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OC Delegation’s Record on Equality for All

Our legislative friends like to thump their chests on Red County; so proud of their conservative voting records they are.  I find the bake offs useful as I just turn the survey on its head. The folks at Equality California have issued their own scorecards for state senators and assembly members on the basis of…

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…