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Mayor Kang’s 2010 State of the City Address for Irvine

Irvine has really weathered the storm of the current economic downturn due to smart fiscal planning and by squeezing more from every tax dollar.  Progressive leaders have had the majority for a decade and the visionary leadership makes Irvine’s fiscal picture one that’s envied throughout Orange County. And despite Irvine’s good fortune, potential pitfalls do…

OC Supervisors put leash on sheriff over reorg plan

Today the Orange County Board of Supervisors slammed Sheriff Sandra Hutchens over her reorganization plan announced last Friday. In that plan Sheriff Hutchens lays off 23 non-sworn personnel, while at the same time promoting 15 managers to fill vacancies in administrative ranks resulting from previous layoffs and retirements. In addition, Hutchens laid off Assistant Sheriff…

Steve Young Announces for Newport Beach City Council

This just in from Steve Young: Steve Young filed a “Candidate Intention Statement” with the Newport Beach City Clerk’s office. He is running for City Council in the 3rd District of Newport Beach for the November 2010 election. Don Webb has held the 3rd District Council seat for two terms, the limit of the office…

Rep. John Murtha Dies

The complete story is here, but longtime Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha has died.  He was the first pro-military Democrat to come out against the Iraq War and his efforts helped fuel the anti-war effort as it caught fire.  He was 77. Murtha died from complications following gall bladder surgery.  From the story: Murtha died at…

Teacher performance should not be measured by a series of multiple-choice questions

By teaching to a test we end up teaching as though we are programming a computer for limited and simple functions rather than teaching students the full spectrum of knowledge necessary to be productive and involved members of society. Life is not a series of multiple-choice questions and our students are not monkeys trained to use a #2 pencil to fill in bubbles on a sheet of paper.