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A Milestone and an Accomplishment In Silver Lake

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the Sunset Junction Street Fair. Why would this matter to Orange County? Well, I’m glad you asked and I’ll explain in a minute. First, some background. Silver Lake is the bohemian or, some say seedy (not true), part of eastern Hollywood. It’s where Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards…

Correa’s Bill on Military Education Benefits Awaits Governor’s Signature

SACRAMENTO, CA—Today, the California State Senate unanimously voted on the passage out of the Legislature of Bill 1075 (SB 1075), authored by Senator Lou Correa(Orange County). This legislative measure requires academic institutions to reasonably accommodate and assist students who are called to active military duty so they can meet any and all coursework requirements missed due to military service.

Two Orange County School Districts Spent $15 Million on Lawsuits

On Wednesday, California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse released a report entitled “Lessons in Lawsuits,” which details the litigation costs of 12 California school districts. Included is information about Santa Ana Unified (SAUSD) and Capistrano Unified (CUSD). According to the report, those two districts alone spent more than $15 million on lawsuits (the cost of outside counsel…

Register editorial beats up Nelson on pensions

This editorial in today’s OC Register looks like a clear case of buyer’s remorse when if comes to backing a candidate for office — in this case, the candidacy of Shawn Nelson who won the June election to finish Chris Norbys term as 4th District Supervisor. While the Register didn’t credit this blog for breaking…

Vietnamese American Democratic PAC Celebrates Endorsements

We have received announcement from the Vietnamese American Democratic PAC that they are celebrating their endorsements of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, and Phu Nguyen with a fundraising luncheon on Friday, August 27th. The event will be held at At the offices of IBEW Local #441, 309 N Rampart, Suite M, Orange, CA 92868; Noon – 2:00PM.

Attorney General’s Office declines to take further action on Santa Ana Brown Act complaint

I received an email Wednesday from Senior Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons regarding the complaint I filed last week regarding the possible violation of the Brown Act which had occurred at the August 2, 2010 meeting of the Santa Ana City Council. As we have previously reported, Council member Claudia Alvarez had interrupted and then terminated…

Sean Mill in his own words

Sean Mill  has an interesting post on the Orange Juice blog last night calling for a return to civility at Santa Ana city council meetings.  One quick note, Claudio Gallegos was informed prior to the post going up by Art Pedroza, who texted Claudio to give him a “heads-up.” Sean has been on a jihad…