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Three Slates of Candidates for the Fullerton Recall?

Now that recall petitions have been certified in Fullerton for the recall of three conservative Republican city council members in Fullerton, we anticipate three distinct slates of candidates to emerge.  The first is simply the No Recall slate that aims to keep council members Dick Jones, Pat McKinley and Don Bankhead in power on the…

AD 72: Tyler Diep Un-dips His Toe From Assembly Contest

Tyler Diep Unplugged

Seven days after taking the fundraising lead, raising $120,000 at the end of 2011, in the newly drawn central Orange County 72nd Assembly District contest, Westminster City Councilman, and state renowned triple-dipper, Tyler Diep announced he was dropping out of the race. He did so in a statement published in the Vietnamese language publication Người Việt. According…

Voices From Street Corners: 2012 Quite a Year Already

Retail Center - South Orange County

Thinking about the state of leadership in the country right now I recalled this thought from Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and the Chrysler Group: “…. Leadership is not a quantitative thing…people either smell it in you or they don’t…People need to trust you that you’re going to pull them out and they will follow you when you pull them out. If they don’t get that comfort, they’re going to drop you.

But Nuclear Power is Perfectly Safe….Isn’t It?

Where’s Chuck DeVore when you need him? Of course, he’s in Texas writing fiction about the Rick Perry miracle.  But close to home and across the Pacific, the ‘nuclear power is perfectly safe” argument continues to lose some luster. First off in Japan, things are still bad at the damaged nuclear reactor in the Northern…

Irvine Mayor Kang’s State of the City Address

I’ve known Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang for several years now.  And through a combination of his business experience and management style, he’s worked hard with the City Council and the City staff to guide Irvine through a terrible economic climate without cutting services and by making sound choices.  Jobs didn’t get filled when a vacancy…

Perez, Martinez Tout Endorsements for AD-69

Labor activist Julio Perez and Santa Ana council member Michele Martinez can both tout endorsements in their race for AD-69.  Perez announced an endorsement from Democracy For America-OC chapter while Martinez got a very personal endorsement from fellow Santa Ana councilman Vincent Sarmiento. From the DFA-OC endorsement: “Julio Perez will be the progressive champion we…