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Is SJC Councilman a Plagiarist?

San Juan Capistrano’s conservative councilman Derek Reeve, a “pinhead” for naming one of his dogs “Mohammad” according to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, may be a plagiarist.  HT to the SJC Patch for this story, which compares and constrasts Reeve’s conservative writings with passages lifted nearly verbatum from other publications. Reeve told Patch.com that he may…

Solorio Offers Dual Endorsement in AD-69

State Rep. Jose Solorio was the lead endorsement on fliers distributed to promote Santa Ana Council member Michele Martinez’s campaign fundraiser as she announced her intention to replace him in the State Assembly. And while we have been hearing for some time that OC Clerk Record Tom Daly is going to run for the seat…

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…