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OC Register to Change Online Commenting Policy

One of the telling comments from the dias during the Santa Ana City Council meeting on September 6, which dealt with the “rebuke” of anti-Semitic comments made by Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, came from both Council member Vince Sarmiento and Sal Tinajero regarding “vile” and “personal attack” comments that get away from the issue…

A New Chapter One for Santa Ana Politics?

State Assemblyman Jose Solorio is at an interesting crossroads in his political career.  He’s termed out in the State Assembly and was one of the biggest victims in the expanding Kindee Durkee scandal.  And he held court during the formal announcement of Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s intentions to run for his seat in AD-69,…

Bigotry or Free Speech in San Juan Capistrano?

The case of San Juan Capistrano council member Derek Reeve who named one of his dogs “Muhammad” (the other was named “America”)  has earned him scorn and, oddly praise.  OC Register columnist Frank Mickadeit’s column raises the question if this case is one about bigotry or free speech. And oddly, Frank doesn’t come out on the…

Sarmiento: Tolerance Town Hall Details 30-45 Days Away

In presenting a substitute motion to condemn anti-Semitic remarks by Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, Santa Ana Councilman Vince Sarmiento suggested a county wide “town hall” to examine the issues of racism and bigotry throughout Orange County.  Sarmiento says the City Manager’s office is working on the venue and program for this town…

Santa Ana announces formal negotiations with Chivas USA

    The City of Santa Ana issued the following news release to announce they have entered into formal negotiations with Chivas USA. City of Santa Ana has Entered into a Negotiating Rights Agreement with Chivas USA Enterprises LLC SANTA ANA, Calif. (September 20, 2011) The City of Santa Ana is pleased to announce that…

Bill Maher’s Real Time Mocks Republicans (from Irvine)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqi5n8d4s3A[/youtube] Okay, so it wasn’t an actual Irvine Republican but an actor playing one on TV, but considering people in town like Allan Bartlett, Steven Choi, Christina Shea, Pat Rodgers, Lynn Schott, Jeff Lalloway and many others, it wasn’t exactly a stretch of the imagination.  HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher and Current TV’s Keith…

City of Santa Ana: Not Investigating Bustamante

The City of Santa Ana is not investigating Carlos Bustamante as the Ward 3 Councilman remains on paid administrative leave from his job with the Orange County Public Works Department.  According to Jose Gonzalez, the city’s PIO, the city is not discussing a possible investigation, is not considering an investigation and is not engaged in…