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Senator Joe Dunn (ret.) to OC Board of Supervisors: Adopt Lobbying Reforms!

After the Orange County Board of Supervisors failed to agendize proposed reforms requiring lobbyists to register and report on their activities to influence county government on matters of public interest, Senator Joe Dunn (ret.) spoke during Public Comments, noting he filed a notice to circulate a petition before the voters. Confident taxpayers want County government to operate with transparency and accountability, Dunn plans to lead an effort to gather the nearly 73,000 signatures required to place the reforms on the November 2010 ballot.

Not much of a Race To The Top for Orange County schools.

The Orange County Register reports that Most O.C. districts say no to Race To The Top Reforms. As few as nine Orange County school districts have committed to implement sweeping reforms championed under President Obama’s federal Race to the Top grant program for schools, leaving up to 19 ineligible to receive the potentially millions of federal stimulus dollars that California is seeking.

Election Today in the 72nd Assembly District

It all comes down to today. The campaigning to replace disgraced former Assemblyman Mike “Open Mike” Duvall has came to an end. At 8 :00 pm tonight the voting does too. Three candidates are facing off in this run-off election;  County Supervisor Chris Norby (Republican), School Teacher John MacMurray (Democrat), and Systems Engineer Jane Rands (Green).…

Harriett Wieder, first woman elected as OC Supervisor, dies at 89

The Orange County Register reported Monday night that former Second District Supervisor Harriet M. Wieder has died. She was 89 years old. Wieder was elected to the Huntington Beach City Council in 1973 and became Mayor in 1976. In 1978 Wieder became the first woman elected as a Supervisor in Orange County. She served on the Board from 1979 to 1995.

Mark McGwire ponies up to using steroids

Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger and (former?) Irvine resident Mark McGwire came clean about his use of steroids during the fabulous 1998 season that saw him chase baseball’s single season home run mark with Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs.  McGwire hit 70 dingers that year in a season that helped baseball recover from the 1994…

“Toll Road Jerry” Amate Named OCTA Chairman

With Jerry Amante running for the Assembly, this OCTA board vote seems to be giving the keys of the kingdom to someone likely to be an absent chairman.  But Toll Road Jerry Amante was named chairman of the OCTA today. Read the press release below: Amante Selected As New OCTA Board Chairman  Tustin mayor will…

TheLiberalOC challenges GGUSD Trustees to come clean about Brown Act violation

TheLiberalOC has submitted a letter to the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees challenging them to come clean and admit violations of California’s open meeting statutes (The Brown Act) at their December 15, 2009 organizational meeting. At the January 5, 2010 meeting of the Board, Trustee Dr. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam alleged that violations of the…