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$326,000 to unlock a couple doors?

We were curious what the violation was that the Santa Ana Fire Department cited the county for in January 2007 that required spending $326,000 to fix. To get to the bottom of things we asked for a copy of the letter the Fire Department sent to the county regarding their January 22, 2007 inspection of the Hall…

Irvine Benefits from Progressive Leadership

In a recent OC Watchdog column, the City of Irvine is not quite in the financial dire straights that Christina Shea and Steven Choi (or Stephen Smith of the dead-in-the-water Irvine Tattler) would have you believe. Some excerpts: Irvine, unlike the U.S. government, is sitting on a pretty pot of money that promises to allow…

Conservatives Blame Republicans for Woes

Over the weekend in the OC Register’s Letters pages and in today’s Los Angeles Times local/California section are two distinct pieces that try to set a bottom or a baseline for conservative politics in California and nationally. The first is a extraordinarily long Letter to the Editor in the Register by Fritz Mehrtens of Irvine. …

Don’t Forget to Take Charge of YOUR Democratic Party!

In case you haven’t heard, the California Democratic Party Delegate Selection Caucuses will occur on the weekend of January 10-11, 2009. So if one of your New Year’s Resolutions will be to get more involved, here’s a good start to fulfilling that. The CDP has a full list of meetings for each Assembly District, including…

The Voice That Will Inspire

From Huffington Post 12/28/2008 By: Tobias Barrington Wolff Tobias Barrington Wolff served as the chief advisor and spokesperson on LGBT issues for presidential candidate Barack Obama throughout the 2007-08 campaign. Wolff is currently a law professor and civil rights lawyer. The Voice That Will Inspire When Barack Obama takes the stage on January 20th to…

What are the Top News Stories of the Year?

Just after Christmas every year, the Associated Press releases a list of the top news stories of the year. For 2008, the election of President-elect Barack Obama, the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, the faltering economy, the war in Iraq, the conflict in Georgia, all strike me as good candidates for the global/national…

So this is Christmas. What have you done?

On this cold and rainy Christmas day I am reminded of John Lennon’s reflective ode, beginning, “So this is Christmas. What have you done?” In these most challenging of times, I think that all of us should ask ourselves, “What have we done?” I am a bit down this Christmas because everywhere I look, I…