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DA’s VOC Press Release is Extraordinary and Ill-Advised

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his chief of staff, Susan Kang Schroeder, are shown in a 2010 file photo.
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We’ve documented the Voice of OC’s story this morning about how the Orange County District Attorney’s office is asking the Santa Ana City Council to hold off on issuing a report on Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s property swap.  But what’s even more extraordinary is the press release issued by the DA’s office last night regarding…

DA asks Santa Ana Council to keep Pulido Report under wraps

Mayor Miguel Pulido - Photo: Chris Prevatt/LiberalOC

Two days after the Santa Ana City Council directed City Attorney Sonia Carvalho to release the results of her investigation of the land swap between Miguel Pulido and a city auto parts supplier, Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Lubinski sent a letter to Carvalho asking the Council to reverse its position. That’s only part of this story.

Pulido Ultimatum

Mayor Miguel Pulido (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

On Tuesday night the Santa Ana City Council voted in closed session to issue an ultimatum to the Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas, and the Fair Political Practices Commission demanding that they issue criminal charges against Mayor Miguel Pulido by September 30th or they will release the details of their investigation into Pulido’s property swap windfall. More than 10 months have passed since Voice of OC first reported on a property swap between Pulido and a city contractor that netted Pulido a $197,000 windfall and the contractor subsequently being awarded a $1.35 million no-bid contract to provide the city with auto parts for its city fleet.

OC Labor Federation: Labor Day and Endorsements

Face Painting - Photo: Spotlight Photography + Associates (Lou Delgado)

Hundreds of people participated in the 6th Annual OCLF Labor Day Celebration at the Santa Ana Zoo along with hundreds of union and community members. They were celebrating the labor movement and workers standing together, fighting for good jobs, bargaining to uplift workers and our communities.

The Cancer in OC’s Democratic Party

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It’s become increasingly apparent that Orange Juice blogger Greg Diamond’s “advocacy” on political matters is hurting the Democratic Party in Orange County and our candidates more than helping it.  His combative style, bullying tactics with those he disagrees with, and demands for attention in OC’s news media are a distraction at worst and a detriment at best when…

DPOC announces candidate endorsements for Fall election

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On Monday, the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) announced endorsements in various elections for this fall and not without some fireworks.  It takes 60 percent of the vote to earn an official party endorsement.  The two most interesting events were around a non-endorsement in the Santa Ana Mayor’s race and a “robust” discussion about…