup. I was 13 and watched the NBC Nightly News as they outlined “this historic night.” We cheered Nixon’s…

Shea to run for Council, but not Mayor?

I’m on Christina Shea’s email list (I’ll explain in a bit) so I got an invitation from her to attend her campaign kickoff which is tomorrow night (August 8) at a restaurant in town. I also got an invitation to attend a fundraiser in September for Denise Brown’s foundation that Ms. Shea is co-hosting. When…

OK, I’ve read the Grand Jury report on the Great Park

I’m a little tardy here, but I wanted to respond to the July 17 reader response in the OC Register written by Irvine Council members Christina Shea and Stephen Choi. Here’s the link to the original story. They write: “Larry Agran misled your readers in his July 2 Reader Rebuttal about the county grand jury’s…

Forgetful Frank

Frank Mickadeit’s column in the Register is a good read this morning. And like Steve Greenhut, he misses the larger point and focuses instead on a much smaller one but blowing it out of proportion. You can read Frank’s column here. Frank attended a portion of Irvine’s marathon city council meeting last Tuesday (17 hours…

Why Unions Matter

I’m getting into it a bit with Steven Greenhut at the OC Register. The man sees no value in unions, particularly government unions. He actually posted a note online that he was happy to see pro-union companies like General Motors doing poorly (hope the GM ad buyers didn’t see it). I’m the product of a…

The OC Post

The Orange County Register announced its launching a new paper in August called the OC Post. Basically, a tighter and shorter tabloid that repurposes content form the Register. In the story, OC Post will have a staff of 20 but it looks like these are current Register employees and no new jobs — and very…

Who says Liberals Can’t Do Talk Radio

This story might be the first positive story about a liberal ever in the Orange County Register. That’s right; Liberal talk radio is #2 in the AM behind KFI. Not too bad. KTLK has a great lineup with Stephanie Miller, Al Franken, Ed Schultz and Randi Rhodes. AM1150; worth buying a better radio for to…