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Sexist Comments by OC Public Works Dir. of Administration

When is a joke not a joke? As we pointed out in an earlier post, Christian Berthelsen political reporter for the LA Times related in an article on Thursday comments made by Republican Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante regarding the appointment of Sandra Hutchens as the new OC Sheriff. Apparently, Bustamante walks up to…

¡Felicitaciones a Gustavo!

This past Saturday, Orange County’s very own and favorite Mexican was given the first place award for Best Column in a publication with a circulation of more than 55,000 for what is the first thing I read every week in the OCWeekly, Ask A Mexican. The award was given out at the 13th annual AltWeekly…

Carlos Bustamante: Making Santa Ana Proud (??!!)

Oh, my! Take a look at what some LA paper overheard Santa Ana City Councilmember Carlos Bustamante saying in response to Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters not being chosen to become Orange County’s next Sheriff: “I kept telling the chief,” he said, referring to Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, who narrowly lost the…

CA-47: Loretta Sanchez in Action in Little Saigon

I’m sorry I couldn’t share this with you earlier, but I’m glad I can do so now. These photos came in over the transom. And as we view these photos, they tell an amazing story of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Fantastic) reaching out to the community. Last weekend, Loretta Sanchez walked neighborhoods in Little Saigon. Yes,…

Supervisor Nguyen on Hutchens Appointment

I asked Supervisor Nguyen to comment on the appointment of Sandra Hutchens as Orange County Sheriff. I finally heard back from her, so here is what she said. This was one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made since being in office.  Both Chief Paul Walters and Chief Sandra Hutchens are highly qualified for…

The Willie Horton-ing of Barack Obama

Floyd Brown is the creator of the infamous Willie Horton ad than sunk the candidacy of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988.  The ad portrayed Dukakis as soft on crime even though crime rates plunged in the late 80s as part of the Duke’s Massachusetts Miracle. Floyd Brown is at it again.  This time against…

Gas Crisis: OCEA Insists County Act

The following letter came in late yesterday from Nick Berardino at the Orange County Employees Association. It appears that while county workers want to take action and work collectively to address the impact of explosive gas prices on workers and the Orange County community, County Executives couldn’t be bothered.  June 9, 2008 Tom Mauk Chief Executive…