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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…

State Budget Cuts Will Be Devistating

Here is a look at how the pending budget cuts might hit california counties. These cuts will be devistating to local services. Click HERE for the full document. General Revenues     Borrow property taxes pursuant to Proposition 1A; $1.982B impact to all locals, allocation unknown May Revision $1.982 billion Delay usual payments to counties to…

County denies breast cancer program for young women

The Health Care Agency of Orange County, under direction from the board of supervisors, won’t fund Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Care Program UPDATE: We got a call back from HCA spokesperson Deanne Thompson this afternoon regarding the Planned Parenthood grant application. According to Thompson the Health Care Agency has not yet made a final determination…

The Ball is now in OUR Court

Guest Commentary by John Santoianni, President, Harvey Milk Stonewall Democrats – OC Today’s California Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage is exactly as I expected. Proposition 8 has been upheld and existing same-sex marriages are still valid. Everyone I’ve spoken with today has asked me the same question. How were they able to both validate…

Prop 8 Decision Day Rally For Equality

Approximately 600 people gathered at the Old Orange County Courthouse and Plaza of the Flags in Santa Ana tonight to rally in support of Marriage Equality in response to the California Supreme Court’s 6-1 decision affirming the validity of Proposition 8. Former State Senator Joe Dunn and Santa Ana Councilmember Michelle Martinez spoke at the courthouse…

DPOC Chair Barbaro on Prop 8 Decision

When I got home from tonight’s Prop 8 decision rally I found Democratic Party of Orange County Chairman Frank Barbaro’s response to today’s Supreme Court ruling. I don’t like the decision.  It runs directly opposite our guarantees of equal protection and non-discrimination.  The legal basis for the Court’s decision was very weak.  I can only…

Some Positive Press for Sheriff Hutchens

Today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times has a editorial, no doubt inspired by Dana Parsons story on OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.  And Parsons’ story comes on the heels of an in-depth profile of the Sheriff in OC Weekly several weeks back. Look, Law enforcement is supposed to be non-partisan. And even though this sheriff…