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County seeks to settle case with fired assistant sheriff

Authority to settle case granted to county lawyers in lawsuit by former lawman George Jaramillo BY NORBERTO SANTANA JR. The Orange County Register Orange County supervisors have signaled an intent to offer some sort of settlement to former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo, who was fired in 2004 just before his indictment by a grand jury…

The High Cost of Healthcare

I got into it a bit with Register editorial writer Alan Bock last March at the Obama Town Hall in Costa Mesa, the one with an emphasis on healthcare, about healthcare reform.  I’m in favor of a single player healthcare system that makes insurance accessible and affordable for all Americans; this wouldn’t replace private insurance…

Bill O’Reilly – The Very Definition of Inciting Terrorism

The Patriot Act defines Domestic Terrorism as: (5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—       (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;       (B) appear to be intended—           (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;          …

Krugman’s NY Times column: Point the Finger at Ronald Reagan

Since our local paper can’t and won’t run a center-left columnist, I’m happy to provide this link to today’s column by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, a Princeton professor, who suggests that the Garn-St. German Depository Institutions Act, signed by Ronald Reagan has a lot to do with the root causes of today’s economic…

Will Santa Ana Council Zone For Bike Parking?

UPDATE: The Santa Ana City Council approved the zoning amendment on a 7-0 vote. This Monday, the Santa Ana City Council will vote on amending the city’s zoning code to require the inclusion of bicycle parking in new developments in a similar manner to how automobile parking is required. The Santa Ana Planning Commission voted…

OC Labor Honors the County’s Outstanding Women

Buena Park —Sixty-six women were honored at an award reception featuring the original play Speaking Up! at the UFCW Local 324 auditorium last night. Top awards were given for Political Courage (Denise Penn, the Anti Human Trafficking Task Force), Community Heroines (Rev. Minh Hanh Nguyen, Gloria Alvarado), and Labor Pioneers (Judy Perez, Nancy Aleccia). Each…

Shiva Farivar to declare for Irvine City Council

I got this note from Irvine City Council member Beth Krom this morning: I’m Proud To Endorse Shiva Farivar for Irvine City Council 2010! Shiva Farivar has been an active community volunteer and is currently the Chair of the Irvine Community Services Commission. She is bright, creative and committed to serving the best interests of…