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AQMD’s Next Move: Banning wood-burning fireplaces in homes

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Last week the Air Quality Management District Board voted 7-6 to issue a new rule banning beach fire pits within 700 feet of homes. AQMD Staff indicated that standing around a beach fire pit is equivalent to breathing the air from 3 diesel trucks or 800 cigarettes. The new regulations will coincidentally cause the removal of fire pits from Newport Beach, the ONLY city that has been advocating for their removal.

Irvine IS in the party business after all

IKCF-Choi

When Irvine mayor Steve Choi sat down with the Orange Counter Register seeking their endorsement in the last election, he posted an interesting question: “What business are we in? Building the park or entertainment events?” He is referring to current uses of the park space.  Well, we’re happy to report we’ve reviewed the records and…

Same Sex Marriage Returns to Orange County Today

Closet for Bigots

Beginning at 8:00 am today, for the first time since November of 2008, same sex couples may marry in Orange County. On Friday, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals removed the stay imposed on the decision of Judge Vaughn Walker declaring the ban on same sex marriage imposed by California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional.