Dan Chmielewski

Orange County Names New CEO

Hot off the press, as they say, from Todd Spitzer’s office: Frank Kim Selected as Incoming OC County Executive Officer Effective May 12; Mike Giancola Honored for His Leadership and Service (Santa Ana, CA) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors today announced that Chief Financial Officer Frank Kim will assume the duties of County…

Uniting Orange County? Good Luck with That

Orange County Fairgrounds

The Orange County Sunday’s Register sits between the Sunday LA Times and NY Times on my kitchen table.  If my daughter sees me reading the Opinion pages, she asks me if I’ve taken my blood pressure medicine first.  The Register opinion pages each Sunday are consistent in two ways — columns shill for Republicans or…

Judge Nelson?

R. Shawn Nelson, 4th District Supervisor

Orange County Superior Court Judge Marc Kelly is being served with a recall notice today (hat tip to Matt Coker at the OC Weekly), and should the movement to remove the judge for an atrocious sentence of 20-year old  Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto, who sexually assaulted a three-year old girl he was related to.  The crime…

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…

Irvine City Council will discuss unanticipated site soil contamination at Portola High Site

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Council member Beth Krom wants the I’s dotted and T’s crossed when it comes to the chain of communications in regards to new findings of soil contaminates at the site of Irvine’s new Portola High School currently under construction.  The recent discovery of petroleum hydrocarbons and naphthaline, a known cancer causing agent typically found in…

The case for Sukhee Kang in SD-29

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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…