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Portrait of a Sexual Predator: Bustamante’s preliminary hearing begins

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Yesterday the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for former OC Public Works executive Carlos Bustamante began in the courtroom of OC Superior Court Judge Kazuharu Makino. The former rising star in the Orange County Republican party and former Santa Ana City Councilman is charged with 12 felony and four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, false imprisonment, stalking, and grand theft.

OC Register and Voice of OC enter into distribution agreement

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Voice of OC is unveiling a new content distribution partnership with The Orange County Register, the county’s most far-reaching news organization. “Good government is directly fueled by vigorous public affairs news coverage,” said Norberto Santana Jr., editor-in-chief of the nonprofit newsroom. “Our agreement with the Orange County Register greatly expands our reach and takes our mission to a new level.”

County and Deputies Contract Talks Reach Impasse

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As of 4 pm Friday, contract talks between the County of Orange and the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs have reached an impasse. Deputies had until then to accept the county’s last, best and final offer, on a new contract after almost two years of talks. THeir answer was no thanks

CalPERS Pension Benefits Generate $30 Billion in Economic Activity

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More than $30 billion in economic activity was generated by retirement benefits paid by the State’s pension fund, according to a study released by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The CalPERS Economic Impacts in California report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012, highlights the vital role CalPERS plays in the State’s economy each year. The report demonstrates how CalPERS benefits and investments generate significant economic activity in the state, to stimulate business growth and increased tax revenues, and to support and create jobs for Californians.