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Hope?

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Some reasons for hope in 2015. Is Pope Francis leading a new moral majority – is truth, justice, compassion making a comeback? David Atkins gives us some hope in his Washington Monthly column:

Santa Ana’s Sliding Scale on Disclosure Forms

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The Santa Ana City Council takes great pains to paint itself as running a city government that’s open and transparent.  And the city, at it’s December 16 meeting, voted to not re-appoint Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra on the grounds he hadn’t disclosed –in writing — all of his ex-parte communications that Bacerra had previously reported verbally…

There is a Santa Claus

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About 117 years ago, an 8 year old girl named Virginia wrote a letter to the New York Sun asking if her school classmates were right? Is there really no Santa Claus?   “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus,” she wrote.  The letter was handed to Francis Pharcellus Church who pounded out…

Harvey Liss: Reflections on Irvine Planning Commission Partisanship

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I just completed a one-year stint as a City of Irvine Planning Commissioner, having been appointed by former Councilmember Larry Agran who lost his re-election to the City Council to the detriment of all the residents and working population of Irvine. I’ve known Larry for years, and he has been a major force, along with continuing Councilmember Beth Krom, for the public interest of all of Irvine’s residents.

Nick Anas to step down from DPOC Position

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Nick Anas, the executive director of the DPOC, will step down from this post at the beginning of the new year to accept a position in the private sector here in Orange County, the LiberalOC has learned. Nick was a mainstay in the OCYD organization and a key member of Beth Krom’s congressional team in…

Gingrich: America Lost Its First Cyberwar. He’s Wrong

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Former Republican House speaker and failed GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has weighed in on Sony Pictures decision to pull the comedy “The Interview” from theaters on Christmas in the wake of a massive cyberattack against Sony.  Newt says America has lost its first cyberwar.  And he’s completely wrong. In a Tweet, Gingrich wrote: Newt…