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Santa Ana General Fund dips to less than $1 per resident

Santa Ana City Hall

Adam Elmahrek of The Voice of OC has looked over the wall of silence erected around City Hall to reveal a frightening image of a city in the midst of financial disaster. It is beyond puzzling how the City of Santa Ana that in June supposedly closed a $13.6-million budget gap by “borrowing money from the liability and workers’ compensation reserves,” has found itself in such a dire position.

IPSF Launches a Dollar a Day for Education Campaign

Increasingly, our underfunded schools are turning to external fundraising organizations to make up the difference in educations funds provided by the state for what is needed to get our kids ready for the 21st century workforce.  I will be attending the 2nd annual IPSF Gala this weekend (sold out!) whic will raise a significant amount…

Daly’s AD-69 Fundraiser a Huge Success

Orange County Clerk Recorder and former Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly formally announced his campaign for the state assembly at a fundraiser at Original Mike’s in Santa Ana, drawing a huge crowd of supports from both Anaheim and Santa Ana. The LiberalOC was on hand and caught up with a number of prominent Democrats supporting Daly’s…

“Occupy” Needs to Solidify its Message

On Friday, we posted some advice for OccupyWallStreet from Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi and it’s great advice.  One of the downsides of a “leaderless” movement is that “message” is all over the place. Is there corporate greed?  Absolutely.  Are all corporations greedy?  No.  Is there corporate money in elections?  Yes there is.  And…

Scenes from Occupy Irvine

I went down to Irvine’s Civic Center Plaza to catch “Occupy Irvine” for myself.  There were between 200 and 250 protesters there and everyone assured me the movement would only grow as the day progressed.  But I only had an hour.  There was no mistaking the energy of the 99 percent — those lining the…

Matt Taibbi’s Advice for OccupyWallStreet

Rolling Stone Magazine political writer Matt Taibi is a brilliant progressive journalist.  His latest book, Griftopia, is next on my reading list.  He appeared on “Countdown with Keith Olberman” and has this advice for the OccupyWallStreet crowd — a crowd accused of having no message by the right wingers who promoted the Tea Party two…