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Street Watch: Saved by the bell!

It is ironic, with all the discussion regarding “Alarm Bells” and Chriss Street’s investment decisions, that in the middle of discussion on a motion on the topic, someone pulled the fire alarm.  I’ll have more once the vote is done. UPDATE: The financial wizards on th Board (everyone other than the only expert on the…

Street’s Investment Authority, Decision Today!

The Board of Supervisors will decide the fate of Treasurer Tax Collector Chriss Street’s investment powers at their meeting this morning.  To view the live video feed Click Here. Also, Peggy Lowe reports over on the Total Buzz Blog that the District Attorney’s office dropped a few subpoenas around county government yesterday. This is all…

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…