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Will the Board fiddle while our investments burn?

On the 13th anniversary of the 1994 County Bankruptcy the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) called upon the Board of Supervisors to take immediate action on Chriss Street. Earlier this fall, OCEA called upon the Board to remove Chriss Street’s investment authority in light of federal and county investigations of his conduct. The sudden revelation, at the…

Forget me not.

I’ve always been a lucky guy. When I started this website over a year ago I was lucky to find such a solid team of progressive writers to help fill this page with content. I was lucky that our commentary was taken so seriously in the local blogosphere and in the local media. And it…

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Thirteen years ago the County of Orange government faced a really bad Christmas. On December 6, 1994 the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, more than $1 billion, in the wake of a risky investment strategy employed by then Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert Citron.  On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 Treasurer-Tax…

Sunday Read: A Blogger Crashes the Gates to The LA Times

  With all the projected red ink, The Times and other newspapers are starting to pay attention to the budget mess. Unfortunately, this newspaper has recently gone out of its way to suggest that the budget crisis is primarily traceable to spending. The role that tax policy plays in the persistent revenue shortfalls receives much…

No Mo’ Toll Road to Trestles? What Do YOU Think?

H/T to our friends down south at San Diego Politico for catching this! The SD Union-Tribune recently reported that Susan Davis’ amendment requiring TCA to comply with California law in extending the 241 Toll Road to Trestles may just end up succeeding. Remember when Susan Davis & Loretta Sanchez attached that amendment to the Defense…

Mike Carona on Full Disclosure Network– “I Don’t Know How I Got To Where I am Today”

HT to Matt at Red County.  See the video here.  Its pretty Pro-Carona, with the host wondering if “jealous local politicians” tipped off the Feds and equates Carona’s case with the Texas Border agents Ramos and Copean.  Carona makes a reference to the Grassy Knoll.  There’s a suggestion of a federal conspiracy against Carona because he’s taken…