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Goodbye 2012

As we stand on the edge of the fiscal cliff, waiting to see if the Republicans in Congress choose to walk back from the edge with Democrats or jump—pulling us all over into an economic abyss, I want to recall with you some of the highlights of 2012.

Santa Ana Poised to Make a Management Change?

Former Santa Ana City Manager Chief Paul Walters (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

After two hours of discussion in a closed session meeting the Santa Ana City Council took no reportable action related to the performance reviews of City Manager Paul Walters and City Attorney Sonia Carvalho. Apparently, two hours wasn’t enough time, and additional discussions are scheduled for early next year.

What did you Give this Christmas?

Christmas is over and despite what Fox News says, there is no “war” on Christmas (if there was, it would be against retail stores putting out Christmas decorations before Halloween is over. I’ve found I take far more joy from giving gifts than receiving them.  This year, we gave gifts of basic necessities to a…

The Christmas Truce

In 1914, trench warfare of World War I was a brutal and unforgiving affair.  But on Christmas Eve, Allied soldiers and the German army put down their weapons and celebrated Christmas together.  It’s an act that continues to inspire and give hope during this special season. Please learn more about the Christmas Truce at this…

NRA Blames Society, Videogames for CT School Shooting

  The National Rifle Association finally broke it’s silence about the school shooting in Newtown today with a press conference in which they refused to take questions.  The media was instead invited for one on ones next week, which is likely to be a by-invitation only only with “safe” reporters from Fox News and conservative…

OC cities and county facing $268 million fiscal cliff


For all the talk of the “Fiscal Cliff” in Washington, D.C. Orange County, and 19 O.C. cities and the are facing their own version of a fiscal cliff that could cripple their general funds. The state Department of Finance has demanded payment of $268 million in unspent redevelopment agency funds targeted for low- and moderate-income housing.