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Liberal Media Bias Takes Another Hit — The New Republic Writers Resign En Masse

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The New Republic is a 100 year old liberal magazine with an emphasis on long form journalism that’s been helping liberals use *facts* in arguments with conservatives for decades.  The publication has made some significant announcements — its moving from Washington to New York and hired Gabriel Snyder, a well-traveled editor who spent time at…

Agran Goes Out on a High Note

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About 250 people attended a farewell reception for outgoing Irvine Council member Larry Agran Tuesday night at Irvine City Hall.  Running mates Melissa Fox and Mary Ann Gaido also attended and it was actually a pretty upbeat affair as the trio thanked supporters and hugged friends. This is actually the second time Agran has left…

Will Irvine’s Republican Majority Do Away with Community Partnership Funds?

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In Larry Agran’s last city council meeting, there was opposition to charities Agran wished to offer Community Partnership Funds.  Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway said Agran’s awards would have left incoming council member Lynn Schott will limited options to make her own awards — likely to very conservative causes.  Each member of the city council…

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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…