While the House Republicans were busy voting for the 40th time to defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) last week, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez was finalizing plans to educate the residents of her district on the impacts and benefits of the landmark healthcare overhaul.
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Last week, the House of Representatives passed HR 1897, the Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013. This law will stop any non-humanitarian assistance to Vietnam unless President Obama confirms that the government of Vietnam has met tangible basic human rights benchmarks including religious liberty, freedom of association and assembly, and freedom of opinion.
Yesterday, Superior Court Judge Franz Miller, set a March 17, 2014 trial date for the Anaheim Voting Rights discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of Anaheim Latino activists who claim that the current at-large system of electing city council members violates the California Voting Rights Act by suppressing the ability of Latinos to be elected in a city that is 53% Latino by population in favor a a wealthy and predominantly whit segment of Anaheim voters.
The Democratic Party of Orange County is taking another step in the right direction through city-by-city Democratic clubs to better organize, register voters and get out the vote to weaken the grip Republicans have on local city governments. Costa Mesa was less than a sneeze away from taking control of the City Council last November…
The Orange County Register’s lead editorial today suggests that Comic-Con, the world’s largest pop culture event, has outgrown its location in San Diego and that Anaheim could handle the event as the Anaheim Convention Center has nearly 300,000 more square feet of space to house the massive nerdprom. In a few words: no Anaheim can’t. …
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.