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William Fitzgerald loses his lawsuit appeal against OC Board of Supervisors

William Fitzgerald, Photo: OC Register

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an Anaheim man’s First Amendment rights were not violated when his speech drew strong reactions at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a board rule barring “personal, impertinent, slanderous or profane remarks” at public meetings. But the court made its ruling “unpublished,” meaning it does not set precedent for future cases.

United Unions Call for Diamond’s Removal from DPOC Leadership Post

Greg Diamond (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Two independent sources tell TheLiberalOC that at Wednesday’s special Executive Board meeting of the OC Labor Fed, that all 90-plus unions represented by the LaborFed united with the 20-plus Building Trade unions in demanding that the Democratic Party of Orange County remove Greg Diamond from his North OC Vice Chair post or organized labor will withhold support of Democratic…

Irvine’s Chinese Community Angry with Republican Council Majority

Choi at Truman dinner with anti-Pelosi sign (credit TheLiberalOC.com)

  The fallout from last week’s Irvine City Council meeting and Friendship city has begun to burn stronger.  The City of Irvine was sent a letter from Irvine resident W. Jia, a professor at Chapman University, criticizing the council majority for politicizing a friendship city opportunity with a city in China.  Irvine Pakistani residents complained about…

Republican-Led Red-Baiting Lives on in Irvine

Allan Bartlett

  Twitter is a marvelous tool for some — 140 characters to demonstrate a complete lack of tolerance, demagoguery and good old-fashioned McCarthyism all directed by conservative Irvine city commissioners and senior officials in the Republican Party in the wake of last week’s city council meeting in which there was an effort to expand Irvine’s…

CalPERS Pension Benefits Generate $30 Billion in Economic Activity

CalPERS-Logo

More than $30 billion in economic activity was generated by retirement benefits paid by the State’s pension fund, according to a study released by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The CalPERS Economic Impacts in California report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012, highlights the vital role CalPERS plays in the State’s economy each year. The report demonstrates how CalPERS benefits and investments generate significant economic activity in the state, to stimulate business growth and increased tax revenues, and to support and create jobs for Californians.

Paycheck Fairness Act fails in Senate on party-line vote

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) speaks during a press conference to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, on Capitol Hill April 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 failed to pass out of the United States Senate on a 53-44 party-line vote. The proposed legislation would have strengthened laws prohibiting pay discrimination based upon gender. In the senate, a bill usually requires a vote of at least 60 members to move forward to the floor for consideration. This parliamentary process allows a minority of senators to effectively stop a bill that would pass on a majority vote.

Melissa Fox announces run for Irvine City Council

Melissa Fox

  For many in Orange County, this is one of the worst kept secrets in politics but today it’s official.  Melissa Fox is a candidate for Irvine City Council. As there are two spots open in addition to Mayor, Fox, an Irvine Community Services Commissioner, is taking direct aim at first-term Councilmember Jeff Lalloway.  A…