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Voices From Street Corners: 2012 Quite a Year Already

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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…

Koman Official Resigns After Planned Parenthood Flap

The Washington Post is reporting that Karen Handel, the anti-choice former GOP candidate for governor of Georgia at the heart of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity dust up with Planned Parenthood, has resigned as Koman’s vice president of policy today. From the story:  “I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations…

Washington Post Releases Detailed Report on Congressional Earmarks

The Washington Post’s Tuesday editions carry this comprehensive report on Congressional earmarks and it will report that Congressionla Representatives steered earmarks towards projects within two miles of personal property they own. The report hits both parties hard. Of the 33 members of Congress who were tracked by the Post, 22 were Republicans. From the story:  “Thirty-three…