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Thanks Beth!

Beth Krom wrapped up her final council meeting two weeks ago and tonight, she’ll turn over the mayor’s gavel to Sukhee Kang at a reception at Irvine City Hall. Beth is wrapping up one of the more successful tenures as mayor of Irvine.  The city has grown in positive ways.  BusinessWeek calls it one of…

Governor Schweitzer to Keynote 14th Truman Dinner

Just in time to kick off 2009 Presidential Inauguration festivities locally, the 14th Annual Truman Dinner is scheduled for Friday, January 16, 2009. This message came in this morning from Frank Barbaro, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County. The Democratic Party of Orange County’s 14th annual Harry S Truman Awards Dinner will take…

Tribune Co. files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — Media conglomerate Tribune has filed for bankruptcy protection. The owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, KTLA and other propreties has filed forbankruptcy in Deleware today. According to reports, Tribune is more than $13 billion in debt. More here at CNN.com.

OCEA’s Innovative Solution Rejected By County CEO

On Friday Orange County Employees Association General Manager Nick Berardino held a press conference to offer an innovative “Voluntary Holiday Leave” proposal to address county budget shortfalls. The Orange County Register and LA Times covered the story. Following the press conference Berardino sent the following message to county workers. Today we embarked on our most…

Withering California GOP

Interesting story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle about the growing irrelevance of the GOP in California. But first, exhibit A: PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT  Completed Precincts: 2109 of 2109                                                                        Vote Count        Percentage  JOHN MCCAIN / SARAH PALIN (REP)     579,064             50.2%  BARACK OBAMA / JOE BIDEN (DEM)      549,558             47.6% GOP appears in deep…

Not Van Tran!

Who is the FIRST Vietnamese-American member of Congress? (CNN) — The Louisiana man who Saturday became the first Vietnamese-American elected to the House says he hopes his win will push more young people to become politically active. “I am very honored and at this point, somewhat speechless to be the first Vietnamese-American congressman,” Anh “Joseph”…

DeVore’s US Senate announcement: the Liberal Translation

You know, there’s plain old English and then there’s Republican-speak, a twisted and bending way of saying something you truly believe is true even though reality is warped when words are compared to facts. As a Liberal public service, we’ve translated State Rep. Chuck DeVore’s announcement for his run for Senate against Barbara Boxer.  Our…