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Down Under Desalination Debacle – Stop OCWD from importing bad water policy and raising our rates

Special Report by Dave Hamilton Residents 4 Responsible Desalination In the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, residential water rates were the US-equivalent of $620 per acre-foot in 1999. Those rates have increased to $2,715 per acre-foot in 2014—more than a 4-fold increase in 15 years. Why? Australian inflation rates have been about the same as…

World AIDS Day – fight for the change you wish to see!

Nothing has informed my world and my place in this world more than the scourge and subsequent fight against AIDS. I lost my brother Michael and many other “brothers” – extraordinary people whose presence is missed dearly and deeply. My story is not unusual for gay men of my age, in fact it’s quite typical.…

A Commie Girl Wedding

OC’s loss is Montana’s gain; Rebecca Schoenkopf, perhaps the best columnist ever at OC Weekly and now the editor of Wonkette.com, tied the knot this past Thanksgiving weekend in Montana.  She and her new husband, Andrew Clark, will also welcome a new baby in 2015. We’re delighted for her news, her outside wedding in the…

Former HB Mayor Debbie Cook files FPPC complaint against OCWD Director Sheldon

Her complaint touches on possibly unethical ties between Sheldon and expensive water hucksters Poseidon. In her complaint, Cook alleges that, “It appears that Director Sheldon is attempting to evade detection of his conflicts by filtering monies indirectly through Faubel Public Affairs.” Even if the services Sheldon provides through Faubel don’t directly benefit Poseidon, Cook says…

Eli Home Holiday Ball set for Dec 4 at Anaheim Hilton

I make no apologies that one of my favorite charities in Orange County is Anaheim’s Eli Home.  The Holidays are usually a very tough time for the kids and families Eli Home serves.  So we’re pleased to let you know about the Eli Home’s annual Holiday Ball which will be held Thursday, December 4 at…

OCDA’s Investigation Clears OC Fairgrounds Sale Efforts

The Orange County District Attorney’s office has again cleared insiders who tried to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds during the state of California’s fiscal crisis more than five years ago.  This is the second such report the DA’s office has conducted in the past four years and because Michael Lubinski, a senior assistant DA well…