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Irvine Approves New City Budget

This came in from Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang this morning.  It’s a responsible budget that draws on the city’s rainy day fund while holding costs down and not cutting city services – an enviable position compared to many other cities in California. From the Mayor: “I’m pleased to announce that the City Council has adopted…

Rep. Loretta Sanchez calls on state to release Orange County’s fair share of forclosure-prevention funds

“One of the saddest consequences of the recession has been the foreclosure crisis, which continues to affect the entire Orange County community,” said Rep. Sanchez. “The California Housing Financing Agency needs to hear how badly we’re hurting before it decides how to distribute millions in federal funding. I hope this letter will get Orange County families their fair share.”

Supervisors approve 2010-2011 county budget

The new budget includes 36 fewer employee positions than in FY 09-10, continuing a trend that has resulted in a decrease of more than 1,000 County employee positions since FY 07-08. In recognition of the impact of the continuing economic downturn on the County, the Board of Supervisors also extended through December 16, 2010 a resolution authorizing elected officials to contribute five percent of their salary to the County and extended a 5% pay reduction for County executive managers.

New Indictment For Tan Nguyen

The river of trouble for the 2006 GOP nominee in the 47th Congressional district, Tan Nguyen, is getting deeper. New charges have been filed by federal prosecutors alleging that not only did Nguyen encourage someone to mislead investigators, he did so himself as well. In October 2006 Tan Nguyen’s campaign was responsible for the mailing of 14,000…

David Benavides Campaign Kickoff a Massive Success

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Ward 4 Councilman David Benavides’ re-election kick off. Needless to say, the event was a great success and I see one of our better Councilmembers heading towards a re-election. The crowd was diverse with many people from the city insiders to the neighborhood folks, people who are usually at odds coming together to support David.

Senate Committee Approves Bill in Response to Pension Fund Investment Scandal

The Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee approved legislation this week that would require placement agents to register as lobbyists and would end contingency fee arrangements based on winning contracts from California’s public retirement systems. Co-authored by Senator Lou Correa (Santa Ana), Assembly Bill 1743 (AB 1743) would help to ensure that transactions that involve placement agents securing investment assets from the state’s pension funds remain above board.