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News Roundup: 7-01-09

So in the news today we have a few items that you may want to know about. Governor, lawmakers blow deadline as budget hole deepens: The legislature and governor could not agree to anything yesterday. So we have now lost $3.3 billion in savings that would have been available to meet the shortfall. The state…

Smith/Rodgers Pay Up in Irvine

While my politics are certainly liberal, I was always a big fan of radio commentator Paul Harvey’s “Rest of the Story” commentaries. After our post last week, I’m happy to report the rest of the story.  Former Irvine city council member Greg Smith and former council candidate Pat Rodgers have cut checks to reimburse the…

Does Prop 13 need Reform?

Kevin O’Leary has an outstanding piece in Time.com on Prop 13.  It’s worth a read. Has Prop 13’s time come and gone?  I get the idea that its designed to help homeowners keep property taxes in check, but is Prop 13 more like using stragulation as a means of holding your breath? From the story:…

Greenhut: Moorlach views Norby as demagogue

Steven Greenhut penned one of his more balanced columns on Sunday (Moorlach ‘grows’ in office), which he follows up on in a post on the Orange Punch blog today. Sorry, but Moorlach views Norby as demagogue Supervisor John Moorlach responded to my Sunday column in his email blast today (reprinted below), and it strikes me as…

Help Defeat the Mark Sanford of California

On Thursday evening the National Republicans held a fundraiser for Ken “Sanford” Calvert (CA 44) with the goal of raising $100k for him.  It’s part of their new Patriot Program which is supporting 10 Republican incumbents across the country they think will be vulnerable in 2010. They’re fundraising like crazy to try to hang on…

What IS it about Blogs

Since it’s been a couple of week’s since Noah Krom’s passing and we’ve given the Krom family some time to grieve (and they will likely require more time than a couple of weeks), it’s high time to address some unpleasantness in the OC blogsphere. For every spirited exchange we have with readers and other bloggers…