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Janet Nguyen’s Staff Infection

There’s an infection festering over on the fifth floor of the Hall of Administration. It began with a quip from Board Chairman Norby last Tuesday about an unnamed Supervisor using Health Care Agency (HCA) funds to pay for office personnel.  The infection of the hubris bacteria started to grow when it was revealed that Supervisor Nguyen…

What Do YOU Think About Costa Mesa’s Immigration Controversy?

“It’s fracturing the community,” said Jean Forbath, a social activist who founded the Costa Mesa charity Share Our Selves. “The future of Costa Mesa and Orange County and all America is to accept each other. This program does not create communities.” Have you seen this in today’s OC Register? They’re beginning a series on how…

Nah, Chriss Street’s not distracted.

There has been a great deal of discussion about the issue of the County investing about 14% of its portfolio, $837 million, in high-risk Structured Investment Vehicles, (SIV) the largest such investment of any local government entity in California. So what are SIV’s? From Wikipedia: A structured investment vehicle (SIV) is a fund which borrows money by…

Is Race An Issue For Measure D Opponents?

This February voters in Santa Ana will have an opportunity to decide on a controversial ballot proposition that would extend the number of four year terms for city councilmembers from 2 to 3.  The proposition known as Measure D has brought together a small, but vocal, faction of voters led by Councilmember Michele Martinez.  For…

No Mo’ Toll Road to Trestles: We Win

  In the words of Congressman Ken Calvert, “thanks to Reps. Susan Davis and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), a toll road project that has been years in the making has been set back indefinitely.”  Look at what I found this morning at JOMO Blog! I see a lovely epitaph to “Foothill-South”, the now dead effort to…