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Battle for the Heart of DPOC Underway

As the crowd gathered for State Senator Lou Correa’s annual holiday reception in Santa Ana, a different kind of event was taking place.  Quiet lobbying for support to lead the Democratic Party of Orange County between Jeff LeTourneau and Henry Vandermeir.  It was fun to watch the two men and their suporters work the room,…

Costa Mesa Layoffs go the way of the Dodo Bird


On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa City Council directed the city manager to rescind the remaining 70 layoff notices which were issued on March 17, 2011. The council’s decision made that earlier decision extinct. That decision, almost two years ago, launched a pitched battle between the Costa Mesa Employees Association, represented by Orange County Employees Association, and the council majority led by council member Jim Righeimer.

Barbaro to Step Down at DPOC

Hat tip to Marty Wisckol at the OC Register for this story about DPOC Chairman Frank Barbaro’s decision to retire from his party position. Barbaro is leaving the party in better condition than he found it with vote registration up and more elected Democrats in office than when he took over.  Barbaro has grown weary…

OC Register Editorial Misses the Mark on Parcel Tax Questions

With the OC Register editorial desk, it’s a pretty simple equation.  You’ll earn their support if you agree to always oppose any tax increase or agree never to take money from public employee unions.  New State Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva has already demonstrated that she’s a caution interview subject in speaking with the Register’s opinion writers…

The Silence of the FFFFers

It’s been nearly two weeks since Friends for Fullerton’s Future webmaster and short-time councilman Travis Kiger was defeated by “Landslide” Jan Flory by a whopping 29 votes.  There was no recount as Kiger likely didn’t have the money to pay for it and Tony Bushala — someone who could afford to — decided not to…

Irvine’s Pervs in the Park Ordinance is Unconstitutional

Harvard Park, Irvine

One of the platforms that Irvine Republicans ran on in November’s election was how Council member Larry Agran weakened a county ordinance to protect kids in Irvine’s park against child sexual predators and child pornographers complete with a nasty hit piece with a photo of a hooded pervert stalking little kids. That pervert was later…

25 World AIDS Days Later – Looking Forward!


On an afternoon in August 1988, I learned that I had tested positive for HIV infection. The doctor told me not to worry just come back in 6 months and get tested again. As far as I knew then, I had just been given a death sentence so I just went about my life thinking I would be dead in a year or so.