A Clockwork Orange

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"Keep those windows rolled up, kids. Just like Mommy has you do when I pull into Home Depot!"

Speaking of Home Depot, some folks who know that place, the Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel like the back of Clockwork's sweeping second hand, our pals over at the plush interiored metroG gay news and events online resource are reporting that Frank Morales, the former Orange County & Long Beach Blade editor, will become publisher of his own newsmagazine, dotnewsmagazine.com. He plans for his first issue to hit the stands in January 2006.

He tells metroG, "dot will not just be able to give the GLBT community the proper representation it needs but it will also bring issues to the forefront that other newsmagazines shy away from in order to avoid controversy."


(That was me again, not Greg Haidl on his new state prison cell mate.)

Morales gave no public reason for submitting his resignation to the Blade's spineless publisher Bill LaPointe after almost three years at the helm. Morales had replaced Joseph S. Amster, who left to become regional editor of IN Magazine L.A., like Blade a publication that caters to the GLBT crowd.

Clockwork believes LaPointe is now editing the Blade, but don�t quote us on that.

You CAN quote IN's article "Reporting The Underbelly Of Our Community," which shamed the Blade for not informing its readers about advertiser Dr. George Kooshian, who has been indicted for injecting his HIV/AIDS patients with saltwater instead of the expensive medications they thought he was giving them. IN's piece came on the stiletto heels of the Weekly's Dull Blade, which reported that the Blade waited 214 weeks after the Weekly's R. Scott Moxley broke the Kooshian story to publish its first news item on the subject, "Local Doctor Indicted for 'Subdosing' AIDS Patients." Among those who responded to "Dull Blade" was San Clemente's Robert D. Brown, the Blade's founding editor, who was rightfully disgusted with LaPointe and the rag's silence on Kooshian.

How's your road? According to the UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates, whose cocktail parties are the shit, not great. According to its 2005 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card, the county's infrastructure gets a cumulative grade of C+.

Individual grades:

Aviation B
Parks/Recreation/Environment C
School Facilities C+
Solid Waste B+
Transportation C+
Urban Runoff/Flood Control C-
Water B
Wastewater C+

If you don't get that urban runoff grade up, mister, you're grounded for a month!


Actually, what OC needs is an annual investment of $4.8 billion over the next 10 years.

Say, maybe if all the businesses around here paid what they owed in back taxes we could ... oh yeah: that might drive them away. Scratch that.

We were just yammering on and on in our lefty slanted way this Clockwork past about rising apartment rents and home prices in Orange County. But according to a Wall Street Journal item we can't navigate you to because you gotta register (fuckin' fascists!), that may all end very soon. At least the high home prices part.

Janet Morrissey writes that the PMI U.S. Market Risk Index report names the Santa Ana market among five in the country (and three in California) facing the biggest risk of a price correction, with a more than 50 percent chance of declining prices in the next two years.


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